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Paul Negri

Great English Short Stories

The delighted wonder surrounding a cat that has learned to talk quickly turns to dismay when the feline's conversation involves the scandalous remarks he's overheard. “Tobermory” abounds in the irony for which its author, Saki, is well known and admired. Along with the other short stories in this first-rate anthology, it showcases the talents of a renowned British writer.Other stories include Anthony Trollope's «The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne,” a subtle study of the psychological cost of maintaining self-esteem; Thomas Hardy's «The Fiddler of the Reels,” in which a village girl is seduced by the beguiling melodies of a diabolical musician; and M. R. James's «Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad,” the tale of a vacationing professor who conjures up the unexpected with an artifact from a ruined medieval church. “The Haunted House,” by Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling's story of a golden-haired ghost, “The Phantom 'Rickshaw,” also venture into the supernatural. Additional selections include D. H. Lawrence's “The Prussian Officer,” H. G. Wells's «Under the Knife,” and Robert Louis Stevenson's «A Lodging for the Night,” plus stories by John Galsworthy, Wilkie Collins, and others.
382 printed pages
Original publication
2012

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    b5512132063has quoted2 months ago
    As I walked away among such leaves as had already fallen from the golden, brown, and russet trees; and as I looked around me on the wonders of Creation, and thought of the steady, unchanging, and harmonious laws by which they are sustained; the gentleman’s spiritual intercourse seemed to me as poor a piece of journey-work as ever this world saw.
    b5512132063has quoted2 months ago
    By that time it was a beautiful morning. As I walked away among such leaves as had already fallen from the golden, brown, and russet trees; and as I looked around me on the wonders of Creation, and thought of the steady, unchanging, and harmonious laws by which they are sustained; the gentleman’s spiritual intercourse seemed to me as poor a piece of journey-work as ever this world saw. In which heathen state of mind, I came within view of the house, and stopped to examine it attentively.

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