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Anne of Green Gables
Moby Dick
A Farewell to Arms
Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde
Gone with the Wind
Gulliver's Travels
Jane Eyre
King Lear
The Merchant of Venice
Othello
Macbeth
The Little Prince
Sense and Sensibility
Oliver Twist
For Whom the Bell Tolls

■Anne of Green Gables


Elderly Matthew and Marilla / were unmarried siblings. They lived on a farm / called Green Gables, on Prince Edward Island, Canada. They decided to adopt an orphan boy / to help with farm chores. The orphanage sent them / an eleven-year-old girl, Anne Shirley, by mistake. She was talkative and happy / but didn't have very good manners. Hoping to make Matthew and Marilla proud, Anne studied hard / in school. As a result, she earned a scholarship, which would enable her / to go to college. But Matthew died / of a heart attack / and Marilla was going blind, so Anne returned home / to Green Gables, and gave up her desire / for a four-year university degree. Hearing of her decision, Anne's childhood rival Gilbert / gave up his post / as the teacher / at Avonlea school. Anne was therefore able to teach there / and care for Marilla. Though her future path was narrowed, Anne thought cheerfully / about her future.

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■Moby Dick


The story begins with Ishmael / heading out / to find a whaling ship / to join. On his way, he met a savage / named Queequeg / who was a harpooner. The two became / quick friends. They decided to sail / on the ship Pequod. The ship's captain, Ahab, wished to hunt / for a white whale / called Moby Dick. The whale had bitten off Ahab's leg, so Ahab wanted revenge. Many exciting stories / were told of Moby Dick. Many interesting stories / of whaling and whales / were also told. The Pequod sailed / over many seas, looking for Moby Dick. They finally found / Moby Dick. Ahab was intent on killing the whale. The hunt began, and it lasted / for three days. Eventually, the ship was sunk / by the whale / and the entire crew was killed, except for one. Only Ishmael survived / to be picked up / by another vessel. Only he was left / to tell the tale.

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■A Farewell to Arms


Frederic Henry / was an American ambulance driver / serving in the Italian army / during World War I. He met Catherine Barkley, an English nurse's aide. Henry was wounded in battle / and brought to a hospital in Milan / to recover. Catherine joned him there, to help him get better. They soon fell passionately in love, and Catherine became pregnant. Henry was again / sent to the front lines / of battle. His troops / were forced to retreat, and Henry was almost killed. He escaped from his unit / and returned to Milan, looking for Catherine. He reunited with her / in the town / of Stresa in Italy. From there, they once agin escaped / to Switzerland / where they could live / happily and peacefully. Early one morning / in the spring, Catherine went to the hospital / to give birth. She delivered / a stillborn baby boy and, later that night, died of a hemorrhage. Henry stayed / at her side / until she was gone. He walked back / to his hotel / in the rain.

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■Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde



Mr.Utterson, a respected lawyer, and his cousin / were taking a walk. While on a walk, Mr.Utterson heard the story / of a sinister man / named Mr.Hyde / who trampled a young girl / on the street. Mr.Utterson went to his study / and took out Dr.Jekyll's will. His will said / that when he died, everything was to go / to a certain Mr.Hyde. Until this time Mr.Utterson did not know / who Mr.Hyde was, but at long last / he understood. Mr.Utterson thought this was strange / and questioned Dr.Jekyll about it. But Dr.Jekyll refused / to discuss his connection / with the odd Mr.Hyde fellow. One night,Dr.Jekyll's butler visited Mr.Utterson / in a state of desperation, and explained / that Dr.Jekyll had secluded himself / in his laboratory, and that a murder / had been committed / in the house. Led by the butler, Mr.Utterson set out / for Dr.Jekyll's house. The two men broke into Dr.Jekyll's laboratory, and found the dead body of Mr.Hyde. Dr.Jekyll had been taking a drug / which turned him into the evil Mr.Hyde / for short periods of time. He had wanted to test his theory / that man has a dual nature. He had been successful / in separating the good and evil sides / of himself. But Dr.Jekyll soon discovered / that he could not recreate the drug. That meant / he could no longer return / to being Dr.Jekyll. Having realized / the truth, Dr.jekyll wrote a letter / explaining the truth, and then killed himself / to destroy the evil Mr.Hyde.

