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The Blithedale Romance - Chapter X - A VISITOR FROM TOWN The Blithedale Romance - Chapter X - A VISITOR FROM TOWN

The Blithedale Romance - Chapter X - A VISITOR FROM TOWN
Hollingsworth and I--we had been hoeing potatoes, that forenoon,while the rest of the fraternity were engaged in a distant quarter ofthe farm--sat under a clump of maples, eating our eleven o'clocklunch, when we saw a stranger approaching along the edge of the field.He had admitted himself from the roadside through a turnstile, andseemed to have a purpose of speaking with us.And, by the bye, we were favored with many visits at Blithedale,especially from people who sympathized with our theories, and... Long Stories - Post by : Rose_Randolph - Author : Nathaniel Hawthorne - Read : 422

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - A WORD OF EXPLANATION A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - A WORD OF EXPLANATION

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - A WORD OF EXPLANATION
It was in Warwick Castle that I came across the curious strangerwhom I am going to talk about. He attracted me by three things:his candid simplicity, his marvelous familiarity with ancient armor,and the restfulness of his company--for he did all the talking.We fell together, as modest people will, in the tail of the herdthat was being shown through, and he at once began to say thingswhich interested me. As he talked along, softly, pleasantly,flowingly, he seemed to drift away imperceptibly out... Long Stories - Post by : alexander12 - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 463

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter VII - MERLIN'S TOWER A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter VII - MERLIN'S TOWER

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter VII - MERLIN'S TOWER
Inasmuch as I was now the second personage in the Kingdom, as faras political power and authority were concerned, much was madeof me. My raiment was of silks and velvets and cloth of gold,and by consequence was very showy, also uncomfortable. But habitwould soon reconcile me to my clothes; I was aware of that. I wasgiven the choicest suite of apartments in the castle, afterthe king's. They were aglow with loud-colored silken hangings,but the stone floors had nothing but rushes on them for a carpet,and... Long Stories - Post by : falconforce - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 738

Mammy Peggy's Pride Mammy Peggy's Pride

Mammy Peggy's Pride
In the failing light of the midsummer evening, two women sat upon the broad veranda that ran round three sides of the old Virginia mansion. One was young and slender with the slightness of delicate girlhood. The other was old, black and ample,--a typical mammy of the old south. The girl was talking in low, subdued tones touched with a note of sadness that was strange in one of her apparent youth, but which seemed as if somehow in consonance with her sombre garments. "No, no, Peggy," she was saying,... Short Stories - Post by : JBSikes - Author : Paul Laurence Dunbar - Read : 1229

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XIV - 'DEFEND THEE, LORD' A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XIV - "DEFEND THEE, LORD"

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XIV - 'DEFEND THEE, LORD'
I paid three pennies for my breakfast, and a most extravagantprice it was, too, seeing that one could have breakfasted a dozenpersons for that money; but I was feeling good by this time, andI had always been a kind of spendthrift anyway; and then thesepeople had wanted to give me the food for nothing, scant astheir provision was, and so it was a grateful pleasure to emphasizemy appreciation and sincere thankfulness with a good big financiallift where the money would do so much more good than it wouldin... Long Stories - Post by : alesf - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 1410

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XXIV - A RIVAL MAGICIAN A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XXIV - A RIVAL MAGICIAN

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - THE TALE OF THE LOST LAND - Chapter XXIV - A RIVAL MAGICIAN
My influence in the Valley of Holiness was something prodigiousnow. It seemed worth while to try to turn it to some valuableaccount. The thought came to me the next morning, and was suggestedby my seeing one of my knights who was in the soap line comeriding in. According to history, the monks of this place twocenturies before had been worldly minded enough to want to wash.It might be that there was a leaven of this unrighteousness stillremaining. So I sounded a Brother:"Wouldn't you like a bath?"He... Long Stories - Post by : bizopp2002 - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 343

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 1 - THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS - Chapter 12 - WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPPERTON The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 1 - THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS - Chapter 12 - WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPPERTON

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 1 - THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS - Chapter 12 - WHAT I SAW OF THE DESTRUCTION OF WEYBRIDGE AND SHEPPERTON
As the dawn grew brighter we withdrew from the window from which wehad watched the Martians, and went very quietly downstairs. The artilleryman agreed with me that the house was no place to stayin. He proposed, he said, to make his way Londonward, and thencerejoin his battery--No. 12, of the Horse Artillery. My plan was toreturn at once to Leatherhead; and so greatly had the strength of theMartians impressed me that I had determined to take my wife toNewhaven, and go with her out of the country... Long Stories - Post by : directoris - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 446

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 8 - DEAD LONDON The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 8 - DEAD LONDON

