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Island Nights Entertainments

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A South Sea Bridal. I saw that island first when it was neither night nor morning. The moon was to the west, setting, but still broad and bright. To the east, and right amidships of the dawn, which was all pink, the daystar sparkled like a diamond. The land breeze blew in our faces, and smelt strong of wild lime and vanilla: other things besides, but these were the most plain; and the chill of it set me sneezing. I should say I had been for years on a low island near the line, living for the most part solitary among natives. Here was a fresh experience: even the tongue would be quite strange to me; and the look of these woods and mountains, and the rare smell of them, renewed my blood....

Contents THE BEACH OF FALESA............................................ 4 THE BOTTLE IMP...................................................... 68 THE ISLE OF VOICES............................................... 95...

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The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

By: Various

Excerpt: Chapter 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham -- 2. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren -- 3. And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon -- 5. And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse -- 6. And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias -- 7. And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias....

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The Book of Micah

By: Various

Excerpt: Chapter 1. The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem -- 2. Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the LORD from his holy temple -- 3. For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth....

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Within the Tides Four Stories

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad.

Contents of Within the Tides THE PLANTER OF MALATA......................................................................4 THE PARTNER ............................................................................................66 THE INN OF THE TWO WITCHES?A FIND ........................................95 BECAUSE OF THE DOLLARS ............................................................... 119...

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Ion

By: Jowett, Benjamin, 1817-1893

Excerpt: The ion is the shortest, or nearly the shortest, of all the writings which bear the name of Plato, and is not authenticated by any early external testimony. The grace and beauty of this little work supply the only, and perhaps a sufficient, proof of its genuineness. The plan is simple; the dramatic interest consists entirely in the contrast between the irony of Socrates and the transparent vanity and childlike enthusiasm of the rhapsode Ion. The theme of the Dialogue may possibly have been suggested by the passage of Xenophon?s Memorabilia in which the rhapsodists are described by Euthydemus as ?very precise about the exact words of Homer, but very idiotic themselves.?...

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Aventuroj de Alicio en Mirlando, La

By: Lewis Carroll

La aventuroj de Alicio en Mirlando (angle Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) estas verko de porinfana literaturo de la brita matematikisto kaj verkisto, pastro Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sub plumnomo Lewis Carroll. Ĝi rakontas la historion de knabino nomata Alice [elis] (en esperantlingvaj tradukoj aŭ Alicio, aŭ Alico) kiu falas tra kuniklotruon en fantazian regnon populitan per parolantaj kreaĵoj kaj antropomorfaj ludkartoj. La fabelo estas plenplena de satiraj alludoj al la amikoj de Dodgson kaj al la lecionojn, kiujn la britaj lernantoj devis parkerigi. La Mirlando priskribita en la fabelo ludas kun logiko en maniero tiom speciala, ke ĝi donis al la rakonto longdaŭran popularecon inter infanoj kaj ankaŭ plenkreskuloj. (Summary from Wikipedia)...

Children, Adventure

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The Palimpsest Review

By: Claudia Limbert

Excerpt: The Palimpsest Review is the student literary publication for the Pennsylvania State University campuses outside the University Park main campus. All the short stories and poems published herein are the products of students enrolled on those campuses during the academic year prior to the semester of publication....

Contents From the Editor?s Desk.....................................................5 Len Robert?s Making Metaphor Work: Seeing, Feeling, Hearing the Poem .........................................................8 Luisa Berti (Judge?s Selection for Best Poem) Salt Water .....10 Kari L. Strickler I Stopped ..............................................11 Rebecca Werner 3 Days in Heaven/Hell .........................12 Russ Chadwick A Blue You .............................................14 Jared Andrukanis A Closer Look .....................................15 Laura M. Noah For Better and For Worse ........................21 Robin Imhoff To Piss You Off .........................................26 Lisa Marie Black Ironic Dreams ......................................27 William Zeruth Basketball .............................................39 Ryan Romano Little Boys ................................................40 Aneesh Khushman The Curse of Basuk ...........................41 Stephanie Frederick Johnston Priceless ...........................46 Matt Mosley Searching For It ..........................................48 Melissa Fisher Th...

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As You Like It

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: As you Like it; Actus Primus -- Scoena Prima -- Enter Orlando and Adam. Orlando. As I remember Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me by will, but poore a thousand Crownes, and as thou saist, charged my bro-ther on his blessing to breed mee well: and there begins my sadnesse: My brother Iaques he keepes at schoole, and report speakes goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keepes me rustically at home, or (to speak more properly) staies me heere at home unkept: for call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an Oxe? his horses are bred better, for besides that they are faire with their feeding, they are taught their mannage, and to that end Riders deerely hir?d: but I (his brother) gaine nothing under him but growth, for the which his Animals on his dunghils are as much bound to him as I: besides this no-thing that he so plentifully gives me, the something that nature gave mee, his countenance seemes to take from me: hee lets mee feede with his Hindes, barres mee the place of a brother, and as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This is it Adam that g...

