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Assignment - Bangkok
He could neither stand nor sit nor lie down.
Assignment - Lili Lamaris
Durell flew from New York via an Alitalia airliner directly to the Ciampino Airport outside of Rome.
Assignment - Sumatra
"Don't touch me," Lydia said.
Mark drove the Cadillac right into town.
The man in the mask struggled in the darkness of his nonidentity.
Assignment--The Girl in the Gondola
He was dying.
Assignment--White Rajah
Durell ran and fell and picked himself up and ran again.
I Can't Stop Running
The light bothered him.
 Will B Aarons
Assignment - 13th Princess
Durell thought he must be dreaming.
Assignment--Death Ship
Durell squinted into the Caribbean glare, searching the distance where the stricken liner Sun Rover could be expected to emerge from its shroud of salt haze.
With The Turks In Palestine
Titirty-five years ago, the impulse which has since been organized as the Zionist Movement led my parents to leave their homes in Roumania and emigrate to Palestine, where they joined a number of other Jewish pioneers in founding Zicron-Jacob-a little village lying just south of Mount Carmel, in that fertile coastal region close to the ancient Plains of Armageddon.
Abbott older-medium
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
Fairy Prince
In my father's house were many fancies.
Little Eve Edgarton
"But you live like such a fool - of course you're bored!" drawled the Older Man, rummaging listlessly through his pockets for the ever-elusive match.
Molly Make-Believe
The morning was as dark and cold as city snow could make it - a dingy whirl at the window; a smoky gust through the fire-place; a shadow black as a bear's cave under the table.
Peace On Earth Good Will To Dogs
If you don't like Christmas stories, don't read this one!
Rainy Week
In the changes and chances of our New England climate it is not so much what a Guest can endure outdoors as what he can originate indoors that endears him most to a weather-worried Host.
The Indiscreet Letter
The Railroad Journey was very long and slow. The Traveling Salesman was rather short and quick. And the Young Electrician who lolled across the car aisle was neither one length nor another, but most inordinately flexible. like a suit of chain armor.
The Sick-a-Bed Lady
The Sick-A-Bed Lady lived in a huge old-fashioned mahogany bedstead, with solid silk sheets, and three great squashy silk pillows edged with fluffy ruffles.
The White Linen Nurse
The White Linen Nurse was so tired that her noble expression ached.
 Jane Abbott
Happy House
Through the stillness of a drowsy June day broke the intoning of the library bell, chiming the hour.
If John Westley had not deliberately run away from his guide that August morning and lost himself on Kettle Mountain, he would never have found the Wishing-rock, nor the Witches' Glade, nor Miss Jerauld Travis.
Keineth Randolph's world seemed suddenly to be turning upside down!
P On a green hillside a girl lay prone in the sweet grass, very still that she might not, by the slightest quiver, disturb the beauty that was about her.

1  November - and a chill wind scurrying, snapping, biting, driving before it fantastic scraps of paper, crackly leaves, a hail of fine cinders. An early twilight, gray like a mist, enveloped the city in gloom.
John Stevens Cabot Abbott
Daniel Boone: The Pioneer of Kentucky
The little fleet of three small vessels, with which Columbus left Palos in Spain, in search of a new world, had been sixty-seven days at sea.
David Crocket: His Life And Adventures
A little more than a hundred years ago, a poor man, by the name of Crockett, embarked on board an emigrant-ship, in Ireland, for the New World.
Hernando Cortez
Three hundred and fifty years ago the ocean which washes the shores of America was one vast and silent solitude.
King Henry IV
About four hundred years ago there was a small kingdom, spreading over the cliffs and ravines of the eastern extremity of the Pyrenees, called Navarre.
King Philip
On the 11th of November, 1620, the storm-battered Mayflower, with its band of one hundred and one Pilgrims, first caught sight of the barren sand-hills of Cape Cod.
