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Death's Option

By: Gary Barton

Next to taking rats apart—human rats—and forgetting to put them back together again, I like to mingle with people. I like crowds, Iights, gaiety. That's how I came to be in Times Square that night. I was off duty. Rather, I was officially off duty. That was before I saw the girl. I don't know why I happened to stroll into Marty's. Maybe I wanted to sit down a while after having been chasing out of homicide all day. Maybe I wanted to have a beer and watch the show. I know...

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Lyrical Tales

By: Mary Elizabeth Robinson

Excerpt: I. Ah ! wherefore by the Church?yard side, Poor little LORN ONE, dost thou stray ? Thy wavy locks but thinly hide The tears that dim thy blue?eye?s ray; And wherefore dost thou sigh, and moan, And weep, that thou art left alone?

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Old Gold, Or, The Cruise of the Jason Brig

By: George Manville Fenn
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The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

By: Margaret Cavendish

TO THE DUCHESSE OF NEWCASTLE, ON HER New Blazing World. / Our Elder World, with all their Skill and Arts; / Could but divide the World into three Parts: / Columbus then for Navigation fam'd, / Found a new World, America 'tis nam'd: / Now this new World was found, it was not made, / Onely discovered, lying in Times shade. / Then what are You, having no Chaos found / To make a World, or any such least ground? / But your creating Fancy, thought it fit / To make your World o...

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Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4

By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Excerpt: FOR some remarks on the character of this publication, the Editor begs to refer the Reader to the Preface to the third volume of these Remains. That volume and the present are expressly connected together as one work. The various materials arranged in the following pages were preserved, and kindly placed in the Editor?s hands, by Mr. Southey, Mr. Green, Mr. Gillman, Mr. Alfred Elwyn of Philadelphia, United States, Mr. Money, Mr. Hartley Coleridge, and the Rev. E...

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The Portent and Other Stories

By: George Macdonald

Excerpt: THE PORTENT A STORY OF THE INNER VISION OF THE HIGHLANDERS, COMMONLY CALLED The SECOND SIGHT DEDICATION. MY DEAR SIR, KENSINGTON, May, 1864. Allow me, with the honour due to my father?s friend, to inscribe this little volume with your name. The name of one friend is better than those of all the Muses. And permit me to say a few words about the story. It is a Romance. I am well aware that, with many readers, this epithet will be enough to ensure condemnation. But...

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Travels and Researches in South Africa

By: David Livingstone

This etext was prepared by Alan. R. Light -- To assure a high quality text, the original was typed in (manually) twice and electronically compared. Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa, and a Journey from the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the West Coast; Thence Across the Continent, Down the River Zambesi, to the Eastern Ocean. By David Livingstone, LL.D., D.C.L., Fellow of the Facult...

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Weir of Hermiston

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduction: IN the wild end of a moorland parish, far out of the sight of any house, there stands a cairn among the heather, and a little by east of it, in the going down of the brae?side, a monument with some verses half defaced. It was here that Claverhouse shot with his own hand the Praying Weaver of Balweary, and the chisel of Old Mortality has clinked on that lonely gravestone. Public and domestic history have thus marked with a bloody finger this hollow among the...

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L'Ane

By: Victor Hugo

— Mais tu brules! Prends garde, esprit! Parmi les hommes, Pour nous guider, ingrats tenebreux que nous sommes, Ta flamme te devore, et l'on peut mesurer Combien de temps tu vas sur la terre durer. La vie en notre nuit n'est pas inepuisable. Quand nos mains plusieurs fois ont retourne le sable Et remonte l'horloge, et que devant nos yeux L'ombre et l'aurore ont pris possession des cieux Tour a tour, et pendant un certain nombre d'heures, Il faut finir. Prends garde, il fa...

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Menogi Khrad ('The Spirit of Wisdom')

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Through the name and power and assistance of the creator Ohrmazd, the archangels who are good rulers and good performers, and all the angels of the spiritual and the angels of the worldly existences, by a happy dispensation (dahishn) and well?omened we write the Opinions of the Spirit of Wisdom through the will of the sacred beings. 1. In the name and for the propitiation of the all?benefiting creator Ohrmazd, (2) of all the angels of the spiritual an...

