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Mosses from an Old Manse

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

My unfortunate friend P. has lost the thread of his life by the interposition of long intervals of partially disordered reason. The past and present are jumbled together in his mind in a manner often productive of curious results, and which will be better

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History of the United Netherlands, 1585

By: John Lothrop Motley

Chapter V. Part 2. Position of Alexander and his Army -- La Motte Attempts in Vain -- Ostend -- Patriots Gain Liefkenshoek -- Projects of Gianibelli -- Alarm on the Bridge -- The Fire Ships -- The Explosion -- Its Results -- Death of the Viscount of Ghent -- Perpetual Anxiety.

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Life's Little Ironies and a Few Crusted Characters

By: Thomas Hardy

To the eyes of a man viewing it from behind, the nut-brown hair was a wonder and a mystery. Under the black beaver hat, surmounted by its tuft of black feathers, the long locks, braided and twisted and coiled like the rushes of a basket, composed a rare,

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Cinq Mars, Vol. 3

By: Alfred de Vigny

There are moments in our life when we long ardently for strong excitement to drown our petty griefs?times when the soul, like the lion in the fable, wearied with the continual attacks of the gnat, earnestly desires a mightier enemy and real danger. Cinq-

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Their Pilgrimage

By: Charles Dudley Warner

When Irene looked out of her stateroom window early in the morning of the twentieth of March, there was a softness and luminous quality in the horizon clouds that prophesied spring. The steamboat, which had left Baltimore and an arctic temperature the night before, was drawing near the wharf at Fortress Monroe, and the passengers, most of whom were seeking a mild climate, were crowding the guards, eagerly scanning the long facade of the Hygeia Hotel.

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Specimens of Greek Tragedy Aeschylus and Sophocles

By: Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910

Preface: Greek drama, forerunner of ours, had its origin in the festival of Dionysus, god of wine, which was celebrated with dance, song, and recitative. The recitative, being in character, was improved into the Drama, the chief author of the improvement, tradition says, being Thespis. But the dance and song were retained, and became the Chorus, that peculiar feature of the Greek play. This seems to be the general account of the matter, and especially of the combination ...

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Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Ov...

By: Edward John Eyre

Preface: In offering to the public an account of Expeditions of Discovery in Australia, undertaken in the years 1840-1, and completed in July of the latter year, some apology may be deemed necessary for this narrative not having sooner appeared, or perhaps even for its being now published at all.

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La Conquete de Plassans

By: Emile Zola

Desiree battit des mains. C?etait une enfant de quatorze ans, forte pour son age, et qui avait un rire de petite fille de cinq ans.?Maman, maman! cria-t-elle, vois ma poupee! Elle avait pris a sa mere un chiffon, dont elle travaillait depuis un quart d?heure a faire une poupee, en le roulant et en l?etranglant par un bout, a l?aide d?un brin de fil. Marthe leva les yeux du bas qu?elle raccommodait avec des delicatesses de broderie. Elle sourit a Desiree.

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Camps, Quarters and Casual Places

By: Archibald Forbes

MATRIMONY UNDER FIRE. The interval between the declaration of the Franco-German war of 1870-71, and the ?military promenade,? at which the poor Prince Imperial received his ?baptism of fire,? was a pleasant, lazy time at Saarbrucken; to which pretty frontier town I had early betaken myself, in the anticipation, which proved well founded, that the tide of war would flow that way first. What a pity it is that all war cannot be like this early phase of it, of which I speak!...

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The Disowned, Volume 5

By: Edward Bulwer Lytton

Virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed; for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.?BACON. It is somewhat remarkable that while Talbot was bequeathing to Clarence, as the most valuable of legacies, the doctrines of a philosophy he had acquired, perhaps too late to practise, Glendower was carrying those very doctrines, so far as his limited sphere would allow, into the rule and exercise of his life.

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Where There's a Will There's a Way : An Ascent of Mont Blanc, By C...