Kit Carson, the Pioneer of the West
Christopher Carson, whose renown as Kit Carson has reached almost every ear in the country was born in Madison oounty, Kentucky, on the 24th of December, 1809.
Louis XiV
Louis XIII of France married Anne of Austria on the 25th of November, 1615.
Madame Roland
Many characters of unusual grandeur were developed by the French Revolution.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon, finding his proffers of peace rejected by England with contumely and scorn, and declined by Austria, now prepared, with his wonted energy, to repel the assaults of the allies.
The Adventures Of The Chevalier De La Salle And His Companions, In Their Explorations Of The Prairies, Forests, Lakes And Rivers, Of The New World, And Their Interviews With The Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago.
Nearly three hundred and forty years ago, in April 1541, De Soto, in his adventurous march, discovered the majestic Mississippi, not far from the border of the State of Tennessee.
The Child at Home: The Principles of Filial Duty
In large cities there are so many persons guilty of crimes, that it is necessary to have a court sit every day to try those who are accused of breaking the laws.
The Empire of Russia: From the Remotest Periods to the Present Time
Those vast realms of northern Europe, now called Russia, have been inhabited for a period beyond the records of history, by wandering tribes of savages.
 Lee K Abbott
The Talk Talked Between Worms
According to the tapes, my father, then about as run-of-the-mill as Joe Blow himself, didn't want to see the thing.
Edmond About (1875)
The King Of The Mountains
At about six in the morning of July 3, 1860, while I was watering my petunias, and thinking of nothing in particular, I perceived coming towards me, a tall, beardless, fair-haired young fellow, wearing a German cap and gold-rimmed spectacles.
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A Man Of The People
No man can deny that Chief the Honourable M.A. Nanga, M.P. was the most approachable politician in the country.
Things Fall Apart
Okonwko was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond.
Brazilian Gold Mine Mystery
"Guard this letter as you would your life!"
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
This time there would be no witnesses.
Life, The Universe And Everything
The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was.
Mostly Harmless
P Anything that happens, happens.

1  The history of the Galaxy has got a little muddled, for a number of reasons: partly because those who are trying to keep track of it have got a little muddled, but also because some very muddling things have been happening anyway.
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
P Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

1  That evening it was dark early, which was normal for the time of year.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
P Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

1  The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village.
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression “as pretty as an airport”.
The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
P There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this h

1  The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created.
 Harold Adams
When Rich Men Die
The digital clock showed 2:41 A.M. as I rolled to lift the receiver before the second ring and said, "Yeah?"
William Notman - Henry Brooks Adams, 1885 PNG
For reasons which many persons thought ridiculous, Mrs. Lightfoot Lee decided to pass the winter in Washington.
The new church of St. John's, on Fifth Avenue, was thronged the morning of the last Sunday of October, in the year 1880.
Richard Adams 20081116
Watership Down
The primroses were over.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie
It was a cold winter Sunday afternoon.
A Death in the Family
At supper that night, as many times before, his father said: “Well, spose we go to the picture show."
Novel With Cocaine
Early one morning I, Vadim Maslennikov, set off for school (I was going on seventeen at the time) having forgotten the envelope with the first-semester fees Mother had left me in the dining room the day before.
Old St. Paul's
One night, at the latter end of April 1665, the family of a citizen of London carrying on an extensive business as a grocer in Wood Street, Cheapside, were assembled, according to custom, at prayer.
The Tower Of London
On the 10th of July, 1553, about two hours after noon, a loud discharge of ordnance burst from the turrets of Durham House, then the residence of the Duke of Northumberland, grand-master of the realm, and occupying the site of the modern range of buildings, known as the Adelphi;
Windsor Castle
In the twentieth year of the reign of the right high and puissant King Henry the Eighth, namely, in 1529, on the 21st of April, and on one of the loveliest evenings that ever fell on the loveliest district in England, a fair youth, having somewhat the appearance of a page, was leaning over the terrace wall on the north side of Windsor Castle, and gazing at the magnificent scene before him.
