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Tales of Unrest

By: Joseph Conrad

... in a high tone a song that cel- ebrated his valour and wisdom. The singer rocked himself to and fro, rolling frenzied eyes; old women hobbled about w... ...of rough white faces we dived for pearls in barren bays, dotted with black rocks, upon a coast of sand and desolation. And everywhere we watched, we l... ... to my shoulder. I was kneeling and I was firm— firmer than the trees, the rocks, the mountains. But in front of the steady long barrel the fields, th... ... longer away from the hilly and green country, set in a bar- ren circle of rocks and sands, where she had been 56 Tales of Unrest born. She thought t... ... wages without the trouble of going to town. The house stood alone amongst rocks. A lane of mud and stones ended at the door. The sea-winds coming ash... ...e made a striding, clumsy leap on to an- other boulder, and stopped again, balancing him- self, then said— “Ha! ha! Well, I am going with you. It’s th...

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End of the Tether

By: Joseph Conrad

...light above their heads, bowed earnestly over the plates, three wire cages rocked and rattled to the rest- less jumping of the hungry canaries; and th... ...solidated Docks Company, with its three graving basins carved out of solid rock, its wharves, its jetties, its electric- light plant, its steam-power ... ...ns he returned on board at an earlier hour than usual; ran across the deck balancing himself with his spread arms like a tight-rope walker; and lockin... ... the east a massive headland closed the view, with the tilted edges of the rocky strata showing through its ragged clothing of rank bushes and thorny ... ...mbling a squadron of dismasted hulks run in disorder upon a foul ground of rocks and shoals. Some of these fragments of land appeared, indeed, no bigg... ... urging their way from all the points of the horizon to sleep on the outer rocks of the group, unrolled the converg- ing evolutions of their flight in...

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Blix

By: Frank Norris

...alette, that never was known to go. But at the right of the fireplace, and balancing the tuft of pampa-grass to the left, was an inverted section of a... ...ng out of the boat on the shore by Richardson’s. In a mud-hole between two rocks they discovered a tiny striped snake, hardly bigger than a lead penci... ...t with the Seris on the lower California Islands, sold champagne—made from rock candy, effervescent salts, and Reisling wine—to the Coreans, had dream... ... there the land came tum- bling down into the sea in great, jagged, craggy rocks, knee-deep in swirling foam, and all black with wet. The air was full... ..., huge, brown cups of fuzzy bark, lay underfoot and in the crevices of the rocks. They found a jelly-fish—a pulpy translucent mass; and once even caug... ...in the least. She was quite as active and strong as he, and clambered from rock to rock and over the shattered scantling of the flume with the vigor a...

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Mcteague : A Story of San Francisco

By: Frank Norris

... from one of the cheap restaurants crossed from one sidewalk to the other, balancing on one palm a tray covered with a napkin. Everywhere was the smel... ...he fell out. By damn! I thought she’d killed herself; struck her face on a rock and knocked out a front tooth. It’s a wonder she didn’t kill herself. ... ...iss Baker’s door. The little old lady was sitting close to the wall in her rocking- chair; her hands resting idly in her lap. “Now, Maria,” she said p... ...mical rush of the surf and the sonorous barking of the seals upon the seal rocks. The four dogs curled themselves down upon the sanded floor. “Here’s ... ...arcus would try and force the secret out of him; would rush blindly at the rock upon which the two must split, stirred by the very best of motives, wi... ... lives! Late as it was, Miss Baker brewed a cup of tea and sat down in her rocking chair close to the partition; she rocked gently, sipping her tea, c... ... from one of the cheap restaurants crossed from one side- walk to another, balancing on one palm a tray covered with a napkin. “Aren’t you out pretty ...

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The Pathfinder

By: James Fenimore Cooper

... shooting us as we double a headland, or are busy in steering clear of the rocks?” “The Lord!—He who has so often helped others in greater difficultie... ...e business before us—plain broadside and broad- side work, and no trees or rocks to thicken the water.” “And no Lord too, I dare to say, if the truth ... ... so,” answered the Pathfinder; “it is merely this river tumbling over some rocks half a mile below us.” “Is there a fall in the stream?” demanded Mabe... ...ous enough for a new beginner. Let the Sergeant’s daughter stand on yonder rock, and she will see the manner in which we ignorant backwoodsmen get ove... ...the shore as he concluded, while Mabel went hurriedly and trembling to the rock that had been pointed out, talking to her companion of the danger her ... ...skill and personal spirit. He stood on the fore- castle, his arms crossed, balancing his body with a seaman’s instinct, while his eyes watched the cap... ... once. “I’ve sent for you, Master Jasper,” said Cap, folding his arms, and balancing his body with the dignity of the fore-castle, “in order to learn ...

