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An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South

By: Angelina Emily Grimke

Excerpt: ?Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not within thyself that thou shalt escape in the king?s house more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place: but thou and thy father?s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this. And Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer: and so will I...

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The Iceberg Express

By: David Cory

One bright morning in August little Mary Louise put on her hat and went trudging across the meadow to the beach. It was the first time she had been trusted out alone since the family had moved to the seashore for the summer; for Mary Louise was a little girl, nothing about her was large, except her round gray eyes.

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Paul the Peddler

By: Horatio Alger, Jr.

Here's your prize packages! Only five cents! Money prize in every package! Walk up, gentlemen, and try your luck! The speaker, a boy of fourteen, stood in front of the shabby brick building, on Nassau street, which has served for many years as the New York post office. In front of him, as he stood with his back to the building, was a small basket, filled with ordinary letter envelopes, each labeled Prize Package....

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Ridgway of Montana

By: William Macleod Raine

Excerpt: THE young woman who was giving the last touches to the very effective picture framed in her long looking?glass nodded almost imperceptibly. She had come to the parting of the ways, and she knew it, with a shrewd suspicion as to which she would choose. She had asked for a week to decide, and her heart?searching had told her nothing new. It was characteristic of Virginia Balfour that she did not attempt to deceive herself. If she married Waring Ridgway it would be...

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In the Beginning Was the Command Line

By: Neal Stephenson

Excerpt: About twenty years ago Jobs and Wozniak, the founders of Apple, came up with the very strange idea of selling information processing machines for use in the home. The business took off, and its founders made a lot of money and received the credit they deserved for being daring visionaries. But around the same time, Bill Gates and Paul Allen came up with an idea even stranger and more fantastical: selling computer operating systems. This was much weirder than the...

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Autobiography of Makataime’Shekiakiak, Or Black Hawk

By: Martin Schub

Excerpt: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BLACK HAWK. I was born at the Sac village, on Rock river, in the year 1767, and am now in my 67th year. My great grandfather, Nanamakee, or Thunder, according to the tradition given me by my father, Pyesa, was born in the vicinity of Montreal, Canada, where the Great Spirit first placed the Sac nation, and inspired him with a belief that, at the end of four years he should see a white man, who would be to him a father. Consequently he blacked hi...

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The Romaunt of the Rose

By: Geoffrey Chaucer

Excerpt: FRAGMENT A. Many men seyn that in sweveninges Ther nis but fables and lesinges; But men may somme swevenes seen, Which hardely ne false been, But afterward ben apparaunte. This may I drawe to waraunte An authour, that hight Macrobes, That halt not dremes false ne lees, But undoth us the avisioun That whylom mette king Cipioun. And who?so sayth, or weneth it be A Iape, or elles a nycetee To wene that dremes after falle, Let who?so liste a fool me calle. For this ...

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The Satyricon of Petronius, Illustrated, V7

By: Petronius Arbiter

Excerpt: THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER SIX NOTES BY MARCHENA. TO THE ARMY OF THE RHINE. The conquests of the French have resulted, during this war, in a boon to knowledge and to letters. Egypt has furnished us with monuments of its aboriginal inhabitants, which the ignorance and superstition of the Copts and Mussulmans kept concealed from civilized countries. The libraries of the convents of the various countries have been ransacked by savants and precious manuscrip...

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz

By: Frank L. Baum

Prologue: Through the kindness of Dorothy Gale of Kansas, afterward Princess Dorothy of Oz, an humble writer in the United States of America was once appointed Royal Historian of Oz, with the privilege of writing the chronicle of that wonderful fairyland. But after making six books about the adventures of those interesting but queer people who live in the Land of Oz, the Historian learned with sorrow that by an edict of the Supreme Ruler, Ozma of Oz, her country would th...

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The Writings of Mencius

By: James Legge

Excerpt: Chapter One. 1. Mencius went to see king Hui of Liang. 2. The king said, ?Venerable sir, since you have not counted it far to come here, a distance of a thousand li, may I presume that you are provided with counsels to profit my kingdom?? 3. Mencius replied, ?Why must your Majesty use that word ?profit?? What I am provided with, are counsels to benevolence and righteousness, and these are my only topics.

