Day: July 5, 2014

Common Core Short Stories: Lamb to the Slaughter Roald Dahl

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl Word Count 3554 The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and theone by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water,whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come him from work. Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to pleaseherself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air...

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The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges I On page 22 of Liddell Hart’s History of World War I you will read that an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British divisions (supported by 1,400 artillery pieces), planned for the 24th of July, 1916, had to be postponed until the morning of the 29th. The torrential rains, Captain Liddell Hart comments, caused this delay, an insignificant one, to be sure. The following statement, dictated, reread and signed by Dr. Yu Tsun, former professor of English at the Hochschule at Tsingtao, throws an unsuspected light over the whole affair. The first two pages of the document are missing. “. . . and I hung up the receiver. Immediately afterwards, I recognized the voice that had answered in German. It was that of Captain Richard Madden. Madden’s presence in Viktor Runeberg’s apartment meant the end of our anxieties and—but this seemed, or should have seemed, very secondary to me—also the end of our lives. It meant that Runeberg had been arrested or murdered.[1] Before the sun set on that day, I would encounter the same fate. Madden was implacable. Or rather, he was obliged to be so. An Irishman at the service of England, a man accused of laxity and perhaps of treason, how could he fail to seize and be thankful for such a miraculous opportunity: the discovery, capture, maybe even the death of...

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