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  • Book: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
    By Jules Verne
    ... The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring ...
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  • Book: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
    By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ... To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, ...
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  • Book: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    By Lewis Carroll
    ... Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice `without pictures ...
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  • Book: The American
    By Henry James
    ... On a brilliant day in May, in the year 1868, a gentleman was reclining at his ease on the great circular divan which at that period occupied the centre of the Salon Carre, in the Museum of the Louvre. This commodious ottoman has since been removed, to the extreme regret of all weak-kneed ...
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  • Book: Angel Of The Odd
    By Edgar Allan Poe
    ... EVERYBODY knows, in a general way, that the finest place in the world is -- or, alas, was -- the Dutch borough of Vondervotteimittiss. Yet as it lies some distance from any of the main roads, being in a somewhat out-of-the-way situation, there are perhaps very few of my readers ...
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  • Book: Around The World In Eighty Days
    By Jules Verne
    ... In Which Phileas Fogg And Passepartout Accept Each Other, The One As Master, The Other As Man. Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the ...
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  • Book: Sun Tzu — On The Art Of War
    By Sun Tzu, Translated From Chinese By Lionel Giles
    ... 1. Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. 2. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. 3. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be ...
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  • Book: At The Earth's Core
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... In the first place please bear in mind that I do not expect you to believe this story. Nor could you wonder had you witnessed a recent experience of mine when, in the armor of blissful and stupendous ignorance, I gaily narrated the gist of it to a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society on ...
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  • Book: Autobiography
    By Benjamin Franklin
    ... In the first place please bear in mind that I do not expect you to believe this story. Nor could you wonder had you witnessed a recent experience of mine when, in the armor of blissful and stupendous ignorance, I gaily narrated the gist of it to a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society on ...
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  • Book: The Beasts Of Tarzan
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... "The entire affair is shrouded in mystery," said D'Arnot. "I have it on the best of authority that neither the police nor the special agents of the general staff have the faintest conception of how it was accomplished. All they know, all that anyone knows, is that Nikolas ...
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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: Black Beauty
    By Anna Sewell
    ... The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over 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: The Blue Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ... Once upon a time in a certain country there lived a king whose palace was surrounded by a spacious garden. But, though the gardeners were many and the soil was good, this garden yielded neither flowers nor fruits, not even grass or shady trees. ...
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  • Book: Bret Harte — Selected Stories
    By Bret Harte
    ... There was a commotion in Roaring Camp. It could not have been a fight, for in 1850 that was not novel enough to have called together the entire settlement. The ditches and claims were not only deserted, but "Tuttle's grocery" had contributed its gamblers, who, it will be remembered, calmly continued their game the day that French Pete and Kanaka Joe shot each other to death over the bar in the front room. The whole camp was collected before a rude cabin on the outer edge ...
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  • Book: Burning Daylight
    By Jack London
    ... It was a quiet night in the Shovel. At the bar, which ranged along one side of the large chinked-log room, leaned half a dozen men, two of whom were discussing the relative merits of spruce-tea and lime-juice as remedies for scurvy. They argued with an air of ...
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  • Book: The Call Of The Wild
    By Jack London
    ... "Old longings nomadic leap, Chafing at custom's chain; Again from its brumal sleep; Wakens the ferine strain." Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble ...
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  • Book: The Call Of The Canyon
    By Zane Grey
    ... What subtle strange message had come to her out of the West? Carley Burch laid the letter in her lap and gazed dreamily through the window. It was a day typical of early April in New York, rather cold and gray, with steely sunlight. Spring breathed in the air, but the women passing ...
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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: The Chessmen Of Mars
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... Shea had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based ...
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  • Book: A Christmas Carol
    By Charles Dickens
    ... Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon `Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. ...
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  • Book: The Circular Staircase
    By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    ... This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous. For twenty years I had been ...
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  • Book: A Short Collection Of — Edgar Allan Poe
    By Edgar Allan Poe
    ... Once upon a midnight dreary, / while I pondered, weak and weary, / Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore / -- While I nodded, nearly napping, / suddenly there came a tapping, / As of some one gently rapping, / rapping at my chamber door. "'Tis some visiter," I muttered ...