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The Coming of Cuculain

By: Standish Hayes O'Grady

PREFACE: -- STANDISH O'GRADY. A TRIBUTE BY A. E. -- CHAPTER I. THE RED BRANCH -- CHAPTER II. THE BOYS OF THE ULTONIANS -- CHAPTER III. DETHCAEN'S NURSLING -- CHAPTER IV. SETANTA RUNS AWAY -- CHAPTER V. THE NEW BOY -- CHAPTER VI. THE SMITH'S SUPPER PARTY -- CHAPTER VII. SETANTA AND THE SMITH'S DOG -- CHAPTER VIII. SETANTA, THE PEACE-MAKER -- CHAPTER IX. THE CHAMPION AND THE KING -- CHAPTER X. DEIRDRE -- CHAPTER XI. THERE WAS WAR IN ULSTER -- CHAPTER XII. THE SACRED CHARIO...

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The Winters Tale

By: William Shakespeare

Enter Orsino Duke of Illyria, Curio, and other Lords. / Duke. If Musicke be the food of Loue, play on, / Giue me excesse of it: that surfetting, / The appetite may sicken, and so dye. / That straine agen, it had a dying fall: / O, it came ore my eare, like the sweet sound / That breathes vpon a banke of Violets; / Stealing, and giuing Odour. Enough, no more, / ’Tis not so sweet now, as it was before. / O spirit of Loue, how quicke and fresh art thou, / That notwithstanding thy capacitie...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : The Red Lily, Vol. 3

By: Anatole France

The next day, in the hidden pavilion of the Via Alfieri, she found him preoccupied. She tried to distract him with ardent gayety, with the sweetness of pressing intimacy, with superb humility. But he remained sombre. He had all night meditated, labored over, and recognized his sadness. He had found reasons for suffering. His thought had brought together the hand that dropped a letter in the post-box before the bronze San Marco and the dreadful unknown who had been seen a...

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History of the Thirty Years' War in Germany

By: Friedrich Von Schiller

The present is the only collected edition of the principal works of Schiller which is accessible to English readers. Detached poems or dramas have been translated at various times, and sometimes by men of eminence, since the first publication of the original works; and in several instances these versions have been incorporated, after some revision or necessary correction, into the following collection; but on the other hand a large proportion of the contents have been sp...

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Robin Hood

By: J. Walker Mcspadden

Excerpt: Chapter 1. HOW ROBIN HOOD BECAME AN OUTLAW. List and hearken, gentlemen, That be of free?born blood, I shall you tell of a good yeoman, His name was Robin Hood. Robin was a proud outlaw, While as he walked on the ground. So courteous an outlaw as he was one Was never none else found. In the days of good King Harry the Second of England?he of the warring sons?there were certain forests in the north country set aside for the King?s hunting, and no man might shoot ...

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The Amputated Arms

By: Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe

Excerpt: He had but one fault?if one might call it so?and that was his exaggerated idea of punctuality. He grumbled if you were late two minutes; any longer delay would spoil the entire evening for him. He himself was never known to be late. At least not during the entire years of my studying. One Wednesday evening our little circle of friends met as usual in my room at seven o?clock. I had made the customary preparations for the meeting, had borrowed three chairs?I had ...

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Princess Bethrothed to Garba

By: Jean De La Fontaine

Excerpt: WHAT various ways in which a thing is told Some truth abuse, while others fiction hold; In stories we invention may admit; But diff'rent ?tis with what historick writ; Posterity demands that truth should then Inspire relation, and direct the pen.

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In Noman's Land

By: George Gissing

Excerpt: It was in the smoking?room of a second?rate commercial hotel. A rakish fellow, newly back from the Colonies, began to abuse England; he hated a country where there was no free space, where every inch of ground belonged to some landlord or other, where you couldn't live without paying rent ?Hold on!? cried Cogswell, who had done well at the races, and was in merry mood; ?there?s people living in England who pay no rent. Yes, living in houses they don?t own, and w...

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Songs of the Pueblo Indians

By: Amy Lowell

I am waving a ripe sunflower, I am scattering sunflower pollen to the four world-quarters. I am joyful because of my melons, I am joyful because of my beans, I am joyful because of my squashes. The sunflower waves. So did the corn wave When the wind blew against it, So did my white corn bend When the red lightning descended upon it, It trembled as the sunflower When the rain beat down its leaves.

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Undine

By: La Motte Fouqué, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr De, 1777-1843

Four tales are, it is said, intended by the Author to be appropriate to the Four Seasons: the stern, grave Sintram, to winter; the tearful, smiling, fresh Undine, to Spring; the torrid deserts of the Two Captains, to summer; and the sunset gold of Aslauga's Knight, to autumn. Of these two are before us. The author of these tales, as well as of many more, was Friedrich, Baron de la Motte Fouque, one of the foremost of the minstrels or tale-tellers of the realm of spiritua...

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