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Story about a man who bets his head but not his neck with the devil

I remember a story about a man who bets "his head" with the devil and loses. I do not remember what the wager actually was. The devil is ready to chop the man's head off with an axe, but the ...

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asked by polm23 Score of 14
answered by Gareth Rees Score of 24

Is The Lord of the Rings particularly difficult for second-language speakers of English?

I am reading The Lord of the Rings. As a non-native speaker, I found it particularly hard to visualize in my head the settings of the scenes and also the landscapes established by the author, ...

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asked by Ethan Score of 3
answered by Matt Thrower Score of 4

Story about a murder that leads to an execution; turns out to be suicide

I read an English-language story 15-20 years ago (I do not recall how old it was) about a murder, where the killer got caught and executed. After the execution, a video (I think) was released showing ...

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asked by CIAndrews Score of 3
answered by Pete Score of 4

Book read in 1970’s early 80’s about girl, sent to a house to stay. Tree or water spirits may feature also to do with flooding of stream in garden

I’m looking for a book where a young girl is the main character. She is sent to stay in another house for some reason. There is something about the garden of the house, it may have a stream running ...

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asked by Jac Score of 2

Looking for children’s illustrated book about a boy, injured goose, and letting goose return to flock

The Wild Goose Flies is in my memory as the title but that doesn’t bring up anything relevant when I search. The book was published in the 1960’s. The boy made a pen for the goose and nursed it back ...

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asked by Booklookerupper Score of 2

What's the significance of being a "tale-bearer" in "Omenuko"?

In chapter six of Omenuko, we have a report of Omenuko's method of judging, which includes this scene: Because of things like this, some people were going to Omenuko and saying to him, "Master, ...

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asked by Mithical Score of 2
answered by Mary Score of 1

How reliable are the narrators in the writings of HP Lovecraft?

HP Lovecraft often tells his stories through the perspective of a narrator. How reliable can these narrators be considered, and can he be said to have used unreliable narrators as a story device?

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asked by Aaargh Zombies Score of 2

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Origins of quote: "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

I've grown up loving the quote "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." and I've been searching around to find out where it came from (with only a ...

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asked by Andrew Bickerton Score of 25
answered by Mithical Score of 34

Where is this quote about Man, Hero, Legend and Myth from?

This quote is scattered throughout the Web: Through action, a Man becomes a Hero Through death, a Hero becomes a Legend Through time, a Legend becomes a Myth And by learning from the Myth, a Man ...

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asked by BlueMoon93 Score of 8
answered by Darren T Zhang Score of -2

Did Rudyard Kipling Write "The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon"?

I came across a poem on a forum, attributed to Rudyard Kipling called "THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON" (the title seems to be often posted in caps). A Google search indicates that where ...

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asked by Rusty Score of 11
answered by Peter Shor Score of 15

What were the three clues mentioned at the end of Agatha Christie's And There Were None?

In the end of the book it is said that the culprit believes, even though the crimes committed were perfect and the police will be unable to solve it, there are three clues left that can help identify ...

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asked by srk_cb Score of 13
answered by Matt Thrower Score of 9

In the short story "Should Wizard Hit Mommy" by John Updike, what is the author conveying through his narrated story and contradicting actions?

The short story "Should Wizard Hit Mommy" by John Updike (a short five-to-ten-minute read) is on my curriculum; it involves a father who tells a nap-time story to his daughter. It appears to ...

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asked by Mr.HiggsBoson Score of 7
answered by Gareth Rees Score of 6

Why is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2?

I've often heard The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2 but never really understood why. I wondered whether anyone actually knew or whether it was just adopted unquestioningly.

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asked by Lio Elbammalf Score of 53
answered by Rand al'Thor Score of 84

"There are three sorts of people: those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea." Did Aristotle really say this?

The famous sentence "There are three sorts of people: those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea" is often attributed to Aristotle. However, I was unable to find an ...

quote-source aristotle  
asked by Pascal Score of 10
answered by Tsundoku Score of 15

Can you answer these questions?

Was Molière’s “Misanthrope” inspired by Menander’s “Dyskolos”?

The 4th century BCE comedy Dyskolos (“Old Cantankerous”) by Menander was rediscovered in Egypt in the mid-20th century. The Wikipedia article on the play tells us: The Dyskolos inspired Molière, who ...

french-literature moliere menander the-misanthrope dyskolos  
asked by Gareth Rees Score of 1

What novel was referenced in the pilot episode of Suits?

This novel is referenced in the pilot of the tv show Suits. However, it was only referenced very quickly and the title of the book wasn't given so hopefully the scene from the episode mirrors the ...

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asked by Classified Score of 1
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