Classical prose (Novelty)

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 Moonstone

The Moonstone


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 2006

THE MOONSTONE A Romance by Wilkie Collins PROLOGUE THE STORMING OF SERINGAPATAM 1799 Extracted from a Family Paper I address these lineswritten in Indiato my relatives in England. My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle. The reserve which I have hitherto maintained in this matter has been misinterpreted by members of my family whose good opinion I cannot consent to forfeit. I request them to suspend their ...

Keywords: Country homes -- Fiction East Indians -- England -- Fiction England -- Fiction Jewelry theft -- Fiction Mystery fiction Police -- England -- Fiction
The Night-Doings at

The Night-Doings at "Deadman's"


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

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Year of publication: 0

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 Law and the Lady

The Law and the Lady


Wilkie Collins

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Year of publication: 1999

THE LAW AND THE LADY by Wilkie Collins NOTE: ADDRESSED TO THE READER. IN offering this book to you, I have no Preface to write. I have only to request that you will bear in mind certain established truths, which occasionally escape your memory when you are reading a work of fiction. Be pleased, then, to remember First: That the actions of human beings are not invariably governed by the laws of pure reason. Secondly: That we are by no means always in the habit of bestowing our love on the objects ...

Keywords: England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Married people -- Fiction Mystery fiction
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 Man and the Snake

The Man and the Snake


Ambrose Gwinnett Beirce

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Year of publication: 101

The Man and the Snake by Ambrose Bierce Chapter I It is of veritabyll report, and attested of so many that there be nowe of wyse and learned none to gaynsaye it, that ye serpente hys eye hath a magnetick propertie that whosoe falleth into its suasion is drawn forwards in despyte of his wille, and perisheth miserabyll by ye creature hys byte. Stretched at ease upon a sofa, in gown and slippers, Harker Brayton smiled as he read the foregoing sentence in old Morrysters Marvells of Science. The only ...

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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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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

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