Friends by Myra Kelly

“My mamma,” reported Morris Mowgelewsky, choosing a quiet moment during a writing period to engage his teacher’s attention, “my mamma likes you shall come on mine house for see her.” “Very well, dear,” answered Miss Bailey with a patience born of many such messages from the parents of her small charges. “I think I shall …

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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. …

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Hopes by Fredrika Bremer

I had a peculiar method of wandering without very much pain along the stormy path of life. Although, in a physical as well as in a moral sense, I wandered almost barefoot,-I HOPED, hoped from day to day; in the morning my hopes rested on evening, in the evening on the morning; in the autumn; …

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Two Friends by Alexander Kielland

No one could understand where he got his money from. But the person who marvelled most at the dashing and luxurious life led by Alphonse was his quondam friend and partner. After they dissolved partnership, most of the custom and the best connection passed by degrees into Charles’s hands. This was not because he in …

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The Deposition by Luigi Capuana

“I know nothing at all about it, your honor!” “Nothing at all? How can that be? It all happened within fifty yards of your shop.” “‘Nothing at all,’ I said, … in an off-hand way; but really, next to nothing. I am a barber, your honor, and Heaven be praised! I have custom enough to …

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