- Borrowing a Match by Stephen Leacock
A simple request from a stranger is no "match" for what happens next.
- Aristocracy Versus Hash by O. Henry
Nothing beats an irish stew, cornbread, and a beer!
- Clovis on Parental Responsibilities by H.H. Munro (SAKI)
SAKI's precursor to what we now call "helicopter parenting."
- Wit Inspirations of the "Two-Year-Olds" by Mark Twain
Children these days say "smart" things, especially on occasions when they ought not to be saying anything at all.
Wit Inspirations of the "Two-Year-Olds"
- My Financial Career by Stephen Leacock
Here's an account of how a man really lost his balance.
- Lord Oakhurst's Curse by O. Henry
This story would make a steam piano go out behind a barn and kick itself in despair.
- About Barbers by Mark Twain
Why don't men just go to a salon where they can make an appointment, instead of this nonsense?
- The Prisoner of Zembla by O. Henry
Isn't this a story about two knights fighting for the hand of a fair maiden?
- Reginald on Christmas Presents by H.H. Munro (SAKI)
"There ought to be technical education classes on the science of present-giving. No one seems to have the faintest notion of what anyone else wants."
A Telephonic Conversation
- Reginald's Peace Poem by H.H. Munro (SAKI)
Lewis Carroll or Dr. Seuss could teach Reginald a thing or two about nonsense rhymes!
- A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain
Twain's humorous rant contrasting how women talk on the telephone compared to men.
- The Dog by Banjo Paterson
"A dog always looks as if he ought to have a pipe in his mouth and a black bag for his lunch, and then he would go quite happily to office every day."
- The Cat by Banjo Paterson
"He-- or she-- is an athlete, a musician, an acrobat, a Lothario, a grim fighter, a sport of the first water."
- A Country Cottage by Anton Chekhov
Looking forward to a nice quiet evening together, when suddenly...
- A Monument to Adam by Mark Twain
"We had monkeys, and 'missing links,' and plenty of other kinds of ancestors, but no Adam."
- The Aged Mother by The Aged Mother
Rather than being a burden, our elders still have much to teach us.
- The Five Boons of Life by Mark Twain
You decide: Fame, Love, Riches, Pleasure, or Death?
- The King and His Hawk by James Baldwin
Genghis Khan learned a valuable lesson about acting in anger from his loyal hawk.
- The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones by Stephen Leacock
Let this be a lesson to avoid protracted good-byes, as if your life depends on it!
- The Father by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
A father's blessing brought by his son; a gradual transformation towards spiritualism.
Androclus and the Lion
- The Ephemera: Emblem of Human Life by Benjamin Franklin
The mayfly's life is fleeting; Franklin reminds us to spend ours wisely.
- Androclus and the Lion by James Baldwin
Kindness yields welcome returns, big and small.
- The Shirt-Collar by Hans Christian Andersen
Don't be boastful or you'll end up in a bag of rags!
- The Wicked Prince by Hans Christian Andersen
All he wanted to do was conquer countries and frighten people, which he paid for in the end.
Bruce and the Spider
- An Uncomfortable Bed by Guy de Maupassant
A textbook example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Bruce and the Spider by James Baldwin
Scottish King Robert Bruce is inspired not to give up after watching a tenacious spider.
- A Fable by Mark Twain
Twain's clever allegory explaining why your perspective is inevitably a reflection of your work.
- Work, Death and Sickness by Leo Tolstoy
An Indian legend explaining how God tried to incerase man's happiness by introducing work, sickness and suffering. Did it work?
Advice to Little Girls
- Advice to Little Girls by Mark Twain
"Chews" your actions carefully and remember never to "sass" old people unless they "sass" you first.
- Emancipation. A Life Fable by Kate Chopin
The price of freedom is joy and suffering.
- Keeping Christmas by Henry van Dyke
Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world-- stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death?
- The Little Thief in the Pantry
This tale is about a compassionate girl who teaches a mouse the difference between giving and stealing.
- Aesop's Fables by Aesop
Enjoy the abundant moral lessons and short-short stories from Aesop, many of which you will remember from your childhood.
- The Fight of the Good Ship Clarissa by Ray Bradbury
Sci-fi with a twist: endless rocket parties and a budding author writing, "Fascism is Communism with a Shave."
- A Man with Two Lives by Ambrose Bierce
Did David Duck make it back alive or not?
- Ex Oblivione by H.P. Lovecraft
"As I looked upon the little gate in the mighty wall, I felt that beyond it lay a dream-country from which, once it was entered, there would be no return."
- A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
"Wandering through the house, opening the windows, whispering not to wake us, the ghostly couple seek their joy."
The Terrible Old Man
- A Wireless Message by Ambrose Bierce
"Central New York is not a region of perils, nor does one remain lost in it," but this man sure was dumbfounded with his experience there.
- The Terrible Old Man by H.P. Lovecraft
A creepy tale about three bad men and one terrible one.
- The Man in the Brown Coat by Sherwood Anderson
"Sometimes the whole life of this world floats in a human face in my mind."
- Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf
Lazy and indifferent, the heron shakes space easily from his wings.
- Azathoth by H.P. Lovecraft
The story of a man who traveled "out of life on a quest into spaces whither the world's dreams had fled."