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A Tramp Abroad

By: Mark Twain

...ves of foreign lands were very numerous. They hailed from every corner of the globe—for instruction is cheap in Heidelberg, and so is living, too. The... ... Go”ttingen, to fight with a Go”ttingen expert; if he is victorious, he will be invited to other colleges, or those colleges will send their experts t... ...only with the white corps, while we were their guests, and keep aloof from the caps of the other colors. Once I wished to examine some of the swords, ... ...of another corps, the white caps, without meaning any offense, would have observed the etiquette of their order and ignored our presence. [How strange... ...Her gown was of a soft white silky stuff that clung to her round young figure like a fish’s skin, and it was rippled over with the gracefulest little ... ...pation has busied him with death and funerals all the week, it will rest him to go to the theater Sunday night and put in two or three hours laugh- in... ...eeping, insectlike, up its surface, with their heels projecting over the thinnest kind of nothingness, thickened up a little with a few wandering shre... ... terracelike projections— a stairway for the gods; at its head spring several lofty storm- 205 A Tramp Abroad scarred towers, one after another, with...

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

...ors. Billboards with crimson god- desses nine feet tall advertising cinema films, pipe to- bacco, and talcum powder. The old “mansions” along Ninth St... ...lin Avenue & 3d St., N.E Zenith Omar Gribble, Esq., 376 North American Building, Zenith. Dear Mr. Gribble: Your letter of the twentieth t... ...ompson, the old-fashioned, lean Yankee, rugged, traditional, stage type of American business man, and Babbitt, the plump, smooth, efficient, up-to-the... ...uch amused by the antiquated provincialism as any proper Englishman by any American. He knew himself to be of a breeding altogether more esthetic and ... ...ow very, very much earth and rock there was in it. He liked three kinds of films: pretty bathing girls with bare legs; policemen or cowboys and an ind... ...lankly beautiful, suspiciously beautiful young men; outlining the plots of films about pure prostitutes and kind-hearted train-robbers; and giving dir... ...d with me, old man, and I’ll show you a good time!” They went to a musical comedy and nudged each other 212 Babbitt at the matrimonial jokes and the ... ... for the two doctors were exactly like the bearded physicians in a musical comedy, both of them rubbing their hands and looking foolishly sagacious. D...

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One of Our Conquerors

By: George Meredith

... He thanked heaven to his wife often, that he had nothing to do with North American or South American mines and pastures or with South Africa and, gol... ...and in- structed Germans not deviously march; whom acute and ad- venturous Americans, with half a cock of the eye in passing, compassionately outstrip... ...nt of commercial matters: rivalries of Banks; Foreign and Municipal Loans, American Rails, and Argen- tine; new Companies of wholesome appearance or s... ...panese erudites. Delphica, with each of the rivals in turn, is very pretty Comedy. She is aware that M. Falarique is her most redoubtable adversary, b... ...e to work in the direction of the casuistries and the sensational webs and films. Facing Victor, it was a block. But the thought came: how could she m... ...and contemptuously, to be- come in the active, while it is exacted of hero Comedy of Clowns!—that in the passive she be a rockfortress impreg- nable, ...

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What Is Man and Other Essays of Mark Twain

By: Mark Twain

...rotestant; Ameri can—ditto; Spaniard, Frenchman, Irishman, Italian, South American—Roman Catholic; Russian—Greek Catholic; T urk—Mohammedan; and so o... ...ns, the Russians, the Germans, the French, the English, the Spaniards, the Americans, the South Americans, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Hindus, the ... ...ow remember why. After that we made the English pegs fence in European and American history as well as English, and that answered very well. English a... ...They gavel me, these stale and overworked stage direc tions, these carbon films that got burnt out long ago and cannot now carry any faintest thread ... ...st authority, Mr. Grant White) several of the plays had been written. ‘The Comedy of Errors’ in 1589, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ in 1589, ‘T wo Gentlemen ...

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Main Street

By: Sinclair Lewis

...c, young; drinking the air as she longed to drink life. The eternal aching comedy of expectant youth. It is Carol Milford, fleeing for an hour from Bl... ...; and a rebellious girl is the spirit of that bewildered empire called the American Middlewest. II Blodgett College is on the edge of Minneapolis. It ... ...u recipes for curry, voyages to the Solomon Isles, theoso- phy with modern American improvements, treatises upon success in the real-estate business. ... ...t I’ve seen an awful lot of towns—one time I went to Atlantic City for the American Medical Association meet- ing, and I spent practically a week in N... ...rints of bad and famous pictures, shelves of phonograph records and camera films, wooden toys, and in the midst an anxious small woman sitting in a pa... ...re a blurry theater-audience before which she self-consciously enacted the comedy of being the Clever Little Bride of Doc Kennicott: “These-here celeb... ...nutes Carol kept it up. She asserted that she was going to stage a musical comedy, that she pre- ferred cafe parfait to beefsteak, that she hoped Dr. ...

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Actions and Reactions

By: Rudyard Kipling

...ve a good time in her. You were—” “Well, I discovered I was too much of an American to be content to be a rich man’s son. You aren’t blaming me for th... ...riage!” Sophie exclaimed, a little awed; for to them the joke, which to an American means work, was only just beginning. “If it’s took in a proper spi... ...as his present keen interest. They set off to look at it, and the imported American scraper which had blighted the none too sunny soul of “Skim” Winsh... ...eling. The pits of gloom about us begin to fill with very faintly luminous films—wreathing and uneasy shapes. One forms itself into a globe of pale fl... ...ation till such time as the A. B. C. should annex them. For side-splitting comedy we would refer our readers to the cor- respondence between the Board...

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