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By: Mark Twain

...a walk!” “Say — if you give me much more of your sass I’ll take and bounce a rock off’n your head.” “Oh, of course you will.” “Well I will.” “Well w... ...r 23 far and wide, washing even to the bases of isolated and incorruptible rocks like Sid and Mary. But now every sound ceased suddenly, with the su... ...f. He come along one day, and he see she was a witching him, so he took up a rock, and if she hadn’t dodged, he’d a got her. Well, that very night he ... ...nce. Last time, you kep’ me a meowing around till old Hays went to throwing rocks at me and says ‘Dern that cat!’ and so I hove a brick through his ... ...ere.” A groan escaped from poor Potter, and he put his face in his hands and rocked his body softly to and fro, while a painful silence reigned in the... ...th and stepped gingerly back; planted his foot care fully and firmly, after balancing, one legged, in a precarious way and almost toppling over, firs...

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Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

By: Mary Wollstonecraft

... have been in vain, for another flash discovered him to me hanging among the rocks of the nearly perpendicular ascent of Mont Saleve, a hill that boun... ...ices that overhung me on every side, the sound of the river raging among the rocks, and the dashing of the waterfalls around spoke of a power mighty a... ...n the ground, some entirely destroyed, others bent, leaning upon the jutting rocks of the mountain or trans versely upon other trees. The path, as yo... ...y noon when I arrived at the top of the ascent. For some time I sat upon the rock that overlooks the sea of ice. A mist covered both that and the surr... ...ly two hours in crossing it. The oppo site mountain is a bare perpendicular rock. From the side where I now stood Montanvert was exactly opposite, a... ...nce of meeting with him. But the consideration of these points, and the well balancing of what you may esteem your duties, I leave to you; my judg m...

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What Is Man and Other Essays of Mark Twain

By: Mark Twain

...el, brass, white metal, and so on. O.M. Where are these found? Y.M. In the rocks. O.M. In a pure state? Y.M. No—in ores. O.M. Are the metals suddenly ... ... patient work of countless ages. O.M. You could make the engine out of the rocks them selves? Y.M. Yes, a brittle one and not valuable. O.M. You woul... ... the stone engine a savage and the steel one a civilized man? The original rock contained the stuff of which the steel one was built—but along with a ... ...gic ages—prejudices, let us call them. Prejudices which nothing within the rock it self had either power to remove or any desire to remove. Will yo... ... Y.M. Y es. I have written it down; “Prejudices which noth ing within the rock itself had either power to remove or any desire to remove.” Go on. O.... ...e dropped into my wake and followed along behind. A little girl passed by, balancing a wash board on her head, and giggled, and seemed about to make a...

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Moby-Dick or the Whale

By: Herman Melville

...” Goldsmith to Johnson. “In the afternoon we saw what was supposed to be a rock, but it was found to be a dead whale, which some Asiatics had killed, ... ... Falconer’s Shipwreck. “Bright shone the roofs, the domes, the spires, And rockets flew self driven, To hang their momentary fires Amid the vault of hea... ...a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach? Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust health... ...its, especially of such a howling night, when this corner anchored old ark rocked so furiously. On one side stood a long, low, shelf like table cover... ... Bedford has superinduced bright terraces of flowers upon the barren refuse rocks thrown aside at creation’s final day. And the women of New Bedford, th... ...rmed level with the gunwale, Starbuck himself was seen coolly and adroitly balancing himself to the jerking tossings of his chip of a craft, and silen... ...oven planks. The prow of the boat is partially unbroken, and is drawn just balancing upon the monster’s spine; and standing in that prow, for that one... ...upon his palm, fifteen feet in the air. He minds you somewhat of a juggler, balancing a long staff on his chin. Next moment with a rapid, nameless impu...

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The Research Magnificent

By: H. G. Wells

...unt of a private struggle between himself and a certain path of planks and rock edges called the Bisse of Leysin. This happened in his adolescence. He... ...e it hangs like an eyebrow over nearly or quite vertical walls of pine-set rock. Beside it, on the outer side of it, runs a path, which becomes an off... ...lls corner, which gives the favourite picture postcard from Mon- tana, the rocks project so sharply above the water that the passenger on the gangway ... ... time trying to screw himself up to walk along the jagged six-inch edge of rock between cliff and torrent into which the path has shrunken, to the sag... ... which the path has shrunken, to the sag- ging plank under the overhanging rock beyond. He could not bring himself to do that. “It happened that close... ... the mind. One thinks of his coming to this conclusion with knit brows and balancing intentness above whole gulfs of bathos—very much as he had once w...

