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Honorine

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: If the French have as great an aversion for traveling as the English have a propensity for it, both English and French have perhaps sufficient reasons. Something better than England is everywhere to be found; whereas it is excessively difficult to find the charms of France outside France. Other countries can show admirable scenery, and they frequently offer greater comfort than that of France, which makes but slow progress in that particular. They sometimes display a bewildering magnificence, grandeur, and luxury; they lack neither grace nor noble manners; but the life of the brain, the talent for conversation, the ?Attic salt? so familiar at Paris, the prompt apprehension of what one is thinking, but does not say, the spirit of the unspoken, which is half the French language, is nowhere else to be met with. Hence a Frenchman, whose raillery, as it is, finds so little comprehension, would wither in a foreign land like an uprooted tree....

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The Duchesse de Langeais, With an Episode under the Terror, The Illustrious Gaudissart, A Passion in the Desert, And the Hidden Masterpiece

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: In a Spanish city on an island in the Mediterranean, there stands a convent of the Order of Barefoot Carmelites, where the rule instituted by St. Theresa is still preserved with all the first rigour of the reformation brought about by that illustrious woman. Extraordinary as this may seem, it is none the less true....

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The First Part of Henry the Fourth. Edited by Frederic W. Moorman

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: The First Part of Henry the Fourth with the Life and Death of Henry Sirnamed Hot-Spurred; Actus Primus -- Scoena Prima -- Enter the King, Lord John of Lancaster, Earle of Westmerland, with others. King. So shaken as we are, so wan with care, Finde we a time for frighted Peace to pant, And breath shortwinded accents of new broils To be commenc?d in Stronds afarre remote: No more the thirsty entrance of this Soile, Shall daube her lippes with her owne childrens blood: No more shall trenching Warre channell her fields, Nor bruise her Flowrets with the Armed hoofes Of hostile paces. Those opposed eyes, Which like the Meteors of a troubled Heaven, All of one Nature, of one Substance bred, Did lately meete in the intestine shocke, And furious cloze of civill Butchery, Shall now in mutuall well- beseeming rankes March all one way, and be no more oppos?d Against Acquaintance, Kindred, and Allies. The edge of Warre, like an ill- sheathed knife, No more shall cut his Master. Therefore Friends, As farre as to the Sepulcher of Christ, Whose Souldier now under whose blessed Crosse We are impressed and ingag?d to fight, Forthwith a power...

Table of Contents: The First Part of Henry the Fourth, 1 -- Actus Primus. Scoena Prima., 1 -- Scaena Secunda., 3 -- Scoena Tertia., 8 -- Actus Secundus. Scena Prima., 15 -- Scaena Secunda., 17 -- Scoena Tertia., 20 -- Scena Quarta., 22 -- Actus Tertius. Scena Prima., 34 -- Scaena Secunda., 41 -- Scena Tertia., 45 -- Actus Quartus. Scoena Prima., 50 -- Scaena Secunda., 53 -- Scoena Tertia., 55 -- Scena Quarta., 58 -- Actus Quintus. Scena Prima., 59 -- Scena Secunda., 62 -- Scena Tertia., 66 -- Scaena Quarta., 70...

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Essays of Michel de Montaigne

By: William Carew Hazilitt

Excerpt: Essays of Michel De Montaigne, Book the First, translated by Charles Cotton, Ed. William Carew Hazilitt.

Contents PREFACE..................................................................................................................................................................... 6 THE LIFE OF MONTAIGNE ...................................................................................................................................... 9 THE LETTERS OF MONTAIGNE ............................................................................................................................. 24 CHAPTER I THAT MEN BY VARIOUS WAYS ARRIVE AT THE SAME END............................................... 57 CHAPTER II OF SORROW .................................................................................................................................... 62 CHAPTER III THAT OUR AFFECTIONS CARRY THEMSELVES BEYOND US ......................................... 66 CHAPTER IV THAT THE SOUL EXPENDS ITS PASSIONS UPON FALSE OBJECTS, WHERE THE TRUE ARE WANTING....................................................................................................................................... 74 CHAPTER V WHETHER THE GOVERNOR OF A PLACE BESIEGED OU...

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An English Prisioner

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens.

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St. Ives : Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: St. Ives, The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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La Mere Bauche

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: The Pyreneean valley in which the baths of Vernet are situated is not much known to English, or indeed to any travelers. Tourists in search of good hotels and picturesque beauty combined, do not generally extend their journeys to the Eastern Pyrenees. They rarely get beyond Luchon; and in this they are right, as they thus end their peregrinations at the most lovely spot among these mountains, and are as a rule so deceived, imposed on, and bewildered by guides, innkeepers, and horse-owners, at this otherwise delightful place, as to become undesirous of further travel. Nor do invalids from distant parts frequent Vernet....

