Strange Stories

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Author: Grant Allen
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 119,841 / 342 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,729
Added to site: 2012.01.18
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when he was playing tennis his athletic quick limbs and his really handsome build took away greatly from the general impression of an inferior race. His voice was of the ordinary Oxford type, open, pleasant, and refined, with a certain easy-going air of natural gentility, hardly marred by just the faintest tinge of the thick negro blur in the broad vowels. When he talked to Ethel--and the vicar's wife took good care that they should talk together a great deal--his conversation was of a sort that she seldom heard at Walton Magna. It was full of London and Oxford, of boat-races at Iffley and cricket matches at Lord's; of people and books whose very names Ethel had never heard--one of them was a Mr. Mill, she thought, and another a Mr. Aristotle--but which she felt vaguely to be one step higher in the intellectual scale than her own level. Then his friends, to whom he alluded casually, not like one who airs his grand acquaintances, were such very distinguished people. There was a real live lord, apparently, at

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* THE REVEREND JOHN CREEDY
o You fall in love with this reverend.
o A good man now.
o There are secrets in his past.
o Can you keep your husband from returning to his roots?

* DR. GREATREX'S ENGAGEMENT
o Have you ever read the symptoms of a condition and become absolutely sure you have that disease?
o What if you are a Doctor and constantly read such descriptions?
o You may be going mad, maybe.
o Could a new scientific break-through save you or kill you?

* MR. CHUNG
o You made a friend of a Chinese government official.
o His fear and yours, is that he may be recalled to China.
o This would have sad consequences for you, and critical ones for him.

* THE CURATE OF CHURNSIDE
o A religious man, with a compassion for all, but an eye on murder.

* AN EPISODE IN HIGH LIFE
o A man, a lovely mother, her pretty daughter and the maid.
o Class problems abide.

* MY NEW YEAR'S EVE AMONG THE MUMMIES
o What if you find a secret entrance to the pyramid.
o What if you stumble upon a living race of Egyptians inside.
o What if they are only alive for a day?
o What if you fall in love?

* THE FOUNDERING OF THE 'FORTUNA'
o The FORTUNA, a ship.
o Revenge for mistrust.
o Thief vs thief, greed vs revenge.

* THE BACKSLIDER
o You are sent from your rather strict church to get an education and take over the church on your return.
o But college has made you wonder.
o You start backsliding.

* THE MYSTERIOUS OCCURRENCE IN PICCADILLY
o You see an apparition, your professor, and he seems out of sorts.
o Your professor, sees a similar occurrence.
o You and your professor are miles apart at the time.
o He believes in the cult, you don't, at the moment.

* CARVALHO
o A young English girl back from the West Indies.
o She falls in love with Mr.
CARVALHO.
o He finds out she has Jamaican blood.
o Love, race and class, what will he do?

* PAUSODYNE
o A chemical discovery.
o You create a powerful antiseptic in the 18th century.
o There is an accident.
o You wake up quite a time later, quite a time later.

* THE EMPRESS OF ANDORRA
o A town that wants to resurrect the governing tenants of the Roman Empire.
o It sounds good to you, as the town clerk.
o Now you need to get the towns people and the rest of the world to go along.
o You have grand plans for yourself.
o After all, what could go wrong?

* THE SENIOR PROCTOR'S WOOING
o An Oxford bachelor Professor.
o An American beauty.
o Who will conquer who?

* THE CHILD OF THE PHALANSTERY
o A PHALANSTERY, much like a commune.
o There is a dilemma centered on the desire for physical sameness.
o A crippled child is born and may be released, if nothing can be done.
o Releasing is a more polite word for the final solution?

* OUR SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS ON A GHOST
o A ghost is indignant as to your belief in his existence.
o So much so, that he will let you and your friend take scientific notes and measurements.
o Can this work out well?

* RAM DAS OF CAWNPORE
o A story told by an old servant.


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