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Moby Dick; Or the Whale

By: Herman Melville

... —Goldsmith to Johnson. “In the afternoon we saw what was supposed to be a rock, but it was found to be a dead whale, which some Asiatics had killed, ... ...Falconer’ s Shipwreck. “Bright shone the roofs, the domes, the spires, And rockets blew self driven, To hang their momentary fire Around the vault of ... ...coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedes- trian trip to Rockaway Beach? Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust health... ...s, espe- cially of such a howling night, when this corner-anchored old ark rocked so furiously. On one side stood a long, low, shelf- like table cover... ...Bedford has superinduced bright terraces of flowers upon the barren refuse rocks thrown aside at creation’s final day. And the women of New Bedford, t... ...rmed level with the gunwale, Starbuck himself was seen coolly and adroitly balancing him- self to the jerking tossings of his chip of a craft, and sil... ... of the 261 Herman Melville boat is partially unbroken, and is drawn just balancing upon the monster’s spine; and standing in that prow, for that one... ...pon his palm, fifteen feet in the air. He minds you somewhat of a juggler, balancing a long staff on his chin. Next moment with a rapid, nameless impu...

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Adventures in the South Seas

By: Herman Melville

... All at once we got into a strong current, which swept us rapidly toward a rocky promontory forming one side of the harbour. The wind had died away; s... ...efore this could be done, the eddies were whirling upon all sides, and the rock so near that it seemed as if one might leap upon it from the masthead.... ...t, the many stories I had heard of ships striking at midnight upon unknown rocks, with all sail set, and a slum- bering crew, often recurred to me, es... ...a support. But Bembo disdained this; and was always pulled up to his fish, balancing himself right on the gunwale. But to my story. One morning, at da... ...etee. It is very narrow; and from the baffling winds, currents, and sunken rocks, ships now and then grate their keels against the coral. But the mate... ...e air breathed spices to us; streams were heard flowing; green boughs were rocking; and far inland, all sunset flushed, rose the still, steep peaks of...

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Don Juan

By: George Byron

...She, for the future of her strength convinced. And that her honour was a rock, or mole, Exceeding sagely from that hour dispensed With any k... ...ts; But vaccination certainly has been A kind antithesis to Congreve’s rockets, With which the Doctor paid off an old pox, By borrowing a ne... ...he sea dashes round the promontory, And the loud breaker boils against the rock, And sober suns must set at five o’clock. Byron’s Don Juan “Cant... ...ges did understand, But now lay sick and speechless on his pillow, And rocking in his hammock, long’d for land, His headache being increased... ...e, and bear More than can be believed, or even thought, And stand like rocks the tempest’s wear and tear; And hardship still has been the sail... ...ke things in the gross; But could we know them in detail, perchance In balancing the profit and the loss, War’s merit it by no means might e...

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The Holy Bible

By: Various

...e in thine hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water ou... ...the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will ... ...to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take ... ...he assem- bly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt b... ... give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Mos... ...ed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is per- fect in k...

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The Voyage Out

By: Virginia Woolf

...med emphatically, “Damn!” Chapter II U ncomfortable as the night, with its rocking move ment, and salt smells, may have been, and in one case undoubte... ...ughby, whose discomfort as he listened was manifested by a slight movement rocking of his body, said awkwardly, “Oh, surely, Helen, a little religion ... ...showed that she belonged to the lower orders; neverthe- less she took up a rock-like position, looking about her to see that no gentry were near befor... ...e autumn sun, and the whole of England, from the bald moors to the Cornish rocks, was lit up from dawn to sunset, and showed in stretches of yellow, g... ...btful whether the ship would ever run against any of those wrinkled little rocks again. But, on the other hand, an immense dignity had descended upon ... ... cleared by whips and curses, where the women walked barefoot, their heads balancing baskets, and cripples hastily displayed muti- lated members; it i... ...rangement of the chairs. She had reason to sus- pect that Chailey had been balancing herself on the top of a ladder with a wet duster during their abs...

