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The Lock and Key Library: Classic Mystery and Detective Stories

Old Time English

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Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 130,768 / 368 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,260 268

The Haunted House, by Charles Dickens
No. I Branch Line: The Signal Man, by Dickens
The Haunted and the Haunters, by E G Bulwer-Lytton
The House and the Brain, by Edward G Bulwer-Lytton
The Incantation, by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The Avenger, Thomas de Quincey
Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Rober Maturin
A Mystery with a Moral, Laurence Sterne
On Being Found Out, by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Notch on the Ax by William Makepeace Thackeray
Bourgonef, by Anonymous
The Closed Cabinet, by Anonymous

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the night, also, the following phenomena had occurred. Bishop Butler had insisted on spelling his name, "Bubler," for which offence against orthography and good manners he had been dismissed as out of temper. John Milton (suspected of wilful mystification) had repudiated the authorship of Paradise Lost, and had introduced, as joint authors of that poem, two Unknown gentlemen, respectively named Grungers and Scadgingtone. And Prince Arthur, nephew of King John of England, had described himself as tolerably comfortable in the seventh circle, where he was learning to paint on velvet, under the direction of Mrs. Trimmer and Mary Queen of Scots.

If this should meet the eye of the gentleman who favored me with these disclosures, I trust he will excuse my confessing that the sight of the rising sun, and the contemplation of the magnificent Order of the vast Universe, made me impatient of them. In a word, I was so impatient of them, that I was mightily glad to get out at the next station, and to exchange these



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