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Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories

Joseph Conrad – The Lagoon

The white man, leaning with both arms over the roof of the little house in the stern of the boat, said to the steersman-- "We...

Gertrude Stein – Every Afternoon: a Dialogue

I get up. So do you get up. We are pleased with each other. Why are you. Because we are hopeful. Have you any reason to be. We have reason...

H.G. Wells – The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

The buying of orchids always has in it a certain speculative flavour. You have before you the brown shrivelled lump of tissue, and for...

Saki – The Open Window

"My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel," said a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen; "in the meantime you must try and put...

Fitz-James O’Brien – A Soldier’s Letter

A Soldier’s Letter January 20, 1862 With the head of a drum for my desk, I sit on a southern slope, While the sunlight streaks the apples...

George Moore – Alms-Giving

As I searched for a penny it began to rain. The blind man opened a parcel and I saw that it contained a small...

Virginia Woolf – Blue & Green

GREEN The ported fingers of glass hang downwards. The light slides down the glass, and drops a pool of green. All day long the ten...

F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Baby Party

When John Andros felt old he found solace in the thought of life continuing through his child. The dark trumpets of oblivion were less...

Herman Melville – The ‘Gees

In relating to my friends various passages of my sea-goings I have at times had occasion to allude to that singular people the 'Gees,...

Seumas O’Kelly – The Derelict

He Boss of The Golden Barque was very pleased when he was able to resume business on her deck. He was likewise pleased that...

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Antonia Buizza – Friends

“What time is it?” “A quarter to nine already”. “What shall we do? Shall we order?” “I would say yes. I think we have waited too long...