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American Notes for General Circulation

By: Charles Dickens

..., wrestling, leap ing, diving, jumping, pitching, throbbing, rolling, and rocking: and going through all these movements, some times by turns, and s... ...y of the engine room, comparing notes in whispers. After throwing up a few rockets and firing signal guns in the hope of being hailed from the land, o... ...rror on the pilot’s part, were the cause. We were surrounded by banks, and rocks, and shoals of all kinds, but had American Notes – Dickens 24 happi... ...r there, in all changes of the winds and tides; no driving ashore upon the rocks, or slipping your cables and running out to sea, there: Peace — Peace... ..., and was drifting nobody knew where. But even in this chamber there was a rocking chair. It would be impossible to get on anywhere, in America, witho... ... the broad flight of steps leading to the door, two or three citizens were balancing themselves on rock ing chairs, and smoking cigars. We found it a...

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A Modern Utopia

By: H. G. Wells

... of invention is all for the invader. Now, perhaps you might still guard a rocky coast or a narrow pass; but what of that near to-morrow when the flyi... ...rrel! We have tramped and botanised and come to a rest, and, sitting among rocks, we have eaten our lunch and finished our bottle of Yvorne, and falle... ...zzled, turn our faces towards the path that clambers down over the tumbled rocks and runs round by the still clear lake and down towards the Hospice o... ...pass—it would be gone or wonderfully changed— from the very goats upon the rocks, from the little hut by the rough bridge of stone, that a mighty diff... ...trange cos- tumes we do, in choosing the path that pleases us athwart this rock and turf, in coming striding with unfumigated ruck- sacks and snow-wet... ...s of spontaneous freedom that constitute the marriage laws, the mystery of balancing justice against the good of the future, amidst these violent and ... ...-health and accidents; there will be the most effi- cient organisation for balancing the pressure of employment and the presence of disengaged labour,...

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The Mirror of the Sea

By: Joseph Conrad

... of the compass card. Your Landfall, be it a peculiarly-shaped mountain, a rocky headland, or a stretch of sand-dunes, you meet at first with a single... ...de out the danger many hundred yards off. His rheumaticky feet, tired with balancing that squat body for many years upon the decks of small coasters, ... .... Katherine’s Dock, lying overshadowed and black like a quiet pool amongst rocky crags, through the venerable and sympathetic London Docks, with not a... ... like those lands where the victorious nations of mankind have taken root, rock- ing their cradles and setting up their gravestones. He—man or people ... ... sides subsided sleepily with a low wash, as if playing about an immovable rock. Her bulwarks were gone fore and aft, and one saw her bare deck low-ly... ...for the Mediterranean sailors that fair-haired sirens sang among the black rocks seething in white foam and mysterious voices spoke in the darkness ab...

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Ursula

By: Honoré de Balzac

... of Nemours as we approach it from Burgundy. We see it encircled with bare rocks, gray , black, white, fantastic in shape like those we find in the fo... ...ed trees, clearly de- fined against the sky, which give to this particular rock forma- tion the dilapidated look of a crumbling wall. Here ends the lo... ...e young girl, whose mind and heart, each well devel- oped, yet judiciously balancing one another, needed a spe- cial spiritual nourishment. The initia... ... years in the paradise of the great world. Alas! he lived and moved like a rocket. He rose to the Duchesse de Maufrigneuse and fell to his native town... ...which she was present. “You haven’t powder enough, my boy, to blow up that rock,” said de Marsay, laughing. That young king of fashion, who did, out o... ...n. To show offence or to complain of Madame de Portenduere’s manners was a rock on which a man of small mind might have struck, but Minoret was too ac...

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Women in Love

By: D. H. Lawrence

...up, abstracted. He hung silent in irritation. ‘I don’t know,’ she replied, balancing mildly. ‘I don’t know.’ ‘But knowing is everything to you, it is ... ..., lying in the sun. The water 97 ran over a little stone wall, over small rocks, splashing down from one pond to the level below. The swans had gone ... ...d sharp blows of unknown, terrifying noise struck through her till she was rocking with terror. She recoiled like a spring let go. But a glistening, h... ...de the blood faint in her veins, her mind went dim and unconscious. And he rocked on the water perfectly, like the rocking of phospho- rescence. He lo... ...ailing an enormous silk shawl blotched with great embroidered flowers, and balancing an enormous plain hat on her head. She looked striking, astonishi... ...‘There was absolutely nowhere to sit down, nowhere, a man just above sang “Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” the whole way; he was blind and he had a ... ...lovely bubbles of swaying lights, the launch did not look far off. She was rocking her lights in the early night. Gudrun rowed as hard as she could. B... ...than love. It isn’t so merely human.’ Gudrun looked at Ursula with steady, balancing eyes. She admired and despised her sister so much, both! Then, su...

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