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Excerpt from Bleak House
In this excerpt from Bleak House, a man asks the narrator to pay his debt.
Excerpt from Song of the Lark
A young girl helps her aunt prepare for her roles in plays.
Welcome to the Underworld
Michael A. Signal
Hermes, messenger of the gods, gives a tour of the Underworld.
Excerpt from Heart of Darkness
A seaman imagines what it must have been like for the Romans who first came to England.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
H. Berkeley Score
A Crocodile and an Elephant attempt to find out which is the better animal.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
Excerpt from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus
An explorer describes his voyage before bringing Victor Frankenstein on his ship.
Excerpt from Tess of the d’Urbervilles
A man encounters someone who reveals a surprising fact about his family ancestry.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
A boy and his baby-sitter play games during a thunderstorm.
Impossible to Train
Three characters discuss training their pets.
A boy wants to be named the most valuable player during his basketball team’s championship game.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.
The Tyrant Who Became a Just Ruler
Maude Barrows Dutton
A cruel ruler decides to be fair to his people.
The White Nights of Ramadan
A Muslim family celebrates Girgian in the middle of the month of Ramadan.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
In this excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius discuss Caesar’s abilities as a leader.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.