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 8 - DEAD LONDON
After I had parted from the artilleryman, I went down the hill, andby the High Street across the bridge to Fulham. The red weed wastumultuous at that time, and nearly choked the bridge roadway; but itsfronds were already whitened in patches by the spreading disease thatpresently removed it so swiftly. At the corner of the lane that runs to Putney Bridge station Ifound a man lying. He was as black as a sweep with the black dust,alive, but helplessly and speechlessly drunk. I could get nothingfrom... Long Stories - Post by : ausmm - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 2312

The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XVIII The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XVIII

The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XVIII
Chapter 18 - Flying Through Italy--Marengo--First Glimpse of the Famous Cathedral--Description of some of its Wonders--A Horror Carved in Stone----AnUnpleasant Adventure--A Good Man--A Sermon from the Tomb--Tons of Goldand Silver--Some More Holy Relics--Solomon's TempleAll day long we sped through a mountainous country whose peaks werebright with sunshine, whose hillsides were dotted with pretty villassitting in the midst of gardens and shrubbery, and whose deep ravineswere cool and shady and looked... Long Stories - Post by : CoachLarry - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 1751

The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XXXV The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XXXV

The Innocents Abroad - Chapter XXXV
Chapter 35 - Sailing Through the Bosporus and the Black Sea--"Far-Away Moses"--Melancholy Sebastopol--Hospitably Received in Russia--Pleasant EnglishPeople--Desperate Fighting--Relic Hunting--How Travellers Form "Cabinets"We left a dozen passengers in Constantinople, and sailed through thebeautiful Bosporus and far up into the Black Sea. We left them in theclutches of the celebrated Turkish guide, "FAR-AWAY MOSES," who willseduce them into buying a ship-load of ottar of roses, splendid Turkishvestments,... Long Stories - Post by : jrmassoc - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 2393

The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume I - MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS 1835(1853)-1866 - Chapter III - LETTERS 1861-62. ON THE FRONTIER. MINING ADVENTURES. JOURNALISTIC BEGINNINGS The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume I - MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS 1835(1853)-1866 - Chapter III - LETTERS 1861-62. ON THE FRONTIER. MINING ADVENTURES. JOURNALISTIC BEGINNINGS

The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume I - MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS 1835(1853)-1866 - Chapter III - LETTERS 1861-62. ON THE FRONTIER. MINING ADVENTURES. JOURNALISTIC BEGINNINGS
Clemens went from the battle-front to Keokuk Orion was preparing to accept the appointment prophesied by Madame Caprell. Orion was a stanch Unionist, and a member of Lincoln's Cabinet had offered him the secretaryship of the new Territory of Nevada. Orion had accepted, and only needed funds to carry him to his destination. His pilot brother had the funds, and upon being appointed "private" secretary, agreed to pay both passages on the overland stage, which would bear... Nonfictions - Post by : tpearl5 - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 1502

Christian Science - BOOK I - Chapter IX Christian Science - BOOK I - Chapter IX

Christian Science - BOOK I - Chapter IX
Four years ago I wrote the preceding chapters. I was assured by the wisethat Christian Science was a fleeting craze and would soon perish. Thisprompt and all-competent stripe of prophet is always to be had in themarket at ground-floor rates. He does not stop to load, or consider, ortake aim, but lets fly just as he stands. Facts are nothing to him, hehas no use for such things; he works wholly by inspiration. And so, whenhe is asked why he considers a new movement a passing fad and quicklyperishable,... Nonfictions - Post by : pcprofit - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 1657

Christian Science - BOOK II - Chapter II Christian Science - BOOK II - Chapter II

Christian Science - BOOK II - Chapter II
When she wrote this little biography her great life-work had already beenachieved, she was become renowned; to multitudes of reverent disciplesshe was a sacred personage, a familiar of God, and His inspired channelof communication with the human race. Also, to them these followingthings were facts, and not doubted:She had written a Bible in middle age, and had published it; she hadrecast it, enlarged it, and published it again; she had not stoppedthere, but had enlarged it further, polished its... Nonfictions - Post by : Bill4444 - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 579

The Deliverance: A Romance Of The Virginia Tobacco Fields - Book III - The Revenge - Chapter VI. The Wages of Folly The Deliverance: A Romance Of The Virginia Tobacco Fields - Book III - The Revenge - Chapter VI. The Wages of Folly

