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Ethics Part III on the Origin and Nature of the Emotions

By: Benedict De Spinoza

Excerpt: DEFINITIONS. I. By an adequate cause, I mean a cause through which its effect can be clearly and distinctly perceived. By an inadequate or partial cause, I mean a cause through which, by itself, its effect cannot be understood. II. I say that we act when anything takes place, either within us or externally to us, whereof we are the adequate cause; that is (by the foregoing definition) when through our nature something takes place within us or externally to us, w...

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The Silent Seven

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: A CHILLING night drizzle swilled through Eighty?first Street. It enshrouded the wizened figure of an aged man, pausing before a brownstone house. He leaned on a silver?headed cane and pulled the collar of his heavy coat closer about his ears. His thin, parched lips moved soundlessly in a continuous muttering.

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Shiwan Khan Returns

By: Maxwell Grant

THE thing that stood in the center of the old garage looked like a crazed man's dream. It was intended to be an automobile, that much was certain; but it looked like a flashback to the experimental days of motor cars, rather than anything that belonged to the present century. In the center of a short, broad-beamed chassis, the mechanical brainstorm had a squatty V-type motor hung low in a metal square. From each corner of the motor, a shaft ran to a wheel. In their turn,...

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Crainquebille, Putois, Riquet et Plusieurs Autres Recits Profitables

By: Anatole France

Crainquebille, marchand ambulant, connut combien la loi est auguste, quand il fut traduit en police correctionnelle pour outrage a un agent de la force publique. Ayant pris place, dans la salle magnifique et sombre, sur le banc des accuses, il vit les juges, les greffiers, les avocats en robe, l'huissier portant la chaîne, les gendarmes et, derriere une cloison, les tetes nues des spectateurs silencieux. Et il se vit lui-meme assis sur un siege eleve, comme si de paraîtr...

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The Seeds of Love

By: Florence Henrietta Darwin

[During the singing LUBIN comes slowly and heavily along the road. He wears the dress of a farm labourer and carries a scythe over his shoulder. In front of the cottage he pauses, looks round doubtfully, and then sits stiffly and wearily down on the bench beneath the window.

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Areopagitica

By: John Milton

They, who to states and governors of the commonwealth direct their speech, high court of parliament! or wanting such access in a private condition, write that which they foresee may advance the public good; I suppose them, as at the beginning of no mean endeavour, not a little altered and moved inwardly in their minds; some with doubt of what will be the success, others with fear of what will be the censure; some with hope, others with confidence of what they have to spe...

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Eve's Ransom

By: George Robert Gissing, 1857-1903

In clear daylight the high, uncovered platform would have offered an outlook over the surrounding country, but at this hour no horizon was discernible. Buildings near at hand, rude masses of grimy brick, stood out against a grey confused background; among them rose a turret which vomited crimson flame. This fierce, infernal glare seemed to lack the irradiating quality of earthly fires; with hard, though fluctuating outline, it leapt towards the kindred night, and diffuse...

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Stray Pearls

By: Charlotte M. Yonge

No one can be more aware than the author that the construction of this tale is defective. The state of French society, and the strange scenes of the Fronde, beguiled me into a tale which has become rather a family record than a novel. Formerly the Muse of the historical romance was an independent and arbitrary personage, who could compress time, resuscitate the dead, give mighty deeds to imaginary heroes, exchange substitutes for popular martyrs on the scaffold, and make...

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A Lover's Complaint

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: From off a hill whose concave womb re?worded A plaintful story from a sistering vale, My spirits to attend this double voice accorded, And down I laid to list the sad?tun?d tale; Ere long espied a fickle maid full pale, Tearing of papers, breaking rings a?twain, Storming her world with sorrow?s wind and rain.

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Teddy's Button

By: Amy Le Feuvre

Excerpt: Chapter 1. An Antagonist He stood in the centre of a little crowd of village boys; his golden head was bare in the blazing sun, but the crop of curls seemed thick enough to protect him from its rays, and he was far too engrossed in his occupation to heed any discomfort from the heat.

