The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Horse-Stealers — Ward No. 6 — The Petchenyeg — A Dead Body — A Happy Ending — The Looking-Glass — Old Age — Darkness — The Beggar — A Story Without A Title — In Trouble — Frost — A Slander — Minds In Ferment — Gone Astray — An Avenger — The Jeune Premier — A Defenceless Creature — An Enigmatic Nature — A Happy Man — A Troublesome Visitor — An Actor’s End
Translated by Constance Garnett

Author: Anton Chekhov
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,475 / 196 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.2
LoC Category: PG

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ust the stick in and dragged it through. I went plop into the ice-hole just as I was, in my fur coat and my high boots, while they stood and shoved me, one with his foot and one with his stick, then dragged me under the ice and pulled me out of the other hole.”

Lyubka shuddered and shrugged.

“At first I was in a fever from the cold,” Merik went on, “but when they pulled me out I was helpless, and lay in the snow, and the Molokans stood round and hit me with sticks on my knees and my elbows. It hurt fearfully. They beat me and they went away . . . and everything on me was frozen, my clothes were covered with ice. I got up, but I couldn’t move. Thank God, a woman drove by and gave me a lift.”

Meanwhile Yergunov had drunk five or six glasses of vodka; his heart felt lighter, and he longed to tell some extraordinary, wonderful story too, and to show that he, too, was a bold fellow and not afraid of anything.

“I’ll tell you what happened to us in Penza Province . . .” he began.

Either because he had

Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Volume 5 by Various Authors

Edited by Charles Dudley Warner.

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 158,233 / 453 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.4
LoC Categories: P, AC
Series: Library of the World’s Best Literature

Downloads: 1,621
Added to site: 2004.11.14 9180

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Short Story Collection

close of the war, the French Republic paid an indemnity of five milliards of francs, and ceded Alsace and Lorraine.

In giving the German people political unity Bismarck realized their strongest and deepest desire; and the feeling entertained toward him underwent a sudden revulsion. From 1862 to 1866 he had been the best hated man in Germany. The partial union of 1867–when, as he expressed it, Germany was “put in the saddle”–made him a national hero. The reconciliation with the people was the more complete because, at Bismarck’s suggestion, a German Parliament was created, elected by universal suffrage, and because the Prussian ministers (to the great indignation of their conservative supporters) asked the Prussian Deputies to grant them indemnity for their unconstitutional conduct of the government during the preceding four years. For the next ten years Bismarck had behind him, in Prussian and in German affairs, a substantial nationalist majority. At times, indeed, he had to restrain their zeal. In 1

Stories by Italian Authors by Anonymous


Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 33,019 / 100 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.5
LoC Category: PN

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hand, wriggled between people’s legs; hundreds of children, some on their own feet, some carried, some pushed, a whole world of little folk, hidden till then in the crowd, suddenly swarmed in one corner of the square; and how the women screamed! ‘Take care!–Make room!–Look out for my child!'”

“Presently there was another shout: ‘The women now! The women!’ and another shuffling up and settling down of the crowd. Then a third shout, louder than any of the others: ‘The army! The troops!’ this time. Then came the most indescribable agitation, but underneath it all a sense of order and rapidity; none of the ordinary confusion and delay; every one helped, made way, co-operated; the whole immense multitude seemed to be under orders. Gradually the disturbance ceased, the noise diminished, the gesticulation subsided; and looking about one saw that all the soldiers, women, and children in the crowd had disappeared as if by magic.

“There they all stood, on the right side of the square, divided into thre

The Holy Cross and Other Tales by Eugene Field

Author: Eugene Field
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,667 / 143 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.6
LoC Category: PS

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Added to site: 2007.06.12 17304

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east, whilst about his withered body and shrunken legs hung faded raiment which the elements had corroded and the thorns had grievously rent. And as he toiled along, the aged man continually groaned, and continually wrung his palsied hands, as if a sorrow, no lighter than his years, afflicted him.

“In whose name comest thou?” demanded the Father Miguel, advancing a space toward the stranger, but not in threatening wise; whereat the aged man stopped in his course and lifted his eyebrows, and regarded the Father a goodly time, but he spake no word.

“In whose name comest thou?” repeated the priestly man. “Upon these mountains have we lifted up the cross of our blessed Lord in the name of our sovereign liege, and here have we set down a tabernacle to the glory of the Virgin and of her ever-blessed son, our Redeemer and thine,–whoso thou mayest be!”

