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Funeral Blues

By: W. H. Auden

Excerpt: Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message....

Table of Contents: Funeral Blues, 1 -- W. H. Auden, 1

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The Darling and Other Stories

By: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Excerpt: OLENKA, the daughter of the retired collegiate assessor, Plemyanniakov, was sitting in her back porch, lost in thought. It was hot, the flies were persistent and teasing, and it was pleasant to reflect that it would soon be evening. Dark rainclouds were gathering from the east, and bringing from time to time a breath of moisture in the air....

Table of Contents: The Darling and Other Stories, 1 -- Anton Chekhov, 1

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Shoes Make the Man

By: Harold A. Davis

Excerpt: JOE McCARTHY knew that he was too good?natured. He had always been that way, He blamed it on his size. Even when he?d been a kid, he?d been extra large for his age. Not being of the bullying type, he?d learned to shrug and smile when youths smaller than ......

Table of Contents: SHOES MAKE THE MAN, 1 -- HAROLD A. DAVIS, 1

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Dracula's Guest

By: Bram Stoker

Excerpt: When we started for our drive the sun was shining brightly on Munich, and the air was full of the joyousness of early summer. Just as we were about to depart, Herr Delbruck (the maitre d'hotel of the Quatre Saisons, where I was staying) came down bareheaded to the carriage and, after wishing me a pleasant drive, said to the coachman, still holding his hand on the handle of the carriage door, ?Remember you are back by nightfall. The sky looks bright but there is a shiver in the north wind that says there may be a sudden storm. But I am sure you will not be late.? Here he smiled and added,?for you know what night it is....

Table of Contents: DRACULA'S GUEST, 1 -- Bram Stoker, 1

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Inferno/Hell

By: Alighieri, Dante, 1265-1321

Excerpt: It is a happiness for me to connect this volume with the memory of my friend and master from youth. I was but a beginner in the study of the Divine Comedy when I first had his incomparable aid in the understanding of it. During the last year of his life he read the proofs of this volume, to what great advantage to my work may readily be conceived....

Table of Contents: Inferno/Hell, 1 -- Dante Aligheri, 1 -- Introduction, 4 -- AIDS TO THE STUDY OF THE DIVINE COMEDY, 8 -- HELL, 9 -- Canto I, 9 -- Canto II, 10 -- Canto III, 12 -- Canto IV, 13 -- Canto V, 15 -- Canto VI, 16 -- Canto VII, 18 -- Canto VIII, 19 -- Canto IX, 21 -- Canto X, 22 -- Canto XI, 24 -- Canto XII, 26 -- Canto XIII, 28 -- Canto XIV, 30 -- Canto XV, 32 -- Canto XVI, 34 -- Canto XVII, 36 -- Canto XVIII, 38 -- Canto XIX, 39 -- Canto XX, 42 -- Canto XXI, 44 -- Canto XXII, 46 -- Canto XXIII, 47 -- Canto XXIV, 49 -- Canto XXV, 51 -- Canto XXVI, 53 -- Canto XXVII, 55 -- Canto XXVIII, 57 -- Canto XXIX, 59 -- Canto XXX, 61 -- Canto XXXI, 63 -- Canto XXXII, 65 -- Canto XXXIII, 67 -- Canto XXXIV, 70 -- Inferno/Hell -- i...

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Mr. Gilfil's Love Story

By: George Eliot

Excerpt: Chapter One. WHEN old Mr Gilfil died, thirty years ago, there was general sorrow in Shepperton; and if black cloth had not been hung round the pulpit and reading?desk, by order of his nephew and principal legatee, the parishioners would certainly have subscribed the necessary sum out of their own pockets, rather than allow such a tribute of respect to be wanting. All the farmers? wives brought out their black bombasines; and Mrs Jennings, at the Wharf, by appearing the first Sunday after Mr Gilfil?s death in her salmon?coloured ribbons and green shawl, excited the severest remark. To be sure, Mrs Jennings was a new?comer, and town?bred, so that she could hardly be expected to have very clear notions of what was proper; but, as Mrs Higgins observed in an undertone to Mrs Parrot when they were coming out of church, ?Her husband, who?d been born i? the parish, might ha? told her better.? An unreadiness to put on black on all available occasions, or too great an alacrity in putting it off, argued, in Mrs Higgins?s opinion, a dangerous levity of character, and an unnatural insensibility to the essential fitness of things....

