The Purloined Letter
by Edgar Allan Poe
We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)
Snow line (7-8)
No lie: this is a toughie. It's full of lines like "intellects of the vaster capacity, while more forcible, more constant, and more eventful in their movements than those of inferior grade, are yet the less readily moved, and more embarrassed and full of hesitation in the first few steps of their progress" (107), and only one of the characters even has a name. But, hey, at least it's short. And awesome.