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The Eternal Savage

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Excerpt: NU OF THE NIOCENE NU, The son of Nu, his mighty muscles rolling beneath his smooth bronzed skin, moved silently through the jungle primeval. His handsome head with its shock of black hair, roughly cropped between sharpened stones, was high held, the delicate nostrils questioning each vagrant breeze for word of Oo, hunter of men. Now his trained senses catch the familiar odor of Ta, the great woolly rhinoceros, directly in his path, but Nu, the son of Nu, does no...

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Wait for Me under the Elm

By: Jean Francois Regnard

Excerpt: Jeremy Let me put it in the plainest terms: I advanced the money for our expenses from our garrison to this village. We've already lived for fifteen days off my pile. Please settle up, and let me take my leave. Lovelace Oh damn it. You pick a fine time. Jeremy Hey, sir, what better time is there? You?ve just been discharged. Now you must discharge your followers. Lovelace Jeremy, to quit an officer?s service is to jeer at Fortune. Jeremy Sir, I've been jeered at...

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Tartuffe, Ou L'Imposteur

By: Molière, 1622-1673

ACTE I. -- SCENE PREMIERE - Madame Pernelle et Flipote sa servante, Elmire,Mariane, Dorine, Damis, Cleante. -- SCENE II. Cleante, Dorine. -- SCENE III.- Elmire, Mariane, Damis, Cleante, Dorine. -- SCENE IV. Orgon, Cleante, Dorine. -- SCENE V. Orgon, Cleante. -- ACTE II. -- SCENE PREMIERE. Orgon, Mariane. -- SCENE II. Dorine, Orgon, Mariane. -- SCENE III. Dorine, Mariane. -- SCENE IV. Valere, Mariane, Dorine. -- ACTE III. -- SCENE PREMIERE. Damis, Dorine. -- SCENE II. Tar...

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Guy Mannering

By: Sir Walter Scott

INTRODUCTION: The Novel or Romance of Waverley made its way to the public slowly, of course, at first, but afterwards with such accumulating popularity as to encourage the Author to a second attempt. He looked about for a name and a subject; and the manner in which the novels were composed cannot be better illustrated than by reciting the simple narrative on which Guy Mannering was originally founded; but to which, in the progress of the work, the production ceased to be...

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Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories

By: Kathleen Norris

You and I have been married nearly seven years, Margaret Kirby reflected bitterly, and I suppose we are as near hating each other as two civilized people ever were! She did not say it aloud. The Kirbys had long ago given up any discussion of their attitude to each other. But as the thought came into her mind she eyed her husband—lounging moodily in her motor- car, as they swept home through the winter twilight —with hopeless, mutinous irritation. What was the matter, she...

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The Phoenix

By: Thomas Middleton

Excerpt: Dramatis Personae. the Duke Of Ferrara Infesto, A Lord Lussurioso, A Lord Proditor, A Lord Nobles Prince Phoenix, The Duke?s Son Fidelio, His Servant Niece to Falso Three Soldiers of the Sea The Captain, Castiza?s Husband Castiza, Fidelio?s Mother The Groom of An Inn Suitors to Tangle Tangle, A Lawyer The Jeweller?s Wife, Falso?s Daughter Her Boy The Knight His Lackey Suitors to Falso Falso, A Justice Latronello, His Servant Furtivo, His Servant Two Gentlemen, F...

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Three Smart Silks

By: H. Bedford?Jones

Excerpt: JOHN DRISCOLL looked up as Hopkins entered. The oil operator was frowning, intent upon a paper in his hand, and shoved it suddenly at his guest. ?A damnable outrage!? he exclaimed. ?The third threatening letter this week?and this one has a kick in it.? Driscoll, unhurried, reached for a cigar. He did not look at all like a Canadian, or even a barrister; much less did he look what he was?one of the best lawyers in Toronto. His pleasant, even features, with their ...

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Teenage Bereavement : Some Spiritual and Moral Issues

By: Dr. Valerie Clark

Abstract: When people die, it is quite common for the bereaved to think about where they have gone and to maintain links with them in some way. Traditional beliefs about ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ may be revised and other ideas about spiritual community are often explored. In this talk, I shall discuss some of the responses from 11-17 year olds to the questions ‘Why do people die?’ and ‘What happens after death?’ I shall also discuss their religious affiliations, belief in God,...

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Zapt's Repulsive Paste

By: J. U. Giesy

Excerpt: ?MEOUW!? The sound was one of feline protestation, a sort of outraged plaint, uttered in the accents of a snarling rage. ?Goodness! Was that Fluffy?? exclaimed Miss Nellie Zapt to her fiance, Bob Sargent, with whom she was sitting in the dusk, back of the vines on the porch of her father?s house. ?Sounded like her voice, at any rate,? Bob agreed. ?Meouw! Psst! Zit!? Nellie started to her feet and stood slenderly poised as a fresh outburst of something suspicious...

