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What Maisie Knew

by Henry James

Introduction The litigation seemed interminable and had in fact been complicated; but by the decision on the appeal the judgement of the divorce-court was confirmed as to the assignment of the child. The father,...


Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful...


Kit and Kitty: Book II/II

by R. D. Blackmore

“NEVER wur any luck in a wadding, as wur put off from app’inted day. For why? Why, because it be flying in the vace of the Lard, as hath app’inted ’un.”


Kit and Kitty: Book I/II

by R. D. Blackmore

MY name is Christopher Orchardson, of Sunbury in Middlesex; and I have passed through a bitter trouble, which I will try to describe somehow, both for my wife’s sake and my own, as well as to set us straight...


The Hundredth Chance: Part II/II

by Ethel M. Dell

Chops the setter was puzzled. He had been following his mistress about in his faithful way throughout the whole of that hot July afternoon, and he had fathomed the fact that she was preparing for a visitor....


The Hundredth Chance: Part I/II

by Ethel M. Dell

"My dear Maud, I hope I am not lacking in proper pride. But it is an accepted—though painful—fact that beggars cannot be choosers." Lady Brian spoke with plaintive emphasis the while she drew an elaborate...


Starvecrow Farm

by Stanley J. Weyman

A head appeared at either window of the postchaise. Henrietta looked forward. Her lover looked back.


Dorothy on a Ranch

by Evelyn Raymond

The “Erminie,” private car of “Railway Boss, Dan Ford,” stood side-tracked at Denver, and his guests within it were the happy people whom, some readers may remember, we left keeping a belated Christmas...


Ninety-Three

by Victor Hugo

Ninety-Three (Quatrevingt-treize) is the last novel by the French writer Victor Hugo. Published in 1874, shortly after the bloody upheaval of the Paris Commune, the novel concerns the Revolt in the Vendée and...


The Gateless Barrier

by Lucas Malet

The Gateless Barrier (1900), by Lucas Malet (Mary St Leger Kingsley Harrison), is both a love story and a ghost story. The writer Laurence Rivers inherits a family mansion from his ominous cousin Montagu. He...


The Stickit Minister's Wooing  and Other Galloway Stories

by S. R. Crockett

It was in the second year of my college life Thai I came home to find Robert Fraser, whom a whole country-side called the "Stickit Minister," distinctly worse, and indeed, set down upon his great chair in the...


Bracebridge Hall

by Washington Irving

The success of "Old Christmas" has suggested the re-publication of its sequel "Bracebridge Hall," illustrated by the same able pencil, but condensed so as to bring it within reasonable size and price.


Life Is a Dream

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Of all Calderon's works, "Life is a Dream" may be regarded as the most universal in its theme. It seeks to teach a lesson that may be learned from the philosophers and religious thinkers of many ages—that...


Seventy Years Among Savages

by Henry Stephens Salt

THE tales of travellers, from Herodotus to Marco Polo, and from Marco Polo to the modern “globe-trotter,” have in all ages been subject, justly or unjustly, to a good deal of suspicion, on the ground that...


Cadet Days: A Story of West Point

by Charles King

"Pops, there's no use talking; we've simply got to send you to the Point." "I'm sure I wish you could, Colonel. Father's tried every way he could think of, but cadetships don't go a-begging—out here, at least....


Bob Hampton of Placer

by Randall Parrish

It was not an uncommon tragedy of the West. If slightest chronicle of it survive, it must be discovered among the musty and nearly forgotten records of the Eighteenth Regiment of Infantry, yet it is extremely...


The Year Nine

by Anne Manning

IT was dusk; and the mountains were reverberating with loud thunder-claps, while the rain helped to swell a turbid river that swept through the valley, and past the door of a small wirth-haus or inn, known less...


Lay Down Your Arms

by Bertha von Suttner

WHEN I was requested by the Committee of the International Arbitration and Peace Association, of which I have the honour to be a Member, to undertake the translation of the novel entitled Die Waffen Nieder,...


The Grey Man

by S. R. Crockett

Well do I mind the first time that ever I was in the heartsome town of Ballantrae. My father seldom went thither, because it was a hold of the Bargany folk, and it argued therefore sounder sense to give it the...


The Fruit of the Tree

by Edith Wharton

IN the surgical ward of the Hope Hospital at Hanaford, a nurse was bending over a young man whose bandaged right hand and arm lay stretched along the bed. His head stirred uneasily, and slipping her arm behind...