Holidays at Roselands by Martha Finley

A Sequel to Elsie Dinsmore

Author: Martha Finley
Published: 1868
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,532 / 263 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.1
LoC Category: PS
Series: Elsie Dinsmore

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eel far more like rewarding than punishing you. Ah! I had forgotten! I have something for you;” and he put his hand into his pocket and brought out a letter.

“Oh! it is from Miss Rose! dear, darling Miss Rose!” was Elsie’s joyful exclamation, as he put it in her hand.

She made a movement as if to get down from his knee, but he detained her.

“Sit still and read it here, darling,” he said, “I love to have you on my knee, and if there are any hard places I can help you.”

“Thank you, papa; sometimes there are hard places–at least pretty hard for a little girl like me–though I think Miss Rose tries to write plainly because she knows that I cannot read writing as well as big people can.”

She was eagerly tearing off the envelope while she answered him, and then settling herself comfortably she began to read.

He watched with deep interest the varying expression of her fine open countenance as she read. Once or twice she asked him to tell her a word, but the most of it she got through without any d

Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers

Introduction and Supplementary Chapters onthe Religious and Theological Literatureof Great Britain and the United States by John Fletcher Hurst.

Author: Henry A. Beers
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 148,944 / 480 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52
LoC Categories: D, Z, PN

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ncient Medeshamstede (meadow-homestead) that the chronicle was continued for nearly a century after the Conquest, breaking off abruptly in 1154, the date of King Stephen’s death. Peterborough had received a new Norman abbot, Turold, “a very stern man,” and the entry in the chronicle for 1170 tells how Hereward and his gang, with his Danish backers, thereupon plundered the abbey of its treasures, which were first removed to Ely, and then carried off by the Danish fleet and sunk, lost, or squandered. The English in the later portions of this Peterborough chronicle becomes gradually more modern, and falls away more and more from the strict grammatical standards of the classical Anglo-Saxon. It is a most valuable historical monument, and some passages of it are written with great vividness, notably the sketch of William the Conqueror put down in the year of his death (1086) by one who had “looked upon him and at another time dwelt in his court.” {17} “He who was before a rich king, and lord of many a land, he had

The Autobiography of Methuselah by John Kendrick Bangs

Having recently passed into what my great-grandson Shem calls my Anecdotage, it has occurred to me that perhaps some of the recollections of a more or less extended existence upon this globular[1] mass of dust and water that we are pleased to call the earth, may prove of interest to posterity, and I have accordingly, at [2]the earnest solicitation of my grandson, Noah, and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japhet, consented to put them into permanent literary form.

Author: John Kendrick Bangs
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,386 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.6
LoC Category: CT

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rewith tender in advance for his acceptance any apology which occasion may require.

And so to my story.

GEORGE W. METHUSELAH.

Ararat Corners, B. C. 2348.


THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF METHUSELAH

CHAPTER I

I AM BORN AND NAMED

The date of my birth, occurring as it did, nine hundred and sixty-five years ago, is so far removed from my present that my recollections of it are not altogether clear, but Mrs. Adam, my great-grandmother seven times removed, with whom I was always a great favorite because I looked more like my original ancestor, her husband, than any other of his descendants, has given me many interesting details of that important epoch in my history. Personally I do remember that the date was B. C. 3317, and the twenty-third of June, for the first thing to greet my infant eyes, when I opened them for the first time, was a huge insurance calendar hanging upon our wall whereon the date was printed in l

We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Hardly by Roger Kuykendall

After all–they only borrowed it a little while, just to fix it–

Author: Roger Kuykendall
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,756 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.7
LoC Category: PS

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compressor. You’ve got to have a compressor on a spaceship, everybody knows that. And that old compression chamber that old man … I mean Mr. Fields let us use didn’t have a compressor.

Sure he said we could use it. Anyway he said we could play with it, and Skinny said we were going to make a spaceship out of it, and he said go ahead.

Well, no, he didn’t say it exactly like that. I mean, well, like he didn’t take it serious, sort of.

Anyway, it made a swell spaceship. It had four portholes on it and an air lock and real bunks in it and lots of room for all that stuff that Skinny put in there. But it didn’t have a compressor and that’s why …

What stuff? Oh, you know, the stuff that Skinny put in there. Like the radar he made out of a TV set and the antigravity and the atomic power plant he invented to run it all with.

