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  • Lucrezia Floriani by George Sand

    LUCREZIA FLORIANI NOTICE Je n’ai point à dire ici sous l’empire de quelles idées littéraires j’ai écrit ce roman, puisqu’il est accompagné d’une préface qui résume mes opinions d’alors, et que ces opinions n’ont pas changé. Mais je tiens à… Read More ›

  • Pride and Prejudice, a play founded on Jane Austen’s novel by Mary Keith Medbery Mackaye

    PERSONS OF THE PLAY MR. DARCY—(of Pemberley, Derbyshire). “Possessed of a fine tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and … ten thousand a year … clever … haughty, reserved and fastidious; his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. ‘Some people… Read More ›

  • Afterwards and other stories by Ian Maclaren

    AFTERWARDS I He received the telegram in a garden where he was gazing on a vision of blue, set in the fronds of a palm, and listening to the song of the fishers, as it floated across the bay. “You… Read More ›

  • A War-Time Wooing by Charles King

    I. After months of disaster there had come authentic news of victory. All Union-loving men drew a long breath of relief when it was certain that Lee had given up the field and fallen back across the Potomac. The newsboys,… Read More ›

  • A Ward of the Golden Gate by Bret Harte

    PROLOGUE. In San Francisco the “rainy season” had been making itself a reality to the wondering Eastern immigrant. There were short days of drifting clouds and flying sunshine, and long succeeding nights of incessant downpour, when the rain rattled on… Read More ›

  • A Terrible Coward by George Manville Fenn

    Chapter One. The Diver’s Rock. Boom! with a noise like thunder. Plash! directly after; but the sounds those two words express, multiplied and squared if you like, till the effect upon the senses is, on the first hearing, one of… Read More ›

  • A Ten Year’s War by Jacob A. Riis

    I THE BATTLE WITH THE SLUM The slum is as old as civilization. Civilization implies a race, to get ahead. In a race there are usually some who for one cause or another cannot keep up, or are thrust out… Read More ›

  • A Short History of the Great War by A. F. Pollard

    CHAPTER I THE BREACH OF THE PEACE On 28 June 1914 the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir-presumptive to the Hapsburg throne, was shot in the streets of Serajevo, the capital of the Austrian province of Bosnia. Redeemed by the Russo-Turkish war… Read More ›

  • The Man from Home by Booth Tarkington

    THE FIRST ACT SCENE: The terrace of the Hotel Regina Margherita, on the cliff at Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. There is a view of the bay and its semi-circular coast-line, dotted with villages; Vesuvius gray in the distance…. Read More ›

  • Dulcibel by Henry Peterson

    CHAPTER I. Dulcibel Burton. In the afternoon of a sunny Autumn day, nearly two hundred years ago, a young man was walking along one of the newly opened roads which led into Salem village, or what is now called Danvers… Read More ›

  • The Quest by Justus Miles Forman

    CHAPTER I STE. MARIE HEARS OF A MYSTERY AND MEETS A DARK LADY From Ste. Marie’s little flat which overlooked the gardens they drove down the quiet Rue du Luxembourg, and, at the Place St. Sulpice, turned to the left…. Read More ›

  • The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason

    THE AFFAIR AT THE SEMIRAMIS HOTEL I Mr. Ricardo, when the excitements of the Villa Rose were done with, returned to Grosvenor Square and resumed the busy, unnecessary life of an amateur. But the studios had lost their savour, artists… Read More ›