American Literature

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"It means," he answered lightly, "that the child is not white; it means that you are not white."

Desiree's Baby

"On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man. "

Young Goodman Brown

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,"

The Raven

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Gettysburg Address

2. "Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. The books of an older period will not fit this."

The American Scholar

"They come to me days and nights and go from me again,
But they are not the Me myself.

Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
Looks down, is erect, bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,
Looks with its sidecurved head curious what will come next,
Both in and out of the game, and watching and wondering at it."

Song of Myself

"Thou, stranger, that shalt come this way,
No fraud upon the dead commit,
Yet, marking the swelling turf, and say,
They do not lie, but here they sit."

The Indian Burying Ground

"What a spirit of adventure, what wild ambition! What fancied triumph and delight and glory for the later morning when she could make known the secret! It was almost too great for the childish heart to bear."

The White Heron

"None may teache it-Any-
'Tis the Seal Despair-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air"

There's a certain Slant of Light

"The poor fellow was now completely confounded. He doubted his own identity, and whether he was himself or another man."

Rip Van Winkle

"They heard! - they suspected! - they knew! - they were making a mockery of my horror!"

The Tell-Tale Heart

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