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Archives for October, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay on Self-Reliance

What is self-reliance and why is it important? Here’s a short video on self-reliance: One of America’s greatest writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote extensively on self-reliance. Read and listen to his essay: SELF-RELIANCE. “Ne te quaesiveris extra.” “Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands […]

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Part 5, The End of It

STAVE V: THE END OF IT YES! and the bedpost was his own. The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in! “I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled […]

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Part 4, The Last of the Three Spirits

STAVE IV: THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS THE Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, […]

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Part 3,The Second of the Three Spirits

STAVE III: THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS AWAKING in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One. He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right […]

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Part 2, The First of the Three Spirits

STAVE II: THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS WHEN Scrooge awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber. He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four […]

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Part 1, Marley’s Ghost

A Christmas Carol (dramatic reading) Charles DICKENS (1812 – 1870) A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 17 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts […]

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The Tempest: Act V

ACT V. SCENE I. _Before the cell of Prospero._ _Enter PROSPERO in his magic robes, and ARIEL._ _Pros._ Now does my project gather to a head: My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time Goes upright with his carriage. How’s the day? _Ari._ On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord, You said […]

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The Tempest: Act IV

ACT IV. SCENE I. _Before PROSPERO’S cell._ _Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA._ _Pros._ If I have too austerely punish’d you, Your compensation makes amends; for I Have given you here a third of mine own life, Or that for which I live; who once again I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations 5 Were […]

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The Tempest: Act III

ACT III. SCENE I. _Before PROSPERO’S cell._ _Enter FERDINAND, bearing a log._ _Fer._ There be some sports are painful, and their labour Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters Point to rich ends. This my mean task Would be as heavy to me as odious, but […]

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The Tempest: Act II

ACT II. SCENE I. _Another part of the island._ _Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others._ _Gon._ Beseech you, sir, be merry; you have cause, So have we all, of joy; for our escape Is much beyond our loss. Our hint of woe Is common; every day, some sailor’s wife, The masters of […]

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