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One Bullet Makes Murder

By: Norman A. Daniels

Excerpt: Gallagher, of the headquarters squad, slowly drew back the hammer of his Police Positive until the mechanism clicked. In the silence of the dismal tenement hallway it sounded like the crack of a whip and Gallagher looked around, startled by the sound. He kept on climbing the stairway very quietly, very slowly. On the top floor, in the questionable security of a dirty tenement, was Pop Higgins, the most wanted racketeer in the country. For two years his face had ...

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The Paschal Canon

By: Anatolius of Alexandria

As we are about to speak on the subject of the order of the times and alternations of the world, we shall first dispose of the positions of diverse calculators; who, by reckoning only by the course of the moon, and leaving out of account the ascent and descent of the sun, with the addition of certain problems, have constructed diverse periods, (2) self-contradictory, and such as are never found in the reckoning of a true computation; since it is certain that no mode of c...

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Venice

By: Jacques Casanova

Excerpt: CHAPTER X My Stay in Vienna ? Joseph II ? My Departure for Venice Arrived, for the first time, in the capital of Austria, at the age of eight?and?twenty, well provided with clothes, but rather short of money ? a circumstance which made it necessary for me to curtail my expenses until the arrival of the proceeds of a letter of exchange which I had drawn upon M. de Bragadin. The only letter of recommendation I had was from the poet Migliavacca, of Dresden, address...

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On Being Human

By: Woodrow Wilson

The rarest sort of a book, says Mr. Bagehot, slyly, is a book to read; and the knack in style is to write like a human being. It is painfully evident, upon experiment, that not many of the books which come teeming from our presses every year are meant to be read. They are meant, it may be, to be pondered; it is hoped, no doubt, they may instruct, or inform, or startle, or arouse, or reform, or provoke, or amuse us; but we read, if we have the true reader's zest and plate...

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The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences. This must cease and he must go the way of all flesh, material or imaginary. One likes to think that there is some fantastic limbo for the children of imagination, some strange, impossible place where the beaux of Fielding may still make love to the belles of Richardson, where Scott's he...

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A Comedy on the Gold Coast

By: Enoch Arnold Bennett

Excerpt: IT was five o?clock on an afternoon in mid?September, and a couple of American millionaires (they abounded that year, did millionaires) sat chatting together on the wide terrace which separates the entrance to the Kursaal from the promenade. Some yards away, against the balustrade of the terrace, in the natural, unconsidered attitude of one to whom short frocks are a matter of history, certainly, but very recent history, stood a charming and imperious girl; you ...

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Traces of Crime

By: Mary Fortune

There are many who recollect full well the rush at Chinaman's Flat. It was in the height of its prosperity that an assault was committed upon a female of a character so diabolical in itself, as to have aroused the utmost anxiety in the public as well as in the police, to punish the perpetrator thereof. The case was placed in my hands, and as it presented difficulties so great as to appear to an ordinary observer almost insurmountable, the overcoming of which was likely t...

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Zonnige Perioden

By: Hans Vervoort

Nederlandse (Dutch) literature.

Peter was behoorlijk dik en nogal kaal toen de foto gemaakt werd. Hij lachte breed tegen de zon in, ogen toegeknepen. Op de achterkant had hij geschreven: ?Heb net de dikste man ter wereld gezien (Ripley?s museum in St. Augustine, Florida). Dat troost, maar ben eigenlijk op zoek naar Lilian. Weinig geluk.? Op de achtergrond van de foto was een quasi Moors gebouw te zien met het opschrift ?Ripley?s Believe It or Not? en er zat een Amerikaanse postzegel op de enveloppe. He...

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The Jade Dragon

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: THE lights of Chinatown sparkled like jewels against the velvet background of the darker area surrounding it. Neon lights?red, green, and blue?were the rubies, emeralds, and sapphires of that galaxy; while blinking bulbs of white represented the sparkle of diamonds. Such was the effect of Chinatown when viewed from Chatham Square. Of course, it was all illusion, but that created by the lights was small compared to the deceptive effect of the blackened background...

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Sir Libeaus Desconus

By: Jessie L. Weston

Excerpt: May our Saviour Christ, and the sweet maid His mother, help him who shall hearken to this tale of a knight, wise of wit, a valiant warrior, and doughty in deed.

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