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The Darling and Other Stories

By: Anton Chekhov

OLENKA, the daughter of the retired collegiate assessor, Plemyanniakov, was sitting in her back porch, lost in thought. It was hot, the flies were persistent and teasing, and it was pleasant to reflect that it would soon be evening. Dark rainclouds were gathering from the east, and bringing from time to time a breath of moisture in the air. Kukin, who was the manager of an open-air theatre called the Tivoli, and who lived in the lodge, was standing in the middle of the g...

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Principal Doctrines

By: Robert Drew Hicks

Excerpt: 1. A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness 2. Death is nothing to us; for the body, when it has been resolved into its elements, has no feeling, and that which has no feeling is nothing to us. 3. The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain. When pleasure is present, so long as it is un...

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Modern Painting

By: George Moore

Excerpt: WHISTLER. I have studied Mr. Whistler and thought about him this many a year. His character was for a long time incomprehensible to me; it contained elements apparently so antagonistic, so mutually destructive, that I had to confess my inability to bring him within any imaginable psychological laws, and classed him as one of the enigmas of life. But Nature is never illogical; she only seems so, because our sight is not sufficient to see into her intentions; and ...

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On the Significance of Science and Art

By: Leo Tolstoy, Graf

CHAPTER I: {1} The justification of all persons who have freed themselves from toil is now founded on experimental, positive science. The scientific theory is as follows:- For the study of the laws of life of human societies, there exists but one indubitable method, the positive, experimental, critical method Only sociology, founded on biology, founded on all the positive sciences, can give us the laws of humanity. Humanity, or human communities, are the organisms alread...

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Acts of the Holy Apostle Thomas, When He Came into India, And Buil...

Excerpt: AND when the apostle came into the cities of India, with Abbanes the merchant, Abbanes went away to salute Gundaphoros the king, and reported to him about the carpenter whom he bad brought with him; and the king was glad, and ordered him to come in to himself. And when he had come in, the king said to him: What trade knowest thou? The apostle says to him: The carpenter?s and house builder?s. The king says to him: What work in wood knowest thou, then, and what in...

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Delphine

By: Madame De Stael

Excerpt: Il y a plusieurs changemens dans cette edition, mais le plus important de tous, c'est la conclusion, qui est entierement nouvelle. Je me suis rendue aux observations qui m'ont ete faites sur le denoument qui existoit d'abord. On m'a dit qu'il rappeloit les evenemens de la revolution, au milieu d'une situation tout ideale. On m'a dit que ce denoument n'etoit pas l'effet immediat des caracteres, et qu'il otoit au roman de Delphine le merite qu'il a peut?etre de ne...

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One Doubtful Hour

By: Ella Hepworth Dixon

A MAN and a woman were leaning side by side on the bulwarks of a Peninsular and Oriental steamer from Bombay. The man had grizzled hair, kindly eyes, and a skin of that special yellow-brown produced by years of summers in the Plains. The woman was thin—almost angular. She was dressed cheaply, but with audacious coquetry, and showed traces of having once been a pretty pink-and-white girl. She had an air of having taken the grizzled man in charge. 'Malta!' said the grizzle...

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Wakulla

By: Kirk Munroe

Over and over again had Mark and Ruth Elmer read this paragraph, which appeared among the Norton Items of the weekly paper published in a neighboring town: We are sorry to learn that our esteemed fellow-townsman, Mark Elmer, Esq., owing to delicate health, feels compelled to remove to a warmer climate. Having disposed of his property in this place, Mr. Elmer has purchased a plantation in Florida, upon which he will settle immediately. As his family accompany him to this ...

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Ballads of a Bohemian

By: Robert W. Service

Excerpt: Prelude Alas! upon some starry height, The Gods of Excellence to please, This hand of mine will never smite The Harp of High Serenities. Mere minstrel of the street am I, To whom a careless coin you fling; But who, beneath the bitter sky, Blue?lipped, yet insolent of eye, Can shrill a song of Spring; A song of merry mansard days, The cheery chimney?tops among; Of rolics and of roundelays When we were young ... when we were young; A song of love and lilac nights,...

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The Father

By: Bjornstjerne M. Bjornson

Excerpt: THE MAN whose story is here to be told was the wealthiest and most influential person in his parish; his name was Thord Overaas. He appeared in the priest?s study one day, tall and earnest. ?I have gotten a son,? said he, ?and I wish to present him for baptism.? ?What shall his name be?? ?Finn, after my father.? ?And the sponsors?? They were mentioned, and proved to be the best men and women of Thord?s relations in the parish. ?Is there anything else?? inquired ...

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The Quid Pro Quo and Other

By: Jean De La Fontaine

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By: Edith H. Allen

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The House of the Seven Gables

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

IN September of the year during the February of which Hawthorne had completed The Scarlet Letter, he began The House of the Seven Gables. Meanwhile, he had removed from Salem to Lenox, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where he occupied with his family a small red wooden house, still standing at the date of this edition, near the Stockbridge Bowl. I sha'n't have the new story ready by November, he explained to his publisher, on the 1st of October, for I am never good f...

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Juana

By: Honoré de Balzac

Notwithstanding the discipline which Marechal Suchet had introduced into his army corps, he was unable to prevent a short period of trouble and disorder at the taking of Tarragona. According to certain fair-minded military men, this intoxication of victory bore a striking resemblance to pillage, though the marechal promptly suppressed it. Order being re-established, each regiment quartered in its respective lines, and the commandant of the city appointed, military admini...

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The Radium Murders

By: Maxwell Grant

BALMY breezes from Long Island Sound wafted across the broad veranda of the Regatta Club. The cool night air streamed through the palatial lobby, and brought a smile to the lips of a clerk who leaned indolently on the marble desk. A rasped voice ended the clerk's reverie. A thick-set man was pounding on the desk. The clerk saw lips that had a bitter downturn; a flattish nose with widened nostrils. Above were bushy brows, over bulgy eyes. The clerk knew that face. What - ...

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Bosvil and Galesia

By: Jane Barker

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Symposium

By: Plato

Introduction: Of all the works of Plato the Symposium is the most perfect in form, and may be truly thought to contain more than any commentator has ever dreamed of; or, as Goethe said of one of his own writings, more than the author himself knew. For in philosophy as in prophecy glimpses of the future may often be conveyed in words which could hardly have been understood or interpreted at the time when they were uttered (compare Symp.) ? which were wiser than the writer...

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The Phantom City

By: Kenneth Robeson

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The Valley of Decision

By: Edith Wharton

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Conscience, Vol. 3

By: Malot, Hector Henri, 1830-1907

As he did not reply to this cry of triumph, she looked at him in surprise. saw his face, pale, agitated, under the shock evidently of a violent emotion that she could not explain to herself. What is the matter? she asked, with uneasiness. Nothing, he answered, almost brutally. You do not wish to weaken my hope? she said, not imagining that he could not think of this hope and of Florentin. This was a path to lead him out of his confusion. In following it he would have tim...

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