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Excerpts from Roughing It
Twain recounts his time looking for work in the West in this semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
'Enemies from Within' Speech
Senator Joseph McCarthy
In Senator Joseph McCarthy’s most famous speech, he condemns the threat of communism and accuses the state department of communist infiltration.
The Taming of the Shrew-Induction 1.12
In this Gary Soto poem, the speaker describes what he would do for his love.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
Down the Rabbit Hole
In the opening chapter from Carroll's classic novel, Alice follows the frantic White Rabbit down into a fantasy world.
A Defenseless Creature
A desperate woman enters a bank with an urgent — yet ridiculous — request.
In this absurd comedy, a Russian official's nose mysteriously departs from his face and then parades about town.
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
Swift uses humor to show that even decorated generals cannot fight off death.
Hermann the Irascible
A king living during the Edwardian Era makes it mandatory for women to vote in every election.
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
The Onion Staff
In this humorous article, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.
Natural Selection Kills 38 Quadrillion Organisms in Bloodiest Day Yet
The Onion Staff
In this humorous faux news story, natural selection is personified as an unfeeling serial killer lacking in empathy.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"