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War And Peace - Second Epilogue - Chapter 3 War And Peace - Second Epilogue - Chapter 3

War And Peace - Second Epilogue - Chapter 3
A locomotive is moving. Someone asks: "What moves it?" A peasantsays the devil moves it. Another man says the locomotive moves becauseits wheels go round. A third asserts that the cause of its movementlies in the smoke which the wind carries away.The peasant is irrefutable. He has devised a complete explanation.To refute him someone would have to prove to him that there is nodevil, or another peasant would have to explain to him that it isnot the devil but a German, who moves the locomotive. Only... Long Stories - Post by : senshai - Author : Leo Tolstoy - Read : 656

Changing Time Changing Time

Changing Time
The cloud looked in at the window, And said to the day, "Be dark!" And the roguish rain tapped hard on the pane, To stifle the song of the lark. The wind sprang up in the tree tops And shrieked with a voice of death, But the rough-voiced breeze, that shook the trees, Was touched with a violet's breath.(The end)Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem: Changing Time... Poems - Post by : why97 - Author : Paul Laurence Dunbar - Read : 1715

St. Julian's Prayer St. Julian's Prayer

St. Julian's Prayer
TO charms and philters, secret spells and prayers, How many round attribute all their cares! In these howe'er I never can believe, And laugh at follies that so much deceive. Yet with the beauteous FAIR, 'tis very true, These WORDS, as SACRED VIRTUES, oft they view; The spell and philter wonders work in love Hearts melt with charms supposed from pow'rs above! MY aim is now to have recourse to these, And give a story that I trust will please, In which Saint Julian's prayer, to Reynold D'Ast, Produced... Poems - Post by : Richard_Cuss - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2573

The Convent Gardener Of Lamporechio The Convent Gardener Of Lamporechio

The Convent Gardener Of Lamporechio
WHEN Cupid with his dart, would hearts assail, The rampart most secure is not the VEIL; A husband better will the FAIR protect, Than walls or lattices, I much suspect. Those parents, who in nunneries have got Their daughters (whether willingly or not), Most clearly in a glaring error prove, To fancy God will round their actions move; 'Tis an abuse of what we hold divine; The Devil with them surely must combine. Besides, 'twere folly to suppose that vice Ne'er entered convent walls, and nuns were... Poems - Post by : Austin - Author : Jean De La Fontaine - Read : 2176

The Portrait Of A Lady - Volume II - Chapter XLVIII p The Portrait Of A Lady - Volume II - Chapter XLVIII p

The Portrait Of A Lady - Volume II - Chapter XLVIII p
One day, toward the end of February, Ralph Touchett made up hismind to return to England. He had his own reasons for thisdecision, which he was not bound to communicate; but HenriettaStackpole, to whom he mentioned his intention, flattered herselfthat she guessed them. She forbore to express them, however; sheonly said, after a moment, as she sat by his sofa: "I suppose youknow you can't go alone?""I've no idea of doing that," Ralph answered. "I shall have peoplewith me.""What do you mean by 'people'?... Long Stories - Post by : cdarrington - Author : Henry James - Read : 2816

Lady Susan - LETTER XVII - MRS. VERNON TO LADY DE COURCY Lady Susan - LETTER XVII - MRS. VERNON TO LADY DE COURCY

Lady Susan - LETTER XVII - MRS. VERNON TO LADY DE COURCY
Churchhill. My dear Mother,--Mr. Vernon returned on Thursday night, bringing his niece with him. Lady Susan had received a line from him by that day's post, informing her that Miss Summers had absolutely refused to allow of Miss Vernon's continuance in her academy; we were therefore prepared for her arrival, and expected them impatiently the whole evening. They came while we were at tea, and I never saw any creature look so frightened as Frederica when she entered the room. Lady Susan, who had been... Long Stories - Post by : malistor - Author : Jane Austen - Read : 972

Mansfield Park - Volume I - Chapter XIII Mansfield Park - Volume I - Chapter XIII

Mansfield Park - Volume I - Chapter XIII
The Honourable John Yates, this new friend, had not muchto recommend him beyond habits of fashion and expense,and being the younger son of a lord with a tolerableindependence; and Sir Thomas would probably have thoughthis introduction at Mansfield by no means desirable.Mr. Bertram's acquaintance with him had begun at Weymouth,where they had spent ten days together in the same society,and the friendship, if friendship it might be called,had been proved and perfected by Mr. Yates's being invitedto... Long Stories - Post by : Claire_Koch - Author : Jane Austen - Read : 2750

Persuasion - Volume 2 - Chapter 19 Persuasion - Volume 2 - Chapter 19

Persuasion - Volume 2 - Chapter 19
Volume II Chapter XIX While Admiral Croft was taking this walk with Anne, and expressing his wish of getting Captain Wentworth to Bath, Captain Wentworth was already on his way thither. Before Mrs Croft had written, he was arrived, and the very next time Anne walked out, she saw him. Mr Elliot was attending his two cousins and Mrs Clay. They were in Milsom Street. It began to rain, not much, but enough to make shelter desirable for women, and quite enough to make it very desirable for Miss Elliot... Long Stories - Post by : jean_ventura - Author : Jane Austen - Read : 2893

