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No Defense

By: Gilbert Parker

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE TWO MEET. ?Well, good?bye, Dyck. I?ll meet you at the sessions, or before that at the assizes.? It was only the impulsive, cheery, warning exclamation of a wild young Irish spirit to his friend Dyck Calhoun, but it had behind it the humour and incongruity of Irish life.

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Donal Grant

By: George Macdonald

It was a lovely morning in the first of summer. Donal Grant was descending a path on a hillside to the valley below -- a sheep-track of which he knew every winding as well as any boy his half-mile to and from school. But he had never before gone down the hill with the feeling that he was not about to go up again. He was on his way to pastures very new, and in the distance only negatively inviting. But his heart was too full to be troubled -- nor was his a heart to harbou...

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The Altar of the Dead : The Beast in the Jungle; The Birthplace, A...

By: Henry James

CHAPTER I. HE had a mortal dislike, poor Stransom, to lean anniversaries, and loved them still less when they made a pretence of a figure. Celebrations and suppressions were equally painful to him, and but one of the former found a place in his life. He had kept each year in his own fashion the date of Mary Antrim’s death. It would be more to the point perhaps to say that this occasion kept HIM: it kept him at least effectually from doing anything else. It took hold of h...

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The Rape of the Lock

By: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

WHAT dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs, -- What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things, -- I sing -- This Verse to C --, Muse! is due; -- This, ev'n Belinda may vouchfafe to view: -- Slight is the Subject, but not so the Praise, -- If She inspire, and He approve my Lays. -- Say what strange Motive, Goddess! cou'd compel -- A well-bred Lord t'assault a gentle Belle? -- Oh say what stranger Cause, yet unexplor'd, -- Cou'd make a gentle Belle reject a Lord? -- And ...

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Aanmerklijke Luchtreis en Nieuwe Planeetontdekking

By: Willem Bilderdijk

Nederlandse (Dutch) literature.

Wat zijn de wetenschappen niet al verplicht aan het geval! Een geringe toevallige waarneming wekt een vluchtig denkbeeld op in het hoofd van een eenig mensch, en een nieuwe wareld, of ?t ware, is gevonden. Zeker, die het eerst een ontwortelden boomstam zag drijven, en zich daar schrijlings op zette, dacht niet aan de ontdekking van drie warelddeelen, die zonder dat nooit bekend konden worden. Even weinig geloofde Mevrouw Montgolfier, als zy haar gewasschen japon op de vu...

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Polycrates, Bishop of Ephesus

By: Polycrates, Bishop of Ephesus

[A.D. 130-196.] This author [3] comes in as an appendix to the stories of Polycarp and Irenaeus and good Anicetus, and his writings also bear upon the contrast presented by the less creditable history of Victor. If, as I suppose, the appearance of our Lord to St. John on the Lord's day was on the Paschal Sunday, it may at first seem surprising that this Apostle can be claimed by Polycrates in behalf of the Eastern custom to keep Easter, with the Jews, on the fourteenth d...

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A Madman

By: Maurice Level

He was neither wicked nor cruel, but he hungered for the unexpected. The theatre did not interest him, yet he attended often, hoping for the outbreak of a fire. He went to the fair at Neuilly to see if perhaps one of the menagerie animals might go wild and mangle its trainer. Once he even visited the bullring, but its calculated bloodshed was mundane, too controlled. Meaningless suffering revolted him; he craved the thrill of sudden catastrophe. Then, after ten years of ...

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Two Hundred Thousand Francs Reward!

By: Maurice Leblanc

Excerpt: ?LUPIN,? I said, ?tell me something about yourself.? ?Why, what would you have me tell you? Everybody knows my life!? replied Lupin, who lay drowsing on the sofa in my study. ?Nobody knows it!? I protested. ?People know from your letters in the newspapers that you were mixed up in this case, that you started that case. But the part which you played in it all, the plain facts of the story, the upshot of the mystery: these are things of which they know nothing.? ?...

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The Lady of Shalott

By: Lord Alfred Tennyson

On either side the river lie / Long fields of barley and of rye, / That clothe the wold and meet the sky; / And thro' the field the road runs by / To many-tower'd Camelot; / The yellow-leaved waterlily / The green-sheathed daffodilly / Tremble in the water chilly / Round about Shalott. / Willows whiten, aspens shiver. / The sunbeam showers break and quiver / In the stream that runneth ever / By the island in the river / Flowing down to Camelot. / Four gray walls, and fou...