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  • Book: The Saying of Confucious
    Translated by James Legge
    CHAPTER XVI.: The Master said, 'The mind of the superior man dwells on righteousness; the mind of the mean man dwells on gain.'
    CHAPTER XVII. The Master said, 'When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.' ...
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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
    ... On the 24th of February, 1810, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, The Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island ....
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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 Crimson Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ... There was once a king's son who told his father that he wished to marry. "No, no" said the king; "You must not be in such a hurry. Wait till you have done some great deed. My father did not let me marry till I had won the golden sword you see me wear." Now the prince was much disappointed, but he never dreamed of disobeying his father, so he began to think with all his might what he could ...
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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: Dakota Tales and Amerind Legends
    Retold by Zitkala-Sa, Itkala-Sa
    ... Iktomi is a spider fairy. He wears brown deerskin leggins with long soft fringes on either side, and tiny beaded moccasins on his feet. His long black hair is parted in the middle and wrapped with red, red bands. Each round braid hangs over a small brown ear and falls forward over his shoulders ...
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  • Book: The Personal History And Experience Of — David Copperfield The Younger
    By Charles Dickens
    ... Affectionately Inscribed To The Hon. Mr. And Mrs. Richard Watson, of RockingHam, Northamptonshire: I do not find it easy to get sufficiently far away from this Book, in the first sensations of having finished it, to refer to it with the composure which this formal heading ...
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  • Book: The Death Of Socrates
    By Plato Translated By Benjamin Jowett
    ... In the Meno, Anytus had parted from Socrates with the significant words: 'That in any city, and particularly in the city of Athens, it is easier to do men harm than to do them good;' and Socrates was anticipating another opportunity of talking with him. In the Euthyphro, Socrates is ...
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  • Book: Desert Gold
    By Zane Grey
    ... CHAPTER I: PROLOGUE A face haunted Cameron -- a woman's face. It was there in the white heart of the dying campfire; it hung in the shadows that hovered over the flickering light; it drifted in the darkness beyond. ...
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  • Book: Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus
    By Mary Wollstonecraft ( Godwin ) Shelley
    ... Four letters from Captain Robert Walton to his sister: Letter One To Mrs. Saville, England St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17- ...
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  • Book: From The Earth To The Moon — And A Trip Around It
    By Jules Verne
    ... During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland. It is well known with what energy the taste for military matters became developed among that nation of ship-owners, shopkeepers, and mechanics. Simple ...
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  • Book: The Gods Of Mars
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... TWELVE years had passed since I had laid the body of my great-uncle, Captain John Carter, of Virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at Richmond. Often had I pondered on the odd instructions he had left me governing the ...
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  • Book: Great Expectations
    By Charles Dickens
    ... My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip. I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his ...
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  • Book: Hacker Jargon File, Volume 2.9.10 (Two Books)
    Courtesy of the Gutenberg Project
    ... ROTF - rolling on the floor
    ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
    AFK - away from keyboard
    CU l8tr - see you later
    FYA - for your amusement
    GRMBL - grumble (expresses disquiet or disagreement)
    HELLOP - hello? (an instance of the `-P' convention)
    JAM - just a minute (equivalent to `SEC....')
    MIN - same as `JAM'
    NIL - no
    O - over to you
    / - another form of "over to you" (from x/y as "x over y")
    OIC - oh, I see
    rehi - hello again ...
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  • Book: Heart of Darkness
    By Joseph Conrad
    ... THE NELLIE, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest. The flood had made, the wind was nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide. ...
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  • Book: The Heritage Of The Desert
    By Zane Grey
    ... "But the man's almost dead." The words stung John Hare's fainting spirit into life. He opened his eyes. The desert still stretched before him, the appalling thing that had overpowered him with its deceiving purple distance. Nearby stood ...
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  • Book: Historic Documents
    Essays by authors of American freedom
    ...The Magna Carta; The Mayflower Compact; The Declaration of Independence; Patrick Henry's "Liberty, or Death!" speech; 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; and "I Have a Dream," by Martin Luther King ...
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  • Book: The Invisible Man
    By H. G. Wells
    ... The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand. He was wrapped ...
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  • Book: The Iron Heel
    By Jack London
    ... It cannot be said that the Everhard Manuscript is an important historical document. To the historian it bristles with errors -- not errors of fact, but errors of interpretation. Looking back across the seven centuries that have lapsed since Avis Everhard completed her manuscript, events, ...