Table of Contents: Mr. Gilfil's Love Story, 1 -- George Eliot, 1 -- Chapter 1, 1 -- Chapter 2, 8 -- Chapter 3, 16 -- Chapter 4, 19 -- Chapter 5, 25 -- Chapter 6, 33 -- Chapter 7, 34 -- Chapter 8, 37 -- Chapter 9, 39 -- Chapter 10, 41 -- Chapter 11, 43 -- Chapter 12, 45 -- Chapter 13, 49 -- Chapter 14, 53 -- Chapter 15, 54 -- Chapter 16, 55 -- Chapter 17, 57 -- Chapter 18, 58 -- Chapter 19, 60 -- Chapter 20, 67 -- Chapter 21, 68 -- EPILOGUE, 70 -- Mr. Gilfil's Love Story...

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What Diantha Did

By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Excerpt: THE Warden house was more impressive in appearance than its neighbors. It had ?grounds,? instead of a yard or garden; it had wide pillared porches and ?galleries,? showing southern antecedents; moreover, it had a cupola, giving date to the building, and proof of the continuing ambitions of the builders. The stately mansion was covered with heavy flowering vines, also with heavy mortgages. Mrs. Roscoe Warden and her four daughters reposed peacefully under the vines, while Roscoe Warden, Jr., struggled desperately under the mortgages. A slender, languid lady was Mrs. Warden, wearing her thin but still brown hair in ?water?waves? over a pale high forehead. She was sitting on a couch on the broad, rose?shaded porch, surrounded by billowing masses of vari?colored worsted. It was her delight to purchase skein on skein of soft, bright?hued wool, cut it all up into short lengths, tie them together again in contrasting colors, and then crochet this hashed rainbow into afghans of startling aspect. California does not call for afghans to any great extent, but ?they make such acceptable presents,? Mrs. Warden declared, to those who que...

Table of Contents: What Diantha Did, 1 -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1 -- Chapter I. HANDICAPPED, 1 -- Chapter II. AN UNNATURAL DAUGHTER, 8 -- Chapter III. BREAKERS, 17 -- Chapter IV. A CRYING NEED, 25 -- Chapter V, 31 -- Chapter VI. THE CYNOSURE, 38 -- Chapter VII. HERESY AND SCHISM, 44 -- Chapter VIII, 51 -- Chapter IX. SLEEPING IN., 57 -- Chapter X. UNION HOUSE, 66 -- Chapter XI. THE POWER OF THE SCREW, 71 -- Chapter XII. LIKE A BANYAN TREE, 84 -- Chapter XIII. ALL THIS, 93 -- Chapter XIV. AND HEAVEN BESIDE, 101`...

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Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Excerpt: PREMIERE PARTIE LE Prologue DE ZARATHOUSTRA Lorsque Zarathoustra eut atteint sa trentieme annee, il quitta sa patrie et le lac de sa patrie et s'en alla dans la montagne. La il jouit de son esprit et de sa solitude et ne s'en lassa point durant dix annees. Mais enfin son coeur se transforma,?et un matin, se levant avec l'aurore, il s'avanca devant le soleil et lui parla ainsi....

