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The Monster

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Author: Stephen Crane
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,061 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 948
Added to site: 2008.12.16
mnybks.net#: 22883
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to regard this as an event of importance.

On a particular evening a rather large company of young men were gathered on the sidewalk that edged the park. They remained thus beyond the borders of the festivities because of their dignity, which would not exactly allow them to appear in anything which was so much fun for the younger lads. These latter were careering madly through the crowd, precipitating minor accidents from time to time, but usually fleeing like mist swept by the wind before retribution could lay its hands upon them.

The band played a waltz which involved a gift of prominence to the bass horn, and one of the young men on the sidewalk said that the music reminded him of the new engines on the hill pumping water into the reservoir. A similarity of this kind was not inconceivable, but the young man did not say it because he disliked the band's playing. He said it because it was fashionable to say that manner of thing concerning the band. However, over in the stand, Billie Harris, who

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2014.10.16
Lisa Carr
*****

A great horror story. Some of the racist language (common at the time,) is off-putting, but the story of a kind black man who saves a doctor's son in a fire is absorbing and wrenching.
If everyone agrees, is it acceptable to be cruel?


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