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The Pathfinder

By: James Fenimore Cooper

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Chance a Tale in Two Parts

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: I believe he had seen us out of the window coming off to dine in the dinghy of a fourteen-ton yawl belonging to Marlow my host and skipper. We helped the boy we had with us to haul the boat up on the landing-stage before we went up to the riverside inn, where we found our new acquaintance eating his dinner in dignified loneliness at the head of a long table, white and inhospitable like a snow bank....

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Returning Home

By: Anthony Trollope

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Our Mutual Friend

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in....

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Tom Tiddlers Ground

By: Charles Dickens

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Ursula

By: Honoré de Balzac

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

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The Castle of Otranto

By: Horace Walpole

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A Modern Utopia

By: H. G. Wells

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The Glimpses of the Moon

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: PART I. It rose for them--their honey-moon--over the waters of a lake so famed as the scene of romantic raptures that they were rather proud of not having been afraid to choose it as the setting of their own. ?It required a total lack of humour, or as great a gift for it as ours, to risk the experiment,? Susy Lansing opined, as they hung over the inevitable marble balustrade and watched their tutelary orb roll its magic carpet across the waters to their feet....

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The Uncommercial Traveller

By: Charles Dickens

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Bureaucracy

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: Chapter 1. The Rabourdin household in Paris, where men of thought and study bear a certain likeness to one another, living as they do in a common centre, you must have met with several resembling Monsieur Rabourdin, whose acquaintance we are about to make at a moment when he is head of a bureau in one of our most important ministries....

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A Ride Across Palestine

By: Anthony Trollope

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My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. With an Introduction. By James M'Cune Smith

By: Frederick Douglas

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The Commission in Lunacy

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: IN 1828, at about one o?clock one morning, two persons came out of a large house in the Rue du Faubourg Saint- Honore, near the Elysee-Bourbon. One was the famous doctor, Horace Bianchon; the other was one of the most elegant men in Paris, the Baron de Rastignac; they were friends of long standing. Each had sent away his carriage, and no cab was to be seen in the street; but the night was fine, and the pavement dry....

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Tales of Unrest

By: Joseph Conrad

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Contents AUTHOR?S NOTE ........................................................................................................................... 4 TALES OF UNREST ........................................................ 8 KARAIN: A MEMORY ...................................................................................8 THE IDIOTS ...................................................................................................51 AN OUTPOST OF PROGRESS .....................................................................76 THE RETURN ..............................................................................................102 THE LAGOON .............................................................................................160...

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A Little Tour in France

By: Henry James

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On the Improvement of the Understanding (Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect)

By: Baruch Spinoza

Excerpt: On the Improvement of the Understanding (Teatise on the Emendation of the Intellect) Baruch Spinoza (Benedict de Spinoza), translated by R.H.M. Elwes....

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Captain Burle

By: Emile Zola

Excerpt: It was nine o?clock. The little town of Vauchamp, dark and silent, had just retired to bed amid a chilly No vember rain. In the Rue des Recollets, one of the narrowest and most deserted streets of the district of Saint- Jean, a single window was still alight on the third floor of an old house, from whose damaged gutters torrents of water were falling into the street. Mme Burle was sitting up before a meager fire of vine stocks, while her little grandson Charles pored over his lessons by the pale light of a lamp....

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Eptimius Felton; Or, The Elixir of Life

By: Nathanial Hawthorne

Excerpt: Septimius Felton; or, The Elixir of Life by Nathanial Hawthorne.

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The Lily of the Valley

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: ENVOI. Felix de Vandenesse to Madame la Comtesse Natalie de Manerville: I yield to your wishes. It is the privilege of the women whom we love more than they love us to make the men who love them ignore the ordinary rules of common-sense. To smooth the frown upon their brow, to soften the pout upon their lips, what obstacles we miraculously overcome! We shed our blood, we risk our future!...

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