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■Gone with the Wind


The beautiful, yet strong-willed Scarlett O'Hara / lived on a plantation / in Georgia, called Tara. She met Rhett Butler, a dashing adventurer. The Civil War then began. Scarlett was in love with Ashley, but he married / his cousin Melanie. Scarlett then decided to marry Melanie's brother, Charles, out of spite. Charles went to war / and died of pneumonia. She had his son / and named him Wade. They moved to Atlanta / and lived with Melanie. Scarlett saw Rhett a lot / and they developed a stormy relationship. Melanie was pregnant / and Scarlett agreed to help her. The reason was that Melanie's husband Ashley / had gone off to war. Under siege, Atlanta fell into a desperate state, and Rhett therefore helped Scarlett, and Melanie and her baby, Beau, escape. He then left them / to join the Confederate army. The war ended / and Scarlett rebuilt Tara. Scarlet married her sister's fiance Frank / and they had a baby girl, named Ella. Unfortunately, however, Frank was killed. Scarlett married Rhett after all / and they moved to Atlanta. They had a daughter named Bonnie. Scarlett and Rhett's marriage began happily, but Rhett became increasingly bitter and indifferent toward her / because she continued to pursue her love for Ashley. Their marriage began to fall apart. Melanie died from a miscarrage. After talking to Melanie / at the end, Scarlett realized / that she was not actually / in love with Ashley, but with Rhett. It was too late, however, and Rhett left Scarlett.

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■Gulliver's Travels


Lemuel Gulliver / was an English surgeon. He went to sea / when his business failed. He was shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land of tiny people / where everthing was very small. At first / he was a prisoner, but then he became a hero / and finally became wanted for treason. He escaped to the neighboring island / called Blefuscu, where he repaired a boat / and set sail for Engliand. After staying in England / with his family / for two months, Gulliver undertook / another voyage. It took him / to a land of giants / called Brobdingnag. There he was captured / by a farmer / and became his pet. The famer / sold Gulliver / to the queen. He eventually escaped / from the giants / when an eagle caried him away / and dropped him / in the sea. Next, Gulliver set sail agin. After an attack by pirates, he ended up / on Laputa floating island. The people there / were very smart / but were out of touch / with reality. His fourth and last journey / took him to an unknown land. It was populated / by Houyhnhnms / which were rational thinking horses. There were also Yahoos, human-like creatures / who served the Houyhnhnms. He wanted to stay / with the Houyhnhnms, but his bare body revealed to the horses / that he was very much / like a Yahoo. Consequently, he was banished / and returned home / to England.

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■Jane Eyre


Jane Eyre was a young orphan / being raised / by her cruel, wealthy aunt, Mrs.Reed. She sent Jane away / to Lowood school. A typhus epidemic / went through Lowood / and Jane's friend, Helen Burns, died. After completing school, she taught at Lowood / for two years. Afterwards, she worked at Thornfield manor / and tutored a lively French girl / named Adele. Her boss was Rochester / and Jane soon / fell in love / with him. Rochester proposed to Jane but, on their wedding day, she learned / that he was already married. Rochester explained / that his wife / went mad. He had kept her hidden / at his house / for many years. In destress, Jane fled Thornfield. Penniless and hungry,Jane was forced to sleep outdoors / and beg / for food. Three siblings took Jane / into their home. There she discovered / that the siblings were her cousins / and that she had inherited / a large sum of money. Jane realized / that she still loved Rochester / and went back to Thornfield. But Thornfield manor / had been burned to the ground / by a fire. Rochester had lost his eyesight / and one of his hands, and his wife / was killed / in the fire. Rochester and Jane / rebuilt their relationship / and were soon married.

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■King Lear


Lear, the aging king / of Britain, decided to divide his kingdom evenly / between his three daughters. First, however, he put his daughters / through a test. He asked / each to tell him / how much / she loved him. Goneril and Regan, his older daughters, gave him flattering / but meaningless answers. Cordelia, the youngest and his favorite, said she had / no words to describe / how much / she loved him. Lear was very angry / and disowned her, so Cordelia went to France / together with the king of France, who wanted to marry her / even without her land. Lear quickly learned / that he had made / a bad decision. His older daughters / betrayed him. Lear went insane / and fled to wander / on a heath. An elderly nobleman / named Gloucester / was also having / family problems. He too headed out / on the heath / and met King Lear. He decided to help Lear / in spite of the danger. But Gloucester was captured, blinded and sent away. His son Edgar, in disguise, led Gloucester to Dover, where Lear had also gone. Cordelia, who had married / the French king, led the French army to Dover / in an effort / to save her father. Edmond, Gloucester's illegitimate son, led the English army / against Cordelia. Lear and Cordelia / were captured. Cordelia was executed / in prison / and Lear died of grief / over her death.

