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Vengeance Is Mine!

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: Too lulled to please The Shadow, as he viewed broad avenues and narrow streets from the passing window of a limousine. Traffic was as heavy as usual. Sidewalks had their full quota of pedestrians. Changing lights formed a colorful medley that added to the city?s motion. Yet, to The Shadow, the scene had perceptibly slowed. He could sense the slackened pulse throbs of the metropolis. Beneath the brilliance of Manhattan lay hidden enemies against whom The Shadow w...

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The Muse of the Department

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: MY DEAR FERDINAND, If the chances of the world of literature ? habent sua fata libelli ? should allow these lines to be an enduring record, that will still be but a trifle in return for the trouble you have taken ? you, the Hozier, the Cherin, the King.

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Essay of Dramatick Poesie

By: John Dryden

Excerpt: As I was lately reviewing my loose Papers, amongst the rest I found this Essay, the writing of which in this rude and indigested manner wherein your Lordship now sees it, serv?d as an amusement to me in the Country, when the violence of the last Plague had driven me from the Town. Seeing then our Theaters shut up, I was engag?d in these kind of thoughts with the same delight with which men think upon their absent Mistresses: I confess I find many things in this ...

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The Antislavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4

By: Stan Goodman

Excerpt: Is Jesus Christ in favor of American slavery? In 1776 THOMAS JEFFERSON, supported by a noble band of patriots and surrounded by the American people, opened his lips in the authoritative declaration: ?We hold these truths to be SELF?EVIDENT, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness.? And from the inmost heart of the multitudes around, an...

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Ceres' Runaway and Other Essays

By: Alice Meynell

CERES' RUNAWAY: One can hardly be dull possessing the pleasant imaginary picture of a Municipality hot in chase of a wild crop -- at least while the charming quarry escapes, as it does in Rome. The Municipality does not exist that would be nimble enough to overtake the Roman growth of green in the high places of the city. It is true that there have been the famous captures -- those in the Colosseum, and in the Baths of Caracalla; moreover a less conspicuous running to ea...

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Mr. Harrison's Confessions

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

'Now that your wife is gone upstairs, Will, you must tell me what I've wanted to ask you ever since I saw her this morning. Tell me all about the wooing and winning. I want to have the receipt for getting such a charming little wife of my own. Your letters gave the barest details. So set to, man, and tell me every particular.' 'If I tell you all, it will be a long story.' 'Never fear. If I get tired, I can go to sleep, and dream that I am back again, a lonely bachelor, i...

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Vivian Grey

By: Benjamin Disraeli

Excerpt: VOL. I. BOOK THE FIRST. Chapter 1. THE CONSULTATION. I am not aware that the infancy of Vivian Grey was distinguished by any extraordinary incident. The solicitude of the most affectionate of mothers, and the care of the most attentive of nurses, did their best to injure an excellent constitution. But Vivian was an only child, and these exertions were therefore excusable. For the first five years of his life, Master Vivian, with his curly locks and his fancy dre...

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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.

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Us Presidential Inagural Addresses

By: Joshua Hutchinson

Excerpt: George Washington First Inaugural Address Thursday, April 30, 1789 Fellow?Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives: AMONG the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat ...

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Little Journey in the World

By: Charles Dudley Warner

The title naturally suggested for this story was A Dead Soul, but it was discarded because of the similarity to that of the famous novel by Nikolai Gogol -- Dead Souls -- though the motive has nothing in common with that used by the Russian novelist. Gogol exposed an extensive fraud practiced by the sale, in connection with lands, of the names of serfs (called souls) not living, or dead souls. This story is an attempt to trace the demoralization in a woman's soul of cert...

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Lettres

By: Blaise Pascal

L'honneur que vous m'avez fait de m'ecrire me fait rompre le dessein que j'avais fait de ne resoudre aucune des difficultes que j'ai rapportees dans mon abrege, que dans le traite entier ou je travaille; car, puisque les civilites de votre lettre sont jointes aux objections que vous m'y faites, je ne puis partager ma reponse, ni reconnaƮtre les unes, sans satisfaire aux autres. Mais, pour le faire avec plus d'ordre, permettez-moi de vous rapporter une regle universelle, ...

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Henry the Vi, Part I

By: William Shakespeare

Open your Eares: For which of you will stop The vent of Hearing, when loud Rumor speakes? I, from the Orient, to the drooping West (Making the winde my Post-horse) still vnfold The Acts commenced on this Ball of Earth. Vpon my Tongue, continuall Slanders ride, The which, in euery Language, I pronounce, Stuffing the Eares of them with false Reports: I speake of Peace, while couert Enmitie (Vnder the smile of Safety) wounds the World: And who but Rumour, who but onely I Ma...

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The Damnation of Theron Ware, Or, Illumination

By: Harold Frederic

Excerpt: Chapter One. No such throng had ever before been seen in the building during all its eight years of existence. People were wedged together most uncomfortably upon the seats; they stood packed in the aisles and overflowed the galleries; at the back, in the shadows underneath these galleries, they formed broad, dense masses about the doors, through which it would be hopeless to attempt a passage. The light, given out from numerous tin?lined circles of flaring gas?...

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The Dark Flower

By: John Galsworthy

Take the flower from my breast, I pray thee, Take the flower too from out my tresses; And then go hence, for see, the night is fair, The stars rejoice to watch thee on thy way. -- From The Bard of the Dimbovitza....

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John March, Southerner

By: George Washington Cable

Excerpt: In the last year of our Civil War Suez was a basking town of twenty?five hundred souls, with rocky streets and breakneck sidewalks, its dwellings dozing most months of the twelve among roses and honeysuckles behind anciently whitewashed, much?broken fences, and all the place wrapped in that wide sweetness of apple and acacia scents that comes from whole mobs of dog?fennel. The Pulaski City turnpike entered at the northwest corner and passed through to the court?...

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How to Write a Blackwood Article

By: Edgar Allen Poe

Excerpt: I PRESUME everybody has heard of me. My name is the Signora Psyche Zenobia. This I know to be a fact. Nobody but my enemies ever calls me Suky Snobbs. I have been assured that Suky is but a vulgar corruption of Psyche, which is good Greek, and means ?the soul? (that?s me, I'm all soul) and sometimes ?a butterfly,? which latter meaning undoubtedly alludes to my appearance in my new crimson satin dress, with the sky?blue Arabian mantelet, and the trimmings of gree...

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The Secret Agent

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: Chapter One. Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother?in?law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother?in?law.

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Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

By: Pierre Loti

A night wondrously clear and of a colour unknown to our climate; a place of dreamlike aspect, fraught with mystery. The moon of a bright silver, which dazzles by its shining, illumines a world which surely is no longer ours; for it resembles in nothing what may be seen in other lands. A world in which everything is suffused with rosy color beneath the stars of midnight, and where granite symbols rise up, ghostlike and motionless.

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Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise with a Portrait of the Author

By: David Graham Phillips

Volume I: Even now I cannot realize that he is dead, and often in the city streets -- on Fifth Avenue in particular -- I find myself glancing ahead for a glimpse of the tall, boyish, familiar figure -- experience once again a flash of the old happy expectancy.

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Shamela

By: Henry Fielding

Excerpt: To Miss Fanny, &c. Madam, It will be naturally expected, that when I write the Life of Shamela, I should dedicate it to some young Lady, whose Wit and Beauty might be the proper Subject of a Comparison with the Heroine of my Piece. This, those, who see I have done it in prefixing your Name to my Work, will much more confirmedly expect me to do; and, indeed, your Character would enable me to run some Length into a Parallel, tho? you, nor any one else, are at all ...

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