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The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet; Actus Primus -- Scoena Prima -- Enter Sampson and Gregory, with Swords and Bucklers, of the House of Capulet. Sampson. Gregory: A my word wee?l not carry coales. Greg. No, for then we should be Colliars. Samp. I mean, if we be in choller, wee?l draw. Greg. I, While you live, draw your necke out o?th Collar. Samp. I strike quickly, being mov?d. Greg. But thou art not quickly mov?d to strike. Samp. A dog of the house of Mountague, moves me. Greg. To move, is to stir: and to be valiant, is to stand: Therefore, if thou art mov?d, thou runst away. Samp. A dogge of that house shall move me to stand. I will take the wall of any Man or Maid of Mountagues. Greg. That shewes thee a weake slave, for the wea-kest goes to the wall. Samp. True, and therefore women being the weaker Vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Mountagues men from the wall, and thrust his Maides to the wall. Greg. The Quarrell is betweene our Masters, and us |(their men. Samp. ?Tis all one, I will shew my selfe a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will bee civill with the Maids, and cut off their head...

Table of Contents: The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet, 1 -- Actus Primus. Scoena Prima., 1

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Eight Strokes of the Clock, The

By: Maurice Leblanc

The Eight Strokes of the Clock is a collection of eight short stories by Maurice Leblanc. The stories have his most famous creation, Arsène Lupin, gentleman-thief, as main character. The eight stories, even though independent, have a leading thread: Lupin, under the name of Serge Rénine, trying to conquer the heart of a young lady, travels with her, solving eight mysteries on the way. (Summary by Leni)...

Fiction, Short stories, Mystery

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Ideal Bartender, The

By: Tom Bullock

The book was written by Tom Bullock, a well-known bartender at the St. Louis Country Club. His skills as a bartender were so remarkable that a libel suit hinged on the excellence of his drinks. In The Ideal Bartender, Tom collects some of his best known beverage recipes....

Cookery

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Le Morte Darthur

By: Thomas Malory

Excerpt: Le Morte Darthur -- Glossary to volume one -- by Sir Thomas Malory.

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The Chimes

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: Here are not many people three-fourths and as it is desirable that a story-teller and a story-reader should establish a mutual understanding as soon as possible, I beg it to be noticed that I confine this observation neither to young people nor to little people, but extend it to all conditions of people: little and big, young and old: yet growing up, or already growing down again ? there are not, I say, many people who would care to sleep in a church. I don?t mean at sermon- time in warm weather (when the thing has actually been done, once or twice), but in the night, and alone....

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Beckoning Fair One, The

By: Oliver Onions

A classic ghost story of a haunted house, and the haunted man who lives in it.

Horror/Ghost stories

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Louis Lambert

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: Louis Lambert was born at Montoire, a little town in the Vendomois, where his father owned a tannery of no great magnitude, and intended that his son should succeed him; but his precocious bent for study modified the paternal decision. For, indeed, the tanner and his wife adored Louis, their only child, and never contradicted him in anything....

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The Merry Wiues of Windsor

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Actus Primus -- Scena Prima -- Enter Justice Shallow, Slender, Sir Hugh Evans, Master Page, Falstoffe, Bardolph, Nym, Pistoll, Anne Page, Mistresse Ford, Mistresse Page, Simple. Shallow. Sir Hugh, perswade me not: I will make a Star-Chamber matter of it, if hee were twenty Sir John Falstoffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow Esquire....

Table of Contents: The Merry Wiues of Windsor, 1 -- Actus primus, Scena prima., 1 -- Scena Secunda., 7 -- Scena Tertia., 7 -- Scoena Quarta., 10 -- Actus Secundus. Scoena Prima., 13 -- Scoena Secunda., 18 -- Scena Tertia., 24 -- Actus Tertius. Scoena Prima., 26 -- Scena Secunda., 29 -- Scena Tertia., 31 -- Scoena Quarta., 35 -- Scena Quinta., 38 -- Actus Quartus. Scoena Prima., 41 -- Scena Secunda., 43 -- Scena Tertia., 47 -- Scena Quarta., 48 -- Scena Quinta., 50 -- Scena Sexta., 53 -- Actus Quintus. Scoena Prima., 54 -- Scena Secunda., 55 -- Scena Tertia., 55 -- Scena Quarta., 56 -- Scena Quinta., 56...

