The Fiend's Delight


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This book, the fiend’s delight, was published in 1873, during the lifetime of author Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914, pseudonym Dod Grile. It is a collection of short stories which cover many subjects. Dependent upon the reader the stories may seem callous, entertaining or some of the stories even just weird. The author has been known to have a penchant for being macabre as some of his works have displayed. Ambrose Bierce served in the Civil War so he did have personal experience with having seen just how horrid some lives were. He also had a family: a wife whom he divorced in 1904 and 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. Difficult times followed for him as the sons died before Ambrose died, with his ex wife dying 1 year after their divorce. Ambrose himself was known to have had lifelong asthma & brain injuries from the war which caused him to faint & become irritable. His daughter did live 65 years, dying in 1940. She spent time searching for her father, whom she did not think was dead. Possibly his family is why some of his writings were not so macabre? Unfortunately that answer is not known. Leaving to visit his civil war grounds had him traveling into Mexico were there was revolution in 1913. There he joined Pancho Villa’s army as an observer where he disappeared. Many theories existed as to how his disappearance happened, most of which were unreliable. It was determined his final fate was unknown & referred to as a mystery. April Reynolds (2 hr 25 min)

Chapters

Preface 1:46 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; One More Unfortunate 2:46 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Strong Young Man of Colusa 2:22 Read by April6090
Some Fiction;The Glad New Year 2:00 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Late Dowling, Senior 5:24 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; “Love’s Labour Lost” 3:57 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Comforter 2:08 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Little Isaac 2:30 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; the Heels of Her 2:26 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Tale of Two Feet 1:50 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Scolliver Pig 3:30 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Mr. Hunker's Mourner 2:18 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Bit of Chivalry 3:08 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Head of the Family 2:00 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Deathbed Repentance 2:34 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The New Church that was not Built 3:23 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Tale of the Great Quake 2:05 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Johnny 1:46 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Child's Provider 1:52 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Boys who Began Wrong 1:50 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Kansas Incident 1:07 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Mr. Grile's Girl 2:29 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; His Railway 1:54 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Mr. Gish Makes a Present 1:59 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; A Cow-County Pleasantry 1:57 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Optimist, and What He Died Of 2:50 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Root of Education 2:09 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Retribution 1:21 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The faithful wife 1:43 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; Margaret the Childless 2:34 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Discomfited Demon 3:58 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Mistake of a Life 1:37 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; L.S. 4:31 Read by April6090
Some Fiction; The Baffled Asian 2:27 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; A Call to Dinner 5:08 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; On Death and Immortality 3:53 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Music, muscular and mechanical 2:35 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; The Good Young Man 2:10 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; The Average Parson 2:56 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Did We Eat One Another? 3:01 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Your Friend’s Friend 2:01 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Le Diable est aux Vaches 3:51 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Angels and Angles 2:06 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; A Wingless Insect 4:06 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Pork on the Hoof 3:04 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; The Young Person 2:16 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; A Certain Popular Fallacy 1:55 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Pastoral Journalism 3:21 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Mendicity’s Mistake 2:00 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Insects 1:42 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Picnicking considered as a Mistake 1:53 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Thanksgiving Day 4:31 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Flogging 1:58 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Reflections upon the Beneficent Influence of the Press 1:19 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Charity 0:50 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; The Study of Human Nature 0:52 Read by April6090
Tall Talk; Additional Talk—Done in the Country 3:53 Read by April6090