English 10 Readings

The Monkey’s Paw

A darling little family learns not to mess around with fate, even off-handedly. (Off-handedly! Bwah ha ha ha!)

Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket

High above Lexington Avenue, a young man comes to die, and discovers that he has not yet lived…er, or something like that.   

By the Waters of Babylon

A classic post-apocalyptic short story with an upbeat twist and some Biblical allusion for good measure.

The Masque of the Red Death

It’s all fun and games until the clock strikes twelve. Heavy gothic allegory from Edgar Allan Poe.

How Much Land Does a Man Need?

If Pahom were a rich man (daidle deedle daidle daidle daidle deedle daidle dumb), he probably wouldn’t be any happier, really.

Swimming to Antarctica

Lynne Cox’s tale of swimming a mile through freezing cold water because it was there.