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Scene from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Arthur fails to explain how Earth technology works

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What does "Funnies" refer to?

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Fantasy book with character that used ing instead of swearing, all the time

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What does "Oddbins" mean?

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The incomplete sonnets at the beginning of Don Quixote - what does the pattern mean?

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Novella about man reminiscing about his girlfriend/wife while standing by her dead body

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Francis Bacon's "The Advancement of Learning"

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What is a "sixpenny hop" in D. H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers"?

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How can Mrs Morel buy her son out of the army in D. H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers"?

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Meaning of "It is the ego, demanding its feed" in "Smiley's People"

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What is the connection between "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Experience and the actual day?

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Does Hippolyta love Theseus in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

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What does "in her November of life" mean in "Persuasion"?

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Meaning of a passage in Milton's Sonnet 21

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Trouble understanding two lines from John Donne's poem "The Good Morrow"

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A book about a kid who has a magic baseball glove

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Difficulty understanding the meaning of the word "attitude" in Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

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What was the name of this story referring to 17-year cicadas?

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Under what circumstances did Aziz Isa Elkun lose contact with his mother?

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What does "an Atlantic man" mean?

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Are there crossword puzzle clues in Roy Fuller's "News of the World"?

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In Lord Byron's "Don Juan," what was the lead character "half-smother'd" by?

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Why were the soldiers betting with Australian pounds rather than American dollars in "The Naked and the Dead"

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What do "the vertical man" and "the horizontal one" mean?

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What is the "tin box" in D. H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers"?

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What does "counteracting the sweets of poetical despondence" mean in "Persuasion"?

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Who speaks in this sentence? Is it the character or the narrator?

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Does this allude to MacArthur's words?

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Who is Rachel Harris and how did she help Aziz Isa Elkun?

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Looking for a book with a boy who finds an object that calls to him and gives him an ability

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What does "the heathen" have to do with "horseback riding" here?

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Was Akutagawa's Shōgun ("The General") ever censored in Japan? If so, how?

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Meaning of description of Jim waking in "The Gift of the Magi"

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Which language was the Aziz Isa Elkun poem in the forward to "Uyghur Poems" written in originally?

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Why are songs no longer performed as part of Shakespeare's plays?

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What do "religious light" and "youthful features cruelly aged" mean?

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Meaning of speech in Synge's "Deirdre of the Sorrows"

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Why is the character's speech reported indirectly? What does the indirect report express?

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Short Story About A Newspaper Carrier Whose Newspapers Get Wet Due To Rain - Printed in an Early 1970s 8th Grade English Literature Textbook

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Why is the Hayters' way of living described as "...inferior, retired, and unpolished" in "Persuasion"?

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What's the source of the so-called Chinese proverb, "it is only when mosquito land on your balls..."

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What does this line from Frank Herbert's Dune mean?

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Why did the Superintendent compare Smiley to an abbey?

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Source for quote saying "why don't you want to die" or "why do you want to live forever"

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Novel about a man trying to solve the long ago disappearance of his younger brother

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YA literature where a group of older kids are suggested to be synthesizing LSD in the school chemistry lab, but are actually making wood alcohol

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Mortimer Adler, "How to Read a Book": Two questions about the objectivity and subjectivity of reality

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Poem about the coffee rings left behind on a table


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