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The Bees Are Born

The Bees Are Born

Long ago, when the world was young, two villages sat on either side of a hill in the southern mountains of Spain. The people of the villages never climbed the hill. They lived separately and unaware of each other for many, many years. One day an old wise man was hiking through the mountains to [&.....

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Lost Hearts

Lost Hearts

It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the heart of Lincolnshire. The little boy who was the only passenger in the chaise, and who jumped out as soon as it had stopped, looked about him with […]

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The Postmaster

The Postmaster

Who has not cursed postmasters, who have not quarreled with them? Who, in a moment of anger, has not demanded from them the fatal book in order to record in it unavailing complaints of their extortions, rudeness, and unpunctuality? Who does not look upon them as monsters of the human race, equal .....

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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, .....

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The Christmas Tree And The Wedding

The Christmas Tree And The Wedding

The other day I saw a wedding… But no! I would rather tell you about a Christmas tree. The wedding was superb. I liked it immensely. But the other incident was still finer. I don’t know why it is that the sight of the wedding reminded me of the Christmas tree. This is the way [&hellip.....

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The Language Of The Chelm

The Language Of The Chelm

Long ago in the village of Chelm, there lived the happiest people on Earth. The people of Chelm were happy because they were wise at least that is what they believed. In fact, they believed they were among the wisest people anywhere, and they didn’t care that other people sometimes called t.....

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The Blessed Goat (A Russian Tale)

The Blessed Goat (A Russian Tale)

The Blessed Goat (A Russian Tale) Once upon a time a poor old man and woman-owned a goat. They loved their goat as if he were a child, for they had no children of their own. People talked about the old man and woman behind their backs. “Fools,” they whispered, “treating a goat a.....

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To Build A Fire

To Build A Fire

Day had broken cold and grey, exceedingly cold and grey, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth- bank, where a dim and little-traveled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing t.....

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A School Story

A School Story

A School Story by M.R. James Two men in a smoking-room were talking of their private-school days. ‘At our school,’ said A., ‘we had a ghost’s footmark on the staircase. What was it like? Oh, very unconvincing. Just the shape of a shoe, with a square toe, if I remember right. The staircase.....

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The Overcoat

The Overcoat

In the department of but it is better not to mention the department. There is nothing more irritable than departments, regiments, courts of justice, and, in a word, every branch of public service. Each individual attached to them nowadays thinks all society insulted in his person. Quite recently .....

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A Case Of Desertion

A Case Of Desertion

The sun was just rising as the small tub-like steamer, or, to be more correct, steam-barge, the Bulldog, steamed past the sleeping town of Gravesend at a good six knots per hour. There had been a little discussion on the way between her crew and the engineer, who, down in his grimy little engine-.....

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Love, Faith And Hope

Love, Faith And Hope

He loved. According to his passport, he was called Max Z. But as it was stated in the same passport that he had no special peculiarities about his features, I prefer to call him Mr. N+1. He represented a long line of young men who possess wavy, disheveled locks, straight, bold, and open looks, we.....

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