Classical prose (Novelty)

The Guilty River

The Guilty River


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2002

THE GUILTY RIVER by Wilkie Collins CHAPTER I ON THE WAY TO THE RIVER FOR reasons of my own, I excused myself from accompanying my stepmother to a dinner-party given in our neighborhood. In my present humor, I preferred being aloneand, as a means of getting through my idle time, I was quite content to be occupied in catching insects. Provided with a brush and a mixture of rum and treacle, I went into Fordwitch Wood to set the snare, familiar to hunters of moths, which we call sugaring the trees. ...

Keywords: England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Families -- Fiction Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
The Frozen Deep

The Frozen Deep


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 1999

THE FROZEN DEEP by Wilkie Collins First Scene The Ball-room Chapter 1. The date is between twenty and thirty years ago. The place is an English sea-port. The time is night. And the business of the moment isdancing. The Mayor and Corporation of the town are giving a grand ball, in celebration of the departure of an Arctic expedition from their port. The ships of the expedition are two in numberthe Wanderer and the Sea-mew. They are to sail in search of the Northwest Passage on the next day, with ...

Keywords: Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Fiction England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Wilderness survival -- Fiction
The Haunted Valley

The Haunted Valley


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Year of publication: 0

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 Fallen Leaves

The Fallen Leaves


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2005

THE FALLEN LEAVES By Wilkie Collins To CAROLINE Experience of the reception of The Fallen Leaves by intelligent readers, who have followed the course of the periodical publication at home and abroad, has satisfied me that the design of the work speaks for itself, and that the scrupulous delicacy of treatment, in certain portions of the story, has been as justly appreciated as I could wish. Having nothing to explain, and so far as my choice of subject is concerned nothing to excuse, I leave my ...

Keywords: London (England) -- Fiction Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
The Evil Genius: A Domestic Story

The Evil Genius: A Domestic Story


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 1999

THE EVIL GENIUS A DOMESTIC STORY By Wilkie Collins Affectionately Dedicated to Holman Hunt BEFORE THE STORY. Miss Westerfields Education 1. The Trial. THE gentlemen of the jury retired to consider their verdict. Their foreman was a person doubly distinguished among his colleagues. He had the clearest head, and the readiest tongue. For once the right man was in the right place. Of the eleven jurymen, four showed their characters on the surface. They were: The hungry juryman, who wanted his ...

Keywords: Divorce -- Fiction England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Ship captains -- Fiction Women -- Social conditions -- Fiction
The Dead Secret: A Novel

The Dead Secret: A Novel


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2013

THE DEAD SECRET BOOK I. CHAPTER I. THE TWENTY-THIRD OF AUGUST, 1829. Will she last out the night, I wonder Look at the clock, Mathew. Ten minutes past twelve She has lasted the night out. She has lived, Robert, to see ten minutes of the new day. These words were spoken in the kitchen of a large country-house situated on the west coast of Cornwall. The speakers were two of the men-servants composing the establishment of Captain Treverton, an officer in the navy, and the eldest male representative ...

Keywords: Cornwall (England : County) -- Fiction Gothic fiction (Literary genre) Illegitimate children -- Fiction Inheritance and succession -- Fiction Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
The Death of Halpin Frayser

The Death of Halpin Frayser


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Year of publication: 0

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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Year of publication: 0

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 Black Robe

The Black Robe


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2006

THE BLACK ROBE by Wilkie Collins BEFORE THE STORY. FIRST SCENE BOULOGNE-SUR-MER.THE DUEL. I. THE doctors could do no more for the Dowager Lady Berrick. When the medical advisers of a lady who has reached seventy years of age recommend the mild climate of the South of France, they mean in plain language that they have arrived at the end of their resources. Her ladyship gave the mild climate a fair trial, and then decided as she herself expressed it to die at home. Traveling slowly, she had ...

Keywords: Chastity Dueling -- Fiction England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Murder -- Fiction Priesthood -- Fiction Vow of -- Fiction
Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot

Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2009

RAMBLES BEYOND RAILWAYS. LAMORNA COVE. RAMBLES BEYOND RAILWAYS OR, Notes in Cornwall taken A-Foot. By WILKIE COLLINS, AUTHOR OF ANTONINA, THE WOMAN IN WHITE, ETC. The Lands End, Cornwall. NEW EDITION. LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY: NEW BURLINGTON STREET. Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1861. DEDICATED TO THE COMPANION OF MY WALK THROUGH CORNWALL, HENRY C. BRANDLING. PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION. I visited Cornwall, for the first time, in the summer and autumn of 1850 and in the winter of the ...

Keywords: Cornwall (England : County) -- Description and travel
The Affair at Coulter's

The Affair at Coulter's


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Year of publication: 0

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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Stories By English Authors: France (Selected by Scribners)

Stories By English Authors: France (Selected by Scribners)


Robert Louis Stevenson
Wilkie Collins
Ouida
Hesba Stretton
s J Weyman

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Year of publication: 2006

STORIES BY ENGLISH AUTHORS FRANCE A LODGING FOR THE NIGHT, By Robert Louis Stevenson It was late in November, 1456. The snow fell over Paris with rigorous, relentless persistence sometimes the wind made a sally and scattered it in flying vortices sometimes there was a lull, and flake after flake descended out of the black night air, silent, circuitous, interminable. To poor people, looking up under moist eyebrows, it seemed a wonder where it all came from. Master Francis Villon had propounded an ...

Keywords: English France -- Fiction Short stories
Poor Miss Finch

Poor Miss Finch


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2002

POOR MISS FINCH by Wilkie Collins TO MRS. ELLIOT, OF THE DEANERY, BRISTOL. WILL YOU honor me by accepting the Dedication of this book, in remembrance of an uninterrupted friendship of many years More than one charming blind girl, in fiction and in the drama, has preceded Poor Miss Finch. But, so far as I know, blindness in these cases has been always exhibited, more or less exclusively, from the ideal and the sentimental point of view. The attempt here made is to appeal to an interest of another ...

Keywords: Blind women -- Fiction Brothers -- Fiction Domestic fiction Love stories Psychological fiction Sibling rivalry -- Fiction Twins -- Fiction
One of Twins

One of Twins


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Year of publication: 0

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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The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man

The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man


Franz Kafka

ISBN: 9781782274407
Year of publication: 2018

Franz Kafka THE UNHAPPINESS OF BEING A SINGLE MAN Essential Stories Edited and translated from the German by Alexander Starritt Translators Preface IN ENGLISH, the word that usually follows Kafkaesque is nightmare. Hardly the thing to make you think, Hurray, a new translation. No Netflix for me tonight. And in truth, Kafkas work is respected far more than it is loved. Potential book buyers sense that reading one of his novels might be unpleasantly similar to appearing in it: boring and painful ...

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