The five Bennet daughters of Longbourne Estate have their life's goal laid out by society and their meddling mother, in equal parts—to marry and marry well. Fortunately, two of the country's most eligible bachelors have just taken up residence right next door. Unfortunately, Lizzy Bennet's prejudiced opinions and the pride of handsome Mr. Darcy are set on a collision course that just might obliterate any hope of a happy ending—at the very least, any hope of a simple one. Prid
Once a lord, now an infamous outlaw, Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest seeks justice for the poor by robbing the rich and cruel. Along with his Merry Men, fair Maid Marian, and those who have found his help in need, he seals his place in legend as the great yeoman who foils his enemies and shoots true, time and time again. Robin Hood is an antique figure in English literature, so it's unsurprising that different authors' retellings overlap. Like the Howard Pyle version of The Adv
Bilbo Baggins is a very respectable hobbit: he lives in a fine, cozy hobbit-hole and never does anything unexpected. So when the wizard Gandalf and a party of 13 dwarves select him for an adventure, Mr. Baggins steps quite suddenly and jarringly into a quest to reclaim a hoard of gold from the clutches of the wicked dragon Smaug. A journey of perils lies ahead, but there is more to Bilbo Baggins than anyone expects, and one should never underestimate the cleverness—or courage
Ebenezer Scrooge is a tight-fisted, hard-hearted, money-hoarding businessman who scoffs at Christmas and everything it entails. He is unfeeling toward the needy, unkind toward his fellow man, and uncomprehending of the great cost of his own greed to his soul. Not until the ghost of his late business partner appears to him on Christmas Eve does Scrooge begin to question the price of his cruel ways. He is warned by this ghost of three Spirits to come: the Spirits of Christmas
Oliver Twist is born with no name between the walls of a government-funded shelter for the poor, and in minutes, he is an orphan. Named by authorities and wholly alone in the world, Oliver is subjected to all the cruelties and misfortunes faced by poor orphans with love from no one, and reproach from everyone. Running away to London seems the answer to his desperate prayers, for there is a place for homeless orphans in the city—especially in the business of crime. But Oliver'
Dorian Gray is an exceptional young man who enamours everyone he meets with the air of innocence and purity belied by his beauty. And indeed, until he meets Lord Henry Wotton, he is boyishly innocent, the perfect subject for a perfect portrait that his artist friend, Basil, creates in his honour. But when Lord Henry informs him that his beauty will not last—that he is destined for inevitable age and ugliness—Dorian cannot bear the thought of the beautiful painting outlasting