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■The Merchant of Venice


Antonio / was a wealthy merchant / in the Italian city of Venice. His friend, Bassanio, needed money / to impress Portia, a wealthy heiress, Antonio could not make the loan himself / because his own money was invested / in a number of trade ships. Antonio and Bassanio / approached Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, for a loan. In fact, Shylock disliked Antonio / because he spoke out / aginst his dishonest way / of lending money. To their surprise, Shylock agreed / to lend Bassanio the money. A condition, however, was / that if the loan went unpaid, Shylock would be entitled / to a proud of Antonio's flesh. Antonio's ships were lost / at sea, meaning / that he was unable / to repay the loan. The matter went to court. Shylock could indeed demand / a pound of flesh / from Antonio. A legal expert, who was really Portia / disguised as a man, told Shylock / that he could indeed / cut off a pound of flesh, but was not allowed / to draw any blood, because the contract did not entitle him / to any blood. Consequently, Shylock got nothing. He was found guilty / of conspiring / to kill a Venetian citizen. The penalty was death, but all involved agreed / that the punishment should be different. Shylock was fined, and he had / to convert to Christianity. Soon after, the joyful news arrived / that Antonio's ships / came back safely.

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■Othello


Iago hated / General Othello / because Othello did not make him an officer / in the army. Cassio was commissioned / as an officer. Desdemona, daughter of Senator Brabantio, ran off with Othello / to be married. They moved to Cyprus. Iago planned / to destroy their lives. He caused a man / who loved Desdemona / to fight a duel with Cassio. Cassio accidently wounded a man / who tried to break up the fight. Cassio's reputation was smeared. Iago told Cassio / to ask Desdemona / to speak to Othello / on his behalf. Iago hoped to plant / the seeds of jealousy / in Othello's mind. The plan worked / and Othello suspected / Cassio and Desdemona / of having an affair. Othello was enraged, but demanded proof of any affair. Iago had his wife / steal Desdemona's handkerchief, which Othello had given her. He then planted it / in Cassio's room, as evicence / of Cassio and Desdemona's affair. When Othello heard of the handkerchief, he smothered his wife / because of her unfaithfulness. Iago's wife told Othello / that Desdemona had never been unfaithful. As she explained Iago's plan, Iago stabbed and killed her. Othello stabbed Iago / but did not kill him, so that Iago would always live in pain. Othello / then killed himself.

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■Macbeth


The Scottish King Duncan learned / that his two generals / had defeated invading armies. After the battles, the generals Macbeth and Banquo encountered three witches. They made a prophecy / that Macbeth would be crowned / King of Scotland. They also prophesied / that Banquo's sons / would become Scottish kings, but not him. Macbeth thought / that their prophecy might be true, but he was uncertain / what to expect. He invited King Duncan / to his castle at Inverness / for dinner. Lady Macbeth persuaded her husband / to kill Duncan / that very night, by stabbing him. She was certain / the prophecy would come true. They got Duncan's two royal servants drunk / and blamed the murder on them. Macbeth killed them / to avenge the king's death / and become king himself. But he feared / that Banquo's sons would seize his crown, as prophesied. Macbeth planned / to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Banquo was killed / but Fleance escaped. At an evening banquet, Banquo's ghost visited Macbeth, and he cried out / in front of many noble guests. Frightened, Macbeth went to visit the witches. There, they told him / of more prophecies. One was that he had to beware of MacDuff, a Scottish nobleman / who opposed his succession / to the crown. So Macbeth seized MacDuff's castle / and killed his family, while MacDuff was in England. MacDuff led the English army / against Macbeth. Lady Macbeth killed herself, after ongoing nightmares. Macbeth and MacDuff met on the battlefield / and MacDuff finally killed Macbeth. Then, Prince Malcolm, son of Duncan, became the King of Scotland.

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■The Little Prince


A pilot / crashed his plane / in the Sahara desert. A little prince / appeared and asked the pilot / to draw him a sheep. The two became friends. The prince told the pilot / his story. One day, a mysterious rose sprouted / on his planet / and the little prince / fell in love with it. But he became unable to trust it / when he realized / that the rose lied to him. Felling lonely, he decided to explore other planets. He passed by many asteroids / in his travels. While traveling, he met a king, a vain man, a drunkard, a business man, a lanplighter / and a geographer. All lived alone / and were extremely busy / with their own jobs. He learned / from the geographer / that roses do not last forever. All of a sudden, he began to miss his rose. At the geographer's suggestion, the little prince visited Earth. But he landed in the middle of the desert / and could not find any humans. Instead, he met a snake, talked to a flower / and climbed the tallest mountains. The little prince found a rose garden, which surprised and depressed him. His rose had told him / that she was the only one / of her kind. He made friend with a fox, who taought him / that only the heart / can see the important things / in life. The fox also taught / that his time away from the rose / would make the rose / more special to him. The little prince's mind / was fixed / on returning to his rose. He began making plans / with the snake / to go back to his planet. But the snake bit the prince / and he fell noiselessly to the sand. The next day, the pilot could not find / the prince's body. He wondered if the little prince / ever returned / to his asteroid.

