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During a dinner conversation concerning the relative cruelty of capital punishment and life imprisonment, a banker and a lawyer make a bet.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A woman hears news of her husband's death.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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The events surrounding the birth of a child - the father a member of an important Louisiana family; the mother a woman found abandoned as a baby.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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An unusually young ship's captain lets a stranger aboard his ship - a stranger who appears from the sea in the night. But an unusual bond forms between the two men.
- Length: 43 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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By a stagnant lagoon, as his love lies dying, Arsat tells the story of their meeting and the price he had to pay to be with her.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A young girl falls in love with a mysterious stranger, shipwrecked in the bay near her village.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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When Squire Petrick's dying wife admits that their new born child is not his, he takes steps to see that the boy is disinherited - but soon begins to regret his decision.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A poor woman borrows a necklace from a rich friend. Classic twisty tale.
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Tender portrait of a man known as Wing Biddlebaum who's hands have played a particularly significant role in his life.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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On an island in a Nabraskan river, six boys build their last watch fire of the year and tell stories of extinct civilisations.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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The narrator's entrance into the afterlife is used to frame a story highlighting the pitiful conditions of one girl's working life.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
4 Stars
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A semi-barbaric king devises a semi-barabaric (but entirely fair) method of criminal trial involving two doors, a beautiful lady and a very hungry tiger.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Classic first-person account of a woman's descent into madness.
- Length: 21 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A penniless man is bet that he can't survive for a month - starting and ending with nothing but an implausible, but real, £1,000,000 note. Trading Places, Brewster's Millions. . . . .
- Length: 22 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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The story - so fully realised that many took it to be true - of a young soldier who curses his country and is sentenced never to set foot in it again.
- Length: 25 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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