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The Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix

By: Honoré de Balzac

Excerpt: Volumes, almost libraries, have been written about Balzac; and perhaps of very few writers, putting aside the three or four greatest of all, is it so difficult to select one or a few short phrases which will in any way denote them, much more sum them up. Yet the five words quoted above, which come from an early letter to his sister when as yet he had not ?found his way,? characterize him, I think, better than at least some of the volumes I have read about him, and supply, when they are properly understood, the most valuable of all keys and companions for his comprehension....

Contents HONORE DE BALZAC ................................................................................................................... 4 APPENDIX...................................................................................................................................... 32 THE BALZAC PLAN OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE ............................................................ 32 Comedie Humaine ............................................................................................................................ 33 Author?s Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 43...

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Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

By: Jules Verne

First published in 1881, Eight Hundred Miles on the Amazon is an adventure novel in two parts by Jules Verne, having elements of codes and cryptography. Unlike many of his other stories, it is not a work of science fiction. Rather, it describes a voyage down the Amazon River on a large raft, or jangada). Many aspects of the raft, scenery, and journey are described in detail. - Written by not.a.moose, based (exclusively) on information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Hundred_Leagues_on_the_Amazon...

Adventure

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Lone Star Ranger, The

By: Zane Grey

Buck Duane, son of a famous gunfighter, falls prey to the old problem - called out by a cowboy who wants to make trouble, Duane kills him and then must ride off to the lawless country near the Neuces River to escape being arrested and perhaps, hanged. His brief encounter with deadly gunplay has ignited a deep urging to repeat the adrenaline rush but is tempered by ghosts that haunt his sleep. He only dares to release his inner demon when he is taking down an outlaw who is particularly known for his brutality. He develops a reputation for killing the most notorious Texas outlaws, which draws an unexpected interest: a captain of the Texas Rangers offers him a pardon and a ranger's badge if he will infiltrate the gang of the shadowy figure known as Cheseldine who wields vast power in West Texas, and make it possible for the Rangers to break the gang's hold on the region's towns. Duane accepts, never guessing in his wildest nightmares that he would sniff out this Cheseldine, his hideouts, his lieutenants... and fall in love with his daughter! (Summary by Mark F. Smith)...

Westerns, Adventure

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The Wreck of the Golden Mar Mary

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens.

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"Tasting the Nectar of The Self Through Samayik (Hindi Dadavani August-2013)"

By: Dada Bhagwan

Samayik means a state of equanimity of the Self (Atma samadasha). There are mainly two kinds of samayiks. One is a worldly (vyavahar) samayik in which one becomes the doer of that action (samayik) and keeps his mind still for forty-eight minutes (one gunthanu). And the samayik of the Akram path means the ‘self’ becomes the Self and then ‘sees’ the ‘self’- file no. 1. The Lord has called that Atma samayik. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan (Dadashri) says that the Self verily is samayik, and having attained the Self, if one remains in the five Agnas, it is a constant samayik. In the Akram path, it is for the purpose of emptying the pending karmic stock as well as for maintaining pure applied awareness (shuddha upayoga), that samayik is to be done. In doing samayik, as it becomes clearer, one may even attain spashta vedan of Atma. That is why this samayik is considered invaluable. Hence, Akram’s samayik is beyond this world (alaukik). ...

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Dispel the Illusion, ‘I-you-they are doing (English Dadavani December-2013)

By: Dada Bhagwan

This Akram Vignan takes away the support of karma with the Knowledge of ‘I am pure Soul (Shuddhatma)’ and ‘I am not the doer; vyavasthit (scientific circumstantial evidences) is’; therefore one’s state of doer-sufferer (karta-bhokta) no longer remains. The moment the other person is believed to be the doer, attachment-abhorrence (raag-dwesh) are bound to occur immediately, which eventually result in the intent of doership and karmic bondage. At that time, if the Gnan (Self knowledge) arises that in reality, the other person is Shuddhatma, and the one talking is a ‘tape record’, whatever happened is vyavasthit, then there is complete intent of non-doership (akartabhaav), attachment-abhorrence does not take place, and karma is not bound. Such awareness should prevail five to twenty-five times a day. Then one becomes free from the entanglements of doership. With this, one will attain the clear and distinct experience of the Self (spashta vedan). ...