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  • Book: The Island Of Dr. Moreau
    By H. G. Wells
    ... On February the First 1887, the Lady Vain was lost by collision with a derelict when about the latitude 1' S. and longitude 107' W. On January the Fifth — that is eleven months and four days after — my uncle, Edward Prendick, a private gentleman, who certainly went aboard the ...
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  • Book: The Jacket
    By Jack London
    ... All my life I have had an awareness of other times and places. I have been aware of other persons in me. — Oh, and trust me, so have you, my reader that is to be. Read back into your childhood, and this sense of awareness I speak of will be remembered as an experience of ...
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  • Book: Jane Eyre
    By Charlotte Bronte
    ... There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so ...
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  • Book: The Jungle Book
    By Rudyard Kipling
    ... It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips. Mother Wolf lay with her big gray nose dropped across her ...
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  • Book: Jungle Tales Of Tarzan
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... TEEKA, STRETCHED AT luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her. ...
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  • Book: Kidnapped
    By Robert Louis Stevenson
    ... I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house. The sun began to shine upon the summit of the hills as I went down the road; and by the ...
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  • Book: Kim
    By Rudyard Kipling
    ... O ye who tread the Narrow Way / By Tophet-flare to judgment Day, / Be gentle when 'the heathen' pray / To Buddha at Kamakura! — Buddha at Kamakura.
          He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam Zammah ...
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  • Book: The Land Of Oz
    By L. Frank Baum
    ... The orphan boy, Tip, builds a wooden man with a pumpkin head...who magically comes alive. Tip and Jack Pumpkinhead travel to the Emerald City to meet the ruler of the country. They are pursued by Mombi the witch, who is hiding Top's fantastic secret. They are waylaid by the girl-army of General JinJur, and by the time they reach the end of their journey, stranger things have happened to Tip than he could ever have believed possible! ...
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  • Book: The Land That Time Forgot
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... It must have been a little after three o'clock in the afternoon that it happened — the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916. It seems incredible that all that I have passed through — all those weird and terrifying experiences — should have been encompassed within so short a span as three brief months. Rather ...
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  • Book: The Last Chronicle of Barset
    By Anthony Trollope
    ... "I can never bring myself to believe it, John," said Mary Walker the pretty daughter of Mr George Walker, attorney of Silverbridge. Walker and Winthrop was the name of the firm, and they were respectable people, who did all the solicitors' business that had to be done in that ...
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  • Book: The Light Of Western Stars
    By Zane Grey
    ... When Madeline Hammond stepped from the train at El Cajon, New Mexico, it was nearly midnight, and her first impression was of a huge dark space of cool, windy emptiness, strange and silent, stretching away under great blinking white stars. ...
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  • Book: The Lone Star Ranger
    By Zane Grey
    ... To CAPTAIN JOHN HUGHES and his Texas Rangers — It may seem strange to you that out of all the stories I heard on the Rio Grande I should choose as first that of Buck Duane — outlaw and gunman. But, indeed, Ranger Coffee's story of the last of the Duanes has haunted ...
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  • Book: The Lost Continent
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... Since earliest childhood I have been strangely fascinated by the mystery surrounding the history of the last days of twentieth century Europe. My interest is keenest, perhaps, not so much in relation to known facts as to speculation upon the unknowable of the two centuries that have rolled ...
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  • Book: Lost Face — And Other Stories
    By Jack London
    ... It was the end. Subienkow had travelled a long trail of bitterness and horror, homing like a dove for the capitals of Europe, and here, farther away than ever, in Russian America, the trail ceased. He sat in the snow, arms tied behind him, waiting the torture. He stared curiously ...
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  • Book: The Lost World
    By Sir Arther Conan Doyle
    ... Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth, — a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self. If anything could have driven me from Gladys, it would have been the thought of such ...
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  • Book: The Mad King
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... All Lustadt was in an uproar. The mad king had escaped. Little knots of excited men stood upon the street corners listening to each latest rumor concerning this most absorbing occurrence. Before the palace a great crowd surged to and fro, awaiting they knew not what. ...
