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Zona Gale

(1874 - 1938)

The Last Word

Eighty years buried somewhere in my bones, I can only see the world moving along in monotones. The wisdom comes too late, and the fools mourn the blindness of their youth. I have lived the utter...

1 min read · Rating: G · Read story

White Bread

Mis' Tyrus Burns offered her receipt for filled cookies, and Mis' Jane Mellish sat by the serving-pantry door. Jane told Grandma Mellish about the book and the new church carpet, but the girl...

42 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Way the World Is

Nicholas saw The New Lady's house marked by a row of poplars outside the fence and went by it. There she saw his tragedy, the loneliness which his shyness masked as some constant plight of...

18 min read · Rating: G · Read story

The Dance

After breakfast one morning Peleas and I were standing at the drawing-room window watching a snowstorm. Nichola came to and rolled her eyes naturally, and I kept Peleas in the kitchen while I...

24 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Success and Artie Cherry

Artie Cherry appeared, wore gray clothes, and Wooden followed him admiringly. Lulu accepted his silver cigar-case without looking at him. Artie Cherry went home early that evening and felt glad. He...

29 min read · Rating: PG · Read story


HEMPEL watched the hands of the clock make all the motions of the hour, and he fixed his mind on the women. But his wife alarmed him by laughing softly and long, and then abruptly kissing him, and...

13 min read · Rating: G · Read story