The Titan - chapter VIII - Now This is Fighting The Titan - chapter VIII - Now This is Fighting

The Titan - chapter VIII - Now This is Fighting
When Cowperwood, after failing in his overtures to the three citygas companies, confided to Addison his plan of organizing rivalcompanies in the suburbs, the banker glared at him appreciatively."You're a smart one!" he finally exclaimed. "You'll do! I backyou to win!" He went on to advise Cowperwood that he would needthe assistance of some of the strong men on the various villagecouncils. "They're all as crooked as eels' teeth," he went on. "But there are one or two that are more crooked than others... Long Stories - Post by : Brad_Karthauser - Author : Theodore Dreiser - Read : 2334

The Good Time Coming - Chapter XLI The Good Time Coming - Chapter XLI

The Good Time Coming - Chapter XLI
THE first letter received by Mr. Lyon, gave only a vague account ofaffairs."I arrived yesterday," wrote Leach, "and entered upon my workimmediately. The acquaintance with Mr. Ellis has been renewed. Lastevening I spent with the family, and learned that the Marklands wereliving in a pleasant little cottage within sight of Woodbine Lodge;but could glean few particulars in regard to them. Fanny hasentirely secluded herself. No one seemed to know any thing of herstate of mind, though something about... Long Stories - Post by : tonywarrior - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 526

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 5 - THE STILLNESS The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 5 - THE STILLNESS

The War Of The Worlds - BOOK 2 - THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS - Chapter 5 - THE STILLNESS
My first act before I went into the pantry was to fasten the doorbetween the kitchen and the scullery. But the pantry was empty; everyscrap of food had gone. Apparently, the Martian had taken it all onthe previous day. At that discovery I despaired for the first time. Itook no food, or no drink either, on the eleventh or the twelfth day. At first my mouth and throat were parched, and my strength ebbedsensibly. I sat about in the darkness of the scullery, in a state ofdespondent wretchedness.... Long Stories - Post by : wlockhart - Author : H. G. Wells - Read : 675

The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume III - TWAIN'S LETTERS 1876-1885 - Chapter XVI - LETTERS, 1876, CHIEFLY TO W. D. HOWELLS. LITERATURE AND POLITICS. PLANNING A PLAY WITH BRET HARTE The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume III - TWAIN'S LETTERS 1876-1885 - Chapter XVI - LETTERS, 1876, CHIEFLY TO W. D. HOWELLS. LITERATURE AND POLITICS. PLANNING A PLAY WITH BRET HARTE

The Letters Of Mark Twain (complete) - Volume III - TWAIN'S LETTERS 1876-1885 - Chapter XVI - LETTERS, 1876, CHIEFLY TO W. D. HOWELLS. LITERATURE AND POLITICS. PLANNING A PLAY WITH BRET HARTE
LETTERS, 1876, CHIEFLY TO W. D. HOWELLS. LITERATURE AND POLITICS.PLANNING A PLAY WITH BRET HARTE The Monday Evening Club of Hartford was an association of most of the literary talent of that city, and it included a number of very distinguished members. The writers, the editors, the lawyers, and the ministers of the gospel who composed it were more often than not men of national or international distinction. There was but one paper at each meeting, and it was likely to be... Nonfictions - Post by : cooda - Author : Mark Twain - Read : 2975

Oliver Twist - Chapter IX - CONTAINING FURTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE PLEASANT OLD GENTLEMAN, AND HIS HOPEFUL PUPILS Oliver Twist - Chapter IX - CONTAINING FURTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE PLEASANT OLD GENTLEMAN, AND HIS HOPEFUL PUPILS

Oliver Twist - Chapter IX - CONTAINING FURTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE PLEASANT OLD GENTLEMAN, AND HIS HOPEFUL PUPILS
It was late next morning when Oliver awoke, from a sound, longsleep. There was no other person in the room but the old Jew,who was boiling some coffee in a saucepan for breakfast, andwhistling softly to himself as he stirred it round and round,with an iron spoon. He would stop every now and then to listenwhen there was the least noise below: and when he had satistifiedhimself, he would go on whistling and stirring again, as before.Although Oliver had roused himself from sleep, he was notthoroughly... Long Stories - Post by : arobin - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1947

Oliver Twist - Chapter XIII - SOME NEW ACQUAINTANCES ARE INTRODUCED TO THE INTELLIGENT READER, CONNECTED WITH WHOM VARIOUS PLEASANT MATTERS ARE RELATED, APPERTAINING TO THIS HISTORY Oliver Twist - Chapter XIII - SOME NEW ACQUAINTANCES ARE INTRODUCED TO THE INTELLIGENT READER, CONNECTED WITH WHOM VARIOUS PLEASANT MATTERS ARE RELATED, APPERTAINING TO THIS HISTORY

