Humorous Stories Archive

My Double; and How He Undid Me

By Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) It is not often that I trouble the readers of The Atlantic Monthly. I should not trouble them now, but for the importunities of my wife, who “feels to insist” that a duty to society is unfulfilled, till …

Titbottom's spectacles

BY GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS (1824-1892) In my mind’s eye, Horatio. Prue and I do not entertain much; our means forbid it. In truth, other people entertain for us. We enjoy that hospitality of which no account is made. We see the show, …

The Watkinson Evening

By Eliza Leslie (1787-1858) Mrs. Morland, a polished and accomplished woman, was the widow of a distinguished senator from one of the western states, of which, also, her husband had twice filled the office of governor. Her daughter having completed her education …

The Schoolmaster's Progress

By Caroline M.S. Kirkland (1801-1864) Master William Horner came to our village to school when he was about eighteen years old: tall, lank, straight-sided, and straight-haired, with a mouth of the most puckered and solemn kind. His figure and movements were those …

The Angel of the Odd

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809-1849) It was a chilly November afternoon. I had just consummated an unusually hearty dinner, of which the dyspeptic truffe formed not the least important item, and was sitting alone in the dining-room with my feet upon the fender and …

The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots

By George Pope Morris (1802-1864) Look into those they call unfortunate, And, closer view’d, you’ll find they are unwise.–Young. Let wealth come in by comely thrift, And not by any foolish shift: ‘Tis haste Makes waste: Who gripes too hard the dry …