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  • Book: The Man In The Iron Mask
    By Alexandre Dumas
    ... Since Aramis's singular transformation into a confessor of the order, Baisemeaux was no longer the same man. Up to that period, the place which Aramis had held in the worthy governor's estimation was that of a prelate whom he respected and a friend to whom he owed a debt of gratitude; ...
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  • Book: The Man in Lower Ten
    By Mary Roberts Rinehart
    ... McKnight is gradually taking over the criminal end of the business. I never liked it, and since the strange case of the man in lower ten, I have been a bit squeamish. Given a case like that, where you can build up a network of clues that absolutely incriminate three entirely different people ...
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  • Book: Mansfield Park
    By Jane Austen
    ... About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences ...
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  • Book: The Man Who Knew Too Much
    By G. K. Chesterton
    ..."it will be more legal for us to leave the body as it is until the police are informed. In fact, I think it will be well if nobody except the police is informed. Don't be surprised if I seem to be keeping it dark from some of our neighbors round here." Then, as if prompted to regularize his rather abrupt confidence, he said: "I've come down to see my cousin at Torwood; my name is Horne Fisher" ...
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  • Book: Meditations
    By Marcus Aurelius
    ... Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born on April 26, A.D. 121. His real name was M. Annius Verus, and he was sprung of a noble family which claimed descent from Numa, second King of Rome. Thus the most religious of emperors came of the blood of the most pious of early kings. ...
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  • Book: Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
    By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ... "I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. Go! Where to? To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland. ...
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  • Book: Merton of the Movies
    By H.L. Wilson
    ...Would you like to know," the ad demanded, "if you are adapted to this work? If so, send ten cents for our Ten-Hour Talent-Prover, or Key to Movie-Acting Aptitude, and find whether you are suited to take it up." Merton had earnestly wished to know this ... and at last the cheering news had come. He had every aptitude in full measure, and all that remained was to subscribe to the correspondence course ...
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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: Moon Face — And Other Stories
    By Jack London
    ... John Claverhouse was a moon-faced man. You know the kind, cheek-bones wide apart, chin and forehead melting into the cheeks to complete the perfect round, and the nose, broad and pudgy, equidistant from the circumference, flattened against the very centre of the face like a dough-ball upon ...
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  • Book: The Mutiny Of The Elsinore
    By Jack London
    ... From the first the voyage was going wrong. Routed out of my hotel on a bitter March morning, I had crossed Baltimore and reached the pier- end precisely on time. At nine o'clock the tug was to have taken me down the bay and put me on board the Elsinore, and with growing irritation I sat ...
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  • Book: Mysteries Of — Edgar Allan Poe
    By Edgar Allan Poe
    ... At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the autumn of 18-, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation and a meerschaum, in company with my friend C. Auguste Dupin, in his little back library, or book-closet, au troisieme, No. 33, Rue Dunot, Faubourg St. Germain. For ...
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  • Book: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
    By Agatha Christie
    ... The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the ...
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  • Book: The Mysterious Island
    By Jules Verne
    ... "Are we rising again?" "No. On the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! we are falling!" "For Heaven's sake heave out the ballast!" "There! the last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!" "I hear a noise like the dashing of waves. The sea is below the car! It ...
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  • Book: Myths and Legends of the Sioux
    By Mrs. Marie L. McLaughlin
    ... In publishing these "Myths of the Sioux," I deem it proper to state that I am of one-fourth Sioux blood . . . My grandmother, Ha-za-ho-ta-win, was a full-blood of the Medawakanton Band of the Sioux Tribe of Indians. My father . . . ...
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  • Book: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
    By Sojourner Truth ( dictated 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: New Arabian Nights — A Collection Of Short Tales
    By Robert Louis Stevenson
    ... During his residence in London, the accomplished Prince Florizel of Bohemia gained the affection of all classes by the seduction of his manner and by a well-considered generosity. He was a remarkable man even by what was known of him; and that was but a small part of what he ...
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  • Book: The Night Born — And Other Stories
    By Jack London
    ... It was in the old Alta-Inyo Club — a warm night for San Francisco — and through the open windows, hushed and far, came the brawl of the streets. The talk had led on from the Graft Prosecution and the latest signs that the town was to be run wide open, down through all ...