Table of Contents: Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra, 1 -- Frederic Nietzsche, 1 -- PREMI?RE PARTIE, 3 -- LE PROLOGUE DE ZARATHOUSTRA, 3 -- LES DISCOURS DE ZARATHOUSTRA, 13 -- LES TROIS METAMORPHOSES, 13 -- DES CHAIRES DE LA VERTU, 15 -- DES HALLUCINS DE L'ARRI?RE?MONDE, 17 -- DES CONTEMPTEURS DU CORPS, 19 -- DES JOIES ET DES PASSIONS, 21 -- DU P?LE CRIMINEL, 22 -- LIRE ET CRIRE, 24 -- DE L'ARBRE SUR LA MONTAGNE, 25 -- DES PRDICATEURS DE LA MORT, 27 -- DE LA GUERRE ET DES GUERRIERS, 29 -- DE LA NOUVELLE IDOLE, 30 -- DES MOUCHES DE LA PLACE PUBLIQUE, 32 -- DE LA CHASTET, 34 -- DE L'AMI, 36 -- MILLE ET UN BUTS, 37 -- DE L'AMOUR DU PROCHAIN, 39 -- DES VOIES DU CRATEUR, 40 -- LA VIEILLE ET LA JEUNE FEMME, 42 -- LA MORSURE DE LA VIP?RE, 44 -- DE L'ENFANT ET DU MARIAGE, 45 -- DE LA MORT VOLONTAIRE, 47 -- DE LA VERTU QUI DONNE, 49 -- L'ENFANT AU MIROIR, 54 -- SUR LES ILES BIENHEUREUSES, 55 -- DES MISRICORDIEUX, 56 -- DES PR?TRES, 56 -- DES VERTUEUX, 58 -- DE LA CANAILLE, 60 -- DES TARENTULES, 62 -- DES SAGES ILLUSTRES, 64 -- LE CHANT DE LA NUIT, 67 -- LE CHANT DE LA DANSE, 69 -- LE CHANT DU TOMBEAU, 71 -- DE LA VICTOIRE SUR SOI?M?ME, 73 -- ...

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Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

By: Jonathan Swift

Excerpt: [As given in the original edition.] The author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my ancient and intimate friend; there is likewise some relation between us on the mother?s side. About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff, made a small purchase of land, with a convenient house, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire, his native country; where he now lives retired, yet in good esteem among his neighbours....

Table of Contents: Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, 1 -- Jonathan Swift, 1

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Peach Blossom Shangri-La Tao Hua Yuan Ji

By: Tao Yuanming

Excerpt: During the Taiyuan era [2] of the Jin Dynasty [3] there was a man of Wuling [4] who made his living as a fisherman. Once while following a stream he forgot how far he had gone. He suddenly came to a grove of blossoming peach trees. It lined both banks for several hundred paces and included not a single other kind of tree. Petals of the dazzling and fragrant blossoms were falling everywhere in profusion. Thinking this place highly unusual, the fisherman advanced once again in wanting to see how far it went....

Table of Contents: Peach Blossom Shangri?la, 1 -- Tao YuanMing, 1

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The Red and the Black

By: Henri Marie Stendhal Beyle

Table of Contents: The Red and the Black, 1 -- Adapted from Stendhal By F. J. MORLOCK, 1 -- Act I, 1 -- Scene i. The apartment of the Bishop, 2 -- Scene ii. Some years later, 2 -- Scene iii. Fouque's humble lodgings, 6 -- Scene iv. The Reynal garden. Several months later, 10 -- Act II, 17 -- Scene i. The Seminary, 17 -- Scene ii. A balcony in the Marquis' palace. The balcony opens on a courtyard, 22 -- Scene iii. The Ball. Later the same night, 28 -- Act III, 39 -- Scene i. The balcony, 39 -- Scene ii. Julien's cell; an hour before dawn, 48...

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Jacob's Room

By: Virginia Woolf

Excerpt: Chapter One. ?So of course,? wrote Betty Flanders, pressing her heels rather deeper in the sand, ?there was nothing for it but to leave.? Slowly welling from the point of her gold nib, pale blue ink dissolved the full stop; for there her pen stuck; her eyes fixed, and tears slowly filled them. The entire bay quivered; the lighthouse wobbled; and she had the illusion that the mast of Mr. Connor?s little yacht was bending like a wax candle in the sun. She winked quickly. Accidents were awful things. She winked again. The mast was straight; the waves were regular; the lighthouse was upright; but the blot had spread....

Table of Contents: Jacob's Room, 1 -- Virginia Woolf, 1 -- Chapter ONE, 1 -- Chapter TWO, 5 -- Chapter THREE, 13 -- Chapter FOUR, 21 -- Chapter FIVE, 32 -- Chapter SIX, 37 -- Chapter SEVEN, 41 -- Chapter EIGHT, 46 -- Chapter NINE, 50 -- Chapter TEN, 57 -- Chapter ELEVEN, 63 -- Chapter TWELVE, 69 -- Chapter THIRTEEN, 85 -- Chapter FOURTEEN, 92...

