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The Millers Daughter

By: Emile Zola

Excerpt: Chapter 1. The Betrothal. Pere Merlier?s Mill, one beautiful summer evening, was arranged for a grand fete. In the courtyard were three tables, placed end to end, which awaited the guests. Everyone knew that Francoise, Merlier?s daughter, was that night to be betrothed to Dominique, a young man who was accused of idleness but whom the fair sex for three leagues around gazed at with sparkling eyes, such a fine appearance had he....

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The Wings of the Dove

By: Henry James

Excerpt: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James.

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Christmas, A Story

By: Zona Gale

This is a gentle Christmas story, whose message is that if we didn't already have Christmas, we'd find a way to invent it. It's hard times in Old Trail Town as the Season of Giving approaches. The factory that employs most of the town is closed and not likely to re-open, and town merchants fear that people will try to shop on credit. Unwilling to carry the debt, the merchants work out a scheme to get everybody in town to agree not to have Christmas that year. What happens next proves that Christmas can't be banned from the hearts of those who truly believe in it. (Summary by Christine Dufour)...

Fiction, Holiday

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Woyzeck

By: Georg Büchner

Woyzeck ist ein Dramenfragment des deutschen Dramatikers und Dichters Georg Büchner. Büchner begann vermutlich zwischen Juni und September 1836 mit der Niederschrift. Bei seinem frühen Tod im Jahr 1837 blieb das Werk als Fragment zurück. Das Manuskript ist in mehreren Entwurfsstufen überliefert. Im Druck erschien Woyzeck erstmals 1879 in der stark überarbeiteten und vom Herausgeber veränderten Fassung von Karl Emil Franzos. Woyzeck wurde am 8. November 1913 im Residenztheater München uraufgeführt. Der einfache Soldat Franz Woyzeck, der seine Freundin Marie und das gemeinsame uneheliche Kind, die genau wie er am Rande der Gesellschaft leben, zu unterstützen versucht, arbeitet als Laufbursche für seinen Hauptmann. Dieser und ein skrupelloser Arzt nutzen Franz physisch und psychisch aus. Marie lässt sich mit einem Tambourmajor ein und Woyzecks aufkeimender Verdacht wird durch ihm nicht freundlich gesonnene Mitmenschen geschürt, bis die Handlung eskaliert. Anmerkung: Dieses Stück ist ein Fragment. Es gibt keine einzig richtige Reihenfolge der einzelnen Szenen, denn sie sind weder numeriert noch in Akte aufgeteilt. Die hier vorliegende R...

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Poisoned Pen, The

By: Arthur B. Reeve

The many adventures of Professor Craig Kennedy were chronicled by Arthur B. Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936). Reeve was an American mystery writer who created 82 Craig Kennedy mystery stories. The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the American Sherlock Holmes. Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science. This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The title story features the use of special inks. One which disappears in sunlight and one which appears in sunlight, so that the text on a note found in possession of a murder victim changes completely, making it almost impossible for Kennedy to track down the killer. Each story features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way. (Introduction by Elliott Miller)...

Fiction, Mystery

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One Basket

By: Edna Ferber

This sparkling collection of 7 short stories by Ferber includes some that are considered her all time best like The Woman Who Tried To be Good and The Maternal Feminine. Writing for and about women, Edna Ferber touches the very heart and soul of what it means to be human; to make good choices and bad; to be weak and strong. This was a very popular book when published in 1913 (Summary by phil chenevert)...

Short stories, Fiction

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শ্রাবণ দিনের কাব্য

By: শফিকুল ইসলাম

স্মৃতির শহরে পিছু ফেরা নিয়ে কিছু কবিতা । একুশের বই মেলায় আগামী প্রকাশনী, বাংলা বাজার ঢাকা থেকে প্রকাশিত কবি শফিকুল ইসলাম এর কাব্যগ্রন্থ শ্রাবণ দিনের কাব্য। এই গ্রন্থে প্রায় ৫০টির (পঞ্চাশ) মত কবিতা স্থান পেয়েছে। গ্রন্থের প্রচছদ পরিকল্পনায় শিবু কুমার শীল। কবিতাগুলো মনের গভীরতম অনুভূতিকে উদ্বেলিত করার মত গদ্য -রীতিতে রচিত ।...

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Never Will The World Forget This Matchless Gnani Purush (Hindi Dadavani November-2007)

By: Dada Bhagwan

For the salvation of such human beings, the Self expressed spontaneously in full glory within the bodily temple of Shri Ambalal Muljibhai Patel of Bhadran, Gujarat, India in June 1958. The fully enlightened Self within is referred to as ‘Dada Bhagwan’. After that evening, Ambalal became Gnani Purush Dadashri and his satsang opened up the new path of liberation called Akram Vignan. It took only an hour for this science to manifest within him.In this Kalikaal the extraordinary wonder of total reverence and worship for an ordinary householder—not an ascetic-renunciate—arose.Dadashri had only one burning desire that, ‘May the whole world attain this bliss that I have attained.’ With infinite compassion he used to say, “It is hard to see all this suffering humanity. My deep inner intent is that may all living beings of the universe attain peace and happiness. May many people attain moksha—final liberation from the cycles of birth and death." ...