All the Young Men
The bodies of the two Marine scouts who had been trudging through the frozen Korean hills ahead of the advancing Second Platoon lay in the deep snow behind the brush-filled gully that lined the north rim of the valley.
Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.
Louisa May Alcott headshot
Flower Fables
The summer moon shone brightly down upon the sleeping earth, while far away from mortal eyes danced the Fairy folk.
Little Men
"Please, sir, is this Plumfield?" asked a ragged boy of the man who opened the great gate at which the omnibus left him.
Little Women
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Life in the West
To stretch his legs between consultations, Maclean escorted his last patient to Baker Street station.
The Long Afternoon of Earth
Obeying an inalienable law, things grew, spreading riotous and strange in their instinct for growth.
A White Bird Flying
It was the first Tuesday in August.
Miss Bishop
In 1846 the prairie town of Oak River existed only in a settler's dream.
Nelson Algren NYWTS
The Man With The Golden Arm
The captain never drank.
Action At Aquila
Southward, two mighty ranges of the Appalachians shouldered their way into the blue distance like tremendous caravans marching across eternity.
Anthony Adverse
Between the villages of Aubiere and Romagnat in the ancient Province of Auvergne there is an old road that comes suddenly over the top of a high hill.
The Forest and the Fort
In the beginning was the forest. God made it and no man knew the end of it.
James Lane Allen-Southern Life in Southern Literature 367
The Mettle of the Pasture
She did not wish any supper and she sank forgetfully back into the stately oak chair.
The Reign of Law
The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wildernes before they became sowers of hemp - with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.
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House of the Spirits
Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy.
Allison, Dorothy
Bastard Out Of Carolina
I've been called Bone all my life, but my name's Ruth Anne.
 John Allyn
The 47 Ronin Story
March 13, 1701.
The sun completed its route over the Pacific and began to set, reddening the waters around the islands of Japan.
Sea Of Death
Night was running ahead of itself.
The Ability to Kill
Word goes round the court that the jury is returning.
The Siege of Villa Lipp
They stopped the car by the gateway in the wall on the lower coast road.
Lucky Jim
They made a silly mistake, though,' the professor of history said, and his smile, as Dixon watched, gradually sank beneath the surface of his features at the memory.
The Anti-Death League
A girl and an older woman were walking along a metalled pathway.
The Old Devils
"If you want my opinion," said Gwen Cellan-Davies, "the old boy's a terrifically distinguished citizen of Wales."
William Anderson
Nautilus 90 North
It was Sunday, June 8, 1958. Our ship, the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus, lay quietly moored at Pier 9 1 in Seattle, Washington.
Sherwood Anderson (1933)
Winesburg, Ohio
The writer, an old man with a white moustache, had some difficulty getting into bed.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
When I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed - ‘To Whom It May Concern’ - that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson.
Tom Swift and His Airship
"Are you all ready, Tom?"
Jeffrey Archer
Kane And Abel
She only stopped streaming when she died. It was then that he started to scream.
  (Also known as: Dennis Lynds, Michael Collins)
The Mystery Of The Laughing Shadow
Bob Andrews and Pete Crenshaw were still two miles from their homes in Rocky Beach when they had to turn on their bicycle lights.
The Green Hat
It has occurred to the writer to call this unimportant history The Green Hat because a green hat was the first thing about her that he saw: as also it was, in a way, the last thing about her that he saw.
The tall man stood at the edge of the porch.
 Stephen Aron
How The West Was Lost
Around sunset on December 22, 1769, while hunting near the Kentucky River, Daniel Boone met Will Emery.
Sholem Asch
Every dawn renews the Beginning, and to behold the earth struggling out of the formless void, out of the night, is to witness the act of creation.
Many and diverse were the reasons which impelled Rameses the Second to abandon the ancient royal capital, sanctified by many dynasties, namely the city of Thebes on the banks of the Nile, and to settle in Rameses, on the frontier road which led to the lands of the Asiatics.