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Vailima Letters

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Autobiographic Sketches Selections, Grave and Gay

By: Thomas de Quincey

Excerpt: My dear sir, I am on the point of revising and considerably altering, for republication in England, an edition of such amongst my writings as it may seem proper deliberately to avow. Not that I have any intention, or consciously any reason, expressly to disown any one thing that I have ever published; but some things have sufficiently accomplished their purpose when they have met the call of that particular transient occasion in which they arose; and others, it may be thought on review, might as well have been suppressed from the very first....

Contents EXTRACT FROM A LETTER WRITTEN BY MR. DE QUINCEY TO THE AMERICAN EDITOR OF THIS WORKS. ...................................................................................................... 4 PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION ..................................................................................... 6 CHAPTER I: THE AFFLICTION OF CHILDHOOD ................................................................ 16 CHAPTER II: INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF STRIFE ........................................... 42 CHAPTER III: INFANT LITERATURE.................................................................................... 105 CHAPTER IV: THE FEMALE INFIDEL ...................................................................................118 CHAPTER V I: AM INTRODUCED TO THE WARFARE OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL.......... 131 CHAPTER VIII: DUBLIN ........................................................................................................... 192 CHAPTER IX: FIRST REBELLION.......................................................................................... 206 CHAPTER X: FRENCH INVASION OF IRELAND, AND SECOND REBELLION......

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The Winters Tale

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: The Winters Tale; Actus Primus -- Scoena Prima -- Enter Camillo and Archidamus. Arch. If you shall chance (Camillo) to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my services are now on- foot, you shall see (as I have said) great difference betwixt our Bohemia, and your Sicilia. Cam. I thinke, this comming Summer, the King of Sicilia meanes to pay Bohemia the Visitation, which hee justly owes him. Arch. Wherein our Entertainment shall shame us: we will be justified in our Loves: for indeed--Cam. Beseech you--Arch. Verely I speake it in the freedome of my know-ledge: we cannot with such magnificence--in so rare--I know not what to say--Wee will give you sleepie Drinkes, that your Sences (unintelligent of our insufficience) may, though they cannot prayse us, as little accuse us. Cam. You pay a great deale to deare, for what?s given freely. Arch. Beleeve me, I speake as my understanding instructs me, and as mine honestie puts it to utterance. Cam. Sicilia cannot shew himselfe over- kind to Bohemia: They were trayn?d together in their Child-hoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot chuse but brau...

Table of Contents: The Winters Tale, 1 -- Actus Primus. Scoena Prima., 1 -- Scoena Secunda., 2 -- Actus Secundus. Scena Prima., 14 -- Scena Secunda., 19 -- Scaena Tertia., 21 -- Actus Tertius. Scena Prima., 26 -- Scoena Secunda., 27 -- Scaena Tertia., 33 -- Actus Quartus. Scena Prima., 36 -- Scena Secunda., 37 -- Scena Tertia., 38 -- Scena Quarta., 41 -- Actus Quintus. Scena Prima., 61 -- Scoena Secunda., 67 -- Scaena Tertia., 71...

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Le Morte Darthur

By: Thomas Malory

Excerpt: Bibliographical Note. The Morte Darthur was finished, as the epilogue tells us, in the ninth year of Edward IV., i.e. between March 4, 1469 and the same date in 1470. It is thus, fitly enough, the last important English book written before the introduction of printing into this country, and since no manuscript of it has come down to us it is also the first English classic for our knowledge of which we are entirely dependent on a printed text. Caxton?s story of how the book was brought to him and he was induced to print it may be read farther on in his own preface....

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Love and Life an Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Excerpt: Preface to the Second Edition. The first edition of this tale was put forth without explaining the old fable on which it was founded--a fable recurring again and again in fairy myths, though not traceable in the classic world till a very late period, when it appeared among the tales of Apuleius, of the province of Africa, sometimes called the earliest novelist. There are, however, fragments of the same story in the popular tales of all countries, so that it is probable that Apuleius availed himself of an early form of one of these. They are to be found from India to Scandinavia, adapted to the manners and fancy of every country in turn, Beauty and the Beast and the Black Bull of Norroway are the most familiar forms of the tale, and it seemed to me one of those legends of such universal property that it was quite fair to put it into 18th century English costume....

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The Poems of Emily Dickinson

By: Martha Dickinson Bianchi

Introduction: The poems of Emily Dickinson, published in a series of three volumes at various intervals after her death in 1886, and in a volume entitled The Single Hound, published in 1914, with the addition of a few before omitted, are here collected in a final complete edition. In them and in her Life and Letters, recently presented in one inclusive volume, lives all of Emily Dickinson--for the outward circumstance matters little, nor is this the place for discussion as to whether fate ordained her or she ordained her own foreordination....

