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What Can She Do

By: Edward Payson Roe

Preface: This book was not written to amuse, to create purposeless excitement, or to secure a little praise as a bit of artistic work. It would probably fail in all these things. It was written with a definite, earnest purpose, which I trust will be apparent to the reader. As society in our land grows older, and departs from primitive simplicity, as many are becoming rich, but more poor, the changes that I have sought to warn against become more threatening. The ordinary...

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The Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man

By: Henry Drummond

PREFACE: THE more I think of it, says Mr. Ruskin, I find this conclusion more impressed upon me—that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. In these pages an attempt is made to tell in a plain way a few of the things which Science is now seeing with regard to the Ascent of Man. Whether these seeings are there at all is another matter. But, even if visions, every thinking mind, through whatever med...

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Le Horla

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: 8 mai. Quelle journee admirable ! J'ai passe toute la matinee etendu sur l'herbe, devant ma maison, sous l'enorme platane qui la couvre, l'abrite et l'ombrage tout entiere. J'aime ce pays, et j'aime y vivre parce que j'y ai mes racines, ces profondes et delicates racines, qui attachent un homme a la terre ou sont nes et morts ses a‹eux, qui l'attachent a ce qu'on pense et a ce qu'on mange, aux usages comme aux nourritures, aux locutions locales, aux intonations ...

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Lesie, The Choir Boy

By: Alice Dunbar

OVER and above all things nature had been lavish to Lesie Channing in the matter of a voice. It was a full, clear soprano with rich tones in it that presaged a marvel of tone in later years. He loved to sing. It was a pure joy to him to fill the hall and room of his tenement home with the only tunes that he knew — coon songs and music-hall ballads. But while he delighted in the sounds that he made, no one had ever told Lesie that his voice was marvellous. Besides this, h...

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What's Mine's Mine : Volume 3

By: George Macdonald

CHAPTER I. AT A HIGH SCHOOL. When Mercy was able to go down to the drawing-room, she found the evenings pass as never evenings passed before; and during the day, although her mother and Christina came often to see her, she had time and quiet for thinking. And think she must; for she found herself in a region of human life so different from any she had hitherto entered, that in no other circumstances would she have been able to recognize even its existence. Everything sai...

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Hagakure. Selections (The Way of the Samurai)

By: Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Excerpt: FROM THE 1ST CHAPTER. Although it stands to reason that a samurai should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, ?What is the true meaning of the Way of the Samurai?? the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one?s mind beforehand. From this, one?s unmindfulness of the Way can be known. Negligence is an extreme thing. The Way...

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God and My Neighbour

By: Robert Blatchford

Preface: INFIDEL! I put the word in capitals, because it is my new name, and I want to get used to it. INFIDEL! The name has been bestowed on me by several Christian gentlemen as a reproach, but to my ears it has a quaint and not unpleasing sound. Infidel! ?The notorious infidel editor of the Clarion? is the form used by one True Believer. The words recurred to my mind suddenly, while I was taking my favourite black pipe for a walk along ?the pleasant Strand,? and I felt...

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The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition

By: Sabine Baring Gould

I SHALL never forget the walk I took one night in Vienne, after having accomplished the examination of an unknown Druidical relic, the Pierre labie, at La Rondelle, near Champigni. I had learned of the existence of this cromlech only on my arrival at Champigni in the afternoon, and I had started to visit the curiosity without calculating the time it would take me to reach it and to return. Suffice it to say that I discovered the venerable pile of grey stones as the sun s...

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Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

By: Various

IT came to pass, after Paul went out of the island Gaudomeleta, (1) that he came to Italy; and it was heard of by the Jews who were in Rome, the elder of the cities, that Paul demanded to come to Caesar. Having fallen, therefore, into great grief and much despondency, they said among themselves: It does not please him that he alone has afflicted all our brethren and parents in Judaea and Samaria, and in all Palestine; and he has not been pleased with these, but, behold, ...

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Poetical Works of Pope, Volume Ii

By: Alexander Pope

Excerpt: THE GENIUS AND POETRY OF POPE. Few poets during their lifetime have been at once so much admired and so much abused as Pope. Some writers, destined to oblivion in after?ages, have been loaded with laurels in their own time; while others, on whom Fame was one day to ?wait like a menial,? have gone to the grave neglected, if not decried and depreciated. But it was the fate of Pope to combine in his single experience the extremes of detraction and flattery?to have ...