The Apostle
Seven weeks had gone by since that memorable day when on the hill of Golgotha Yeshua of Nazareth had been crucified by command of Pontius Pilate.
The Nazarene
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
Naked Came The Stranger
Screwed. It was, Gilian realized, an obscene word. But it was the word that came to mind. Screwed.
His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before.
Foundation and Empire
Bel Riose traveled without escort, which is not what court etiquette prescribes for the head of a fleet stationed in a yet-sullen stellar system on the Marches of the Galactic Empire.
I, Robot
I looked at my notes and I didn't like them.
"Ninety-eight--ninety-nine--one hundred."
Second Foundation
There is much more that the Encyclopedia has to say on the subject of the Mule and his Empire but almost all of it is not germane to the issue at immediate hand, and most of it is considerably too dry for our purposes in any case.
Margot Asquith
Margot Asquith, an Autobiography
I was born in the country of Hogg and Scott between the Yarrow and the Tweed, in the year 1864.
Black Oxen
"Talk. Talk. Talk.… Good lines and no action … said all … not even promising first act … eighth failure and season more than half over … rather be a playwright and fail than a critic compelled to listen to has-beens and would-bes trying to put over bad plays.… Oh, for just one more great first-night … if there's a spirit world why don't the ghosts of dead artists get together and inhibit bad playwrights from tormenting first-nighters?… Astral board of Immortals sitting in Unconscious tweaking strings until gobbets and sclerotics become gibbering idiots every time they put pen to paper?… Fewer first-nights but more joy … also joy of sending producers back to cigar stands.… Thank God, no longer a critic … don't need to come to first-nights unless I want … can't keep away … habit too strong … poor devil of a colyumist must forage … why did I become a columnist? More money. Money! And I once a rubescent socialist … best parlor type … Lord! I wish some one would die and leave me a million!"
The Sisters-in-Law
The long street rising and falling and rising again until its farthest crest high in the east seemed to brush the fading stars, was deserted even by the private watch-men that guarded the homes of the apprehensive in the Western Addition.
 Philip Atlee
The Ill Wind Contract
There was a hint of snow in the air as I drove back into the Ozark Mountains.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
It was an afternoon in late September.
Margaret Atwood Eden Mills Writers Festival 2006
Cat's Eye
Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.
The Blind Assassin
Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.
The Handmaid's Tale
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
The Embezzler
I have the distinctions of having become a legend in my lifetime, but not a very nice one.
The Rector of Justin
September 10, 1939.
The Mammoth Hunters
Trembling with fear, Ayla clung to the tall man beside her as she watched the strangers approach.
The Plains of Passage
The woman caught a glimpse of movement through the dusty haze ahead and wondered if it was the wolf she had seen loping in front of them earlier.
The Shelters of Stone
People were gathering on the limestone ledge, looking down at them warily.
The Valley of Horses
She was dead. What did it matter if icy needles of freezing rain flayed her skin raw.
An Unfinished Novel In Letters
My Brother has just left us.
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Frederic and Elfrida
The Uncle of Elfrida was the Father of Frederic; in other words, they were first cousins by the Father's side.
Lady Susan
My Dear Brother, I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profiting by your kind invitation, when we last parted, of spending some weeks with you at Churchill, & therefore, if quite convenient to you & Mrs. Vernon to receive me at present, I shall hope within a few days to be introduced to a Sister whom I have so long desired to be acquainted with.
Love and Friendship
How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my Daughter a regular detail of the Misfortunes and Adventures of your Life, have you said "No, my freind never will I comply with your request till I may be no longer in Danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones."
Mansfield Park
About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
Northanger Abbey
No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her.
Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed.
Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
A gentleman and a lady travelling from Tunbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne, being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane, were overturned in toiling up its long ascent, half rock, half sand.
Sense and Sensibility
The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
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City Of Glass
It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
Destiny Run
She came awake slowly.
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