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Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories

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...

Herbert George Wells – The Magic Shop

I had seen the Magic Shop from afar several times; I had passed it once or twice, a shop window of alluring little objects,...

Robert E. Howard – The One Black Stain

They carried him out on the barren sand where the rebel captains died; Where the grim gray rotting gibbets stand as Magellan reared them on the strand, And...

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