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■Sense and Sensibility


A widow, Mrs.Dashwood, and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret moved in with the Middletons, who were distant relatives. Elinor was sad / to leave her home, because she had become close / to Edward Ferrars. Elinor and Marianne / met Colonel Brandon / and John Willoughby. Willoughby courted Marianne / and they showed off / their love for each other. Willoughby departed for London / on business, leaving Marianne / lovesick and miserable. Anne and Lucy Steele, relatives of the Middletons, visited Barton Park, which was the Middletons' home. Lucy and Elinor became / close friends. Lucy told Elinor / that she was secretly engaged / to Edward Ferrars. Later, when Edward's mother found out / that they were engaged, she decided to leave her fortune to Robert, Edward's younger brother, when she died. Elinor and Marianne traveled / to London, where everyone was talking / of Marianne's engagement / to Willoughby. Willoughby, however, denied that he ever had any feelings / for Marianne. Brandon explained / that Willoughby was callous / and corrupt. Having squandered his fortune, Willoughby became engaged / to Miss Grey, a wealthy woman. Marianne developed a servere cold / and became deathly ill. When Willoughby heard of this, he visited her / and asked for her forgiveness. It turned out / that Lucy actually married Robert Ferrars, not Edward. Edward and Elinor were married, as were Marianne and Brandon.

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■Oliver Twist


Oliver Twist was born / in a workhouse / in England in the 1830's. His mother died / very soon after, and Oliver went to a badly-run home / for orphans. When he was nine years old, he was transferred to a workhouse for adults. He was eventually / sold off as an apprentice / to a local undertaker, but ran away / and traveled toward London. He met Jack Dawkins, a boy his own age, who worked for Fagin. Fagin was a criminal / who taught young orphan boys / to pick pockets. A sickly and feverish Oliver / was caught / while stealing a handkerchief / from Mr.Brownlow. Rather than pressing charges, Brownlow took Oliver home / and nursed him back to health. Two young adults / in Fagin's gang, Bill and his lover Nancy, captured Oliver / and returned him / to Fagin. In a burglary attempt, Oliver was shot, then taken in / by the woman of the house. Her name was Mrs.Maylie and she lived / with her beautiful, adopted niece, Rose. Fagin and Monks / wanted to recapture Oliver. Nancy told / Rose of the plan. In the meantime, Mr.Brownlow confronted Monks / and found out / that Monks was Oliver's half-brother. Their father was unhappily married / to a wealthy woman / and had an affair with Oliver's mother. Monks had pursued Oliver / to ensure / that Oliver would never receive / his share of the family inheritance. Brownlow forced Monks / to sign over to Oliver, his rightful share. moreover, it turned out / that Rose was Oliver's aunt. Fagin was hanged / for his crimes. Finally, Brownlow adopted Oliver / and they, along with the Maylies, moved to the countryside.

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■For Whom the Bell Tolls


The story took place / in the late 1930's, during the Spanish Civil War. A guerrilla group, led by Pablo, was behind enemy lines. Robert Jordan / was an American explosives expert. he was assigned / to blow up / an enemy bridge. Pablo was against this plan / and Jordan worried / that Pablo would betray them. jordan met Maria, a beautiful Spanish girl, and they immediately fell in love. All of the guerrillas / wanted to kill Pablo, but Jordan did not want to. Pablo's wife Pilar / told of how Pablo arranged a massacre. Pablo left the group, then returned, and Jordan realized / that he could not trust Pablo. Jordan shot an enemy soldier / who came to the camp. Some of the guerrillas, led by El Sordo, kept the enemy soldier's horse, then went out to look for more. El Sordo's men / were ambushed by the enemy / and killed. Through all of this, Jordan and Maria took the time / to discuss their future. Jordan sent a young guerilla / to General Golz / with news of El Sordo's defeat / and a request / that the offensive be canceled. The message did not reach General Golz / in time. Pablo stole some dynamite / and disappeared. He returned later / with five men / and Jordan became confident / they could accomplish their mission. At dawn / the next day, they blew up the bridge. Many of the guerrillas were killed, including Jordan's guide and friend. Jordan was injured / when his horse fell on his leg. Despondent, Maria tried to convince Jordan / to allow her / to stay with him, but he refused. While the others escaped, Jordan stayed behind, to delay the advancing enemy.

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