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The Seahawk

By: Rafael Sabatini

Excerpt: THE HUCKSTER. Sir Oliver Tressilian sat at his ease in the lofty dining?room of the handsome house of Penarrow, which he owed to the enterprise of his father of lamented and lamentable memory and to the skill and invention of an Italian engineer named Bagnolo who had come to England half a century ago as one of the assistants of the famous Torrigiani. This house of such a startlingly singular and Italianate grace for so remote a corner of Cornwall deserves, toge...

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Ten Great Events in History

By: James Johnson

Preface: Patriotism, or love of country, is one of the tests of nobility of character. No great man ever lived that was not a patriot in the highest and truest sense. From the earliest times, the sentiment of patriotism has been aroused in the hearts of men by the narrative of heroic deeds inspired by love of country and love of liberty. This truth furnishes the key to the arrangement and method of the present work. The ten epochs treated are those that have been potenti...

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Of the Parties of Great Britain

By: David Hume

Excerpt: WERE the BRITISH government proposed as a subject of speculation, one would immediately perceive in it a source of division and party, which it would be almost impossible for it, under any administration, to avoid. The just balance between the republican and monarchical part of our constitution is really, in itself, so extremely delicate and uncertain, that, when joined to men?s passions and prejudices, it is impossible but different opinions must arise concerni...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : Land of Always-Night

By: Kenneth Robeson

Two weird figures came running in the white fog. Their queer garments flapped like the sheets of ghosts. Runners of the jungle should not have been so dressed. The togalike attire was pulled above bony knees, but the garments were hampering. Any white man who had been in Abyssinia would have identified these sheets as the chamma. This was distinctive of royal or official rank. These grotesquely clad runners were far south of Abyssinia. They were now below the great Tavet...

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Flame and Shadow

By: Sara Teasdale

What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring, / That my songs do not show me at all? / For they are a fragrance, and I am a flint and a fire, / I am an answer, they are only a call. / But what do I care, for love will be over so soon, / Let my heart have its say and my mind stand idly by, / For my mind is proud and strong enough to be silent, / It is my heart that makes my songs, not I.

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A Discourse on Political Economy

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau

Preface: The word Economy, or OEconomy, is derived from oikos, a house, and vomos, law, and meant originally only the wise and legitimate government of the house for the common good of the whole family. The meaning of the term was then extended to the government of that great family, the State. To distinguish these two senses of the word, the latter is called general or political economy, and the former domestic or particular economy. The first only is discussed in the p...

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The Heart of Rome

By: Francis Marion Crawford

Excerpt: Chapter One. The Baroness Volterra drove to the Palazzo Conti in the heart of Rome at nine o?clock in the morning, to be sure of finding Donna Clementina at home. She had tried twice to telephone, on the previous afternoon, but the central office had answered that ?the communication was interrupted.? She was very anxious to see Clementina at once, in order to get her support for a new and complicated charity. She only wanted the name, and expected nothing else, ...

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The Altar of the Dead : The Beast in the Jungle; The Birthplace, A...

By: Henry James

HE had a mortal dislike, poor Stransom, to lean anniversaries, and loved them still less when they made a pretence of a figure. Celebrations and suppressions were equally painful to him, and but one of the former found a place in his life. He had kept each year in his own fashion the date of Mary Antrim's death. It would be more to the point perhaps to say that this occasion kept HIM: it kept him at least effectually from doing anything else. It took hold of him again an...

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Death to the Avenger

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: THE Avenger was on the prowl tonight. Swiftly, the word spread through the slimy alleys and the dark corners of the great city?s underworld. Hard men who flaunted the police and scoffed at the law sought hurried cover as the word reached them. At fly?specked bars, in closed and shuttered rooms, men buzzed in furtive whispers: ?What?s he after? Has anybody got the dope? Who?s The Avenger gunning for?? Those were the questions which flew around on the wings of fear.

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Llana of Gathol

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Foreword: LANIKAI is a district, a beach, a Post Office, and a grocery store. It lies on the windward shore of the Island of Oahu. It is a long way from Mars. Its waters are blue and beautiful and calm inside its coral reef, and the trade wind sighing through the fronds of its coconut palms at night might be the murmuring voices of the ghosts of the kings and chieftains who fished in its still waters long before the sea captains brought strange diseases or the missionari...

