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A Painful Case

by James Joyce

Mr. Duffy is a bank cashier and recluse living in Dublin, who purposely avoids contact with other people—until he meets Mrs. Sinico at a concert. While Mr. Sinico believes their relationship to be purely platonic,...


A Mother

by James Joyce

During the Irish Revival Mrs. Kearney decides to earn her family a higher social position by means of her daughter and obtains for her a contract to play a series of piano concerts. When the concerts are not...


A Little Cloud

by James Joyce

Little Chandler spends dinner with his friend Ignatius Gallaher reflecting on his own failed dreams as compared to Ignatius’s successes with London Press. Once home, Little Chandler begins to compare his wife...


The Young Girl

by Katherine Mansfield

In this short story by Katherine Mansfield, an unidentified narrator is left in charge of Mrs. Raddick’s children while their mother keeps her friend, Mrs. MacEwen, company at the casino. At twelve, Hennie...


Bank Holiday

by Katherine Mansfield

The streets are bustling with people—musicians, children, psychics, and salesmen—because a bank holiday means that everyone is out of the house, enjoying the day. In “Bank Holiday” author Katherine Mansfield...


Her First Ball

by Katherine Mansfield

Leila was born and raised in the country, and so when she visits her cousins in town and is invited to a ball for the first time, she is overwhelmed by the exciting and daunting new experience. Taking in every...


Miss Brill

by Katherine Mansfield

It is Sunday and Miss Brill is sitting on her special bench in the public gardens. She likes to watch the crowd and listen to their conversations, especially now that the Season has started and the band in its...


The Voyage

by Katherine Mansfield

Fenella Crane struggles to keep up with her father and grandmother as they stride toward the Picton boat. Her neatly-rolled luggage is strapped to her back and she clutches her grandmother’s umbrella closely...


Marriage a la Mode

by Katherine Mansfield

William’s heart aches. The pleasure he finds in his work is only a temporary distraction from the pain of being separated from his family, especially his wife. Every Saturday he takes the train down to the...


Life of Ma Parker

by Katherine Mansfield

Mrs. Parker has had a hard life, even the neighbours say so. As a girl in Stratford-on-Avon, she had never heard of Shakespeare. In her first position in London, she wasn’t allowed out of the cellar except...


Mr. and Mrs. Dove

by Katherine Mansfield

Before Reggie returns to his fruit farm in Rhodesia, he must propose to the woman he loves. At Colonel Proctor’s, Anne greets him at the door and, during a lull in their conversation, suggests Reggie say goodbye...


The Daughters of the Late Colonel

by Katherine Mansfield

It was all that Constantia and Josephine—the daughters of the late Colonel Pinner—could do to bury their father. Neither of them believed he wouldn’t be back to thump his stick on the floor and criticize...


At the Bay

by Katherine Mansfield

With their annual vacation coming to an end, the Burnells and the Trouts spend the day at the beach. While the children dig for treasures in the sand, the adults ponder the fleeting nature of life and the best...


Selected Novels of Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and Others

by Edith Wharton

Immerse yourself in the lives of the social elite with Edith Wharton’s timeless stories. The Selected Novels of Edith Wharton includes the best-known of the author’s works: The Age of Innocence, The House...


Selected French Classics: Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Other

by Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Gaston Leroux & Jules Verne

Immerse yourself in French history and culture with these five classic stories. Selected French Classics includes Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables and The...


His New Mittens

by Stephen Crane

As Horace walks home from school, his hands ensconced in a pair of new red mittens, boys from the neighbourhood entice him into a snowball fight. There’s just one problem—his mother has told him to come home...


A Watcher by the Dead

by Ambrose Bierce

In San Francisco, three physicians discuss man’s hereditary, and superstitious, fear of the dead. Dr. Mancher wonders if it is, indeed, universal. Dr. Helberson says it is; it is all a matter of circumstance....


Oil of Dog

by Ambrose Bierce

A young man works for his father at his dog-oil business whilst simultaneously helping his mother with her work as well. But when his duties for each of his parents overlap one day, the consequences are terrible...


The Eyes of the Panther

by Ambrose Bierce

When Irene Marlowe refuses a marriage proposal from the man she loves, he demands she tell him her reasons why. Irene indulges him by telling the tale of her tragic family history, speaking of the glowing eyes...


The Damned Thing

by Ambrose Bierce

William Harker is the only witness to the death of his friend, Hugh Morgan. Morgan’s body suggests that he has died traumatically, but when Harker tries to explain what he saw of his friend’s last moments,...