Contents Introduction ..................................................................................... 4 Part One Life .................................................................................... 7 Part Two Nature ............................................................................ 80 Part Three Love ...........................................................................144 Part Four Time and Eternity....................................................176 Part Five The Single Hound .....................................................251 Index of First Lines.....................................................................327...

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The English Mail-Coach and Joan of Arc

By: Thomas de Quincey

Excerpt: Some portions of this Introduction have been taken from the Athenaeum Press Selections from De Quincey; many of the notes have also been transferred from that volume. A number of the new notes I owe to a review of the Selections by Dr. Lane Cooper, of Cornell University. I wish also to thank for many favors the Committee and officers of the Glasgow University Library....

Contents PREFACE.......................................................................................................................................... 4 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................. 5 I. LIFE .......................................................................................................................................................................... 5 II. CRITICAL REMARKS ......................................................................................................................................... 7 III. BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE............................................................................................................................ 11 THE ENGLISH MAIL-COACH....................................................................13 SECTION I?THE GLORY OF MOTION .................................................................................. 13 GOING DOWN WITH VICTORY................................................................................................ 30 SECTION II?THE VISION OF ...

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Chantry House

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Excerpt: The United Force of the younger generation has been brought upon me to record, with the aid of diaries and letters, the circumstances connected with Chantry House and my two dear elder brothers. Once this could not have been done without more pain than I could brook, but the lapse of time heals wounds, brings compensations, and, when the heart has ceased from aching and yearning, makes the memory of what once filled it a treasure to be brought forward with joy and thankfulness. Nor would it be well that some of those mentioned in the coming narrative should be wholly forgotten, and their place know them no more....

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

By: Thomas de Quincey

Excerpt: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincey.

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Anna Karenina

By: Leo Tolstoy, Graf

Excerpt: Part I, Chapter 1; HAPPY families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys? house. The wife had discovered that the husband was carrying on an intrigue with a French girl, who had been a governess in their family, and she had announced to her husband that she could not go on living in the same house with him. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the members of their family and household, were painfully conscious of it. Every person in the house felt that there was no sense in their living together, and that the stray people brought together by chance in any inn had more in common with one another than they, the members of the family and household of the Oblonskys. The wife did not leave her own room, the husband had not been at home for three days. The children ran wild all over the house; the English governess quarreled with the housekeeper, and wrote to a friend asking her to look out for a new situation for her; the man-cook had walked of the day before just at dinner-time; the kitchen-m...

Table of Contents: Part I 1 -- Chapter 1, 1 -- Chapter 2, 3 -- Chapter 3, 6 -- Chapter 4, 9 -- Chapter 5, 13 -- Chapter 6, 20 -- Chapter 7, 23 -- Chapter 8, 24 -- Chapter 9, 27 -- Chapter 10, 32 -- Chapter 11, 38 -- Chapter 12, 42 -- Chapter 13, 45 -- Chapter 14, 47 -- Chapter 15, 52 -- Chapter 16, 54 -- Chapter 17, 56 -- Chapter 18, 59 -- Chapter 19, 63 -- Chapter 20, 68 -- Chapter 21, 71 -- Chapter 22, 73 -- Chapter 23, 77 -- Chapter 24, 80 -- Chapter 25, 83 -- Chapter 26, 88...

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The Poems

By: George Meredith

Excerpt: The Poems of George Meredith by George Meredith.

Contents CHILLIANWALLAH..................................................................................................................... 14 THE DOE: A FRAGMENT........................................................................................................... 15 BEAUTY ROHTRAUT .................................................................................................................. 19 THE OLIVE BRANCH .................................................................................................................. 20 SONG .............................................................................................................................................. 23 THE WILD ROSE AND THE SNOWDROP ............................................................................. 24 THE DEATH OF WINTER .......................................................................................................... 25 SONG .............................................................................................................................................. 26 JOHN LACKLAND ....................................................

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An Essay on Criticism

By: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

Excerpt: ?Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill, But, of the two, less dang?rous is th? Offence, To tire our Patience, than mis-lead our Sense: Some few in that, but Numbers err in this, Ten Censure wrong for one who Writes amiss; A Fool might once himself alone expose, Now One in Verse makes many more in Prose....

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The French Revolution a History Volume Two

By: Thomas Carlyle

Excerpt: The French Revolution. A History (Volume Two).

Contents VOLUME II.?THE CONSTITUTION ...................................................................................................................... 6 BOOK 2.I. THE FEAST OF PIKES ............................................................................................................................. 6 Chapter 2.1.I. In the Tuileries. ..................................................................................................................................... 6 Chapter 2.1.II. In the Salle de Manege. ..................................................................................................................... 10 Chapter 2.1.III. The Muster....................................................................................................................................... 21 Chapter 2.1.IV. Journalism. ........................................................................................................................................ 27 Chapter 2.1.V. Clubbism. ............................................................................................................................................ 31 Ch...

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