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“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.
God Sees the Truth, But Waits
Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude
A man is sent to prison after he is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc
Charles Boardman Hawes
A man makes an unlikely friend in a dog who has been feared by an entire town.
The Water of Life
A king employs the services of a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the affections of a beautiful princess.
Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
This classic myth tells the story of Orpheus’s trip to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife, Eurydice.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
The Two Brothers
Two brothers trying to live charitably react very differently when they stumble into a fortune.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores
This informational text recounts the fateful meeting between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors that led to the fall of the former’s civilization.