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SynopsisShort StoryAuthor
Paul convinces Uncle Oscar Cresswell & Bassett to bet on racehorses/he rides childhood toy to determine Derby winner/wins 80,000 pounds & dies that nightD.H. Lawrence
Bill Driscoll and Sam abduct Johnny (9 year old son of Ebenezer Dorset)/he terrorizes his captors into releasing himO. Henry
Narrator visits his friend Roderick & his sister Madelaine/after a cataleptic fit Roderick buries her in family vault but knows she's alive/she escapes and both die/house collapsesEdgar Allan Poe
Man vs Nature story/inexperienced man attempts to travel through Yukon but gets soaked and dies trying to meet friendsJack London
Title character is left at the altar by George/she longs for her children Cornelia, Hapsy, Lydia, & Jimmy as she prepares to dieKatherine Anne Porter
Elderly African-American Phoenix Jackson walks through the woods to Natchez Mississippi to get medicine for her grandson who swallowed lyeEudora Welty
Stella-Rondo and Shirley-T return home to China Grove, MS/Sister moves to title structure b/c Stella-Rondo turns Mama and Papa Daddy against herEudora Welty
Post-apocalyptic/Forest People battle more advanced Hill People/John (tribal priest) travels from home near Hudson River to forbidden area (New York City)Stephen Vincent Benet
Narrator is condemned by Spanish Inquisition/in cell escapes from one device when rats chew through ropes only to have red hot wall push him toward pit/rescued by FrenchEdgar Allan Poe
Montressor takes revenge on Fortunato whom he lures into a wine cellar and immures there/leaving him to starve to deathEdgar Allan Poe
An allegory of the US and Soviet Union nuclear arms race/neighboring Chinese villages constantly reshape their wallsRay Bradbury
Kino discovers title object but buyers attempt to rip him off/he & Juana seek treatment for son Coyotito for scorpion biteJohn Steinbeck
Narrator describes murder of old man with 'vulture eye' whom he dismembered & hid under floorboards/he begins to hear ringing which he believes to be the man's heartbeat/confesses Edgar Allan Poe
Banker & lawyer bet 2 million rubles that lawyer can't spend 15 years in solitary confinement/studies & renounces worldy things/banker plans to kill him b/c bet will bankrupt himAnton Chekhov
SynopsisShort StoryAuthor
A Paduan scientist nurtures his daughter on poisonous plants/neighbor Giovanni drinks antidote gives it to Beatrice and she dies/included in Mosses and ManseNathaniel Hawthorne
Based upon author's experience surviving shipwreck off FL coast/4 men (correspondent, captain, cook, oiler) try to get to shore in dinghy after shipwreck/Billie (oiler) diesStephen Crane
John Unger is invited to visit schoolmate Percy's house in Montana, where his family owns a mountain consisting of one diamond/F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title character loves Homer Barron, a Northern foreman who takes her on Sunday drives in buggy/upon death townspeople discover she poisoned him & stored corpse in upstairs bedroomWilliam Faulkner
Cherokee Sal dies in childbirth but gives birth to namesake character in a poor gold-prospecting camp/miners believe the boy brings good luck but he dies with Kentuck in a floodBret Harte
A deaf old man stays in the title location late into the night/younger waiter hurries home to his wife/older waiter keeps the old man companyErnest Hemmingway
Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves prepare slips of paper the night before/Bill Hutchison draws the paper with the black spot/Tessie the draws the marked slip and is stoned to deathShirley Jackson
Narrator kills wife with axe after she stops him from killing titular creature/seals her body in a brick wall but unknowingly seals creature as well/creature's wail gives him awayEdgar Allan Poe
Peyton Farquhar a confederate sympathizer is senteced to hang from title location/imagines the rope breaks and he escapes but is actually hung and diesAmbrose Bierce
Set in 2081/Handicapper General ensures all Americans are completely equal/mother Hazel can't think for extended periods/father George wears radio to counteract intelligenceKurt Vonnegut
Sanger Rainsford falls off ship and lands on Zaroff's island where he is hunted like wild animal/kills ZaroffRichard Connell
Title character takes night journey/meets older man w/black serpent-shaped staff & Goody Cloyse/hears wifes voice/witnesses a forest ritual that corrupts his view of ChristianityNathaniel Hawthorne
Grandmother convinces son Bailey to take family to east Tennessee/after wrecking car Misfit and 2 other escaped convicts shoot entire familyFlannery O'Connor

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