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The Suitable Surroundings

The Suitable Surroundings


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Suitable Surroundings by Ambrose Bierce THE NIGHT One midsummer night a farmers boy living about ten miles from the city of Cincinnati was following a bridle path through a dense and dark forest. He had lost himself while searching for some missing cows, and near midnight was a long way from home, in a part of the country with which he was unfamiliar. But he was a stout-hearted lad, and knowing his general direction from his home, he plunged into the forest without hesitation, guided by the ...

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The Secret of Macarger's Gulch

The Secret of Macarger's Gulch


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Secret of Macargers Gulch by Ambrose Bierce NORTHWESTWARDLY from Indian Hill, about nine miles as the crow flies, is Macargers Gulch. It is not much of a gulcha mere depression between two wooded ridges of inconsiderable height. From its mouth up to its headfor gulches, like rivers, have an anatomy of their ownthe distance does not exceed two miles, and the width at bottom is at only one place more than a dozen yards for most of the distance on either side of the little brook which drains it ...

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The Realm of the Unreal

The Realm of the Unreal


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Realm of the Unreal by Ambrose Bierce I FOR a part of the distance between Auburn and Newcastle the roadfirst on one side of a creek and then on the otheroccupies the whole bottom of the ravine, being partly cut out of the steep hillside, and partly built up with bowlders removed from the creek-bed by the miners. The hills are wooded, the course of the ravine is sinuous. In a dark night careful driving is required in order not to go off into the water. The night that I have in memory was ...

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The Night-Doings at

The Night-Doings at "Deadman's"


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Night-Doings at Deadmans by Ambrose Bierce A STORY THAT IS UNTRUE It was a singularly sharp night, and clear as the heart of a diamond. Clear nights have a trick of being keen. In darkness you may be cold and not know it when you see, you suffer. This night was bright enough to bite like a serpent. The moon was moving mysteriously along behind the giant pines crowning the South Mountain, striking a cold sparkle from the crusted snow, and bringing out against the black west the ghostly ...

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The Moonlit Road

The Moonlit Road


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce I STATEMENT OF JOEL HETMAN, JR. I AM the most unfortunate of men. Rich, respected, fairly well educated and of sound healthwith many other advantages usually valued by those having them and coveted by those who have them not I sometimes think that I should be less unhappy if they had been denied me, for then the contrast between my outer and my inner life would not be continually demanding a painful attention. In the stress of privation and the need of effort I ...

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The Middle Toe of the Right Foot

The Middle Toe of the Right Foot


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce I It is well known that the old Manton house is haunted. In all the rural district near about, and even in the town of Marshall, a mile away, not one person of unbiased mind entertains a doubt of it incredulity is confined to those opinionated persons who will be called cranks as soon as the useful word shall have penetrated the intellectual demesne of the Marshall Advance. The evidence that the house is haunted is of two kinds: the testimony of ...

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The Haunted Valley

The Haunted Valley


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Haunted Valley by Ambrose Bierce I HOW TREES ARE FELLED IN CHINA A HALF-MILE north from Jo. Dunfers, on the road from Huttons to Mexican Hill, the highway dips into a sunless ravine which opens out on either hand in a half-confidential manner, as if it had a secret to impart at some more convenient season. I never used to ride through it without looking first to the one side and then to the other, to see if the time had arrived for the revelation. If I saw nothingand I never did see ...

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The Death of Halpin Frayser

The Death of Halpin Frayser


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The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce I For by death is wrought greater change than hath been shown. Whereas in general the spirit that removed cometh back upon occasion, and is sometimes seen of those in flesh appearing in the form of the body it bore yet it hath happened that the veritable body without the spirit hath walked. And it is attested of those encountering who have lived to speak thereon that a lich so raised up hath no natural affection, nor remembrance thereof, but only ...

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The Damned Thing

The Damned Thing


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce I. One Does Not Always Eat What is on the Table By the light of a tallow candle which had been placed on one end of a rough table a man was reading something written in a book. It was an old legible, for the man sometimes held the page close to the flame of the candle to get a stronger light on it. The shadow of the book would then throw into obscurity a half of the moon, darkening a number of faces and figures for besides the reader, eight other men were ...

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The Affair at Coulter's

The Affair at Coulter's


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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The Affair at Coulters by Ambrose Bierce Do you think, colonel, that your brave Coulter would like to put one of his guns in here the general asked. He was apparently not altogether serious it certainly did not seem a place where any artillerist, however brave, would like to put a gun. The colonel thought that possibly his division commander meant good-humouredly to intimate that Captain Coulters courage had been too highly extolled in a recent conversation between them. General, he replied ...

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One of Twins

One of Twins


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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One of Twins by Ambrose Bierce A LETTER FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS OF THE LATE MORTIMER BARR You ask me if in my experience as one of a pair of twins I ever observed anything unaccountable by the natural laws with which we have acquaintance. As to that you shall judge perhaps we have not all acquaintance with the same natural laws. You may know some that I do not, and what is to me unaccountable may be very clear to you....

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My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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My Favorite Murder by Ambrose Bierce Having murdered my mother under circumstances of singular atrocity, I was arrested and put upon trial, which lasted seven years. In summing up, the judge of the Court of Acquittal remarked that it was one of the most ghastly crimes that he had ever been called upon to explain away. At this my counsel rose and said: May it please your honour, crimes are ghastly or agreeable only by comparison. If you were familiar with the details of my clients previous murder ...

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Moxon's Master

Moxon's Master


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Moxons Master by Ambrose Bierce ARE you seriousdo you really believe that a machine thinks I got no immediate reply Moxon was apparently intent upon the coals in the grate, touching them deftly here and there with the fire-poker till they signified a sense of his attention by a brighter glow. For several weeks I had been observing in him a growing habit of delay in answering even the most trivial of commonplace questions. His air, however, was that of preoccupation rather than deliberation: one ...

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Four Days in Dixie

Four Days in Dixie


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce During a part of the month of October, 1864, the Federal and Confederate armies of Sherman and Hood respectively, having performed a surprising and resultless series of marches and countermarches since the fall of Atlanta, confronted each other along the separating line of the Coosa River in the vicinity of Gaylesville, Alabama. Here for several days they remained at restat least most of the infantry and artillery did what the cavalry was doing nobody but ...

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Chickamauga

Chickamauga


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Chickamauga 1889 by Ambrose Bierce One sunny autumn afternoon a child strayed away from its rude home in a small field and entered a forest unobserved. It was happy in a new sense of freedom from control, happy in the opportunity of exploration and adventure for this childs spirit, in bodies of its ancestors, had for thousands of years been trained to memorable feats of discovery and conquestvictories in battles whose critical moments were centuries, whose victors camps were cities of hewn ...

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