The Deliverance: A Romance Of The Virginia Tobacco Fields - Book III - The Revenge - Chapter VI. The Wages of Folly
Two days later Fletcher's big new carriage crawled over the muddyroad, and Christopher, looking up from his work in the field,caught a glimpse of the sullen face Will turned on the familiarlandscape. The younger Fletcher had come home evidently nursing agrievance at his heart; his eyes held a look of doggedresentment, and the hand in which he grasped the end of the linendust-robe was closed in an almost convulsive grip. When he metChristopher's gaze he glanced angrily away without speaking, andthen... Long Stories - Post by : knopka - Author : Ellen Glasgow - Read : 2427

The Quarrel Of The Monkey And The Crab The Quarrel Of The Monkey And The Crab

The Quarrel Of The Monkey And The Crab
Long, long ago, one bright autumn day in Japan, it happened, that a pink-faced monkey and a yellow crab were playing together along the bank of a river. As they were running about, the crab found a rice-dumpling and the monkey a persimmon-seed. The crab picked up the rice-dumpling and showed it to the monkey, saying: "Look what a nice thing I have found!" Then the monkey held up his persimmon-seed and said: "I also have found something good! Look!" Now though the monkey is always very fond of persimmon... Short Stories - Post by : Michael_D_Price - Author : Yei Theodora Ozaki - Read : 1993

Ode To The British Fleet Ode To The British Fleet

Ode To The British Fleet
'Invisible and silent'--MysterySurrounded that great Guardian of the Sea.That Father--Mother--of the mighty main.While loud in valley and on field and hill -And over anguished plainThe battles thundered. God himself is stillAnd hidden from men's view; and it were meetThat this subliminal forceShould move in utter silence on its courseInvisible--Inaudible--till that hourWhen Time, Fate's Minister, should speak and say -'Come forth! and show thy power!'When Time commands, even the gods obey.'Invisible... Poems - Post by : Cardo - Author : Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Read : 2073

Eric Brighteyes - Chapter VI - HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST WAS BETROTHED TO UNNA Eric Brighteyes - Chapter VI - HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST WAS BETROTHED TO UNNA

Eric Brighteyes - Chapter VI - HOW ASMUND THE PRIEST WAS BETROTHED TO UNNA
For a moment there was silence, for all that company was wonderstruckat the greatness of the deed. Then they cheered and cheered again, andto Eric it seemed that he slept, and the sound of shouting reached himbut faintly, as though he heard through snow. Suddenly he woke and sawa man rush at him with axe aloft. It was Mord, Ospakar's son, mad athis father's overthrow. Eric sprang aside, or the blow had been hisbane, and, as he sprang, smote with his fist, and it struck heavily onthe head of Mord... Long Stories - Post by : Peter_Yexley - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 2821

A Married Coquette A Married Coquette

A Married Coquette
Sit still, I say, and dispense with heroics! I hurt your wrists? Well, you have hurt me.It is time you found out that all men are not stoics, Nor toys to be used as your mood may be._I will not_ let go of your hands, nor leave you Until I have spoken. No man, you say,Dared ever so treat you before? I believe you, For you have dealt only with _boys_ till to-day.You women lay stress on your fine perception, Your intuitions are prated about;You claim an occult sort of conception Of matters... Poems - Post by : Lenny_Eng - Author : Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Read : 2569

Eric Brighteyes - Chapter XX - HOW ERIC WAS NAMED ANEW Eric Brighteyes - Chapter XX - HOW ERIC WAS NAMED ANEW

Eric Brighteyes - Chapter XX - HOW ERIC WAS NAMED ANEW
Eric dreamed. He dreamed that Gudruda stood by him looking at him withsoft, sad eyes, while with her hand she pointed to his hair, andspake."Thou hast done ill, Eric," she seemed to say. "Thou hast done ill todoubt me; and now thou art for ever shamed, for thou hast betrayedAtli, thy friend. Thou hast broken thy oath, and therefore hast thoufallen into this pit; for when Swanhild shore that lock of thine, mywatching Spirit passed, leaving thee to Swanhild and thy fate. Now, Itell thee this: that... Long Stories - Post by : Imagineer - Author : H. Rider Haggard - Read : 472

The House Of Seven Gables - Chapter I - THE OLD PYNCHEON FAMILY The House Of Seven Gables - Chapter I - THE OLD PYNCHEON FAMILY

The House Of Seven Gables - Chapter I - THE OLD PYNCHEON FAMILY
HALFWAY down a by-street of one of our New England towns standsa rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facingtowards various points of the compass, and a huge, clusteredchimney in the midst. The street is Pyncheon Street; the houseis the old Pyncheon House; and an elm-tree, of wide circumference,rooted before the door, is familiar to every town-born child bythe title of the Pyncheon Elm. On my occasional visits to thetown aforesaid, I seldom failed to turn down Pyncheon Street,for... Long Stories - Post by : scottmal - Author : Nathaniel Hawthorne - Read : 1066