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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid) whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

Author: Marcello · Filed under: English, Incipit · Tags:

Le blanc et le noir

Tout le monde dans la province de Candahar connaît l’aventure du jeune Rustan. Il était fils unique d’un mirza du pays; c’est comme qui dirait marquis parmi nous, ou baron chez les Allemands. Le mirza, son père, avait un bien honnête. On devait marier le jeune Rustan à une demoiselle, ou mirzasse de sa sorte. Les deux familles le désiraient passionnément. Il devait faire la consolation de ses parents, rendre sa femme heureuse, et l’être avec elle. Mais par malheur il avait vu la princesse de Cachemire à la foire de Cabul, qui est la foire la plus considérable du monde, et incomparablement plus fréquentée que celle de Bassora et d’Astracan; et voici pourquoi le vieux prince de Cachemire était venu à la foire avec sa fille.

Il avait perdu les deux plus rares pièces de son trésor: l’une était un diamant gros comme le pouce, sur lequel sa fille était gravée par un art que les Indiens possédaient alors, et qui s’est perdu depuis; l’autre était un javelot qui allait de lui-même où l’on voulait; ce qui n’est pas une chose bien extraordinaire parmi nous, mais qui l’était à Cachemire.

Un faquir de son altesse lui vola ces deux bijoux; il les porta à la princesse. Gardez soigneusement ces deux pièces, lui dit-il; votre destinée en dépend. Il partit alors, et on ne le revit plus. Le duc de Cachemire au désespoir résolut d’aller voir, à la foire de Cabul, si de tous les marchands qui s’y rendent des quatre coins du monde il n’y en aurait pas un qui eût son diamant et son arme. Il menait sa fille avec lui dans tous ses voyages. Elle porta son diamant bien enfermé dans sa ceinture; mais pour le javelot qu’elle ne pouvait si bien cacher, elle l’avait enfermé soigneusement à Cachemire dans son grand coffre de la Chine.

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I Promessi Sposi

Quel ramo del lago di Como, che volge a mezzogiorno, tra due catene non interrotte di monti, tutto a seni e a golfi, a seconda dello sporgere e del rientrare di quelli, vien, quasi a un tratto, a ristringersi, e a prender corso e figura, tra un promontorio a destra, e un’ampia costiera dall’altra parte; e il ponte, che ivi congiunge le due rive, par che renda ancor più sensibile all’occhio questa trasformazione, e segni il punto in cui il lago cessa, e l’Adda ricomincia, per ripigliar poi nome di lago dove le rive, allontanandosi di nuovo, lascia l’acqua distendersi e rallentarsi in nuovi golfi e in nuovi seni.

La costiera, formata dal deposito di tre grossi torrenti, scende appoggiata a due monti contigui, l’uno detto di San Martino, l’altro, con voce lombarda, il Resegone, dai molti suoi cocuzzoli in fila, che in vero lo fanno somigliare a una sega: talché non è chi, al primo vederlo, purché sia di fronte, come per esempio di su le mura di Milano che guardano a settentrione, non lo discerna tosto, a un tal contrassegno, in quella lunga e vasta giogaia, dagli altri monti di nome più oscuro e di forma più comune. Per un buon pezzo, la costa sale con un pendìo lento e continuo; poi si rompe in poggi e in valloncelli, in erte e in spianate, secondo l’ossatura de’ due monti, e il lavoro dell’acque.

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Finnegans Wake

riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

Sir Tristram, violer d’amores, fr’over the short sea, had passen-core rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy isthmus of Europe Minor to wielderfight his penisolate war: nor had topsawyer’s rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselse to Laurens County’s gorgios while they went doublin their mumper all the time: nor avoice from afire bellowsed mishe mishe to tauftauf thuartpeatrick not yet, though venissoon after, had a kidscad buttended a bland old isaac: not yet, though all’s fair in vanessy, were sosie sesthers wroth with twone nathandjoe. Rot a peck of pa’s malt had Jhem or Shen brewed by arclight and rory end to the regginbrow was to be seen ringsome on the aquaface.

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