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  • Book: An Old Fashioned Girl
    By Louisa May Alcott
    ... "Well, I call that mean! I supposed I'd got to go; but you said you'd go, too. Catch me bothering about your friends another time! No, sir! " And Tom rose from the sofa with an air of indignant resolution, the impressive effect of which was somewhat damaged by a tousled head, and the hunched appearance of his garments generally ...
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  • Book: Oliver Twist — Or, The Parish Boy's Progress
    By Charles Dickens
    ... Treats Of The Place Where Oliver Twist Was Born And Of The Circumstances Attending His Birth. Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will ...
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  • Book: Options A Collection Of Stories
    By O. Henry ( William Sidney Porter )
    ... When The Rose of Dixie magazine was started by a stock company in Toombs City, Georgia, there was never but one candidate for its chief editorial position in the minds of its owners. Col. Aquila Telfair was the man for the place. By all the rights of learning, family, reputation, and ...
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  • Book: The Orange Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ... Once upon a time, at the town of Senna on the banks of the Zambesi, was born a child. He was not like other children, for he was very tall and strong; over his shoulder he carried a big sack, and in his hand an iron hammer. He could also speak like a grown man, but usually he was very silent. One day his mother said to him: 'My child, by what name shall we know you?' And he answered: 'Call all the head men of Senna here to the river's bank ..."
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  • Book: The Patchwork Girl of Oz
    By L. Frank Baum
         ..."Where's the butter, Unc Nunkie?" asked Ojo.
          Unc looked out of the window and stroked his long beard. Then he turned to the Munchkin boy and shook his head.
          "Isn't," said he.
          "Isn't any butter? That's too bad, Unc. Where's the jam then?" inquired Ojo, standing on a stool so he could look through all the shelves of the cupboard. But Unc Nunkie shook his head again.
          "Gone," he said....
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  • Book: Persuasion
    By Jane Austen
    ... Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by ...
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  • Book: The Phantom Rickshaw — And Other Ghost Stories
    By Rudyard Kipling
    ... May no ill dreams disturb my rest, Nor Powers of Darkness me molest. -Evening Hymn. One of the few advantages that India has over England is a great Knowability. After five years' service a man is directly or indirectly ...
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  • Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray
    By Oscar Wilde
    ...If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that — I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul" ...
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  • Book: Plato's The Republic
    By Plato, Translated By Benjamin Jowett
    ... The Republic of Plato is the longest of his works with the exception of the Laws, and is certainly the greatest of them. There are nearer approaches to modern metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions ...
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  • Book: Pride And Prejudice
    By Jane Austen
    ... It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds ...
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  • Book: Machiavelli's — The Prince
    By Nicolo Machiavelli, Translated By W. K. Marriot
    ... Nicolo Machiavelli Was Born At Florence On 3rd May 1469. He Was The Second Son Of Bernardo Di Nicolo Machiavelli, A Lawyer Of Some Repute, And Of Bartolommea Di Stefano Nelli, His Wife. Both Parents Were Members Of The Old Florentine Nobility. ...
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  • Book: Prince Otto — A Romance
    By Robert Louis Stevenson
    ... You shall seek in vain upon the map of Europe for the bygone state of Grunewald. An independent principality, an infinitesimal member of the German Empire, she played, for several centuries, her part in the discord of Europe; and, at last, in the ripeness of time and at the spiriting of ...
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  • Book: The Prince And The Pauper
    By Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens )
    ... In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. On the same day another English child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor, who did want him. ...
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  • Book: A Princess Of Mars
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... I am a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty. I appear today as I did forty years and ...
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  • Book: The Red Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ...Once upon a time, there lived in the village of Montignies-sur-Roc a little cow-boy, without either father or mother. His real name was Michael, but he was always called the Star Gazer, because when he drove his cows over the commons to seek for pasture, he went along with his head in the air, gaping at nothing. As he had a white skin, blue eyes, and hair that curled all over his head, the village girls used to cry after him, `Well, Star Gazer, what are you doing?' and Michael would answer, `Oh, nothing,' and go on his way without even turning to look at them....
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  • Book: The Red House Mystery
    By A.A. Milne
    ... Antony couldn't help feeling a thrill of excitement as he followed Cayley's example, and put his face close up to the glass. For the first time he wondered if there really had been a revolver shot in this mysterious room. It had all seemed so absurd and melodramatic from the other side of the door. But if there had been one shot, why should there not be two more? - at the careless fools who were pressing their noses against the panes, and asking for it ...
