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The Firm of Nucingen

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: To whom, madame, but to you should I inscribe this work; to you whose lofty and candid intellect is a treasury to your friends; to you that are to me not only a whole public, but the most indulgent of sisters as well? Will you deign to accept a token of the friendship of which I am proud? You, and some few souls as noble, will grasp the whole of the thought underlying The Firm of Nucingen, appended to Cesar Birotteau. Is there not a whole social lesson in the contrast between the two stories?...

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The Dukes Children

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: When The Duchess Was Dead No one, probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died. When this sad event happened he had ceased to be Prime Minister. During the first nine months after he had left office he and the Duchess remained in England. Then they had gone abroad, taking with them their three children. The eldest, Lord Silverbridge, had been at Oxford, but had his career there cut short by some more than ordinary youthful folly, which had induced his father to agree with the college authorities that his name had better be taken off the college books,--all which had been cause of very great sorrow to the Duke. The other boy was to go to Cambridge, but his father had thought it well to give him a twelve-month?s run on the Continent, under his own inspection....

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The Altar of the Dead : The Beast in the Jungle; The Birthplace, And Other Tales

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Chapter 1. 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 and again with a hand of which time had softened but never loosened the touch. He waked to his feast of memory as consciously as he would have waked to his marriage-morn. Marriage had had of old but too little to say to the matter: for the girl who was to have been his bride there had been no bridal embrace. She had died of a malignant fever after the wedding-day had been fixed, and he had lost before fairly tasting it an affection that promised to fill his life to the brim....

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A Woman of Thirty

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: A Woman of Thirty by Honore de Balzac, translated by Ellen Marriage.

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Melmoth Reconciled

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: There is a special variety of human nature obtained in the Social Kingdom by a process analogous to that of the gardener?s craft in the Vegetable Kingdom, to wit, by the forcing-house--a species of hybrid which can be raised neither from seed nor from slips. This product is known as the Cashier, an anthropomorphous growth, watered by religious doctrine, trained up in fear of the guillotine, pruned by vice, to flourish on a third floor with an estimable wife by his side and an uninteresting family....

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The Third Book of Moses, Called Leviticus

By: Various

Excerpt: Leviticus. And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying -- 2. Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock -- 3. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD -- 4. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him....

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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: Volume Two of The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes, Misfortunes, Uprisings, Downfallings and Complete Career of the Nickelby Family by Charles Dickens....

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Somebodys Luggage

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: Chapter 1. His leaving it till called for the writer of these humble lines being a Waiter, and having come of a family of Waiters, and owning at the present time five brothers who are all Waiters, and likewise an only sister who is a Waitress, would wish to offer a few words respecting his calling; first having the pleasure of hereby in a friendly manner offering the Dedication of the same unto Joseph, much respected Head Waiter at the Slamjam Coffee-house, London, E.C., than which a individual more eminently deserving of the name of man, or a more amenable honour to his own head and heart, whether considered in the light of a Waiter or regarded as a human being, do not exist....

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The Daisy Chain: Or, Aspirations : A Family Chronicle

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Preface: No one can be more sensible than is the Author that the present is an overgrown book of a nondescript class, neither the ?tale? for the young, nor the novel for their elders, but a mixture of both....

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John Bull on the Guadalquivir

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: I am an Englishman, living, as all Englishman should do, in England, and my wife would not, I think, be well pleased were any one to insinuate that she were other than an Englishwoman; but in the circumstances of my marriage I became connected with the south of Spain, and the narrative which I am to tell requires that I should refer to some of those details....

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Anna Karenina

By: Leo Tolstoy, Graf

Excerpt: Part I, Chapter 1; HAPPY families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys? house. The wife had discovered that the husband was carrying on an intrigue with a French girl, who had been a governess in their family, and she had announced to her husband that she could not go on living in the same house with him. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the members of their family and household, were painfully conscious of it. Every person in the house felt that there was no sense in their living together, and that the stray people brought together by chance in any inn had more in common with one another than they, the members of the family and household of the Oblonskys. The wife did not leave her own room, the husband had not been at home for three days. The children ran wild all over the house; the English governess quarreled with the housekeeper, and wrote to a friend asking her to look out for a new situation for her; the man-cook had walked of the day before just at dinner-time; the kitchen-m...