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart

When it was all over Mr. Sam came out to the spring-house to say good-by to me before he and Mrs. Sam left. I hated to see him go, after all we had been through together, and I suppose he saw it in my face, for he came over close and stood looking down at me, and smiling. ?You saved us, Minnie,? he said, ?and I needn?t tell you we?re grateful; but do you know what I think?? he asked, pointing his long forefinger at me. ?I think you?ve enjoyed it even when you were suffer...

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The Greeks and Romans both belong to the same race or stock. It is generally known in our time as the Aryan family of mankind; and so far as we know its history, the Greeks and Romans descended from the tribes which emigrated from the high tablelands of Northern India. Other tribes emigrated in different directions from the same centre, so that traces of the Aryan language are found in the islands of the Pacific ocean.

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The Three Cities Trilogy : Lourdes, Volume 1

By: Emile Zola

BEFORE perusing this work, it is as well that the reader should understand M. Zola?s aim in writing it, and his views?as distinct from those of his characters?upon Lourdes, its Grotto, and its cures. A short time before the book appeared M. Zola was ...

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The Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency, Volume 3

By: Elizabeth Charlotte, Duchesse Dorleans

The late Monsieur was very much disturbed at his wife?s coquetry; but he dared not behave ill to her, because she was protected by the King. The Queen-mother of England had not brought up her children well: she at first left them in the society of femmes de chambre, who gratified all their caprices; and having afterwards married them at a very early age, they followed the bad example of their mother. Both of them met with unhappy deaths; the one was poisoned, and the other died in child-birth.

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Legends of Babylon and Egypt

By: Leonard W. King

In these lectures an attempt is made, not so much to restate familiar facts, as to accommodate them to new and supplementary evidence which has been published in America since the outbreak of the war. But even without the excuse of recent discovery, no apology would be needed for any comparison or contrast of Hebrew tradition with the mythological and legendary beliefs of Babylon and Egypt. Hebrew achievements in the sphere of religion and ethics are only thrown into str...

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In Defense of Women

By: H. L. Mencken

Introduction: As a professional critic of life and letters, my principal business in the world is that of manufacturing platitudes for tomorrow, which is to say, ideas so novel that they will be instantly rejected as insane and outrageous by all right thinking men, and so apposite and sound that they will eventually conquer that instinctive opposition, and force themselves into the traditional wisdom of the race. I hope I need not confess that a large part of my stock in...

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The Poetical Works of Mrs. Leprohon

By: Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

Introduction: When, in after ages, the literature of Canada comes to be written, it is to be hoped that among the mighty sons and daughters of genius now unknown, or as yet unborn, some room will be kept for the brave and loving pioneers who ?gave the people of their best,? and sang the songs of duty and patriotism and hope, ere life in our young land had ceased to be a struggle. With the growth of wealth and the spread of prosperity, will come leisure for more than mate...

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Henry James, Jr

By: William Dean Howells

He was born in New York city in the year 1843, and his first lessons in life and letters were the best which the metropolis?so small in the perspective diminishing to that date?could afford. In his twelfth year his family went abroad.

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An Egyptian Princess, Vol. 9

By: Georg Ebers

Chapter XI. According to the law of Egypt, Zopyrus had deserved death. As soon as his friends heard this, they resolved to go to Sais and try to rescue him by stratagem. Syloson, who had friends there and could speak the Egyptian language well, offered to help them. Bartja and Darius disguised themselves so completely by dyeing their hair and eyebrows and wearing broad-brimmed felt-hats, that they could scarcely recognize each other. Theopompus provided them with ordinar...

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Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper

By: T. S. Arthur

THIS happened a very few years after, my marriage, and is one of those feeling incidents in life that we never forget. My husband?s income was moderate, and we found it necessary to deny ourselves many little articles of ornament and luxury, to the end that there might be no serious abatement in the comforts of life. In furnishing our house, we had been obliged to content ourselves mainly with things useful. Our parlor could boast of nine cane-seat chairs; one high-backe...

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