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What are the differences and similarities between the role of female “sovereignty” in Lanval and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.”?

I would like to know the specific differences and similarities and some examples for me to better understand the differences and similarities.
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What does “the cedars where our old ones sleep” mean here?

days pass easy over these ancient hills  i wander near a moccasin path overgrown with rusted cans and weeds i stand in the forest at sunset waiting for a song from the rising wind  it ...
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Difference between Indian and English lyricism besides language?

Suppose we sing or rap about dark themes (depression, alcohol, drugs, violence, sex) similar to modern American music from 1970-present day in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Malayalam over Indian classical-...
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What does it mean when Ralph is thinking about Piggy's death in Lord of the Flies by Golding

I have a question about this quote: "He yearned for a bed and sheets- but the only whiteness here was the slow spilt milk, luminous round the rock forty feet below, where Piggy had fallen. Piggy ...
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Why do most people who say you have your mother's eyes die in Harry Potter? [on hold]

Most of the people throughout the films who tell Harry he has his mother's eyes end up being killed. Is there any reason for this or is it just coincidence?
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Has the The Duel by Joseph Conrad been published in any recent story collections?

I'm a fan of the Ridley Scott film The Duellists (1977) which is based on the story The Duel by Joseph Conrad. I would like to read the original story, but whenever I search for paperback collections ...
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Is there a math mistake in Moby Dick Chapter 99?

In Chapter 99 ("The Doubloon") of Moby Dick, Flask comments that the doubloon is worth 16 dollars, and, at two cents a cigar, that will get him 960 cigars. But if each cigar is two cents, then you ...
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What does abbreviation “nk” means in line spacing? [closed]

I see in some journals that mention the line spacing in MS Word in terms of "nk". What does that mean and how can I set that in the Word?
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In what year do the events of The Giver take place?

I am just curious but in which year does The Giver take place?
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Regarding a conversation between Miss. Price, Miss. Crawford and Edmund in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I am reading chapter 11 of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. There is a conversation going on between Fanny, Edmund, and Mrs. Crawford. In the book the conversation is going on without explicitly ...
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Books about how dress code (graduation etc.) is bad [closed]

I am fan of no dress code. I mean clothes are for hiding and protecting body. I hate the social norms about this. I express the respect by behavior, not by clothing. Can you recommend me some book ...
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Story from the perspective of a killer and the victim

Back when I was in school, I remember one of my English teachers telling us about a book she was about to read written from the perspective of both the killer and the killer's victim. Each chapter ...
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1957? This has been around for decades prior [closed]

My father was born in 1937 and learned a variation of this poem as a boy. He taught it to me. I come before you to stand behind you and speak to you about something of which I know nothing about. ...
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What does Athena’s statement to Zeus at the beginning of The Odyssey reveal?

I was told to analyze this passage in book 1 of The Odyssey, having read only books 1-4: And sparkling-eyed Athena drove the matter home: “Father, son of Cronus, our high and mighty king, surely he ...
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In Heart of Darkness, why did native Africans love Kurtz?

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, why did native Africans love Kurtz despite his violent nature?
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Why didn't Harry and Hermione Granger get married?

In terms of magical brilliance and personal traits, it was Hermione who was the closest to the main hero Harry Potter, and therefore was the most suited to have him as her spouse. A timid Ronald was a ...
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Understanding the 2018 and 2019 Nobel prizes

When someone is awarded the Nobel prize, the Nobel committee always gives a short description of their achievement. This year, two prizes were awarded (for 2019 and 2018): Peter Handke “for ...
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In Kipps, what does H. G. Wells mean by “colonial meat by contract at threepence a pound”

I came across this following sentence in H. G. Wells' Kipps and I don't understand what it means. What he put into Kipps was chiefly bread and margarine, infusions of chicory and tea-dust, ...
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Typographical inconsistency in James Joyce's “Araby”

Sorry if this a fussy question, but in teaching "Araby" I have found that there is an inconsistency between editions that must be a typo, but I can't figure out which version is correct. Just after ...
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What is the meter of the poem “Snow” by Louis MacNeice?

I'm struggling to find the meter in which the poem "Snow" is written. I know that Shakespeare's poetry was written in iambic pentameter. So far, I've read that the poem "Snow" has a rough meter, and ...
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Is there a canonical order to HP Lovecraft's work?

I've been a big fan of Lovecraft's works of literature and used them as inspiration for a lot of my own writing, but I've been unable to find a proper consensus on how his stories all fit together or ...
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How can Gilgamesh be one-third man and two-thirds god?

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, it says that the gods made Gilgamesh to be two-thirds god and one-third man: Two thirds god they made him; one third man they made him. -- modernised Muss-Arnolt ...
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Children’s story: boy accidentally hits bird with stone and nurses back to health. man hurts it on purpose nurses it back to get gift

A long time I read a story where a young boy accidentally hits a bird (with a stone I think). He runs over to find it and nurses it back to health. It flies away and eventually brings him back some ...
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Who is the 'Immortal Hale' in William Cowper's The Task?

I was reading Book III of William Cowper's The Task today. Lines 252-260: Such was thy wisdom, Newton, childlike sage, Sagacious reader of the works of God, And in his word sagacious. ...
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What does H. G. Wells mean by “ha'penny longcloth to sell, he put it thus to startled customers: 'Can DO you one, six half if y' like.”?

I'm having trouble deciphering what appears to be a string of colloquialisms in H. G. Wells' novel Kipps. The passage in question describes a business owner Mr. Shalford, and it goes as follows: He ...
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Meaning/translation of title “The Light Fantastic” by Terry Pratchett

I have read The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett in English and always interpreted the title as "The Fantastic (adjective) light (noun)". Mostly because I do not see "Fantastic" as noun. To my ...
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What does H. G. Wells mean by “He had added to exceptional business 'push', bankruptcy under the old dispensation, and judicious matrimony.”?