Table of Contents: Part I 1 -- Chapter 1, 1 -- Chapter 2, 3 -- Chapter 3, 6 -- Chapter 4, 9 -- Chapter 5, 13 -- Chapter 6, 20 -- Chapter 7, 23 -- Chapter 8, 24 -- Chapter 9, 27 -- Chapter 10, 32 -- Chapter 11, 38 -- Chapter 12, 42 -- Chapter 13, 45 -- Chapter 14, 47 -- Chapter 15, 52 -- Chapter 16, 54 -- Chapter 17, 56 -- Chapter 18, 59 -- Chapter 19, 63 -- Chapter 20, 68 -- Chapter 21, 71 -- Chapter 22, 73 -- Chapter 23, 77 -- Chapter 24, 80 -- Chapter 25, 83 -- Chapter 26, 88...

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Prayers Written at Vailima and a Lowden Sabbath Morn

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Prayers Written at Vailima and a Lowden Sabbath Morn by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Contents Prayers Written At Vailima ...........................................................................4 FOR SUCCESS................................................................................................................................ 6 FOR GRACE.................................................................................................................................... 7 AT MORNING ................................................................................................................................. 7 EVENING ......................................................................................................................................... 7 ANOTHER FOR EVENING........................................................................................................... 8 IN TIME OF RAIN .......................................................................................................................... 8 ANOTHER IN TIME OF RAIN ..................................................................................................... 8 BEFORE A TEMPORARY SEPARATION ...................................

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The House of the Seven Gables

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Introduction: 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....

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Records of a Family of Engineers

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Contents INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................. 4 CHAPTER I ? DOMESTIC ANNALS...........................................................................................11 CHAPTER II ? THE SERVICE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS I ......................................... 32 CHAPTER III ? THE BUILDING OF THE BELL ROCK ....................................................... 57...

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The Clever Woman of the Family

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Excerpt: ?IT IS VERY KIND in the dear mother.? ?But--what, Rachel? Don?t you like it! She so enjoyed choosing it for you.? ?Oh yes, it is a perfect thing in its way. Don?t say a word to her; but if you are consulted for my next birthday present, Grace, couldn?t you suggest that one does cease to be a girl.? ?Only try it on, Rachel dear, she will be pleased to see you in it.? ?Oh yes, I will bedizen myself to oblige her. I do assure you I am not ungrateful. It is beautiful in itself, and shows how well nature can be imitated; but it is meant for a mere girl, and this is the very day I had fixed for hauling down the flag of youth.?...

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The Message

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: To M. le Marquis Damaso Pareto I have always longed to tell a simple and true story, which should strike terror into two young lovers, and drive them to take refuge each in the other?s heart, as two children cling together at the sight of a snake by a woodside. At the risk of spoiling my story and of being taken for a coxcomb, I state my intention at the outset....

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Sketches

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: How much is conveyed in those two short words--?The Parish!? And with how many tales of distress and misery, of broken fortune and ruined hopes, too often of unrelieved wretchedness and successful knavery, are they associated! A poor man, with small earnings, and a large family, just manages to live on from hand to mouth, and to procure food from day to day; he has barely sufficient to satisfy the present cravings of nature, and can take no heed of the future....

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The Children of the Night

By: Edwin Arlington Robinson

Excerpt: The Children of the Night For those that never know the light, The darkness is a sullen thing; And they, the Children of the Night, Seem lost in Fortune?s winnowing. But some are strong and some are weak, -- And there?s the story. House and home Are shut from countless hearts that seek World-refuge that will never come....

Contents The Children of the Night .................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 The Children of the Night ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Three Quatrains ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 The World ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 9 An Old Story ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 Ballade of a Ship .................................................................

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The He Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: It was many years ago. Hadleyburg was the most honest and upright town in all the region round about. It had kept that reputation unsmirched during three generations, and was prouder of it than of any other of its possessions. It was so proud of it, and so anxious to insure its perpetuation, that it began to teach the principles of honest dealing to its babies in the cradle, and made the like teachings the staple of their culture thenceforward through all the years devoted to their education. Also, throughout the formative years temptations were kept out of the way of the young people, so that their honesty could have every chance to harden and solidify, and become a part of their very bone....

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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes, Misfortunes, Uprisings, Downfallings and Complete Career of the Nickelby Family by Charles Dickens....

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