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Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1899
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,658 1068

The Moral Principle and the Material Interest
The Crimson Candle
The Blotted Escutcheon and the Soiled Ermine
The Ingenious Patriot
Two Kings
An Officer and a Thug
The Conscientious Official
How Leisure Came
The Moral Sen

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you get off into the water."

It occurred that way.

The Crimson Candle

A MAN lying at the point of death called his wife to his bedside and said:

"I am about to leave you forever; give me, therefore, one last proof of your affection and fidelity, for, according to our holy religion, a married man seeking admittance at the gate of Heaven is required to swear that he has never defiled himself with an unworthy woman. In my desk you will find a crimson candle, which has been blessed by the High Priest and has a peculiar mystical significance. Swear to me that while it is in existence you will not remarry."

The Woman swore and the Man died. At the funeral the Woman stood at the head of the bier, holding a lighted crimson candle till it was wasted entirely away.

The Blotted Escutcheon and the Soiled Ermine

A BLOTTED Escutcheon, rising to a question of privilege, said:

"Mr. Speaker, I wish to hurl back an allegation and explain that the spot

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
Lisa Carr

It took me a few weeks to read this; a little goes a very long way. These are 248 cynical fables, many only a paragraph or two long, some commenting on events now so obscure that the points of the pieces are puzzling.
A keen wit and an acid pen can be very tiring.



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