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The Diary of a Nobody

By: George Weedon; Grossmith Weedon

Excerpt: Chapter 1. We settle down in our new home, and I resolve to keep a diary. Tradesmen trouble us a bit, so does the scraper. The Curate calls and pays me a great compliment. My clear wife Carrie and I have just been a week in our new house, ?The Laurels,? Brickfield Terrace, Holloway?a nice six?roomed residence, not counting basement, with a front breakfast?parlour. We have a little front garden; and there is a flight of ten steps up to the front door, which, by?the?by, we keep locked with the chain up. Cummings, Gowing, and our other intimate friends always come to the little side entrance, which saves the servant the trouble of going up to the front door, thereby taking her from her work. We have a nice little back garden which runs down to the railway. We were rather afraid of the noise of the trains at first, but the landlord said we should not notice them after a bit, and took 2 pounds off the rent. He was certainly right; and beyond the cracking of the garden wall at the bottom, we have suffered no inconvenience....

Table of Contents: The Diary of a Nobody, 1

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Counsels and Maxims

By: Arthur Schopenhauer

Excerpt: If my object in these pages were to present a complete scheme of counsels and maxims for the guidance of life, I should have to repeat the numerous rules?some of them excellent?which have been drawn up by thinkers of all ages, from Theognis and Solomon[1] down to La Rochefoucauld; and, in so doing, I should inevitably entail upon the reader a vast amount of well?worn commonplace. But the fact is that in this work I make still less claim to exhaust my subject than in any other of my writings....

Table of Contents: Counsels and Maxims, 1 -- Arthur Schopenhauer, 1 -- Introduction, 1 -- Chapter I. GENERAL RULES.?Section 1, 2 -- Chapter II. OUR RELATION TO OURSELVES.?Section 4, 7 -- Chapter III. OUR RELATION TO OTHERS.?Section 21, 26 -- Chapter IV, WORLDLY FORTUNE.?Section 47, 41 -- Chapter V. THE AGES OF LIFE, 47...

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The Cop and the Anthem

By: O. Henry

Excerpt: On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild goose honk high of nights, and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands, and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park, you may know that winter is near at hand. A dead leaf fell in Soapy?s lap. That was Jack Frost?s card. Jack is kind to the regular denizens of Madison Square, and gives fair warning of his annual call. At the corners of four streets he hands his pasteboard to the North Wind, footman of the mansion of All Outdoors, so that the inhabitants thereof may make ready....

Table of Contents: The Cop and the Anthem, 1 -- O. Henry, 1

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Kidnapped

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Chapter 1. I SET OFF UPON MY JOURNEY TO THE HOUSE OF SHAWS I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father?s house. The sun began to shine upon the summit of the hills as I went down the road; and by the time I had come as far as the manse, the blackbirds were whistling in the garden lilacs, and the mist that hung around the valley in the time of the dawn was beginning to arise and die away. Mr. Campbell, the minister of Essendean, was waiting for me by the garden gate, good man! He asked me if I had breakfasted; and hearing that I lacked for nothing, he took my hand in both of his and clapped it kindly under his arm. ?Well, Davie, lad,? said he, ?I will go with you as far as the ford, to set you on the way.? And we began to walk forward in silence. ?Are ye sorry to leave Essendean?? said he, after awhile....

Table of Contents: Kidnapped, 1 -- Robert Louis Stevenson, 1

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Of Human Bondage

By: W. Somerset Maugham

Excerpt: Chapter One. The day broke gray and dull. The clouds hung heavily, and there was a rawness in the air that suggested snow. A woman servant came into a room in which a child was sleeping and drew the curtains. She glanced mechanically at the house opposite, a stucco house with a portico, and went to the child?s bed. ?Wake up, Philip,? she said. She pulled down the bed?clothes, took him in her arms, and carried him downstairs. He was only half awake. ?Your mother wants you,? she said....

