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Short Stories for English Courses

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Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 129,116 / 361 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,691
mnybks.net#: 371
Origin: gutenberg.org

Editor Rosa Mikels.

Contents: The first Christmas-tree -- A French tar-baby -- Sonny's christenin' -- Christmas night with Satan -- A nest-egg -- Wee Willie Winkie -- The gold bug -- The ransom of Red Chief -- The freshman full-back -- Gallegher -- The jumping frog -- The lady or the tiger? -- The outcasts of Poker Flat -- The revolt of "Mother" -- Marse Chan -- Posson Jone' -- Our aromatic uncle -- Quality -- The triumph of night -- A messenger -- Markheim.

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have exclaimed: "It is like a story!" When, then, scene is to furnish the dominant interest, plot and character become relatively insignificant and shadowy. "The pressure of the atmosphere," says Brander Matthews, holds our attention. The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe, is a story of this kind. It is the scene that affects us with dread and horror; we have no peace until we see the house swallowed up by the tarn, and have fled out of sight of the tarn itself. The plot is extremely slight, and the Lady Madeline and her unhappy brother hardly more than shadows.

It must not be supposed from the foregoing explanation that the three essentials of the short story are ever really divorced. They are happily blended in many of our finest stories. Nevertheless, analysis of any one of these will show that in the mind of the writer one purpose was pre-eminent. On this point Robert Louis Stevenson thus speaks: "There are, so far as I know, three ways and three only of writing a story. You may take

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