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The Pawns Count

By: E. Phillips Oppenheim

Foreword: ?I am for England and England only,? John Lutchester, the Englishman, asserted. ?I am for Japan and Japan only,? Nikasti, the Jap, insisted. ?I am for Germany first and America afterwards,? Oscar Fischer, the German?American pronounced. ?I am for America first, America only, America always,? Pamela Van Teyl, the American girl, declared. They were all right except the German?American. Chapter One. Mefiez?Vous! Taisez?Vous! Les Oreilles Ennemies Vous Ecoutent! Th...

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Don Tarquinio

By: Frederick William Rolfe

Excerpt: On the Feast of Saint Mildred. I DURING the present year, the first of the paparchy of Clement, Messer Francesco Guicciardini and Messer Paolo Giovio came from Fiorenza, bringing to me their well?written manuscripts: to the end that I might read the same, and praise them or vituperate them, as well for the purity of letters as for the good of the race of men. But the said manuscripts ought to be burned; and no copy of them ought to be preserved. These scribes ar...

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Mr. And Mrs. Dove

By: Katherine Mansfield

OF course he knew—no man better—that he hadn't a ghost of a chance, he hadn't an earthly. The very idea of such a thing was preposterous. So preposterous that he'd perfectly understand it if her father—well, whatever her father chose to do he'd perfectly understand. In fact, nothing short of desperation, nothing short of the fact that this was positively his last day in England for God knows how long, would have screwed him up to it. And even now He chose a tie out of th...

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Childhood

By: Leo Tolstoy, Graf

On the 12th of August, 18 -- (just three days after my tenth birthday, when I had been given such wonderful presents), I was awakened at seven o'clock in the morning by Karl Ivanitch slapping the wall close to my head with a fly-flap made of sugar paper and a stick. He did this so roughly that he hit the image of my patron saint suspended to the oaken back of my bed, and the dead fly fell down on my curls. I peeped out from under the coverlet, steadied the still shaking ...

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Meteorology

By: Aristotle

Excerpt: WE have already discussed the first causes of nature, and all natural motion, also the stars ordered in the motion of the heavens, and the physical element?enumerating and specifying them and showing how they change into one another?and becoming and perishing in general. There remains for consideration a part of this inquiry which all our predecessors called meteorology. It is concerned with events that are natural, though their order is less perfect than that o...

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The Lost Word

By: Henry Van Dyke

COME down, Hermas, come down! The night is past. It is time to be stirring. Christ is born to-day. Peace be with you in His name. Make haste and come down! A little group of young men were standing in a street of Antioch, in the dusk of early morning, fifteen hundred years ago. It was a class of candidates who had nearly finished their two years of training for the Christian church. They had come to call their fellow-student Hermas from his lodging. Their voices rang out...

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The Brotherhood of Consolation

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: FIRST EPISODE. MADAME DE LA CHANTERIE I. The MALADY OF THE AGE On a fine evening in the month of September, 1836, a man about thirty years of age was leaning on the parapet of that quay from which a spectator can look up the Seine from the Jardin des Plantes to Notre? Dame, and down, along the vast perspective of the river, to the Louvre. There is not another point of view to compare with it in the capital of ideas. We feel ourselves on the quarter?deck, as it w...

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The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex

By: Charles Darwin

During the successive reprints of the first edition of this work, published in 1871, I was able to introduce several important corrections; and now that more time has elapsed, I have endeavoured to profit by the fiery ordeal through which the book has passed, and have taken advantage of all the criticisms which seem to me sound. I am also greatly indebted to a large number of correspondents for the communication of a surprising number of new facts and remarks. These have...

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The Purple Cloud

By: M. P. Shiel

IN May of this year the writer received as noteworthy a packet of papers as it has been his lot to examine -- from a friend, Dr. Arthur Lister Browne, M.A., F.R.C.P. -- consisting of four note- books, crowded with those giddy shapes of shorthand, whose ensemble resembles startled swarms hovering on the wing -- scribbled in pencil, and without vowels: so that their deciphering has been no holiday. The letter also which accompanied them was pencilled in shorthand; and this...

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A Virginia Girl in the First Year of the War

By: C.C. Harrison

Excerpt: THE old Vaucluse house, known for many years past as the center of cheerful hospitality in the county, threw wide open its doors to receive all the members who could be gathered there of a large family circle. The woods around were despoiled of holly and spruce, pine and cedar, to deck the walls and wreathe the picture?frames. On Christmas Eve we had a grand rally of youths and boys belonging to the ?clan,? as they loved to call it, to roll in a yule log, which ...

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Princess Aline

By: Richard Harding Davis

Excerpt: I H. R. H. the Princess Aline of Hohenwald came into the life of Morton Carlton ? or ?Morney? Carlton, as men called him ? of New York city, when that young gentleman?s affairs and affections were best suited to receive her. Had she made her appearance three years sooner or three years later, it is quite probable that she would have passed on out of his life with no more recognition from him than would have been expressed in a look of admiring curiosity ...

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