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Elinor Wyllys

By: Susan Fenimore Cooper

The editor has great confidence in the principles, taste, and intelligence of the real author of Elinor Wyllys. She has seen much of that portion of the world with which a lady becomes acquainted, and has seen that much under the most favorable circumstances. As usually happens in such cases, her book will be found free from exaggerations of every sort; and will be more likely to be well received by persons of her own class, than by those who are less familiar with its a...

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The Wings of the Dove

By: Henry James

She waited, Kate Croy, for her father to come in, but he kept her unconscionably, and there were moments at which she showed herself, in the glass over the mantel, a face positively pale with the irritation that had brought her to the point of going away without sight of him. It was at this point, however, that she remained; changing her place, moving from the shabby sofa to the armchair upholstered in a glazed cloth that gave at once -- she had tried it -- the sense of ...

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Vampire

By: Jan Neruda

Excerpt: All the more agreeable was the Polish family. The father and mother were good?natured, fine people, the lover a handsome young fellow, of direct and refined manners. They had come to Prinkipo to spend the summer months for the sake of the daughter, who was slightly ailing. The beautiful pale girl was either just recovering from a severe illness or else a serious disease was just fastening its hold upon her. She leaned upon her lover when she walked and very ofte...

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Don Quixote, Iiv21, Illustrated

By: Miguel De Cervantes

Excerpt: ?Hush, Sancho,? said Don Quixote in a weak and faint voice, ?hush and utter no blasphemies against that enchanted lady; for I alone am to blame for her misfortune and hard fate; her calamity has come of the hatred the wicked bear me.? ?So say I,? returned Sancho; ?his heart rend in twain, I trow, who saw her once, to see her now.? ?Thou mayest well say that, Sancho,? replied Don Quixote, ?as thou sawest her in the full perfection of her beauty; for the enchantme...

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The Miniature

By: J.Y. Akerman

Excerpt: Calling one day on a friend, who had amassed a large collection of autographs, and other manuscript curiosities, he showed me a small quarto volume, which had been bequeathed to him by a relative, a physician, who for many years had been in extensive ...

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The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu: Being a Somewhat Detailed Account of ...

By: Sax Rohmer

The note of a silver bell quivered musically through the scented air of the ante-room. Madame de Medici stirred slightly upon the divan with its many silken cushions, turning her head toward the closed door with the languorous, almost insolent, indifference which one perceives in the movements of a tigress. Below, in the lobby, where the pillars of Mokattam alabaster upheld the painted roof, the little yellow man from Pekin shivered slightly, although the air was warm fo...

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Ode to Fear

By: William Collins

Excerpt: Thou, to whom the world unknown With all its shadowy shapes is shown; Who see?st appalled the unreal scene, While Fancy lifts the veil between: Ah Fear! Ah frantic Fear! I see, I see thee near. I know thy hurried step, thy haggard eye!

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Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI

By: John Lord

Excerpt: DANTE. * A.D. 1265?1321. RISE OF MODERN POETRY. The first great genius who aroused his country from the torpor of the Middle Ages was a poet. Poetry, then, was the first influence which elevated the human mind amid the miseries of a gloomy period, if we may except the schools of philosophy which flourished in the rising universities. But poetry probably preceded all other forms of culture in Europe, even as it preceded philosophy and art in Greece. The gay Prove...

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Europe : A Prophecy

By: William Blake

`Five windows light the cavern'd Man: thro' one he breathes the air; Thro' one hears music of the spheres; thro' one the Eternal Vine Flourishes, that he may receive the grapes; thro' one can look And see small portions of the Eternal World that ever groweth; Thro' one himself pass out what time he please, but he will not; For stolen joys are sweet, and bread eaten in secret pleasant.'...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Cosmopolis, V4

By: Paul Bourget

Excerpt: Chapter 1X. LUCID ALBA The doctor had diagnosed the case correctly. Dorsenne?s ball had struck Gorka below the wrist. Two centimetres more to the right or to the left, and undoubtedly Boleslas would have been killed. He escaped with a fracture of the forearm, which would confine him for a few days to his room, and which would force him to submit for several weeks to the annoyance of a sling. When he was taken home and his personal physician, hastily summoned, ma...

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