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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

The older we get, the more Hemingway’s 1933 short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” seems to resonate. The story takes a psychological approach to existence, illustrating a mature “Hemingway hero” who has developed an approach to life that helps him get though the day.

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Araby

Like “An Encounter,” “Araby” is one of short stories that together make up James Joyce’s 1914 collection, Dubliners. It is perhaps the most anthologized of Joyce’s stories, demonstrating his use of epiphany.

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An Encounter

“An Encounter” is a story from James Joyce’s Dubliners. The story involves a boy—the narrator—and his friend Mahony taking a day off from school and going to the shore.

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Universal History

In one inconceivably complex cosmos, whenever a creature was faced with several possible courses of action, it took them all, thereby creating many distinct temporal dimensions and distinct histories of the cosmos.

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Before the Law

Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment.

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