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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865 is a collection of essays, stories, and poems from a variety of authors. The pieces cover a wide range of topics, from political commentary to personal reflections, making for a diverse and engaging read.

One standout feature of this volume is the depth of insight into the social and political issues of the time. The authors offer thoughtful analysis and commentary on the key events and debates of the day, providing readers with a valuable historical perspective.

Additionally, the quality of the writing in this volume is consistently high. The authors are skilled in their craft, with each piece displaying a level of craftsmanship and sophistication that is sure to impress readers.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865 is a well-curated collection that offers a valuable glimpse into the intellectual landscape of the mid-19th century. Whether you're a history buff or simply enjoy well-written prose, this volume is sure to delight.

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A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art, and Politics.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of the article.


All doubtless remember the story which is told of the witty Charles II. and the Royal Society: How one day the King brought to the attention of its members a most curious and inexplicable phenomenon, which he stated thus: "When you put a trout into a pail full of water, why does not the water overflow?" The savans, naturally enough, were surprised, and suggested many wise, but fruitless explanations; until at last one of their number, having no proper reverence for royalty in his heart, demanded that the experiment should actually be tried. Then, of course, it was proved that there was no phenomenon to be explained. The water overflowed fast enough. Indeed, it is chronicled that the evolutions of this lively member of the piscatory tribe were so brisk, that the difficulty was the exact opposite of what was anticipated, namely, how to keep the water in.

This story may be a pure fable, but the lesson it teaches is true and important... Continue reading book >>

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