Table of Contents: OF HUMAN BONDAGE, 1 -- W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, 1

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Frankenstein : Or, The Modern Prometheus. By the Author of the Last Man Revised, Corrected, And Illustrated with a New Introduction

By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Introduction: The Publishers of the Standard Novels, in selecting ?Frankenstein? for one of their series, expressed a wish that I should furnish them with some account of the origin of the story. I am the more willing to comply because I shall thus give a general answer to the question, so very frequently asked me ?How I, then a young, girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?? It is true that I am very averse to bringing myself forward in print; but as my account will only appear as an appendage to a former production, and as it will be confined to such topics as have connection with my authorship alone, I can scarcely accuse myself of a personal intrusion....

Table of Contents: Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus. By the Author of The Last Man, Revised, Corrected, And Illustrated Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1 -- Introduction, 1 -- Preface, 4 -- LETTER I. To Mrs. Saville, England, 5 -- LETTER II. To Mrs. Saville, England, 7 -- LETTER III. To Mrs. Saville, England, 9 -- LETTER IV. To Mrs. Saville, England, 9 -- Chapter I, 13 -- Chapter II, 15 -- Chapter III, 18 -- Chapter IV, 22 -- Chapter V, 25 -- Chapter VI, 28 -- Chapter VII, 31 -- Chapter VIII, 37 -- Chapter IX, 41 -- Chapter X, 43 -- Chapter XI, 46 -- Chapter XII, 50 -- Chapter XIII, 53 -- Chapter XIV, 55 -- Chapter XV, 58 -- Chapter XVI, 62 -- Chapter XVII, 66 -- Chapter XVIII, 69 -- Chapter XIX, 73 -- Chapter XX, 76 -- Chapter XXI, 81 -- Chapter XXII, 86 -- Chapter XXIII, 91 -- Chapter XXIV, 94 -- Walton, in continuation, 98...

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Don Quijote

By: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Excerpt: TASA Yo, Juan Gallo de Andrada, escribano de Camara del Rey nuestro senor, de los que residen en su Consejo, certifico y doy fe que, habiendo visto por los senores del un libro intitulado El ingenioso hidalgo de la Mancha, compuesto por Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, tasaron cada pliego del dicho libro a tres maravedis y medio; el cual tiene ochenta y tres pliegos, que al dicho precio monta el dicho libro docientos y noventa maravedis y medio, en que se ha de vender en papel; y dieron licencia para que a este precio se pueda vender, y mandaron que esta tasa se ponga al principio del dicho libro, y no se pueda vender sin ella. Y, para que dello conste, di la presente en Valladolid, a veinte dias del mes de deciembre de mil y seiscientos y cuatro anos....

Table of Contents: Don Quijote, 1 -- Miguel de Cervantes, 1 -- TASA, 5 -- PR?LOGO, 6 -- AMAD?S DE GAULA. A DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA, 11 -- Primera parte del ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, 15 -- Cap¡tulo primero. Que trata de la condici¢n y ejercicio del famoso hidalgo don Quijote de la Manch5a -- Cap¡tulo II. Que trata de la primera salida que de su tierra hizo el ingenioso don Quijote, 17 -- Cap¡tulo III. Donde se cuenta la graciosa manera que tuvo don Quijote en armarse caballero, 20 -- Cap¡tulo IV. De lo que le sucedi¢ a nuestro caballero cuando sali¢ de la venta, 23 -- Cap¡tulo V. Donde se prosigue la narraci¢n de la desgracia de nuestro caballero, 27 -- Cap¡tulo VI. Del donoso y grande escrutinio que el cura y el barbero hicieron en la librer¡a de nues0tro ingenioso Cap¡tulo VII. De la segunda salida de nuestro buen caballero don Quijote de la Mancha, 34 -- Cap¡tulo VIII. Del buen suceso que el valeroso don Quijote tuvo en la espantable y jam s imaginad7a aventura Cap¡tulo IX. Donde se concluye y da fin a la estupenda batalla que el gallardo vizca¡no y el valient2e manchego Cap¡tulo X. De lo que m s le avino a don ...

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Wuthering Heights

By: Emily Brontë

Excerpt: Chapter One. 1801. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord?the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist?s heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow! He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name....

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