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Short Stories

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20 min read

Mrs. Manstey's View

The only pleasure in the life of a lonely widow is the dismal view from her third floor New York boarding house.

5 min read

The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

A mother goat leaves her seven kids at home alone... are they smart enough to outwit a visiting wolf?

7 min read

The Byzantine Omelette

Socialist principles come in conflict with the demands of high society.

1 min read

The Fox and The Crow

Classic fable. Moral: Do not trust flatterers.

6 min read

Bank Holiday

A literary sketch of a bank holiday fair.

1 min read


On my first day at the new job I scanned my whole body and could not find a nameI felt like a biblical error, I had to lie downEtiquette says a young widow...

13 min read

The Devil

An avaricious farmer makes arangements to have his dying mother looked after so he can get his crop in.

19 min read

Told in the Drooling Ward

An excerpt from the life of a resident at a Californian mental institution. Told in the first person, the story offers a glimpse through ano

2 min read

Emma Wants to be a Tree

“I want to be a tree,” said Emma one day.“Then take your magic nickel and be a tree,” said her mother.Emma got her magic nickel and went outside.She looked...

9 min read

"What You Want"

A man rich enough to despise everything that money can buy goes out and tries to want something that he can't pay for.

4 min read

Hermann the Irascible

A newly imported King of England finds a harsh - but effective - way of dealing with the country's feminists.

29 min read

The Yellow Wallpaper

Classic first-person account of a woman's descent into madness.

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