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Around the World in 80 Days, Chapter 1: In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other
Around the World in 80 Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. In chapter one, Phineas Fogg and his sole servant, Passepartout, become acquainted.
In the Wilds of Florida, Chapter 1
In the Wilds of Florida is a tale of an Irish schoolboy who leaves school and his struggling family in Ireland to come to America. He experiences a Florida where fighting still erupts between Cherokee and Seminole Indians, where white people are under threat of Indian attack, and the landscape is mostly swamp or plains of dense brush. In chapter one, Maurice and his father are invited to America to offer assistance to their family members. The travel there is peopled with interesting characters and the excitement of a child gone overboard.
Oliver Twist, Chapter 1: Treats of the Place Where Oliver Twist was Born and of the Circumstances Attending His Birth
Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens' second novel. It is about a boy named Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and meets a gang of pickpockets in London. The novel is one of Dickens's most well-known works, and has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations.
Clotel; or, The President's Daughter, Chapter 1
Clotel; or, The President's Daughter is a novel by William Wells Brown (1815 – 1884), a fugitive from slavery and abolitionist and was published in London, England in December 1853. It gained notoriety amid the unconfirmed rumors regarding Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. Brown was still considered someone else's legal property within the borders of the United States at the time of its publication. It is considered to be the first novel written by an African American. The book follows the experiences of three generations of women during slavery.
Brown used the injustices of slavery to demonstrate the destructive effects it had on the African American family, most significantly the so–called tragic mulatto. Brown had escaped from slavery in Kentucky while still in his youth, and became active on the anti–slavery circuit.
Great Expectations, Chapter 1
Great Expectations follows Pip's life expectations as he attempts to fit in with upper class society, while pining for the affection of Estella. In chapter one, young "Pip" encounters a stranger in the village churchyard.
Main Street, Chapter 1
Main Street is a satirical novel about small-town life, and is notable for the presence of a strong female protagonist. In chapter one, the reader is introduced to Carol Milford, a beautiful, young woman trying to find her place in the world. Fearing a mundane life, Carol turns down a suitor in order to pursue a more bohemian lifestyle.