Charles Dickens’s cutting social novel of corruption, cruelty, and a brave orphan boy Brought into the world by a drunken nurse and an inept surgeon, innocent young Oliver Twist couldn’t have known the mysterious circumstances surrounding his birth—that his mother had been discovered wandering the streets, near bursting with child, and had died ignominiously on the cold bed of a workhouse, having just pushed the little boy from her womb and into the uncertain future shared by thousands of other orphans throughout England. This classic novel by Charles Dickens was among the first to expose the pitiless conditions of England’s orphanages, and an early example of the social novel—fiction meant to effect change by shining a dramatized light on a public ill. Readers were almost as shocked by the novel’s blade-edged sarcasm as they were scandalized by its stark depictions of ruinous orphanages and corrupt clergy. Adapted into countless films, plays, stories, and television shows, Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist remains one of the most beloved works of literature ever penned. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) was a British Victorian-era novelist famous for her sensationalist writing."The Cold Embrace" is a ghost story about a pair of lovers who promise to be true to each other. The young man declares he will even return from beyond the grave to be with his lover, but she declares that only a suicide can do this, as they are denied entrance to heaven. Shortly after this, the young man travels away and after some time neglects to write anymore. He has forgotton his lover and his promises. Meanwhile the girl's father arranges a marriage for her with a wealthy suitor. There is only one solution...and it is one which will enable her to seek out her first love, even after death....
The starved wolfpack was hot on his trail. It was the biggest pack that Wabi had ever seen. He calculated there were at least fifty animals in it, possibly even more. Nearer and nearer they came, until the first were scarcely two hundred feet away. Close enough for Wabi to see this was a hungry, determined pack. Then, with a shout, the Indian leaped and dashed fearlessly toward them. This unexpected move stopped the foremost wolves and Wabi fired two of his three remaining bullets. The trees were eighty yards away...
One of W. Somerset Maugham's best-known and well-loved novels
The Moon and Sixpence is a fictionalized biography of the artist Paul Gauguin. Charles Strickland, a thinly veiled Gauguin, deserts his wife and children to become a painter. In Paris, he is indifferent to the friendship offered by a fellow artist, Dirk Stroeve, but it is Stroeve and his wife Blanche who take Strickland in when he falls ill. It is only a matter of time before Strickland again devastates those around him by running away with Blanche. Will he reform his ways for the chance at a suitable life with Blanche, or will be abandon her as well?
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Strizhin, who normally leads a sober and regular life, comes home from a christening party where he had permitted himself to drink four glasses of vodka and a glass of wine, the taste of which suggested something midway between vinegar and castor oil. And of course spirituous liquors being like sea-water and glory: the more you imbibe of them the greater your thirst, Strizhin felt an overwhelming craving for another drink. He accidentally downed a glass of paraffin instead of vodka, and in desperate search for a doctor at 4 a.m. he found that a doctor is only readily found when he is not wanted. Read in English, unabridged.
Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.
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