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  • Book: The Return Of Sherlock Holmes — A Collection Of Holmes Adventures
    By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ... It was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances. The public has already learned those particulars of the crime which came out in the ...
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  • Book: The Return Of Tarzan
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... "Magnifique!" ejaculated the Countess de Coude, beneath her breath. "Eh?" questioned the count, turning toward his young wife. "What is it that is magnificent?" and the count bent his eyes in various directions in quest of the object of her admiration. ...
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  • Book: Riders Of The Purple Sage
    By Zane Grey
    ... A sharp clip-crop of iron-shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage. Jane Withersteen gazed down the wide purple slope with dreamy and troubled eyes. A rider had just left her and it was his message that held her ...
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  • Book: Roads Of Destiny And Other Stories
    By O. Henry ( William Sidney Porter )
    ... I go to seek on many roads What is to be. True heart and strong, with love to light -- Will they not bear me in the fight To order, shun or wield or mould My Destiny? The song was over. The words were David's; the air, one of the ...
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  • Book: Sense And Sensibility
    By Jane Austen
    ... The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their ...
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  • Book: Some Short Christmas Stories
    By By Charles Dickens
    ... I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree was planted in the middle of a great round table, and towered high above their heads. It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little ...
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  • Book: The Son Of The Wolf — And Other Stories
    By Jack London
    ... 'Carmen won't last more than a couple of days.' Mason spat out a chunk of ice and surveyed the poor animal ruefully, then put her foot in his mouth and proceeded to bite out the ice which clustered cruelly between the toes. ...
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  • Book: Son Of Tarzan
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... The long boat of the Marjorie W. was floating down the broad Ugambi with ebb tide and current. Her crew were lazily enjoying this respite from the arduous labor of rowing up stream. Three miles below them lay the Marjorie W. herself, quite ready to sail so soon as they should have ...
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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: The Strength Of The Strong — And Other Stories
    By Jack London
    ... "Parables don't lie, but liars will parable." -- Lip-King. Old Long-Beard paused in his narrative, licked his greasy fingers, and wiped them on his naked sides where his one piece of ragged bearskin ...
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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: Tales Of The Klondyke
    By Jack London
    ... On every hand stretched the forest primeval, -- the home of noisy comedy and silent tragedy. Here the struggle for survival continued to wage with all its ancient brutality. Briton and Russian were still to overlap in the Land of the Rainbow's End -- ...
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  • Book: Tales Of Terror And Mystery
    By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ... The idea that the extraordinary narrative which has been called the Joyce-Armstrong Fragment is an elaborate practical joke evolved by some unknown person, cursed by a perverted and sinister sense of humour, has now been abandoned by all who have examined the matter. The most ...
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  • Book: Tao Teh King Or, The Tao And Its Characteristics
    By Lao-Tze, Translated By James Legge
    ... Ch. 1. 1. The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name. 2. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things. ...
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  • Book: Tarzan And The Jewelers Of Opar
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered. At first he had been humbly thankful, too, that they had sent him to this Godforsaken Congo post instead of court-martialing him, as he had ...
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  • Book: Tarzan Of The Apes
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other. I may credit the seductive influence of an old vintage upon the narrator for the beginning of it, and my own skeptical incredulity during the days that followed for the balance of the strange tale. ...
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  • Book: Tarzan The Terrible
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... SILENT as the shadows through which he moved, the great beast slunk through the midnight jungle, his yellow-green eyes round and staring, his sinewy tail undulating behind him, his head lowered and flattened, and every muscle vibrant to the thrill of the hunt. The jungle moon ...
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  • Book: Tarzan The Untamed
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... Hauptmann Fritz Schneider trudged wearily through the somber aisles of the dark forest. Sweat rolled down his bullet head and stood upon his heavy jowls and bull neck. His lieutenant marched beside him while Underlieutenant von Goss brought up the rear, following with a handful 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 for ...
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  • Book: Through The Looking Glass
    By Lewis Carroll
    ... One thing was certain, that the WHITE kitten had had nothing to do with it: -- it was the black kitten's fault entirely. For the white kitten had been having its face washed by the old cat for the last quarter of an hour (and bearing it pretty well, considering); so you see that it ...
