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Boule de Suif

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: Pendant plusieurs jours de suite des lambeaux d'armee en deroute avaient traverse la ville. Ce n'etait point de la troupe, mais des hordes debandees. Les hommes avaient la barbe longue et sale, des uniformes en guenilles, et ils avancaient d'une allure molle, sans drapeau, sans regiment. Tous semblaient accables, ereintes, incapables d'une pensee ou d'une resolution, marchant seulement par habitude, et tombant de fatigue sitot qu'ils s'arretaient. On voyait surt...

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Hearts of Controversy

By: Alice Meynell

Fifty years after Tennyson's birth he was saluted a great poet by that unanimous acclamation which includes mere clamour. Fifty further years, and his centenary was marked by a new detraction. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish the obscure but not unmajestic law of change from the sorry custom of reaction. Change hastes not and rests not, reaction beats to and fro, flickering about the moving mind of the world. Reaction -- the paltry precipitancy of the multitude -...

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Don Juan

By: Lord Byron

BOB SOUTHEY! You 're a poet- Poet-laureate, And representative of all the race, Although 't is true that you turn'd out a Tory at Last,- yours has lately been a common case; And now, my Epic Renegade! what are ye at? With all the Lakers, in and out of place? A nest of tuneful persons, to my eye Like 'four and twenty Blackbirds in a pye;'...

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Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel; Or, The Hidden City of the Andes

By: Victor Appleton

Excerpt: Chapter 1. An Appeal for Aid. Tom Swift, seated in his laboratory engaged in trying to solve a puzzling question that had arisen over one of his inventions, was startled by a loud knock on the door. So emphatic, in fact, was the summons that the door trembled, and Tom started to his feet in some alarm.

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The Consumer Viewpoint

By: Mildred Maddocks

Foreword: The manufacture of home devices to be used by women in household work is of comparatively recent development, the growth of the industry has been so rapid that many manufacturers are still groping to establish standards that will meet the new and uncertain conditions under which their product must be used. Dealers in household equipment as well as manufacturers are still uncertain as to what constitutes the selling value of an article, because it has been impos...

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Boy Scounts in the Coal Caverns

By: Major Archibald Lee Fletcher

Excerpt: Chapter 1. CAMPING IN THE BREAKER. ?And so I says to myself, says I, give me a good husky band of Boy Scouts! They'll do the job if it can be done!? Case Canfield, caretaker, sat back in a patched chair in the dusky, unoccupied office of the Labyrinth mine and addressed himself to four lads of seventeen who were clad in the khaki uniform of the Boy Scouts of America. Those of our readers who have read the previous books of this series will have good cause to rem...

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Discourse II : Theophila

By: Methodius

DISCOURSE II. THEOPHILA. CHAPTER I: MARRIAGE NOT ABOLISHEDBYTHE COMMENDATION OF VIRGINITY. And then, she said, Theophila spoke:—Since Marcella has excellently begun this discussion without sufficiently completing it, it is necessary that I should endeavour to put a finish to it. Now, the fact that man has advanced by degrees to virginity, God urging him on from time to time, seems to me to have been admirably proved; but I cannot say the same as to the assertion that fro...

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Ion

By: Euripides

MERCURY Atlas, that on his brazen shoulders rolls Yon heaven, the ancient mansion of the gods, Was by a goddess sire to Maia; she To supreme Jove bore me, and call'd me Hermes; Attendant on the king, his high behests I execute. To Delphi am I come, This land where Phoebus from his central throne Utters to mortals his high strain, declaring The present and the future; this is the cause; Greece hath a city of distinguish'd glory, Which from the goddess of the golden lance ...

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Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores)

By: George Bernard Shaw

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For Bravery on the Field of Battle

By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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She Stoops to Conquer

By: Oliver Goldsmith

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By: George Macdonald

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Xantippe and Other Verse

By: Amy Levy

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The Colonel's Dream

By: Charles Waddell Chesnutt

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Neal, The Miller

By: James Otis

I FEAR you are undertaking too much, Neal. When a fellow lacks two years of his majority— You forget that I have been my own master more than a year. Father gave me my time before he died, and that in the presence of Governor Wentworth himself. Why before him rather than 'Squire White? I don't know. My good friend Andrew McCleary attended to the business for me, and to-day I may make contracts as legally as two years hence. Even with that advantage I do not see how it wi...

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The Silent Sea

By: Catherine Martin

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The Awkward Age

By: Henry James

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Facts. By a Woman

By: Anonymous

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Going to Shrewsbury

By: Sarah Orne Jewett

THE train stopped at a way station with apparent unwillingness, and there was barely time for one elderly passenger to be hurried on board before a sudden jerk threw her almost off her unsteady old feet and we moved on. At my first glance I saw only a perturbed old country woman, laden with a large basket and a heavy bundle tied up in an old-fashioned bundle-handkerchief; then I discovered that she was a friend of mine, Mrs. Peet, who lived on a small farm, several miles...

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By: Frank L. Baum

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