“Who is thy king I know not,” quoth the aged man, feebly; “but the shrine in yonder wall of rock I know; and by that symbol which I see therein,

The Home by Frederika Bremer

Author: Frederika Bremer
Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 151,467 / 434 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.2
LoC Category: PN

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Added to site: 2007.03.06 16208
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3 and 4 ought not properly to come together. Poor Leonore had a sickly childhood, and this rather, I believe, than nature, has given to her an unsteady and violent temper, and has unhappily sown the seeds of envy towards her more fortunate sisters. She is not deficient in deep feeling, but the understanding is sluggish, and it is extremely difficult for her to learn anything. All this promises no pleasure; rather the very opposite. The expression of her mouth, even in the uncomfortable time of teething, seemed to speak, “Let me be quiet!” It is hardly possible that she can be other than plain, but, with God’s help, I hope to make her good and happy.

“My beloved, plain child!” say I sometimes to her as I clasp her tenderly in my arms, for I would willingly reconcile her early to her fate.

No. 5.–But whatever will fate do with the nose of my Petrea? This nose is at present the most remarkable thing about her little person; and if it were not so large, she really would be a pretty child. We hope,

Cicely and Other Stories by Annie Fellows Johnston

Author: Annie Fellows Johnston
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,003 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.4
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 483
Added to site: 2006.09.08 14613
Genre: Short Story Collection

said madame, with another shrug. “I have feel for her because she was an orphan, and I take her in ze goodness of my heart. Behold how she repay me! Disappoint my customers, ruin my beesness!”

She was pointing to the stains and working herself up into a passion again, when Miss Balfour interrupted her.

“I should like to see the girl, madame. Will you please call her?”

Certainement! Willingly, mademoiselle! Ze plaisure shall be yours for to scold ze careless creature.”

Cicely heard and shivered. It had been hard enough to bear madame’s angry reproaches, but to have the added burden of Miss Balfour’s displeasure was more than she could endure–the displeasure of the only one who had smiled on her since she left Marcelle! A moment later madame confronted her, and Rhoda could hear the girl’s sobs.

“Oh, I can’t go in! Indeed I can’t, madame! It nearly kills me to think I have spoiled that lovely dress, and that she cannot go to-night after all. I wouldn’t have done it f

Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Volume 12 by Various Authors

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 147,055 / 426 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38.4
LoC Categories: PN, AC
Series: Library of the World’s Best Literature

Downloads: 871
Added to site: 2010.05.10 27673

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Short Story Collection

its remarkable counterpoise in a most practical tendency of mind. In the Encyclopædia the interests of agriculture and of all branches of manufacture were treated with great fullness; and the reform of feudal abuses lingering in the laws of France was vigorously urged in a style more practical than cyclopædic.

Diderot gave much attention to the drama, and his ‘Paradoxe sur le Comédien’ (Paradox on the Actor) is a valuable discussion. He is the father of the modern domestic drama. His influence upon the dramatic literature of Germany was direct and immediate; it appeared in the plays of Lessing and Schiller, and much of Lessing’s criticism was inspired by Diderot. His ‘Père de Famille’ (Family-Father) and ‘Le Fils Naturel’ (The Natural Son) marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the stage, in the midst of which we are now living. Breaking with the old traditions, Diderot abandoned the lofty themes of classic tragedy and portrayed the life of the bourgeoisie

Victorian Short Stories of Troubled Marriages by Various Authors

The Bronckhorst Divorce-Case, by Rudyard Kipling
Irremediable, by Ella D’Arcy
”A Poor Stick,” by Arthur Morrison
The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Prize Lodger, by George Gissing.

Author: Various Authors
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,970 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.7
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 645
Added to site: 2006.04.26 13486
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caught up and held loosely the new doctrine–it is a good and fitting thing that woman also should earn her bread by the sweat of her brow. Always in reference to the woman who, fifteen months before, had treated him ill; he had said to himself that even the breaking of stones in the road should be considered a more feminine employment than the breaking of hearts.

He gave way therefore to a movement of friendliness for this working daughter of the people, and joined her on the other side of the stile in token of his approval. She, twisting round to face him, leaned now with her back against the bar, and the sunset fires lent a fleeting glory to her face. Perhaps she guessed how becoming the light was, for she took off her hat and let it touch to gold the ends and fringes of her rough abundant hair. Thus and at this moment she made an agreeable picture, to which stood as background all the beautiful, wooded Southshire view.

‘You don’t really mean to say you are a tailoress?’ said Willoughby, wit