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1

“I remember the big flume warn’t finished when he first come to the camp; but any way, he was the curiousest man about always betting on anything that turned up you over see, if he could get anybody to bet on the other side, and if he couldn't he’d change sides.”

Twan, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

2

“Now if you are ready, set him alongside with Dan’l’s and i’ll give the word; Then he says, ‘One, two, three-git.”

Twan, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

3

“She had always supposed that the man who won her would have done something to win her; she did not know what, but something.”

Howells, “Editha”

4

“But now, it flashed upon her if, if he could do something worthy to have won her--be a hero--it would be even better that if he had done it before asking her, it would be grander.”

Howells, “Editha”

5

“The power of thought was restored--he knew that the rope had broken and he had fallen into the stream”

Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

6

“As he is about to clasp her, he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck a blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like the shock of a cannon--then all is darkness and silence!

Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

7

“Has it ever happened?”

James, “The Beast in the Jungle”

8

“The name on the table smote him as the passage of his neighbor had done, and what it said to him full in the face, was that she was what he had missed.”

James, “The Beast in the Jungle”

9

“Silvia’s face was like a pale star, if one has seen it from the ground, when the last thorny bough was past, and she stood trembling and tired but wholly triumphant, high in the tree-top.”

Jewett, “A White Heron”

10

“No, she must keep silence! What is it that suddenly forbids her and makes her dumb? Has she been nine years growing and now when the great world for the first time puts out a hand to her, must she thrust it aside for a bird’s sake?

Jewett, “A White Heron”

11

“‘Shall I go, Armand?’ She asked in tones sharp with agonized suspense. ‘Yes, go.’ ‘Do you want me to go?’ ‘Yes, I want you to go.’”

Chopin, “Desiree’s Baby”

12

“‘But, above all, she wrote, ‘night and day, I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.”

Chopin, “Desiree’s Baby”

13

“When Joe came she had been expecting him, and expecting to be married for fourteen years, but she was as much surprised and taken aback as if she had never thought of it.”

Freeman, “A New England Nun”

14

“Louisa had almost the enthusiasm of an artist over the mere order and cleanliness of her solitary home.”

Freeman, “A New England Nun”

15

“‘Cast down your bucket where you are’--cast it down in making friend in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded.”

Washington, “Up from Slavery”

16

“The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing.”

Washington, “Up from Slavery”

17

“I think that the according of the full exercise of political rights is going to be a matter of natural, slow growth, not an overnight, gourd-vine affair.”

Washington, “Up from Slavery”

18

“‘My darling,’ said he, ‘I beg you, for my sake and for our child’s sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?

Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

19

As soon as it was moonlight and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her. I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.”

Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

20

“In failing thus to state plainly and unequivocally the legitimate demands of their people, even at the cost of opposing and honored leader, the thinking classes of American Negroes would shirk a heavy responsibility,--a responsibility to themselves, a responsibility to the struggling masses, a responsibility to the darker races of men whose future depends so largely on this American experiment but especially a responsibility to this nation,-- this common Fatherland.”

Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk”

21

“In his failure to realize and impress the last point, Mr. Washington is especially to be criticized. His doctrine has tended to make the whites, North and South, shift the burden of the Negro problem to the Negro’s shoulders and stand aside as critical and rather pessimistic spectators; when in fact the burden belong to the nation, and the hands of none of us are clean if we bend not our energies to righting these great wrong."

Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk”

22

“She realized in a dim way how much the city held-wealth, fashion, ease--every adornment for women, and she longed for dress and beauty with a whole and fulsome heart.”

Dreiser, “Sister Carrie”

23

“Surely Chicago was not so bad if she could find one place in one day. She might find another and better later.”

Dreiser, “Sister Carrie”

24

“The little boat, lifted by each towering sea, and splashed viciously by the crests, made progress that in the absence of sea-weed was not apparent to those in her. She seemed just a wee thing wallowing miraculously, top-up, at the mercy of five oceans. Occasionally, a great spread of water, like white flames, swarmed into her.”

Crane, “The Open Boat”

25

“Their back bones had become thoroughly used to balancing in the boat and they now rode this wild colt of a dingery like circus men.”

Crane, “The Open Boat”

26

“But before he could cut the strings, it happened. It was his own fault or rather , his mistake. He should not have built the fire under the spruce tree. He should have built it in the open.”