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  • Book: Thuvia, Maid Of Mars
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... Upon a massive bench of polished ersite beneath the gorgeous blooms of a giant pimalia a woman sat. Her shapely, sandalled foot tapped impatiently upon the jewel-strewn walk that wound beneath the stately sorapus trees across the scarlet sward of the royal gardens of Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak ...
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  • Book: The Time Machine
    By H. G. Wells
    ... The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent ...
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  • Book: The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
    By Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens )
    ... MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift Among The Diamond Makers — Or, The Secret Of Phantom Mountain
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "Well, Tom Swift, I don't believe you will make any mistake if you buy that diamond," said the jeweler to a young man who was inspecting a tray of pins, set with the sparkling stones. "It is of the first water, and without a flaw." ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift Among The Fire Fighters, — Or, Battling With Flames From The Air
    By Victor Appleton
    ... IMPOSSIBLE, Ned! It can't be as much as that! "Well, you can prove the additions yourself, Tom, on one of the adding machines. I've been over 'em twice, and get the same result each time. There are the figures. They say figures don't ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Aerial Warship — Or, The Naval Terror Of The Seas
    By Victor Appleton
    ... What's the matter, Tom? You look rather blue! "Blue! Say, Ned, I'd turn red, green, yellow, or any other color of the rainbow, if I thought it would help matters any." Whew! ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Air Glider — Or, Seeking The Platinum Treasure
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Well, Ned, are you ready? Oh, I suppose so, Tom. As ready as I ever shall be. "Why, Ned Newton, you're not getting afraid; are you? And after you've been on so many trips with me?" ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Air Scout — Or, Uncle Sam's Mastery Of The Sky
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Oh Tom, is it really safe? A young lady -- an exceedingly pretty young lady, she could be called -- stood with one small, gloved hand on the outstretched wing of an aeroplane, and looked up at a young man, attired in a leather, fur-lined suit, ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Airship
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Are you all ready, Tom? "All ready, Mr. Sharp," replied a young man, who was stationed near some complicated apparatus, while the questioner, a dark man, with a nervous manner, leaned over a large tank. ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Big Tunnel — Or, The Hidden City Of The Andes
    By Victor Appleton
    ... 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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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Giant Cannon — Or, The Longest Shots On Record
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "Now, see here, Mr. Swift, you may think it all a sort of dream, and imagine that I don't know what I'm talking about; but I do! If you'll consent to finance this expedition to the extent of, say, ten thousand dollars, I'll practically guarantee to give you back five times that sum ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive — Or, Two Miles A Minute On The Rails
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "An electric locomotive that can make two miles a minute over a properly ballasted roadbed might not be an impossibility," said Mr. Barton Swift ruminatively. "It is one of those things that are coming," and he flashed his son, Tom Swift, a knowing smile. It had been a topic of conversation ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Motor-Boat — Or, The Rivals Of Lake Carlopa
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "Where are you going, Tom?" asked Mr. Barton Swift of his son as the young man was slowly pushing his motor-cycle out of the yard toward the country road. "You look as though you had some object in view." ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Electric Runabout — Or, The Speediest Car On The Road
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "Father," exclaimed Tom Swift, looking up from a paper he was reading, I think I can win that prize! "What prize is that?" inquired the aged inventor, gazing away from a drawing of a complicated machine, and pausing in his task of making some ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Sky Racer — Or, The Quickest Flight On Record
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Is this Tom Swift, the inventor of several airships? The man who had rung the bell glanced at the youth who answered his summons. Yes, I'm Tom Swift," was the reply. "Did you wish to see me? ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Undersea Search — Or, The Treasure On The Floor Of The Atlantic
    By Victor Appleton
    ... "Tom, this is certainly wonderful reading! Over a hundred million dollars' worth of silver at the bottom of the ocean! More than two hundred million dollars in gold! To say nothing of fifty millions in copper, ten millions in -- " ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His War Tank — Or, Doing His Bit For Uncle Sam
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Ceasing his restless walk up and down the room, Tom Swift strode to the window and gazed across the field toward the many buildings, where machines were turning out the products evolved from the brains of his father and himself. There was a worried look on the face of the young ...
