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Nineteenth Century British Stories

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Many Christians consider it somewhat ironic that the story which has come to define the spirit of Christmas barely mentions Jesus. In... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  2. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens' novella "The Cricket on the Hearth" is, like "A Christmas Carol," a somewhat moralistic little tale -- but... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  3. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    The title of Joseph Conrad's novella "Heart of Darkness" refers both to the depths of the "Dark Continent," Africa, which the... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  4. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle
    In Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Adventure of the Copper Beeches,' Sherlock Holmes is again consulted by a young... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  5. The Mystery of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle
    In Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Mystery of the Speckled Band,' Sherlock Holmes is called upon to calm a frightened... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  6. The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle
    In each of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes, an amateur detective of independent means, is consulted by a client who has... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo
  7. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
    In Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer," the protagonist, a sea captain who is never named, aids a stowaway on his ship who is being... - Commentary by Karen Bernardo