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The Sister’s Expostulation on the Brother’s learning Latin

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Once you liked to play with me. Now you leave me all alone, and are so conceited grown with your Latin, you'll scarce look upon any English book.

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The Spectre Coach

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Then, all of a sudden, the gates swung back with a terrible clang, and there issued as strange a procession as Tom’s, or indeed mortal’s, eyes ever set on.

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The Story of Sir Bertrand

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Sir Bertrand was now in total darkness; and, with his arms extended, began to ascend the stair-case. A dead cold hand met his left hand, and firmly grasped it, drawing him forcibly forward.

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The Story of the Three Bears

And then Goldenlocks lay down upon the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear; and that was neither too high at the head nor at the foot, but just right. So she covered herself up comfortably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep.

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The Taming of the Shrew

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Church Mouse thought it was her Beloved Spouse, so she flew at him, scratched him, and Banged him Right and Left before he knew where he was.

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The Tavistock Witch

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The boy, forgetting himself in a moment of alarm, was heard to exclaim: ‘Run, granny, run; run for your life!’

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The Teeny Tiny Woman

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One night when the Teeny Tiny Woman was in her teeny tiny bed she heard a noise. Up she jumped from her teeny tiny bed and lighted her teeny tiny candle.

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The Three Bears

Silver-Locks peeped in, and soon found the place was empty; so the saucy puss made up her mind to go in boldly.

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The Three Fools

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‘If Jane had a child,’ said he to himself, ‘who knows but that one day it might play about here and fall in and be killed?’

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The Tulip Fairies

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There lived an old woman who possessed a very pretty garden, wherein she cultivated a most beautiful bed of tulips. The pixies, so delighted in this spot, would carry their elfin babes thither, and sing them to rest.

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The White Lady

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The old woman had not gone far, when great was her alarm at perceiving, advancing at full pace, a headless horse, bearing a black and grim rider, with horns sprouting from under a little jockey-cap.

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The Wolf and The Lamb

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‘What do you mean,’ said the Wolf, glaring upon the Lamb with his fierce eyes, ‘by taking up so much of the path where I am walking?’

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The Wolves and the Sick Ass

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‘Oh, gently! gently!’ replied the Ass, as the Wolves proceeded to feel his pulse.

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Trial of Kate Webster: Discovery of the Crime, and Kate Webster’s past

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Prior to March, 1879, Kate Webster, save to the very few, was utterly unknown; then suddenly the public learned that living in their midst was the grimmest of grim personalities, a character so uniquely sinister and barbaric as to be hardly human.

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Unity is Strenght

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‘Writer,’ screamed the Ink above his liquid, ‘Writer, which does the Most work, the Pen or Me?’

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Written in the First Leaf of a Child’s Memorandum Book

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My writing, all misshaped, uneven as my mind, within this narrow space can hardly be confined.

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Wybrand Lolkes, the Dutch Dwarf

His trade of a watch-maker however failing, Wybrand Lolkes came to the resolution of exhibiting his person publicly as a show; and by attending the several Dutch fairs obtained a handsome competency.

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