How the Camel got its Hump – Rudyard Kipling

In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he was a Howler himself. So he ate sticksContinue reading “How the Camel got its Hump – Rudyard Kipling”

The Doll’s House – Katherine Mansfield

WHEN dear old Mrs. Hay went back to town after staying with the Burnells she sent the children a doll’s house. It was so big that the carter and Pat carried it into the courtyard, and there it stayed, propped up on two wooden boxes beside the feed-room door. No harm could come to it;Continue reading “The Doll’s House – Katherine Mansfield”

Cousin Tribulation’s Story – Louisa May Alcott

Dear Merrys:–As a subject appropriate to the season, I want to tell you about a New Year’s breakfast which I had when I was a little girl. What do you think it was? A slice of dry bread and an apple. This is how it happened, and it is a true story, every word. AsContinue reading “Cousin Tribulation’s Story – Louisa May Alcott”

The Laughing Hippopotamus – L Frank Baum

On one of the upper branches of the Congo river lived an ancient and aristocratic family of hippopotamuses, which boasted a pedigree dating back beyond the days of Noah–beyond the existence of mankind–far into the dim ages when the world was new. They had always lived upon the banks of this same river, so thatContinue reading “The Laughing Hippopotamus – L Frank Baum”

The Shoemaker and The Devil – Anton Chekhov

IT was Christmas Eve. Marya had long been snoring on the stove; all the paraffin in the little lamp had burnt out, but Fyodor Nilov still sat at work. He would long ago have flung aside his work and gone out into the street, but a customer from Kolokolny Lane, who had a fortnight beforeContinue reading “The Shoemaker and The Devil – Anton Chekhov”

Symbols & Signs – Vladimir Nabokov

IFor the fourth time in as many years they were confronted with the problem of what birthday present tobring a young man who was incurably deranged in his mind. He had no desires. Man-made objects were to himeither hives of evil, vibrant with a malignant activity that he alone could perceive, or gross comforts forContinue reading “Symbols & Signs – Vladimir Nabokov”

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday. SeaContinue reading “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings – Gabriel Garcia Marquez”

Speech Sounds – Octavia Butler

There was trouble aboard the Washington Boulevard bus. Rye had expectedtrouble sooner or later in her journey. She had put off going until loneliness andhopelessness drove her out. She believed she might have one group of relatives left aliveā€”a brother and his two children twenty miles away in Pasadena. That was aday’s journey one-way, ifContinue reading “Speech Sounds – Octavia Butler”

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