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17 Works of George Gissing

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The Foolish Virgin

Story type: Literature

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COMING down to breakfast, as usual, rather late, Miss Jewell was surprised to find several persons still at table. Their conversation ceased as she entered, and all eyes were directed to her with a look in which she discerned some special meaning. For several reasons she was in an irritable humour; the significant smiles, the […]

The Salt Of The Earth

Story type: Literature

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Strong and silent the tide of Thames flowed upward, and over it swept the morning tide of humanity. Through white autumnal mist yellow sunbeams flitted from shore to shore. The dome, the spires, the river frontages slowly unveiled and brightened: there was hope of a fair day. Not that it much concerned this throng of […]

The Pig And Whistle

Story type: Literature

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‘I possess a capital of thirty thousand pounds. One-third of this is invested in railway shares, which bear interest at three and a half per cent.; another third is in Government stock, and produces two and three-quarters per cent.; the rest is lent on mortgages, at three per cent. Calculate my income for the present […]

A Lodger In Maze Pond

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Harvey Munden had settled himself in a corner of the club smoking-room, with a cigar and a review. At eleven o’clock on a Saturday morning in August he might reasonably expect to be undisturbed. But behold, there entered a bore, a long-faced man with a yellow waistcoat, much dreaded by all the members; he stood […]

Fate And The Apothecary

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‘Farmiloe. Chemist by Examination.’ So did the good man proclaim himself to a suburb of a city in the West of England. It was one of those pretty, clean, fresh-coloured suburbs only to be found in the west; a few dainty little shops, everything about them bright or glistening, scattered among pleasant little houses with […]

Topham’s Chance

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CHAPTER I On a summer afternoon two surly men sat together in a London lodging. One of them occupied an easy-chair, smoked a cigarette, and read the newspaper; the other was seated at the table, with a mass of papers before him, on which he laboured as though correcting exercises. They were much of an […]

The Riding-Whip

Story type: Literature

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It was not easy for Mr. Daffy to leave his shop for the whole day, but an urgent affair called him to London, and he breakfasted early in order to catch the 8.30 train. On account of his asthma he had to allow himself plenty of time for the walk to the station; and all […]

A Charming Family

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‘I must be firm,’ said Miss Shepperson to herself, as she poured out her morning tea with tremulous hand. ‘I must really be very firm with them.’ Firmness was not the most legible characteristic of Miss Shepperson’s physiognomy. A plain woman of something more than thirty, she had gentle eyes, a twitching forehead, and lips […]

A Daughter Of The Lodge

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For a score of years the Rocketts had kept the lodge of Brent Hall. In the beginning Rockett was head gardener; his wife, the daughter of a shopkeeper, had never known domestic service, and performed her duties at the Hall gates with a certain modest dignity not displeasing to the stately persons upon whom she […]

Miss Rodney’s Leisure

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A young woman of about eight-and-twenty, in tailor-made costume, with unadorned hat of brown felt, and irreproachable umbrella; a young woman who walked faster than any one in Wattleborough, yet never looked hurried; who crossed a muddy street seemingly without a thought for her skirts, yet somehow was never splashed; who held up her head […]

The Scrupulous Father

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It was market day in the little town; at one o’clock a rustic company besieged the table of the Greyhound, lured by savoury odours and the frothing of amber ale. Apart from three frequenters of the ordinary, in a small room prepared for overflow, sat two persons of a different stamp–a middle-aged man, bald, meagre, […]

A Poor Gentleman

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It was in the drawing-room, after dinner. Mrs. Charman, the large and kindly hostess, sank into a chair beside her little friend Mrs. Loring, and sighed a question. ‘How do you like Mr. Tymperley?’ ‘Very nice. Just a little peculiar.’ ‘Oh, he is peculiar! Quite original. I wanted to tell you about him before we […]

Humplebee

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The school was assembled for evening prayers, some threescore boys representing for the most part the well-to-do middle class of a manufacturing county. At either end of the room glowed a pleasant fire, for it was February and the weather had turned to frost. Silence reigned, but on all the young faces turned to where […]

A Capitalist

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Among the men whom I saw occasionally at the little club in Mortimer Street,–and nowhere else,–was one who drew my attention before I had learnt his name or knew anything about him. Of middle age, in the fullness of health and vigour, but slenderly built; his face rather shrewd than intellectual, interesting rather than pleasing; […]

Christopherson

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It was twenty years ago, and on an evening in May. All day long there had been sunshine. Owing, doubtless, to the incident I am about to relate, the light and warmth of that long-vanished day live with me still; I can see the great white clouds that moved across the strip of sky before […]

The House Of Cobwebs

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It was five o’clock on a June morning. The dirty-buff blind of the lodging-house bedroom shone like cloth of gold as the sun’s unclouded rays poured through it, transforming all they illumined, so that things poor and mean seemed to share in the triumphant glory of new-born day. In the bed lay a young man […]

The Prize Lodger

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The ordinary West-End Londoner–who is a citizen of no city at all, but dwells amid a mere conglomerate of houses at a certain distance from Charing Cross–has known a fleeting surprise when, by rare chance, his eye fell upon the name of some such newspaper as the Battersea Times, the Camberwell Mercury, or the Islington […]