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The Gospel According To

By: St. John

Excerpt: Chapter 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God -- 2. The same was in the beginning with God -- 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made -- 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men -- 5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not -- 6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John....

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Miss Sarah Jack of Spanish Town, Jamaica

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: Miss Sarah Jack, of Spanish Town, Jamaica by Anthony Trollope.

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The Village Rector

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley.

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Songs of Travel and Other Verses : And Other Verses

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Songs of Travel and other verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Contents* I - THE VAGABOND (To an air of Schubert) ........................................................................................................... 5 II - YOUTH AND LOVE - I ....................................................................................................................................... 6 III - YOUTH AND LOVE - II .................................................................................................................................... 6 XII - WE HAVE LOVED OF YORE (To an air of Diabelli) .................................................................................. 10 XIII - MATER TRIUMPHANS ............................................................................................................................... 10 XVI (To the tune of Wandering Willie) .................................................................................................................... 12 XVII - WINTER ........................................................................................................................................................ 12 XIX ? TO DR. HAKE (On receiving a Copy of Ver...

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Typee a Romance of the South Seas

By: Herman Melville

Excerpt: A Romance of the South Seas by Herman Melville.

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Dark Hollow

By: Anna Katharine Green

The small town of Shelby is shaken by a brutal murder. A man by the name of Etheridge was found beaten to death. A local inn-keeper, is convicted and executed for the crime. Many years later, a woman in purple shows up at the house of Ostrander, the respected judge who had sentenced the inn-keeper to be executed. This mysterious woman turns out to be the wife of the convicted man, but she does not believe he was guilty. She visits the Judge, to challenge him on his verdict. He listens to her plea, but reaffirms his belief in her husbands guilt. Having nowhere to go, Deborah is given the position of maid, which she secretly uses to obtain proof of her husband's innocence and the identity of the real killer. However, the initial evidence that Deborah collects points in troubling new directions. (Summary by Elaine Webb)...

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Our Mutual Friend

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: The school at which young Charley Hexam had first learned from a book--the streets being, for pupils of his degree, the great Preparatory Establishment in which very much that is never unlearned is learned without and before book--was a miserable loft in an unsavoury yard. Its atmosphere was oppressive and disagreeable; it was crowded, noisy, and confusing; half the pupils dropped asleep, or fell into a state of waking stupefaction; the other half kept them in either condition by maintaining a monotonous droning noise, as if they were performing, out of time and tune, on a ruder sort of bagpipe. The teachers, animated solely by good intentions, had no idea of execution, and a lamentable jumble was the upshot of their kind endeavours....

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The Pickwick Papers

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: The Pickwick Papers, Volume Two by Charles Dickens.

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Summer

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: A girl came out of lawyer Royall?s house, at the end of the one street of North Dormer, and stood on the doorstep. It was the beginning of a June afternoon. The springlike transparent sky shed a rain of silver sunshine on the roofs of the village, and on the pastures and larchwoods surrounding it. A little wind moved among the round white clouds on the shoulders of the hills, driving their shadows across the fields and down the grassy road that takes the name of street when it passes through North Dormer....

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The History of Troilus and Cressiida

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: This Electronic Book Is a Publication of the Pennsylvania State university's Electronic Classic Series, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor.

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England, My England

By: D. H. Lawrence

Excerpt: He was working on the edge of the common, beyond the small brook that ran in the dip at the bottom of the garden, carrying the garden path in continuation from the plank bridge on to the common. He had cut the rough turf and bracken, leaving the grey, dryish soil bare. But he was worried because he could not get the path straight, there was a pleat between his brows. He had set up his sticks, and taken the sights between the big pine trees, but for some reason everything seemed wrong. He looked again, straining his keen blue eyes, that had a touch of the Viking in them, through the shadowy pine trees as through a doorway, at the greengrassed garden-path rising from the shadow of alders by the log bridge up to the sunlit flowers. Tall white and purple columbines, and the butt-end of the old Hampshire cottage that crouched near the earth amid flowers, blossoming in the bit of shaggy wildness round about....

Contents England, My England ........................................................................................................................ 4 Tickets, Please .................................................................................................................................. 35 The Blind Man ................................................................................................................................. 47 Monkey Nuts .................................................................................................................................... 66 Wintry Peacock ................................................................................................................................ 79 You Touched Me............................................................................................................................... 93 Samson and Delilah........................................................................................................................110 The Primrose Path ........................................................................................................

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El Verdugo

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: El Verdugo by Honore de Balzac, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley.

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