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Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahrebuch 3

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Excerpt: Als Wilhelm des Morgens sich nach Mignon im Hause umsah, fand er sie nicht, hoerte aber, dass sie frueh mit Melina ausgegangen sei, welcher sich, um die Garderobe und die uebrigen Theatergeraetschaften zu uebernehmen, beizeiten aufgemacht hatte.

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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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Fly Leaves

By: C.S. Calverley

Excerpt: MORNING. ?Tis the hour when white?horsed Day Chases Night her mares away; When the Gates of Dawn (they say) Phobus opes: And I gather that the Queen May be uniformly seen, Should the weather be serene, On the slopes. When the ploughman, as he goes Leathern?gaitered o?er the snows, From his hat and from his nose Knocks the ice; And the panes are frosted o'er, And the lawn is crisp and hoar, As has been observed before Once or twice. When arrayed in breastplate re...

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The Li Ki

By: James Legge

PREFACE: I MAY be permitted to express my satisfaction that, with the two volumes of the Lî Kî now published, I have done, so far as translation is concerned, all and more than all which I undertook to do on the Chinese Classics more than twenty-five years ago. When the first volume was published in 1891, my friend, the late Stanislas Julien, wrote to me, asking if I had duly considered the voluminousness of the Lî Kî, and expressing his doubts whether I should be able t...

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Babylonian and Assyrian Literature

Excerpt: SPECIAL Introduction The great nation which dwelt in the seventh century before our era on the banks of Tigris and Euphrates flourished in literature as well as in the plastic arts, and had an alphabet of its own. The Assyrians sometimes wrote with a sharp reed, for a pen, upon skins, wooden tablets, or papyrus brought from Egypt. In this case they used cursive letters of a Phoenician character. But when they wished to preserve their written documents, they empl...

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Teamwork

By: Booker Taliaferro Washington

EVERY large and successful business, or other organization, has been built up by what is called teamwork, not by one individual, but by a number of individuals working together. In what I shall attempt to say tonight, I want to emphasize the importance, in an institution like this, of people working together with a common end in view. That is teamwork. In the Panama Canal, which has been completed at so large an expense, we have an illustration in the business world of w...

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In His Steps

By: Charles M. Sheldon

It was four o'clock in the afternoon on the opening day of the midwinter term at Hilton Seminary, a noted institution located in a beautiful old town of Western New York. A group of gay girls had just gathered in one of the pleasant and spacious recreation rooms and were chattering like the proverbial flock of magpies—exchanging merry greetings after their vacation; comparing notes on studies, classes and roommates; discussing the advent of new teachers, pupils and impro...

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A Story of Ravenna

By: Giovanni Boccaccio

RAVENNA being a very ancient city in Romagna, there dwelt sometime a great number of worthy gentlemen, among whom I am to speak of one more especially, named Anastasio, descended from the family of Onesti, who by the death of his father, and an uncle of his, was left extraordinarily abounding in riches and growing to years fitting for marriage. As young gallants are easily apt enough to do, he became enamoured of a very beautiful gentlewoman, who was daughter of Messer P...

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On the High Seat of the Treasure of the Law

By: A.F.Price

Excerpt: Chapter 1. AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Once, when the Patriarch had arrived at Pao Lin Monastery, Prefect Wei of Shao Chou and other officials went there to ask him to deliver public lectures on Buddhism in the hall of Ta Fan Temple in the City of Canton. In due course, there were assembled in the lecture hall Prefect Wei, government officials and Confucian scholars, about thirty each, and bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, Taoists and laymen to the number of about one thousand.

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A Shropshire Lad

By: A. E. Housman

INTRODUCTION: The method of the poems in A Shropshire Lad illustrates better than any theory how poetry may assume the attire of reality, and yet in speech of the simplest, become in spirit the sheer quality of loveliness. For, in these unobtrusive pages, there is nothing shunned which makes the spectacle of life parade its dark and painful, its ironic and cynical burdens, as well as those images with happy and exquisite aspects. With a broader and deeper background of e...

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This Side of Paradise

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

AMORY BLAINE inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while. His father, an ineffectual, inarticulate man with a taste for Byron and a habit of drowsing over the Encyclopedia Britannica, grew wealthy at thirty through the death of two elder brothers, successful Chicago brokers, and in the first flush of feeling that the world was his, went to Bar Harbor and met Beatrice O'Hara. In consequence, Stephen Blaine handed do...

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