London, “To Build a Fire”

27

“Perhaps the old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right. If he had only had a trail-mate he would have been in no danger now. The trail-mate could have built the fire.”

London, “To Build a Fire”

28

“Poor thing; she did not know that when he lingeringly fondled her hand, on taking his leave in the hallway, the proposal lay on the tip of his tongue, and that lacking the strength to relieve himself of his burned he every time left her, consoling himself that the moment was inopportune, and that ‘tomorrow he would surely settle it.’”

Cahan, “A Sweat-Shop Romance”

29

“When his day’s work was over. Heyman’s heart failed him to face Beile, and although he was panting to see her, he did not call at her house. On the following morning he awoke with a headache, and this he used as a pretext to himself for going to bed right after supper.”

Cahan, “A Sweat-Shop Romance”

30

“This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,”

Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask”

31

“We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.”

Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask”

32

“Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay
As ice storms do.”

Frost, "Birches"

33

“I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.”

Frost, "Birches"

34

“Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.”

Stevens, “The Idea of Order at Key West”

35

“It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang.”

Stevens, “The Idea of Order at Key West”

36

“In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.”

Eliot, “The Love Song by J. Alfred Prufrock”

37

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall,
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?”

Eliot, “The Love Song by J. Alfred Prufrock”

38

“‘He puts his arms about me,’ said one. “His fingers were always playing in my hair,’ said another.”

Anderson, “Winesburg, Ohio”

39

“The hotel was continually losing patronage because of it shabbiness and she thought of herself as also shabby.”

Anderson, “Winesburg, Ohio”

40

“Silence fell upon the room where the boy and woman sat together. Again, as on the other evenings, they were embarrassed. After a time the boy tried again to talk, ‘I suppose in won’t be for a year or two but I’ve been thinking about it,’ he said, rising and going toward the door.”

Anderson, “Winesburg, Ohio”

41

“He had destroyed his talent himself. Why should he blame this woman because she kept him well? He had destroyed his talent by not using it, by betrayals of himself and what he believed in.”

Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

42

“He had seen the world change; not just the events; although he had seen many of them and had watched the people, but he had seen the subtler change and he could remember how the people were at different times. He had been in it and he had watched it and it was his duty to write of it; but now he never would.”

Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

43

“Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town…”

Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”

44

“Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”

Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”

45

“Could kill a man with a gun like this. Kill anybody, black or white. And if he were holding his gun in his hand, nobody could run over him; they would have respect him.”

Wright, “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”

46

“‘A wuzn shooting at the mule, Mistah Hawkins. The gun jumped when Ah pulled the trigger… N fo ah knowed anything Jenny was there a-bleeding.’ Somebody in the crowd laughed. Jim Hawkins walked close to Dave and looked into his face. ‘Well, looks like you have bought you a mule, Dave.”

Wright, “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”

47

“Go home and write
A page tonight.
And let that page come out of you--
The, it will be true.”

Hughes, “Theme for English B”

48

“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I like a pipe for Christmas present,
or records--Bessie, bop, or Bach.
I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like
the same things other folks like who are other races.”

Hughes, “Theme for English B”

49

“‘Mrs. Pike is this lady from New Orleans,’ said Leota, puffing, and pressing into Mrs. Fletcher’s scalp with strong red-nailed fingers. ‘A friend, not a customer.”

Welty, “Petrified Man”

50

“‘Well,’ Leota answered at last, ‘you know what I heard in here yestiddy, one of Thelma’s ladies was settin’ over yonder in Thelma’s booth gittin’ a machineless, and I don’t mean to insist or insinuate or anything, Mrs. Fletcher, but Thelma’s lady just happ’med to throw out--I forgotten what she was talkin’ about at the time--that you was p-r-e-g., and lots of times that’ll make your hair do awful funny, fall out and God knows what all. It just ain’t our fault, is the way I look at it.’”

Welty, “Petrified Man”

51

“Whenever she looked at joy this way, she could not help but feel that it would have been better if the child had not taken the Ph. D.”

O’Connor, “Good Country People”

52

“Mrs. Hopewell could not say, ‘My daughter is an atheist and won’t let me keep the Bible in the parlor.’”

O’Connor, “Good Country People”

53

“And then I found myself thinking what a pitiful life this woman must have led. Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one.”

Carver “Cathedral”

54

“How could I even begin to describe it? But say my life depended on it. Say my life was being threatened by an insane guy who said I had to do it or else.”

Carver “Cathedral”