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  • Book: Autobiography
    Of Benjamin Franklin
    ... I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves and their own past actions; and I shall indulge it without being tiresome to others (who, through respect to age, might conceive themselves obliged to give me a hearing), since this may be read or not as any one pleases. And, lastly (I may as well confess it, since my denial of it will be believed by nobody), perhaps I shall a good deal gratify my own vanity. ...
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  • Book: Before Adam
    By Jack London
    ... Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! Often, before I learned, did I wonder whence came the multitudes of pictures that thronged my dreams; for they were pictures the like of which I had never seen in real wake-a-day life. They tormented my childhood, making of my dreams a procession of ...
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  • Book: The Black Arrow — A Tale Of The Two Roses
    By Robert Louis Stevenson
    ... On a certain afternoon, in the late springtime, the bell upon Tunstall Moat House was heard ringing at an unaccustomed hour. Far and near, in the forest and in the fields along the river, people began to desert their labours and hurry towards the sound; and in Tunstall hamlet a ...
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  • Book: The Black Tulip
    By Alexandre Dumas
    ... On the 20th of August, 1672, the city of the Hague, always so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believe every day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its tall trees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals like large mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost ...
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  • Book: Captains Courageous — A Story Of The Grand Banks
    By Rudyard Kipling
    ... The weather door of the smoking-room had been left open to the North Atlantic fog, as the big liner rolled and lifted, whistling to warn the fishing-fleet. "That Cheyne boy's the biggest nuisance aboard," said a man in a frieze ...
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  • Book: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court
    By Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens )
    ... THE ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed ...
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  • Book: The Count Of Monte Cristo — Volume One
    By Alexandre Dumas
    ... The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board. However, those experienced in navigation saw plainly that if any accident had occurred, it was not ...
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  • Book: The Count Of Monte Cristo — Volume Two
    By Alexandre Dumas
    ... The pretext of an opera engagement was so much the more feasible, as there chanced to be on that very night a more than ordinary attraction at the Academie Royale. Levasseur, who had been suffering under severe illness, made his reappearance in the character of Bertrand, and, as usual, the ...
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  • Book: The Cruise Of The Snark
    By Jack London
    ... It began in the swimming pool at Glen Ellen. Between swims it was our wont to come out and lie in the sand and let our skins breathe the warm air and soak in the sunshine. Roscoe was a yachtsman. I had followed the sea a bit. It was inevitable that we should talk ...
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  • Book: Historic Documents
    Anthology
    The Magna Carta
    The Mayflower Compact
    The Declaration of Independence
    Patrick Henry's Speech: "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"
    Tom Paine's COMMON SENSE
    Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
    The Words of Chief Joseph
    Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
    The Emancipation Proclamation
    The Gettysburg Address
    The Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane
    The Inaugural Address of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    I Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King
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  • Book: Moby Dick — Or, The Great White Whale Volume One Of Three
    By Herman Melville
    ... Call me Ishmael.
    Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating ...
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  • Book: Moby Dick — Or, The Great White Whale Volume Two Of Three
    By Herman Melville
    ... Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long ...
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  • Book: Moby Dick — Or, The Great White Whale Volume Three Of Three
    By Herman Melville
    ... It was but some few days after encountering the Frenchman, that a most significant event befell the most insignificant of the Pequod's crew; an event most lamentable; and which ended in providing the sometimes madly merry and predestinated craft with a living and ever accompanying ...
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  • Book: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
    Dictated by Sojourner Truth to Olive Gilbert
    ... The Subject of this biography, SOJOURNER TRUTH, as she now calls herself — but whose name, originally, was Isabella — was born, as near as she can now calculate, between the years 1797 and 1800. She was the daughter of James and Betsey, slaves of one Colonel Ardinburgh, Hurley, Ulster County, New York....
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  • Book: The Spirit Of The Border — A Romance Of The Early Settlers In The Ohio Valley
    By Zane Grey
    ... To my brother -- With many fond recollections of days spent in the solitude of the forests where only can be satisfied that wild fever of freedom of which this book tells; where to hear the whirr of a wild duck in his rapid flight is joy; where the quiet of an autumn afternoon swells ...
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  • Book: A Tale Of Two Cities
    By Charles Dickens
    ... It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of ...
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  • Book: Thoughts on the Moscow Census
    By Count Leo Tolstoy
    ...it was the same story, all the people had to be narrowly investigated before they could be helped. But unfortunates of the sort whom a gift of money would convert from unfortunate into fortunate people, there were none. Mortifying as it is to me to avow this, I began to get disenchanted, because I did not find among these people any thing of the sort which I had expected. I had expected to find peculiar people here; but, after making the round of all the apartments, I was convinced that the inhabitants of these houses were not peculiar people at all, but precisely such persons as those among whom I lived...
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  • Book: The Three Musketeers
    By Alexandre Dumas
    ... In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names' ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them. A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library ...
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  • Book: Twenty Years at Hull House
    By Jane Addams
    ... I recall an incident which must have occurred before I was seven years old, for the mill in which my father transacted his business that day was closed in 1867. The mill stood in the neighboring town adjacent to its poorest quarter. Before then I had always seen the little city of ten thousand people with the admiring eyes of a country child, and it had never occurred to me that all its streets were not as bewilderingly attractive as the one which contained the glittering toyshop and the confectioner. On that day I had my first sight of the poverty which implies squalor, and felt the curious distinction between the ruddy poverty of the country and that which even a small city presents in its shabbiest streets....
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  • Book: Two Years in the Forbidden City
    By The Princess Der Ling
    ... When we commenced to eat, Her Majesty ordered the eunuchs to place plates for us and give us silver chopsticks, spoons, etc., and said: "I am sorry you have to eat standing, but I cannot break the law of our great ancestors. Even the Young Empress cannot sit in my presence. I am sure the foreigners must think we are barbarians to treat our Court ladies in this way and I don't wish them to know anything about our customs. You will see how differently I act in their presence, so that they cannot see my true self."...
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  • Book: Up From Slavery
    By Booker T. Washington
    ... I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact place or exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale's Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know ...
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