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The Bruised Reed

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Richard Sibbes


Richard Sibbes was a Puritan pastor and theologian in the 17th century. His best known work, The Bruised Reed, is based on a Scripture verse…

Chapter I

In Aunt Jane's Hero

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Elizabeth Prentiss


Aunt Jane is a good and loving woman, important to everyone except herself, always willing to give good advice. Her "hero", Horace…

09 - On Buttons

In Observations of an Orderly

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Ward Muir


Ward Muir brings us into the heart of an English war hospital, describing scenes of cleanliness, triumph, order and sadness. Through the eye…

Great City Snobs

In The Book of Snobs

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W M Thackeray and William Makepeace Thackeray


The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write t…

Chapter XXX

In The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate

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Eliza P. Donner Houghton


The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the "westering fever" of the 1840s. After becoming…