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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
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1984 1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
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Frankenstein Frankenstein (Paperback)
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
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The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) Little Women (Little Women, #1)
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Paperback)
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
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The Odyssey The Odyssey (Paperback)
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
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Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Paperback)
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Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment (Paperback)
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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.96 — 148,999 ratings — published 1939
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Macbeth Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
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A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (Paperback)
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
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Les Misérables Les Misérables (Mass Market Paperback)
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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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Mansfield Park Mansfield Park (Paperback)
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (Paperback)
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (Paperback)
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
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The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea (Hardcover)
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Lisa M. Prysock
“It was William who would climb out of his carriage unafraid and help a farmer drive a herd of cattle or sheep across a road when necessary.”
Lisa M. Prysock, To Find a Duchess

Charles Dickens
“LONDON. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill-temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if the day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by husbandman and ploughboy. Most of the shops lighted two hours before their time — as the gas seems to know, for it has a haggard and unwilling look.

The raw afternoon is rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest near that leaden-headed old obstruction, appropriate ornament for the threshold of a leaden-headed old corporation, Temple Bar. And hard by Temple Bar, in Lincoln’s Inn Hall, at the very heart of the fog, sits the Lord High Chancellor in his High Court of Chancery.”
Charles Dickens, Bleak House

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