Oliver Twist - Chapter XIII - SOME NEW ACQUAINTANCES ARE INTRODUCED TO THE INTELLIGENT READER, CONNECTED WITH WHOM VARIOUS PLEASANT MATTERS ARE RELATED, APPERTAINING TO THIS HISTORY
'Where's Oliver?' said the Jew, rising with a menacing look.'Where's the boy?'The young thieves eyed their preceptor as if they were alarmed athis violence; and looked uneasily at each other. But they madeno reply.'What's become of the boy?' said the Jew, seizing the Dodgertightly by the collar, and threatening him with horridimprecations. 'Speak out, or I'll throttle you!'Mr. Fagin looked so very much in earnest, that Charley Bates, whodeemed it prudent in all cases to be on the safe side, and... Long Stories - Post by : winningteam1 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 617

Walter Gay Walter Gay

Walter Gay
To know a man well, it is said, Walter Gay, On shipboard with him you should be:If this maxim's true, then well I know you, For we sailed together the sea, Walter Gay, For we sailed together the sea.I now watch the star from the strand, Walter Gay, As oft from the surge I did then:Like that all alone you sparkled and shone, The clear northern star among men, Walter Gay, The clear northern star among men!May your future course, like the past, Walter Gay, From wreck and misfortune be... Poems - Post by : cremoso - Author : George Pope Morris - Read : 407

Zoroaster - Chapter 14 Zoroaster - Chapter 14

Zoroaster - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVIt was now three years since Nehushta had been married to Darius, and the king loved her well. But often, in that time, he had been away from her, called to different parts of the kingdom by the sudden outbreaks of revolution which filled the early years of his reign. Each time he had come back in triumph, and each time he had given her some rich gift. He found indeed that he had no easy task to perform in keeping the peace between his two queens; for Atossa seemed to delight in annoying... Long Stories - Post by : haz11 - Author : F. Marion Crawford - Read : 2723

The Swoop! Or How Clarence Saved England - Part Two - Chapter 4 - CLARENCE HEARS IMPORTANT NEWS The Swoop! Or How Clarence Saved England - Part Two - Chapter 4 - CLARENCE HEARS IMPORTANT NEWS

The Swoop! Or How Clarence Saved England - Part Two - Chapter 4 - CLARENCE HEARS IMPORTANT NEWS
Part Two Chapter 4 - CLARENCE HEARS IMPORTANT NEWSIt was Clarence's custom to leave the office of his newspaper at oneo'clock each day, and lunch at a neighbouring Aerated Bread shop. Hedid this on the day following the first appearance of the two generalsat their respective halls. He had brought an early edition of the paperwith him, and in the intervals of dealing with his glass of milk andscone and butter, he read the report of the performances.Both, it seemed, had met with flattering receptions,... Long Stories - Post by : scott5015 - Author : P G Wodehouse - Read : 2464

Uhland's 'chapel' Uhland's "chapel"

Uhland's 'chapel'
Yonder stands the hillside chapel Mid the evergreens and rocks,All day long it hears the song Of the shepherd to his flocks.Then the chapel bell goes tolling-- Knelling for a soul that's sped;Silent and sad the shepherd lad Hears the requiem for the dead.Shepherd, singers of the valley, Voiceless now, speed on before;Soon shall knell that chapel bell For the songs you'll sing no more.(The end)Eugene Field's poem: Uhland's "Chapel"... Poems - Post by : chane - Author : Eugene Field - Read : 3296

Far From The Madding Crowd - Chapter XXIII - EVENTIDE -- A SECOND DECLARATION Far From The Madding Crowd - Chapter XXIII - EVENTIDE -- A SECOND DECLARATION

Far From The Madding Crowd - Chapter XXIII - EVENTIDE -- A SECOND DECLARATION
CHAPTER XXIII - EVENTIDE -- A SECOND DECLARATIONFOR the shearing-supper a long table was placed on thegrass-plot beside the house, the end of the table beingthrust over the sill of the wide parlour window and a footor two into the room. Miss Everdene sat inside the window,facing down the table. She was thus at the head withoutmingling with the men.This evening Bathsheba was unusually excited, her red cheeksand lips contrasting lustrously with the mazy skeins of hershadowy hair. She seemed to expect... Long Stories - Post by : rxagents - Author : Thomas Hardy - Read : 2481

The Gold Bat - Chapter XII - NEWS OF THE GOLD BAT The Gold Bat - Chapter XII - NEWS OF THE GOLD BAT

The Gold Bat - Chapter XII - NEWS OF THE GOLD BAT
CHAPTER XII - NEWS OF THE GOLD BATShoeblossom sat disconsolately on the table in the senior day-room. Hewas not happy in exile. Brewing in the senior day-room was a merevulgar brawl, lacking all the refining influences of the study. You hadto fight for a place at the fire, and when you had got it 'twas notalways easy to keep it, and there was no privacy, and the fellows werealways bear-fighting, so that it was impossible to read a book quietlyfor ten consecutive minutes without some ass heaving a... Long Stories - Post by : slinger147 - Author : P G Wodehouse - Read : 1078