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Brooksmith, The Real Thing, The Story of It, Flickerbridge, And Mr...

By: Henry James

Excerpt: We are scattered now, the friends of the late Mr. Oliver Offord; but whenever we chance to meet I think we are conscious of a certain esoteric respect for each other. ?Yes, you too have been in Arcadia,? we seem not too grumpily to allow. When I pass the house in Mansfield Street I remember that Arcadia was there. I don?t know who has it now, and don?t want to know; it?s enough to be so sure that if I should ring the bell there would be no such luck for me as th...

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Seven Poor Travellers

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: Strictly speaking, there were only six poor travelers; but, being a Traveler myself, though an idle one, and being withal as poor as I hope to be, I brought the number up to seven. This word of explanation is due at once, for what says the inscription over the quaint old door?

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The 9/11 Commission Report Final Report of the National Commission...

By: Thomas H. Kean

Excerpt: We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. Ten Commissioners--five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation?s capital at a time of great partisan division--have come together to present this report without dissent.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin with Introduction and Notes...

By: Charles W. Eliot

Introduction: Benjamin Franklin was born in Milk Street, Boston, on January 6, 1706. His father, Josiah Franklin, was a tallow chandler who married twice, and of his seventeen children Benjamin was the youngest son. His schooling ended at ten, and at twelve he was bound apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who published the ?New England Courant.? To this journal he became a contributor, and later was for a time its nominal editor.

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Aaron's Rod

By: D.H. Lawrence

Excerpt: There was a large, brilliant evening star in the early twilight, and underfoot the earth was half frozen. It was Christmas Eve. Also the War was over, and there was a sense of relief that was almost a new menace. A man felt the violence of the nightmare released now into the general air. Also there had been another wrangle among the men on the pit-bank that evening.

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Aaron Trow

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: I would wish to declare, at the beginning of this story, that I shall never regard that cluster of islets which we call Bermuda as the Fortunate Islands of the ancients. Do not let professional geographers take me up, and say that no one has so accounted them, and that the ancients have never been supposed to have gotten themselves so far westwards. What I mean to assert is this--that, had any ancient been carried thither by enterprise or stress of weather, he w...

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Abbeychurch or Self-Control and Self-Conceit

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Preface: Rechauffes are proverbially dangerous, but everyone runs into them sooner or later, and the world has done me the kindness so often to inquire after my first crude attempt, that after it has lain for many years ?out of print,? I have ventured to launch it once more-- imperfections and all-- though it is guilty of the error of pointing rather to a transient phase of difficulty than to a general principle. The wheels of this world go so quickly round, that I have ...

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Actions and Reactions

By: Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt: It came without warning, at the very hour his hand was outstretched to crumple the Holz and Gunsberg Combine. The New York doctors called it overwork, and he lay in a darkened room, one ankle crossed above the other, tongue pressed into palate, wondering whether the next brain-surge of prickly fires would drive his soul from all anchorages. At last they gave judgment. With care he might in two years return to the arena, but for the present he must go across the ...

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The Acts of the Apostles

By: Various

Excerpt: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach -- 2. Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen -- 3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

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Adam Bede

By: George Eliot

Excerpt: With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. This is what I undertake to do for you, reader. With this drop of ink at the end of my pen, I will show you the roomy workshop of Mr. Jonathan Burge, carpenter and builder, in the village of Hayslope, as it appeared on the eighteenth of June, in the year of our Lord 1799.

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Adieu to Prince Frederic Schwartzenburg.

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: An Old Monastery. ?COME, deputy of the Centre, forward! Quick step! march! if we want to be in time to dine with the others. Jump, marquis! there, that?s right! why, you can skip across a stubble-field like a deer!?

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The Aeneid of Virgil

By: Virgil

Excerpt: BOOK I: Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc?d by fate, And haughty Juno?s unrelenting hate, Expell?d and exil?d, left the Trojan shore. Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore, And in the doubtful war, before he won The Latian realm, and built the destin?d town; His banish?d gods restor?d to rites divine, And settled sure succession in his line, From whence the race of Alban fathers come, And the long glories of majestic Rome.

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Agamemnon

By: Aeschylus

Excerpt: WATCHMAN. I pray the gods to quit me of my toils, To close the watch I keep, this livelong year; For as a watch-dog lying, not at rest, Propped on one arm, upon the palace-roof Of Atreus? race, too long, too well I know The starry conclave of the midnight sky, Too well, the splendours of the firmament, The lords of light, whose kingly aspect shows-- What time they set or climb the sky in turn-- The year?s divisions, bringing frost or fire.

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The Age of Innocence

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York. Though there was already talk of the erection, in remote metropolitan distances ?above the Forties,? of a new Opera House which should compete in costliness and splendour with those of the great European capitals, the world of fashion was still content to reassemble every winter in the shabby red and gold boxes of the sociable old Academy. Con...

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Agnes Grey

By: Anne Bronte

Excerpt: The Parsonage. All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shriveled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to judge. I sometimes think it might prove useful to some, and entertaining to others; but the world may judge for itself. Shielded by my own obscurity, and by ...

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Albert Savarus

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: One of the few drawing-rooms where, under the Restoration, the Archbishop of Besancon was sometimes to be seen, was that of the Baronne de Watteville, to whom he was particularly attached on account of her religious sentiments. A word as to this lady, the most important lady of Besancon.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll

Excerpt: Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ?and what is the use of a book,? thought Alice ?without pictures or conversation??

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The Alkahest

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: Madame, may God grant that this, my book, may live longer than I, for then the gratitude which I owe to you, and which I hope will equal your almost maternal kindness to me, would last beyond the limits prescribed for human affection. This sublime privilege of prolonging life in our hearts for a time by the life of the work we leave behind us would be (if we could only be sure of gaining it at last) a reward indeed for all the labor undertaken by those who aspire to such an immortality.

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All's Well That Ends Well

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: COUNTESS. In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband. BERTRAM: And I in going, madam, weep o?er my father?s death anew: but I must attend his majesty?s command, to whom I am now in ward, evermore in subjection.

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Almayer's Folly : A Story of an Eastern River

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?KASPAR! MAKAN!? The well-known shrill voice startled Almayer from his dream of splendid future into the unpleasant realities of the present hour. An unpleasant voice too. He had heard it for many years, and with every year he liked it less. No matter; there would be an end to all this soon.

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