If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned...Read More
When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little—a very, very little crevice in the lante...Read More
Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. Never before ...Read More
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Poe was born at Boston in 1809, and left an orphan while still in his infancy. He was adopted by a tobacco ...Read More
The snake had not moved, and appeared somewhat to have lost its power upon the imagination; the gorgeous illusions of a few moments before were not...Read More
Brayton lifted his right foot free of the floor to step backward. That moment he felt a strong aversion to doing so.
“I am accounted br...Read More
Beyond a smart shock of surprise and a shudder of mere loathing, Mr. Brayton was not greatly affected. His first thought was to ring the call bell ...Read More
A snake in a. bedroom of a modern city dwelling of the better sort is, happily, not so common a phenomenon as to make explanation altogether needle...Read More
Ambrose Bierce (1839-1914)
Bierce was born in Ohio in 1839. He served as an officer in the Civil War, and in 1866 went to California, s...Read More
There is no land without its story-tellers, and in the dawn of Hellenic civilization we find the half-legendary author o...Read More
After a hardworking month or year, the normal thing is to think of a way to relax. Many and different the ways are but...Read More
But, ugh! it was impossible for me to think that, for cold drops of rain were dripping down upon me, the woman was pressing close to me, her warm b...Read More
I felt really wretched more from cold than from the words of my neighbor. I groaned softly and ground my teeth.
Almost at the same moment...Read More
He had a vest which cost fifteen rubles and boots with dress tops. For these reasons she had fallen in love with him, and he became her “creditor...Read More
Our position beneath the shelter of the skiff was utterly devoid of comfort; it was narrow and damp, tiny cold drops of rain dribbled through the d...Read More
In a monotonous tone she set about calculating our discoveries.
“A basketful of bottles thick furs a sunshade an iron pail.”<... Read More
The girl looked at me, and the terror in her eyes gradually died out.
She shook the sand from her hands, adjusted her cotton head-gear, cowered ...
The evening was approaching, the rain was falling, and the wind blew violently from the north. It whistled in the empty booths and shops, blew into...Read More
Maxim Gorky (1868-1936)
Alexei Maximovitch Pyeshkov, known as Gorky, which signifies “bitter,” was born at Nijni Novgorod in 1868. ...Read More
During the intermission before the second half, I questioned my aunt and found that the “Prize Song” was not new to her. Some years before ther...Read More
The overture closed, my aunt released my coat sleeve, but she said nothing. She sat staring dully at the orchestra. What, I wondered, did she get f...Read More
The matinee audience was made up chiefly of women. One lost the contour of faces and figures, indeed any effect of line whatever, and there was onl...Read More
When my aunt appeared on the morning after her arrival in Boston, she was still in a semi-somnambulant state. She seemed not to realize that she wa...Read More