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  • Book: Tom Swift And His Wizard Camera — Or, Thrilling Adventures While Taking Moving Pictures
    By Victor Appleton
    ... Some one to see you, Mr. Tom. It was Koku, or August, as he was sometimes called, the new giant servant of Tom Swift, who made this announcement to the young inventor. "Who is it, Koku?" inquired Tom, looking up from his work-bench in the ...
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  • Book: Treasure Island
    By Robert Louis Stevenson
    ... SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, ...
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  • Book: The Turn Of The Screw
    By Henry James
    ... The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case ...
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  • Book: Twenty Years at Hull House
    By Jane Addams
    ... 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 Princess Der Ling
    ...The author was a daughter of Lord Yu Keng, one of the most advanced and progressive Chinese officials of his generation. His children got their early education in missionary schools, and the daughters later attended a convent in France, where Miss Der Ling finished her schooling and entered society. On their return to China, she became First Lady-in-Waiting to the Empress Dowager who found her charming and was fascinated by her knowledge of the European world and its ways. This frank and piquant narrative throws a new light on the secrets of Chinese Court life before World War II, and on the Empress herself — one of the most extraordinary personalities of modern times. ...
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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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  • Book: The Underground City — Or, The Black Indies
    By Jules Verne
    ... To Mr. F. R. Starr, Engineer, 30 Canongate, Edinburgh. IF Mr. James Starr will come to-morrow to the Aberfoyle coal-mines, Dochart pit, Yarrow shaft, a communication of an interesting nature will be made to him. ...
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  • Book: Varieties of Religious Experience (Two Volumes)
    By -1 James
    ...I am neither a theologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. Psychology is the only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed. To the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mental constitution. It would seem, therefore, that, as a psychologist, the natural thing for me would be to invite you to a descriptive survey of those religious propensities....
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  • Book: The Violet Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ...Long, long ago there stood in the midst of a country covered with lakes a vast stretch of moorland called the Tontlawald, on which no man ever dared set foot. From time to time a few bold spirits had been drawn by curiosity to its borders, and on their return had reported that they had caught a glimpse of a ruined house in a grove of thick trees, and round about it were a crowd of beings resembling men, swarming over the grass like bees...
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  • Book: The Voice Of The City And Other Stories
    By O. Henry ( William Sidney Porter )
    ... Twenty-five years ago the school children used to chant their lessons. The manner of their delivery was a singsong recitative between the utterance of an Episcopal minister and the drone of a tired sawmill. I mean no disrespect. We must have lumber and sawdust. ...
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  • Book: The War Of The Worlds
    By H. G. Wells
    ... No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, ...
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  • Book: The Warlord Of Mars
    By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    ... In the shadows of the forest that flanks the crimson plain by the side of the Lost Sea of Korus in the Valley Dor, beneath the hurtling moons of Mars, speeding their meteoric way close above the bosom of the dying planet, I crept stealthily along the trail of a shadowy form that hugged ...
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  • Book: Washington Square
    By Henry James
    ... During a portion of the first half of the present century, and more particularly during the latter part of it, there flourished and practised in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been ...
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  • Book: Whirligigs A Collection Of Stories
    By O. Henry ( William Sidney Porter )
    ... A favourite dodge to get your story read by the public is to assert that it is true, and then add that Truth is stranger than Fiction. I do not know if the yarn I am anxious for you to read is true; but the Spanish purser of the fruit steamer El Carrero swore to me by the shrine of Santa ...
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  • Book: White Fang
    By Jack London
    ... Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself ...
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  • Book: The Yellow Fairy Book
    By Andrew Lang, Editor
    ... A SOLDIER came marching along the high road -- left, right! A left, right! He had his knapsack on his back and a sword by his side, for he had been to the wars and was now returning home. An old Witch met him on the road. She was very ugly to look at: her under-lip hung down to her breast.'Good evening, Soldier!' she said. 'What a fine sword and knapsack you have! You are something like a soldier! You ought to have as much money as you would like to carry!' ...
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  • Book: The Young Forester
    By Zane Grey
    ... I loved outdoor life and hunting. Some way a grizzly bear would come in when I tried to explain forestry to my brother. "Hunting grizzlies!" he cried. "Why, Ken, father says you've been reading dime novels." ...
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