Table of Contents: As you Like it, 1 -- Actus primus. Scoena Prima., 1 -- Scoena Secunda., 4 -- Scena Tertius., 11 -- Actus Secundus. Scoena Prima., 14 -- Scena Secunda., 16 -- Scena Tertia., 16 -- Scena Quarta., 18 -- Scena Quinta., 21 -- Scena Sexta., 22 -- Scena Septima., 23 -- Actus Tertius. Scena Prima., 27 -- Scena Secunda., 28 -- Scoena Tertia., 37 -- Scoena Quarta., 39 -- Scena Quinta., 40 -- Actus Quartus. Scena Prima., 44 -- Scena Secunda., 48 -- Scoena Tertia., 49 -- Actus Quintus. Scena Prima., 53 -- Scoena Secunda., 55 -- Scoena Tertia., 57 -- Scena Quarta., 58...

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The Greshams of Greshamsbury

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: Before the reader is introduced to the modest country medical practitioner who is to be the chief personage of the following tale, it will be well that he should be made acquainted with some particulars as to the locality in which, and the neighbors among whom, our doctor followed his profession....

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Bibliographical Note

By: Thomas Malory

Excerpt: 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. From this we learn also that he was not only the printer of the book, but to some extent its editor also, dividing Malory?s work into twentyone books, splitting up the books into chapters, by no means skilfully, and supplying the ?Rubrish? or chapter-headings. It may be added that Caxton?s preface contains, moreover, a brief criticism which, on the points on which it touches, is still the soundest and most sympathetic that has been written....

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Eve and David

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: Lucien had gone to Paris; and David Sechard, with the courage and intelligence of the ox which painters give the Evangelist for accompanying symbol, set himself to make the large fortune for which he had wished that evening down by the Charente, when he sat with Eve by the weir, and she gave him her hand and her heart. He wanted to make the money quickly, and less for himself than for Eve?s sake and Lucien?s....

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The War of the Worlds

By: H. G. Wells

Excerpt: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

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An Episode of the American Civil War

By: Stephen Crane

Excerpt: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

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Falk a Reminiscence

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: Several of us, all more or less connected with the sea, were dining in a small river-hostelry not more than thirty miles from London, and less than twenty from that shallow and dangerous puddle to which our coasting men give the grandiose name of ?German Ocean.? And through the wide windows we had a view of the Thames; an enfilading view down the Lower Hope Reach. But the dinner was execrable, and all the feast was for the eyes....

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Silas Marner

By: George Eliot

Excerpt: PART I; CHAPTER I -- IN the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses--and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread-lace, had their toy spinning-wheels of polished oak --there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain pallid undersized men, who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race. The shepherd?s dog barked fiercely when one of these alien-looking men appeared on the upland, dark against the early winter sunset; for what dog likes a figure bent under a heavy bag? --and these pale men rarely stirred abroad without that mysterious burden. The shepherd himself, though he had good reason to believe that the bag held nothing but flaxen thread, or else the long rolls of strong linen spun from that thread, was not quite sure that this trade of weaving, indispensable though it was, could be carried on entirely without the help of the Evil One. In that far-off time superstition clung easily round every person or thing that was at all unwonted, or even intermittent and occasional merely, like the visits o...

Table of Contents: CHAPTER I, 1 -- CHAPTER II, 10 -- CHAPTER III, 16 -- CHAPTER IV, 25 -- CHAPTER V, 31 -- CHAPTER VI, 35 -- CHAPTER VII, 43 -- CHAPTER VIII, 48 -- CHAPTER IX, 55 -- CHAPTER X, 61 -- CHAPTER XI, 73 -- CHAPTER XII, 88 -- CHAPTER XIII, 93 -- CHAPTER XIV, 99 -- CHAPTER XV, 109 -- CHAPTER XVI, 110 -- CHAPTER XVII, 122 -- CHAPTER XVIII, 131 -- CHAPTER XIX, 134 -- CHAPTER XX, 142 -- CHAPTER XXI, 144 -- CONCLUSION, 147...

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur?s Court by Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens).

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What Is Coming a Forecast of Things after the War

By: H. G. Wells

Excerpt: What Is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War by H. G. Wells.

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Beauchamp's Career

By: George Meredith

Excerpt: The Champion Of His Country. When young Nevil Beauchamp was throwing off his midshipman?s jacket for a holiday in the garb of peace, we had across Channel a host of dreadful military officers flashing swords at us for some critical observations of ours upon their sovereign, threatening Africa?s fires and savagery....

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Story of the Door. Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theater, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove. ?I incline to Cain?s heresy,? he used to say quaintly: ?I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.? In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of d...

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The First Booke of the Faerie Queen

By: Edmund Spencer

Excerpt: LO I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske, As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds, Am now enforst a far vnfitter taske, For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds, And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds; Whose prayses hauing slept in silence long, Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds To blazon broad emongst her learned throng: Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song....

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