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Henry IV Parts Iii, Henry V

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: KING HENRY IV, THE FIRST PART. William Shakespeare. Dramatis Personae. King Henry the Fourth. Henry, Prince of Wales, son to the KING. Prince John of Lancaster, son to the KING. Earl of WESTMORELAND. Sir Walter BLUNT. Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester. Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. Henry Percy, his son. Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March. Scroop, Archbishop of York. Sir Michael, his Friend. Archibald, Earl of Douglas. Owen Glendower. Sir Richard Vernon.

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The Great Learning

By: Confucius

The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is then determined; and, that being determined, a calm unperturbedness may be attained to. To that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose. In that repose there may be careful deliberation, and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end. Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to...

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Poesies du Troubadour Peire Raimon de Toulouse Texte et Traduction

By: Joseph Anglade

Excerpt: J'avais commence, en 1916, la publication des poesies de Peire Raimon de Toulouse dans la revue l'Auta, organe de la Societe des Toulousains de Toulouse. Malgre la bonne volonte de la Societe et de son president, les circonstances ne se preterent pas a la continuation de ce travail. Je l'arretai donc, apres avoir publie quatre pieces[1]. Cette edition etait destinee a des lecteurs non inities, en general, a la philologie romane, mais connaissant leur langue mate...

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The Dream of the Rood

By: Charles W. Kennedy

Excerpt: Lo! I will tell the fairest of dreams, that came to me at midnight when mortal men abode in sleep. It seemed to me that I beheld a beauteous tree uplifted in the air, enwreathed with light, brightest of beams. All that beacon was enwrought with gold. Four jewels lay upon the earth, and five were at the crossing of the arms. All the winsome angels of the Lord gazed upon it through the firmament. Nor was that the cross indeed of any evil?doer, but holy spirits loo...

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Captivating Mary Carstairs

By: Henry Sydnor Harrison

Excerpt: TO NAWNY, HER BOOK NOTE. This book, representing the writer?s first effort at a long story, has something of a story of its own. First planned in 1900 or 1901, it was begun in 1905, and finished at length, in a version, three years later. Through the two years succeeding it underwent various adventures, including, if memory serves, two complete overhauling. Having thus reached by stages something like its present form, it was, in August, 1910, favorably reported...

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A Silent Witness

By: Richard Marsh

Excerpt: I doubt if a more terrible thing ever happened to any man than that which happened to me in the autumn of 1883. The memory of it all is with me now as though it were but yesterday. And sometimes I wake shrieking in my dreams, and lie awake all night, oppressed with a great agony of fear.

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Don Juan, Ou le Festin de Pierre

By: Molière, 1622-1673

Quoi que puisse dire Aristote, et toute la philosophie, il n'est rien d'egal au tabac ; c'est la passion des honnetes gens ; et qui vit sans tabac n'est pas digne de vivre. Non seulement il rejouit et purge les cerveaux humains, mais encore il instruit les ames a la vertu, et l'on apprend avec lui a devenir honnete homme. Ne voyez-vous pas bien, des qu'on en prend, de quelle maniere obligeante on en use avec tout le monde, et comme on est ravi d'en donner a droite et a g...

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The Wandering Jew, Part 1, The Transgression

By: Eugène Sue

Time and again physicians and seamen have made noteworthy reputations as novelists. But it is rare in the annals of literature that a man trained in both professions should have gained his greatest fame as a writer of novels. Eugene Sue began his career as a physician and surgeon, and then spent six years in the French Navy. In 1830, when he returned to France, he inherited his father's rich estate and was free to follow his inclination to write. His first novel, Plick e...

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Glinda of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Glinda, the good Sorceress of Oz, sat in the grand court of her palace, surrounded by her maids of honor -- a hundred of the most beautiful girls of the Fairyland of Oz. The palace court was built of rare marbles, exquisitely polished. Fountains tinkled musically here and there; the vast colonnade, open to the south, allowed the maidens, as they raised their heads from their embroideries, to gaze upon a vista of rose-hued fields and groves of trees bearing fruits or lade...

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Double Chocolate

By: Roswell Brown

And the double chocolate soda goes where? the blonde waitress demanded, shifting her weight from one foot to the other with a swinging movement of the hips. She balanced a trayful of soda and shortcake expertly, her china blue eyes staring off into the distance. Grace Culver had been making a snake out of the paper wrapper from her soda straw. She looked up quickly, with a gleam in her eyes as they fixed on the double chocolate. But she answered the question another way....

