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Vol. 10, No. 4 Contents

The Necklace  by GUY DE MAUPASSANT

12 January 2011
fiction, short story, classic

She was one of those pretty and charming girls, born by a blunder of destiny in a family of employees. She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known, understood, loved, married by a man rich and distinguished; and she let them make a match for her with a little clerk in the Department of Education.

She was simple since she could not be adorned; but she was unhappy as though kept out of her own class; for women have no caste and no descent, their beauty, their grace, and their charm serving them instead of birth and fortune. Their native keenness, their instinctive elegance, their flexibility of mind, are their only hierarchy; and these make the daughters of the people the equals of the most lofty dames.


12 November 2010
fiction, short story, classic

All the same, we cling to our last pleasures as the tree clings to its last leaves. So there sat old Woodifield, smoking a cigar and staring almost greedily at the boss, who rolled in his office chair, stout, rosy, five years older than he, and still going strong, still at the helm. It did one good to see him.

Wistfully, admiringly, the old voice added, "It's snug in here, upon my word!"

What Kind of Mysterious Orphan Are You?  by BRADLEY PAUL

21 November 2011

With your Amish clothes

and your bakelite eyes.

Your towhead and your devil caw.

Your overenunciation.

What Kind of Slow Creeping Death Are You?  by BRADLEY PAUL

22 November 2011

Takes the Scotch out of your tape,

the plaid out of your shirt,

the poodle off of your skirt.

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