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Elimination of conflict is the prime component of liberation (Hindi Dadavani June-2009)

By: Dada Bhagwan

Absence of wandering of the chit is the religion of all religions. If you attain this state, the cycle of transmigration into life after life will come to an end. There is liberation when the mind becomes free of all conflicts.Liberation is through real religion. When the life becomes conflict-free then one comes closer to moksha. How can one become conflict-free? The Gnani Purush burns the seed of conflict in the fire of knowledge; thereafter conflict does not arise. Circumstance is one evidentiary instrument for arising conflict in the life. But because of one’s own wrong belief, believing the other as the doer, by seeing others as faulty, by not getting the results as per one’s wish, the internal state changes because of ego, and because of all these, conflicts arise. All the energies of a human being get veiled due to this ego only. If the ego remains within ‘normality,’ there would not be any conflicts in the worldly life. ...

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Blessed is Mamani Pol, that gave God to the World! (Gujarati Dadavani June-2004)

By: Dada Bhagwan

This edition of Dadavani celebrates becoming of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan's residence - Lakshmi Kunj, Mamani Pol, Vadodra, into a great temple. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan resided in this house for almost 50 yrs. It was this house where Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s disciple Pujya Niruben Amin had got opportunity to serve him for 6 months in 1975. Dada Bhagwan & Hiraba (his wife) led a simple life. He was a big 'Jeti' Contractor but he didn't even have wash-basin at his place! In this house, one feels presence of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s energy of Self in all sub atomic particles! As soon as one enters this house, one experiences immense peace. He had transferred this house in the name of Hiraba years ago, so whenever he came to visit he used to stay as a guest! From 1962 to 1975, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to conduct spiritual discourses in this house everyday in morning & in evening. One must visit this house to get a glimpse of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan's simple life! ...

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Uncle Remus Returns

By: Joel Chandler Harris

Uncle Remus tells these 11 stories but to the son of the original little boy who is visiting his grandmother on the plantation. As always Uncle Remus can be relied upon to provide funny and pointed insight into human personalities through his story telling. These were all published in the Uncle Remus magazine from 1905 and 1906 and gathered together in this book by the author. (Summary by Phil Chenevert)...

Children, Humor

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His First and Last Appearance

By: Francis J. Finn

The scene of the story is laid partly in Milwaukee, partly in New York. It describes the trials of the orphaned Lachance children. The boy hero is of a loving and lovable disposition and wins the hearts of all. The author has combined pathetic incidents with religious consolations, and gives zest to the whole by diffusing his genial humor throughout. From the author of Tom Playfair, Percy Wynn, But Thy Love and thy Grace, and many more. (Summary from Dominicana Magazine, 1900)...

Children, Fiction, Teen/Young adult

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Trespasser, The

By: D. H. Lawrence

Brief Encounter meets Tristan und Isolde - on the Isle of Wight, under a vast sky florid with stars. The consequence is tragic indeed for one of the parties, Siegmund, when he sacrifices family life for a few days’ transcendent rapture. His lover, the self-contained Helena, is strong enough to bear a return to the scruffy suburbs. Redemption of a kind is granted to the deserted wife, Beatrice. But between these robust Lawrentian women Siegmund is cancelled out. His love-death is no cosmic swoon but a sordid exit in an unkempt box-room. In this very British romance, there is no earthly escape from outworn attachments and life’s deadening routine... (Summary by Martin Geeson)...

Fiction

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杜子春 (Toshisyun)

By: Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Toshisyun was published on Akaitori (a magazine for children) in 1920. It's based on a story in China. (Summary by ekzemplaro) 『杜子春』(とししゅん)は、芥川龍之介の短編小説。1920年(大正9年)に雑誌『赤い鳥』にて発表された。中国の古典、鄭還古の『杜子春伝』を童話化したもの。 (ウィキペディア)...

Children, Fiction

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