He’s awful smart, Skinny is, but he’s not like what you think of a genius. You know, he’

History of the United States by Charles A. Beard

Author: Charles A. Beard
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 204,657 / 649 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.7
LoC Category: E

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CHAPTER I

THE GREAT MIGRATION TO AMERICA

The tide of migration that set in toward the shores of North America during the early years of the seventeenth century was but one phase in the restless and eternal movement of mankind upon the surface of the earth. The ancient Greeks flung out their colonies in every direction, westward as far as Gaul, across the Mediterranean, and eastward into Asia Minor, perhaps to the very confines of India. The Romans, supported by their armies and their government, spread their dominion beyond the narrow lands of Italy until it stretched from the heather of Scotland to the sands of Arabia. The Teutonic tribes, from their home beyond the Danube and the Rhine, poured into the empire of the Cæsars and made the beginnings of modern Europe. Of this great sweep of races and empires the settlement of America was merely a part. And it was, moreover, only one aspect of the expansion which finally carried the peoples, the institutions, and

The Hohenzollerns in America by Stephen Leacock

These satires attack the pride of the “great” reduced to lower East Side new York, the “side effects” of the war and the movies and other foibles of the day with occasionally a serious moment of sincere human appreciation.

Author: Stephen Leacock
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,904 / 147 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.9
LoC Category: PR

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ho was feeling his wind-pipe at the time.

Of course, all these things seem very far away now. But seeing Cousin Karl on the upper deck, reminded me of all the harmless gossip and tattle that used to go on among us girls in the old days.

Friday afternoon

I saw Cousin Willie on the deck this afternoon. I had not seen him all day yesterday as he seems to keep out of sight. His eyes looked bloodshot and I was sure that he had been drinking.

I asked him where he had been in the storm while Uncle William was ill. He gave a queer sort of leering chuckle and said, “Over there,” and pointed backwards with his thumb towards the first class part of the ship. Then he said, “Come here a minute,” and he led me round a corner to where no one could see, and showed me a gold brooch and two diamond rings. He told me not to tell the others, and then he tried to squeeze my hand and to pull me towards him, in such a horrid way, but I broke away and went back. Since then I have been trying to think how

Brewster’s Millions by George Barr McCutcheon

Montgomery Brewster is a poor man, until he inherits a large sum of money. However, the inheritance comes with a catch: he has to spend every penny of his new fortune within 30 days! Success means he’ll gain an even larger sum, but should he fail he remains penniless — and the lawyers get the estate…

Author: George Barr McCutcheon
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,020 / 186 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.9
LoC Category: PS

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ys to spend your money,” continued the Colonel. “Don’t listen to any of them. Take your time. You’ll have a new chance to make money every day of your life, so go slowly. I’d have been rich years and years ago if I’d had sense enough to run away from promoters. They’ll all try to get a whack at your money. Keep your eye open, Monty. The rich young man is always a tempting morsel. “After a moment’s reflection, he added, “Won’t you come out and dine with us to- morrow night?”

CHAPTER III

MRS. AND MISS GRAY

Mrs. Gray lived in Fortieth Street. For years Montgomery Brewster had regarded her quiet, old-fashioned home as his own. The house had once been her grandfather’s, and it was one of the pioneers in that part of the town. It was there she was born; in its quaint old parlor she was married; and all her girlhood, her brief wedded life, and her widowhood were connected with it. Mrs. Gray and Montgomery’s mother had been schoolmates and playmates, and their friendsh

Stopover Planet by Robert E. Gilbert

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

Author: Robert E. Gilbert
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,556 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.4
LoC Category: PS

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eaded snakes, the wires and cables supporting the traffic signal fell into the street. The unusual man pocketed his cutting tool–a long thin tube–and lowered the stop light to the truck. He looked at Whedbee. The corner street lamp reacted upon his eyes like a flashlight thrown on a tomcat in an alley. The eyes gleamed green.

Whedbee’s whistle arced to the end of the chain and clanked against his metal buttons. A block away on Center Street, a heavy truck roared through the business section. The bell of a switch engine tolled near the freight depot, and a small dog barked suddenly at the obscured sky.

“I am promoting you to captain. You will replace Hanks, whom I am demoting,” the figure on the truck announced.

“Chief Grindstaff?” Whedbee wondered.

The chief of police glared down at the patrolman. He hooked a bright metal globe to the stop light, lifted it in one hand, and jumped, landing lightly on the pavement. “Put this in the mobile unit,” he said. “The truck, I evil.”

“Huh? Sure, chief,” Whedbee said. He tucked his night stick under his arm and prepared to accept a heavy load. Tensed muscles almost felled him when the signal p