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The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jun/Jul 1664

By: Mynors Bright

Excerpt: June 1st. Up, having lain long, going to bed very late after the ending of my accounts. Being up Mr. Hollyard came to me, and to my great sorrow, after his great assuring me that I could not possibly have the stone again, he tells me that he do verily fear that I have it again, and has brought me something to dissolve it, which do make me very much troubled, and pray to God to ease me. He gone, I down by water to Woolwich and Deptford to look after the dispatch ...

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Days with Sir Roger de Coverley

By: Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

SIR ROGER'S FAMILY: Having often received an invitation from my friend Sir Roger de Coverley to pass away a month with him in the country, I last week accompanied him thither, and am settled with him for some time at his country-house, where I intend to form several of my ensuing Speculations. Sir Roger, who is very well acquainted with my humour, lets me rise and go to bed when I please, dine at his own table or in my chamber as I think fit, sit still and say nothing wi...

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The Outlet

By: Andy Adams

at the close of the civil war the need for a market for the surplus cattle to texas was as urgent as it was general.

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A Naughty Boy

By: Anton Chekhov

IVAN LAPKIN, a youth of pleasing exterior, and Anna Zamblitskaya, a girl with a tip-tilted nose, descended the steep river bank and took their seats on a bench at its foot. The bench stood at the water's edge in a thicket of young willows. It was a lovely spot. Sitting there, one was hidden from all the world and observed only by fish and the daddy-long-legs that skimmed like lightning across the surface of the water. The young people were armed with fishing-rods, nets, ...

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The Fabrics of Consciousness

By: R. N. Boyd

According to the Vedas and the Upanishads, matter is composed of infinitesimal particles called bhutatmas which are also the smallest units of Consciousness. In Kashmir Shaivism, which is based on the Vedas, matter is composed of “tattvas” which are units of consciousness and are also considered a type of energy. Furthermore there are many layers of consciousness in this system, where the most dense forms refer to matter. We have evidence that something like these infini...

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The Ghost Ship

By: Richard Middleton

Excerpt: Fairfield is a little village lying near the Portsmouth Road about halfway between London and the sea. Strangers who find it by accident now and then call it a pretty; old?fashioned place; we who live in it and call it home don?t find anything very pretty about it, but we should be sorry to live anywhere else. Our minds have taken the shape of the inn and the church and the green, I suppose. At all events, we never feel comfortable out of Fairfield. Of course th...

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A Study of Hawthorne

By: George Parsons Lathrop

Excerpt: I. POINT OF VIEW. This book was not designed as a biography, but is rather a portrait. And, to speak more carefully still, it is not so much this, as my conception of what a portrait of Hawthorne should be. For I cannot write with the authority of one who had known him and had been formally intrusted with the task of describing his life. On the other hand, I do not enter upon this attempt as a mere literary performance, but have been assisted in it by an inward ...

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The English Constitution

By: Walter Bagehot

Excerpt: NO. I. Introduction TO THE SECOND EDITION. There is a great difficulty in the way of a writer who attempts to sketch a living Constitution a Constitution that is in actual work and power. The difficulty is that the object is in constant change. An historical writer does not feel this difficulty: he deals only with the past; he can say definitely, the Constitution worked in such and such a manner in the year at which he begins, and in a manner in such and such re...

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The Tragedie of King Lear

By: William Shakespeare

Actus Primus. Scoena Prima. Thunder and Lightning. Enter three Witches. 1. When shall we three meet againe? In Thunder, Lightning, or in Raine? -- 2. When the Hurley-burley’s done, When the Battaile’s lost, and wonne...

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The Mystery on the Snow

By: Tom Stephens

Excerpt: NEW YORK is a city where many people have unusual occupations. There are, for example, individuals who make their living snipping at newspapers with a pair of scissors. These persons operate newsclipping agencies. Pay them a fee, and they will deliver to you clippings concerning yourself from all over the world?providing you are important enough to have had your name appear in all those newspapers. Clippings can be had concerning others, as well.

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Mont Blanc

By: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Excerpt: THE everlasting universe of things Flows through the mind, and rolls its rapid waves, Now dark now glittering now reflecting gloom Now lending splendour, where from secret springs The source of human thought its tribute brings Of waters, with a sound but half its own, Such as a feeble brook will oft assume In the wild woods among the mountains lone, Where waterfalls around it leap forever, Where woods and winds contend, and a vast river Over its rocks ceaselessly bursts and raves.

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The Bushman

By: Edward Wilson Landor

Preface: The British Colonies now form so prominent a portion of the Empire, that the Public will be compelled to acknowledge some interest in their welfare, and the Government to yield some attention to their wants. It is a necessity which both the Government and the Public will obey with reluctance. Too remote for sympathy, too powerless for respect, the Colonies, during ages of existence, have but rarely occupied a passing thought in the mind of the Nation; as though ...

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In Morocco

By: Edith Wharton

Preface: Having begun my book with the statement that Morocco still lacks a guide?book, I should have wished to take a first step toward remedying that deficiency. But the conditions in which I travelled, though full of unexpected and picturesque opportunities, were not suited to leisurely study of the places visited. The time was limited by the approach of the rainy season, which puts an end to motoring over the treacherous trails of the Spanish zone. In 1918, owing to ...

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History of the Conquest of Peru

By: William Hickling Prescott

Introduction: Of the numerous nations which occupied the great American continent at the time of its discovery by the Europeans, the two most advanced in power and refinement were undoubtedly those of Mexico and Peru. But, though resembling one another in extent of civilization, they differed widely as to the nature of it; and the philosophical student of his species may feel a natural curiosity to trace the different steps by which these two nations strove to emerge fro...

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The Shadowy Third

By: Ellen Glasgow

Excerpt: WHEN the call came I remember that I turned from the telephone in a romantic flutter.

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So Runs the World

By: Henryk Sienkiewicz

Excerpt: I once read a short story, in which a Slav author had all the lilies and bells in a forest bending toward each other, whispering and resounding softly the words: ?Glory! Glory! Glory!? until the whole forest and then the whole world repeated the song of flowers.

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Sketches New and Old

By: Mark Twain

The Project Gutenberg EBook Sketches New and Old, Illustrated, v1 #81 in our series by Mark Twain Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook. This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit the header without written permission.

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Coniston, Book I

By: Winston S. Churchill

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ON THE DANGERS OF CURIOSITY FIRST I am to write a love?story of long ago, of a time some little while after General Jackson had got into the White House and had shown the world what a real democracy was. The Era of the first six presidents had closed, and a new Era had begun. I am speaking of political Eras. Certain gentlemen, with a pious belief in democracy, but with a firmer determination to get on top, arose, and got on top. So many of these gentl...

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The Yellow Band

By: Maxwell Grant

THE lull of a moonlit, tropical night lay over Miami. Balmy contentment prevailed in those suburban areas remote from the rush of traffic. Such was the scene upon the quiet street where stood the residence of Howard Dorsan. Flanked by lines of sprouty palm trees, Dorsan's Spanish-type home had an excellent setting. The place spoke of wealth; and Dorsan had it. The man was a retired millionaire, a widower who spent his winters in Florida with his daughter, Ethel. A taxi s...

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

By: John Addington Symonds

Excerpt: Chapter 1. BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD. It is worse than useless to deplore the irremediable; yet no man, probably, has failed to mourn the fate of mighty poets, whose dawning gave the promise of a glorious day, but who passed from earth while yet the light that shone in them was crescent. That the world should know Marlowe and Giorgione, Raphael and Mozart, only by the products of their early manhood, is indeed a cause for lamentation, when we remember what the long li...

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