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Under the Lilacs

By: Louisa May Alcott

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A MYSTERIOUS DOG The elm?tree avenue was all overgrown, the great gate was never unlocked, and the old house had been shut up for several years. Yet voices were heard about the place, the lilacs nodded over the high wall as if they said,? We could tell fine secrets if we chose,? and the mullein outside the gate made haste to reach the keyhole, that it might peep in Under the Lilacs 1 and see what was going on. If it had suddenly grown up like a magic ...

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The Petcheneg

By: Anton Chekhov

ONE hot summer's day Ivan Jmukin was returning from town to his farm in southern Russia. Jmukin was a retired old Cossack officer, who had served in the Caucasus, and had once been lusty and strong, but he was an old man now, shrivelled and bent, with bushy eyebrows and a long, greenish-grey moustache. He had been fasting in town, and had made his will, for it was only two weeks since he had had a slight stroke of paralysis, and now, sitting in the train, he was full of ...

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Description of Elizabethan England, 1577

By: William Harrison

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Of Degrees of People in the Commonwealth of Elizabethan England. We in England, divide our people commonly into four sorts, as gentlemen, citizens or burgesses, yeomen, and artificers or labourers. Of gentlemen the first and chief (next the king) be the prince, dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, and barons; and these are called gentlemen of the greater sort, or (as our common usage of speech is) lords and noblemen: and next unto them be knights, esq...

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A Sweatshop Romance

By: Abraham Cahan

LEIZER Lipman was one of those contract tailors who are classed by their hands under the head of cockroaches, which— translating the term into lay English—means that he ran a very small shop, giving employment to a single team of one sewing-machine operator, one baster, one finisher, and one presser. The shop was one of a suite of three rooms on the third floor of a rickety old tenement house on Essex Street, and did the additional duty of the family's kitchen and dining...

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In Provence and Lyrical Epigrams

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: I. Mistral in the Maquis Roofed in with creaking pines we lie And see the waters burn and whiten, The wild seas race the racing sky, The tossing landscape gloom and lighten. With emerald streak and silver blotch The white wind paints the purple sea. Warm in our hollow dune we watch The honey?orchis nurse the bee. Gold to the keel the startled boats Beat in on palpitating sail, While overhead with many throats The choral forest hymns the gale. ?Neath forest?bough...

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Under Western Eyes

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: PART FIRST To begin with I wish to disclaim the possession of those high gifts of imagination and expression which would have enabled my pen to create for the reader the personality of the man who called himself, after the Russian custom, Cyril son of Isidor ? Kirylo Sidorovitch?Razumov, If I have ever had these gifts in any sort of living form they have been smothered out of existence a long time ago under a wilderness of words. Words, as is well known, are the...

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The Wind Among the Reeds

By: William Butler Yeats

Excerpt: THE Hosting of the Sidhe. The host is riding from Knocknarea And over the grave of Clooth?na?Bare; Caoilte tossing his burning hair, And Niamh calling Away, come away: Empty your heart of its mortal dream. The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, Our breasts are heaving our eyes are agleam, Our arms are waving our lips are apart; And if any gaze on our rushing band, We come between him and the deed of his hand, We come ...

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Swallow

By: H. Rider Haggard

Over twenty years have passed since we found some unique opportunities of observing Boer and Kaffir character in company; therefore it is not perhaps out of place that I should ask you to allow me to put your name upon a book which deals more or less with the peculiarities of those races—a tale of the great Trek of 1836. You, as I know, entertain both for Dutchman and Bantu that regard tempered by a sense of respectful superiority which we are apt to feel for those who o...

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The Online World

By: Odd de Presno

PREFACE This is the ASCII online distribution of the Online World. It deals with the practical aspects of using the rapidly growing global online information resource. The book is distributed in a form that is designed to be easily accessible with the maximum range of computers, printer types, and search programs. Also, it has been designed to be compatible with electronic reading devices for the blind. Therefore, many frills (such as fancy formatting, extraneous chara...

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Opals Are Unlucky

By: C.S. Montanye

Excerpt: A fortune in opals, a strangled man and a platinum blonde are all involved in a hotel murder case Dave McClain must crack! The basement of the Hotel Richfield, ten steps east of Times Square, was not the most cheerful place on a Monday morning when the ...

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