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The Wreck

By: H. M. Tomlinson

WE turned our heads as the door creaked and opened, admitting another man to the tavern, and giving a brief peep of ships in a morning harbour. This stranger in the village curtly acknowledged our company, which appeared to know him. Floated her yet? he was asked gently, as he stood at the bar. The question caused some faint laughter. The stranger did not smile, nor look at us. He answered at leisure. Expect us always to save ships you farmers chuck about like haycocks? he inquired genially.

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The Silent Death

By: Maxwell Grant

THE lights of uptown Manhattan cast a vivid, fantastic glow when viewed from the window of the little office high in the towering Brinton Building. But the man who stood within the darkness of that thirtieth-floor room was not concerned with the spectacle of man-made brilliance. His eyes were focused upon the top stories of a huge apartment building across the street. The apartment structure was capped by a penthouse, from which a few lights gleamed. One corner of the pe...

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The Reckoning

By: Edith Wharton

Excerpt: ?The marriage law of the new dispensation will be: Thou shalt not be unfaithful to thyself.? A discreet murmur of approval filled the studio, and through the haze of cigarette smoke Mrs. Clement Westall, as her husband descended from his improvised platform, saw him merged in a congratulatory group of ladies. Westall?s informal talks on ?The New Ethics? had drawn about him an eager following of the mentally unemployed those who, as he had once phrased it, liked ...

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Young Robin Hood

By: George Manville Fenn

Excerpt: Chapter One. Sit still, will you? I never saw such a boy: wriggling about like a young eel.? ?I can?t help it, David,? said the little fellow so roughly spoken to by a sour?looking serving man; ?the horse does jog so, and it?s so slippery. If I didn?t keep moving I should go off.? ?You'll soon go off if you don?t keep a little quieter,? growled the man angrily, ?for I?ll pitch you among the bushes.? ?No, you won?t,? said the boy laughing. ?You daren't do so.? ?W...

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Alias the Lone Wolf

By: Louis Joseph Vance

Excerpt: Through the suave, warm radiance of that afternoon of Spring in England a gentleman of modest and commonly amiable deportment bore a rueful countenance down Piccadilly and into Halfmoon street, where presently he introduced it to one whom he found awaiting him in his lodgings, much at ease in his easiest chair, making free with his whiskey and tobacco, and reading a slender brown volume selected from his shelves. This degage person was patently an Englishman, th...

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The Furnished Room

By: O. Henry

Excerpt: Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side. Homeless, they have a hundred homes. They flit from furnished room to furnished room, transients forever?transients in abode, transients in heart and mind.

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The Last Kiss

By: Maurice Level

I ought never to have left you; you loved me. Just at first after it all happened when I could still feel the fire of the vitriol burning my face, when I began to realize that I should never see again, that all my life I should be a thing of horror, of Death, certainly I wasn't able to think of it like that. It isn't possible to resign oneself all at once to such a fate But living in this eternal darkness, a man's thoughts pierce far below the surface and grow quiet like...

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Imitation of Christ

By: Thomas A. Kempis

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The treatise Of the Imitation of Christ appears to have been originally written in Latin early in the fifteenth century. Its exact date and its authorship are still a matter of debate. Manuscripts of the Latin version survive in considerable numbers all over Western Europe, and they, with the vast list of translations and of printed editions, testify to its almost unparalleled popularity. One scribe attributes it to St. Bernard of Clairvaux; but the fa...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : Divorce

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 065.001 O Prophet! When ye (men) put away women, put them away for their (legal) period and reckon the period, and keep your duty to Allah, your Lord. Expel them not from their houses nor let them go forth unless they commit open immorality. Such are the limits (imposed by) Allah; and whoso transgresseth Allah?s limits, he verily wrongeth his soul. Thou knowest not: it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass. 065.002 Then, when they have re...

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George Sand, Some Aspects of Her Life and Writings

By: Rene Doumic

Excerpt: I. AURORE DUPIN. PSYCHOLOGY OF A DAUGHTER OF ROUSSEAU. In the whole of French literary history, there is, perhaps, no subject of such inexhaustible and modern interest as that of George Sand. Of what use is literary history? It is not only a kind of museum, in which a few masterpieces are preserved for the pleasure of beholders. It is this certainly, but it is still more than this. Fine books are, before anything else, living works. They not only have lived, but...

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