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Les Chasseurs de Chevelures

By: Captain Mayne?Reid

Introduction: LES SOLITUDES DE L'OUEST. Deroulez la mappemonde, et jetez les yeux sur le grand continent de l'Amerique du Nord. Au dela de l'Ouest sauvage, plus loin vers le couchant, portez vos yeux: franchissez les meridiens; n'arretez vos regards que quand ils auront atteint la region ou les fleuves auriferes prennent leur source au milieu des pics couverts de neiges eternelles. Arretez?les la. Devant vous se deploie un pays dont l'aspect est vierge de tout contact de...

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Pages from an Old Volume of Life

By: Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is the new version of the Panem et Circenses of the Roman populace. It is our ultimatum, as that was theirs. They must have something to eat, and the circus-shows to look at. We must have something to eat, and the papers to read. Everything else we can give up. If we are rich, we can lay down our carriages, stay away from Newport or Saratoga, and adjourn the trip to Europe sine die. If we live in a small way, there are at least new dresses and bonnets and every-day ...

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The Dupe, A Comedy

By: Frances Chamberlaine Sheridan

Prologue: The paths of Truth with Fancy?s flowers to strove, To teach improvement from delight to flow, The bards of old first bade the Comic strain With mirth instruct, with moral entertain. No vice or folly that disgrac?d the age Escap?d the daring Poet?s honest rage; But Satire, uncontroll?d, pursu?d her plan, Nor stopp?d at general lines, but mark?d the Man; Ev'n features, voice, dress, gait, the scene display?d, And living characters to scorn betray?d. Such rude att...

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An Essay on Conversation

By: Henry Fielding

Excerpt: Man is generally represented as an animal formed for, and delighted in, society; in this state alone, it is said, his various talents can be exerted, his numberless necessities relieved, the dangers he is exposed to can be avoided, and many of the pleasures he eagerly affects enjoyed. If these assertions be, as I think they are, undoubtedly and obviously certain, those few who have denied man to be a social animal have left us these two solutions of their conduc...

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The Mysterious Stateroom : A Tale of the Mississippi

By: J. H. Ingraham

`Some men, 'tis said, do love rehearsals O' each day's acts in foregone night dreams: So nothing happens they ha' not seen the shadow o't.' Among the numerous wild and thrilling romances of which the valley of the South-west has been so often the scene, and which have, hitherto, escaped the avidious pen of the tourist and story-writer, is the one which I have chosen for the subject of the following sketch. Though not strictly Radcliffean in its tone and aspect—for there ...

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Caesar and Cleopatra

By: George Bernard Shaw

ACT I: A fine October morning in the north east suburbs of London, a vast district many miles away from the London of Mayfair and St. James's, much less known there than the Paris of the Rue de Rivoli and the Champs Elysees, and much less narrow, squalid, fetid and airless in its slums; strong in comfortable, prosperous middle class life; wide-streeted, myriad-populated; well-served with ugly iron urinals, Radical clubs, tram lines, and a perpetual stream of yellow cars;...

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The Devil's Black Rock

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: DONKEY SAM DAVIS was not a handsome man. Indeed, his face frightened the babies on the street in the town of Mile High, Arizona. There was just one street in Mile High, and not many babies, and these babies were not easily frightened. Donkey Sam Davis was a prospector; probably you could call him a full?fledged desert rat. However, he did not prospect all of the time, but only when he was broke, which was quite considerable of the time at that. He hunted gold, s...

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Philaster

By: Francis Beaumont

Excerpt: PHILASTER: OR, Love lies a Bleeding. Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher * The Scene being in Cicilie. * Persons Represented in the Play. The King. Philaster, Heir to the Crown. Pharamond, Prince of Spain. Dion, a Lord. Cleremont } Noble Gentlemen his Thrasiline } Associates. Arethusa, the King?s Daughter. Galatea, a wise modest Lady attending the Princess. Megra, a lascivious Lady. An old wanton Lady, or Croan. Another Lady attending the Princess.

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Daisy Miller

By: Henry James

PART I: At the little town of Vevey, in Switzerland, there is a particularly comfortable hotel. There are, indeed, many hotels, or the entertainment of tourists is the business of the place, which, as many travelers will remember, is seated upon the edge of a remarkably blue lake -- a lake that it behooves every tourist o visit. The shore of the lake presents an unbroken array of establishments of this order, of every category, from the grand hotel of the newest fashion,...

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Just to Be Out of Doors

By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Excerpt: Just To Be Out of Doors! So still! So green! With unbreathed air, illimitable, clean, With soft, sweet scent of happy growing things, The leaves? soft flutter, sound of sudden wings, The far faint hills, the water wide between.

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