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Difficulty understanding the meaning of a line in Paradise Regained

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What is specifically Dutch about light bulbs?

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Does "Two legs good, two legs bad" from "Smiley's People" allude to George Orwell's "Animal Farm"?

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Persona of the narrator in Housman's "Farewell to Barn and Stack and Tree"

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Inconsistency in number of cheeses per box in Elsschot's "Cheese"

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What is mispronounced as "kitten-muncher"?

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Did Willa Cather plagiarize her acclaimed 1928, Death Comes For The Archbishop, from a 1908 biography by William J. Howlett?

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Is the character named Laarmans supposed to be the same person across Elsschot's œuvre?

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Did the Master of Ballantrae poison Chew?

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Is it an error to identify the narrator of "Ozymandias" with the author?

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What does "The telephone had never been a bother to her. It gave her no sense of urgency." mean?

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What does "She was already suited" mean?

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What does "those mythical relations started needing her to cure their mythical ailments in far-off places" mean?

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What's happening with Poseidon's request for an apology in Jorge Rivera-Herran's "Epic"'s "Ruthlessness"?

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Why did the narrator have murder on his hands in "Amazing Grace" by Jars of Clay?

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What is "the sin that no Christian need pardon"?

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Literary technique in 'for peace comes dropping slow'

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Reading aid to Paul Auster's '4 3 2 1'

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Why does the Black Rabbit of Inlé save El-ahrairah’s warren?

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Why does Hindley claim to have crammed Kenneth head first into a bog?

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Meaning of "they were nearly overwhelmed by the concussive stimuli"

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Is this quote about poet RS Thomas genuine, and if so, where is it from?

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Did Napoleon ever shoot a bookseller?

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Looking for a quote conveying relation between answerer and asker of a question [closed]

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Why does changing one's name to 'Vladimir' indicate allegiance to Moscow?

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Short story - Protagonist is a young boy whose parents traveled in Africa. He had leprosy (now cured) and is socially awkward

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Late 90s/early 2000s where a Chile (or Chilli) solved mysteries

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Which critic asserted that English was best when it went against its Germanic roots and followed French habits?

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In search of: The Lexicon of Exekias/Ezekias

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What does "hanging on to their virility" mean?

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Was The Glass Menagerie the first memory play, or merely the first instance of the phrase?

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Regarding the poetic techniques:- "Upside- Down" by Alexander Kushner

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How come there are Buddhist monks from a seminary?

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I'm confused about events in "The Council of Mirrors" by Michael Buckley

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Did Freud say that Hamlet is overreacting when talking to Queen Gertrude?

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Did Holden Caulfield starve himself for two entire weeks?

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To understand "silver dew" in William Blake's "To the Evening Star"

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How does ignorance make a barren waste in "To the Nile" by John Keats?

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Henry Green's Loving: What is the historical position of the English characters in Ireland?

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What is the source of this cheesy quote?

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"The Book of Disquiet" passage: "when affection can no longer compensate for the indifference that was the dead man’s lot in life"

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What is a work of Russian literature, in which a gentleman gets lost in a rain with a coachman, who for a long time did not admit that he was lost?

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Publishing a book directly on the Internet [closed]

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What does "the last day" and "the first" mean?

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Who is "Stan Streeson" in Rutherford's translation of Don Quijote?

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What is a Pillycoddian gesture?

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What does "the Offices" refer to?

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Sparrows in "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov


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