I encountered this following sentence while reading the second chapter of H. G. Wells' novel Kipps. He was an irascible, energetic little man, with hairy hands, for the most part under his coat ...
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Looking for a story/essay by Stephen Leacock

There was a a humorous piece by Stephen Leacock (I remember reading it as a child from a late seventies Reader’s Digest) inanely titled either “How to kill a spider” or “How to make a board” or some ...
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Who is the mysterious stranger at the end of Faulkner's “As I Lay Dying”?

Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is, on the whole, a realistic novel which seeks to portray the misery of poverty in the deep south. However, the ending very much took me by surprise. Anse, the father of ...
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In Master and Commander, why is the cook told to put his pans upside down?

In Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander, during the encounter with the Cacafuego, Aubrey says the following to Ellis: "Cut along to the galley. Tell the cook to put all his dirty pans and coppers ...
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An Indian man retires to become a hermit

I think this story was by Kipling -- it's set in India, during the British Empire. Maybe a few dozen pages in length. The plot -- An Indian man had had a successful career, as a ruler or a high ...
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How to pronounce Silas Lapham's last name

How would the author of "The Rise of Silas Lapham" have pronounced the last name of his title character? Please provide supporting evidence for your answer.
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Was there a real person for Cardinal Vitori mentioned in This Side of Paradise of F. Scott Fitzgerald?

known by name as a fabulously wealthy American girl to Cardinal Vitori and Queen Margherita and more subtle celebrities that one must have had some culture even to have heard of. I was able to find ...
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Trying to find: Short story: Boy meets a man who is about to hang himself

For decades this short story has been stuck in my head. We read it in highschool English class once. As I remember it, it was about a boy leaving his home to encounter a man who was about to hang ...
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What was the Great Silence Epidemic of 1712?

One of the many memorable pieces of wordplay in The Phantom Tollbooth is when the heroes meet Dr Dischord and his assistant, the awful DYNNE. "You mean you've never met the awful DYNNE before?" ...
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Thomas Hardy’s “The Man He Killed”

This question is asking for open-ended interpretation of a poem. See here on meta for an explanation. Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Man He Killed’ (1902) was published in Time’s Laughingstocks (1909):     “...
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Are Lorca's “Gypsy Ballads” adapted from, or inspired by, traditional Romani songs?

Federico Garcia Lorca's Romancero Gitano, usually translated as Gypsy Ballads, is a collection of poems, about which Wikipedia says: All of the poems deal with the Romani people (gypsies) and their ...
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Why would Hamlet fear suicide if he knew of life after death?

Prince Hamlet describes his fear of death in poetic phrases. Prince Hamlet: To be, or not to be, that is the question: ... To die, to sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub, For in that ...
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What does Neruda mean when he says ‘Maybe January light will consume My heart with its cruel Ray.’?

I’ve been a fan of Neruda for a while now. In his Sonnet LXVI: I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You, he says: Maybe January light will consume My heart with its cruel Ray, stealing my ...
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What did H. G. Wells mean by “Manifestly their line lay straight along the lane to the sea”?

I've been reading Kipps by H. G. Wells, and I came across this sentence, which I am having trouble understanding. They (the protagonist Kipps and his friend Sid) proceeded to the question of how ...
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What is the source of “You can achieve a lot with hate, but even more with love” (Shakespeare?)

I have seen a postcard with a quote "You can achieve a lot with hate, but even more with love", signed "Shakespeare", in a French bookshop. The quote is not exact, because I have translated it back ...
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Repetition of “smile” in Kamala Surayya's 'My Mother at Sixty-six'

In the poem 'My Mother at Sixty-six' by Kamala Surayya, the poet ends the "prose" saying all I did was smile and smile and smile.... There are various critical interpretations as to what does the ...
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Explain the bidding in ‘The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker’

The short story ‘The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker’ by Dorothy L. Sayers was collected in Lord Peter Views the Body (Gollancz, 1928). In this extract the characters are playing a game of ...
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Is Wilfrid Scawen Blunt's poem 'The Camel Rider' really a translation?

I came across an interesting poem by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt in a forgotten old tome, The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Verse. Blunt's own note states it is 'From the Arabic'. Is this just a device, or ...
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Repetition in Faulkner's “As I Lay Dying”

While reading As I Lay Dying, I noticed that the characters repeat certain phrases a great deal. Here's an example from one of Tull's chapters which shows the same two phrases recurring three times ...
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What is the supposed cover story in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”?

Spoilers for John Le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In this novel, Percy Alleline has become the director of “the Circus”, a fictional British intelligence service. Alleline and the department ...
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What well known phrase from “Götz von Berlichingen” is alluded to in All Quiet in the Western Front?

In Chapter 10 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul and his comrades are goofing around by pretending to give orders to each other. "Tjaden!" - "What?" - "Stand at ease, Tjaden; and what's more, ...
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“to give a bloody for someone”? what does that mean?

There is a song: Fare Three Well (Dink's Song) performed by Marcus Mumford & Oscar Isaac for the movie ''Inside Llewyn Davis'' (...) If I had wings like Noah's dove I'd fly the ...
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Why do Rachael and Eldon attempt to blackmail Rick in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”?

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, at the beginning of the book, Rachael and Eldon Rosen attempt to make a deal with Rick Deckard when Rick thinks the empathy test he was going to use (the Voigt-...
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Difference between “Ode to” and “Ode on”?

We sometimes see Ode to and sometimes Ode on. Do these both mean a poem written about something? I am a new literature student.

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