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Wife make investigation officer eat the murder weapon

I remember reading this English short story in school days which was part of our English curriculum during primary school 18-19 years ago. Plot: It starts with wife killing her husband with turkey or ...
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Why is “…Then fall, Caesar” always left out when talking about Caesar's last words?

From this link, DECIUS BRUTUS: Great Caesar, CAESAR: Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? CASCAL: Speak, hands for me! CASCA first, then the other Conspirators and BRUTUS stab CAESAR ...
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Son of Adam but not Eve? Daughter of Eve but not Adam?

Throughout The Chronicles of Narnia the humans are referred to as "Son of Adam" for a male, and "Daughter of Eve" for a female. I'm assuming that the characters in Narnia don't think that females only ...
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20th century writers and their influences [on hold]

How attitudes towards race, gender and other countries manifests in early and late 20th century writers. For example, HP Lovecrafts views on race and how they manifested in his writing both overtly ...
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Why does Uri get a special answer when his balloon pops?

In Miriam Roth's classic Hebrew children's book A Tale of Five Balloons (Hebrew: מעשה בחמישה בלונים), five children each get a balloon: In sequence, each child sees their balloon pop. And each is ...
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Question about Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five [on hold]

What is the reason that Billy Pilgrim believes he is "unstuck from time" and captured by aliens? What clues from the novel allow the reader to understand what Billy is dealing with? Finally, why is ...
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Chekhov story involving a “peeping tom” priest and a newly married couple?

The story takes place on a ship and involves the priest spying on the newlyweds couple in their cabin. Can't remember the title though. (It was re-published in one of his short story collections in ...
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Where does the mellifluous word or phrase “Brobdingnagian Monstrosity” come from?

Where does the mellifluous word or phrase "Brobdingnagian Monstrosity" come from? I really don't know the origin of this word.
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In the renowned book The Great Gatsby, how, where and why did Tom meet Daisy?

I know why Daisy met Tom and that was because of her impatience and her affection with Tom's money but I would like to know Tom's side of the story!
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How to distinguish between imagery and symbolism?

I know that symbolism and imagery are the two powerful devices of modern literature, especially of poetry but a problem arises when I try to have a clear understanding of these devices. When a word or ...
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Does this quote belong to Goethe?

This quote is often attributed to Goethe. Did he actually write this? If yes, then where can we find it? It would wonderful if there is a reliable source or a book so that I can quote it in my future ...
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Does “The Whalebone Parrot” draw inspiration from any specific Apache sources?

"The Whalebone Parrot" is a short horror story by Darcie Little Badger. In it, a parrot is killed, and then possesses Loretta to try to kill the cat that killed the parrot. Darcie Little Badger often ...
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Use of Fraktur in 19th Century English Print

Context: I live in Germany. I'm fond of shopping for old books at fleamarkets, second-hand-shops, and online. Mostly interested in English 19th century or early 20th century printed books (date of ...
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Where did the idea that Frankenstein is the name of the monster come from?

I know that the monster is addressed as Frankenstein in several spin off movies, but after doing some primary research cant find where this idea came from. Thanks in advance!
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Sarcasm, satire & irony

On what basis is an expression with an opposite meaning classified under the three types namely sarcasm, satire and irony? How do sarcasm, satire and irony different from one another? I need ...
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How is the possession by “The Whalebone Parrot” related to Loretta's Native American identity?

Darcie Little Badger's short story "The Whalebone Parrot" tells the story of young Emily in the 19th century struggling with her sister Loretta's possession by what turns out to be the eponymous ...
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What do Public Enemy mean by the rap lyrics of Mind Terrorist?

The lyrics to the rap Mind Terrorist by Public Enemy is as follows: Take that, ha ha, yeah boy Best for your face Take that, ha ha, yeah boy Best for your face Take that, best, best for ...
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What do the first two lines of this rap by Public Enemy mean?

The rap group "Public Enemy", in their first album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (released in 1988), had a track titled Don't Believe the Hype. Its first stanza is: Back Caught ...
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Where and to whom did Toni Morrison give this speech?

Afua Hirsch in her book, Brit(ish) writes that Toni Morrison gave a speech in 1975 saying: 'It's important to know ... the very serious distraction of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you ...
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What is the language which appears in “The Whalebone Parrot”?

"The Whalebone Parrot" by Darcie Little Badger is a short story freely available online about a family living on a small island with a cat and a parrot. An important theme is that both sisters are "...
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The Merchant of Venice

İs there any short version of the merchant of Venice to play? We are going to play it in our class but the problem is that the story is too long and we don't have enough time for all of it. I need a ...
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Opening lines of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem “Riot”

Please explain the following opening lines of Gwendolyn Brooks's poem "Riot": John Cabot, out of Wilma, once a Wycliffe, all whitebluerose below his golden hair, wrapped richly in right linen ...
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“The South” by Jorge Luis Borges: book/movie differences?

What are some of the differences and similarities between the book "The South" and the movie? The book is about Juan Dahlmann with his accident. I know that the cat is in different places, that the ...
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Which book is the maxim 大道無門 from?

From which book is the maxim 大道無門 Zen kōan だいどうむもん "Daidō mumon" "to achieve great understanding there is no single but thousands of ways".
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Is there any other definition or sub-meaning of the term 'marines'?

I've come across the term 'marines' in the book 'The Arrangement by Elia Kazan' twice; however I couldn't get what it may refer. I know it is like 'nautical' or something but it seemed different to me ...
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What's the name of that short story written by C.S. Lewis about female vanity?

There's a short story written by the Christian author C.S. Lewis concerning the vanity and solipsism of women, but, for the life of me, I cannot remember the name, and a Google search proved fruitless....
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Why do peasants in 19th century Russian literature often have Greek names?

Why do peasant characters in 19th century Russian literature so often have Greek names? (e.g. "Agafon" and "Platon" in Anna Karenina).
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Is Irene actually delusional in “The Famine King”?

At the end of "The Famine King", we are given the impression that Irene is delusional and that everything that relates to the windigo is actually just imagined: “Where did that bruise come from?” ...
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Book about a kid that encounters a foreign girl during holidays and invents a new language

I am searching for a book I read around 10 years ago (in French). The story was about a family going on vacation (I remember a sort of camping, near the sea). The protagonist was a young boy (8-12 ...
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About Jake's fate in The Gunslinger

I've just finished reading The Gunslinger and I'm really sad about Jake and how Roland left him behind. I want to know at least if in the other books of the series there will be some mention that Jake ...
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Trying to remember a book about a kid with powers

A long time ago I remember reading a book about a kid who fights some enemy (aliens I believe) but not much else. The only key fact I remember is that one of these enemies picked up a coin and bent it ...
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Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara [on hold]

Are there any poetic devices in the following lines of the poem 'Once Upon a Time by Gabriel Okara? If yes, what are they? But only laugh with their teeth. "Feel at home!", "Come again": I ...
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Who or what is the subject of “Gloria the Gift of Life”?

"Gloria the Gift of Life" is a song by Andrea Bocelli. It's beautiful, but I can't quite figure out what it's about. It seems like it could be God. Gloria is a traditional Catholic exaltation to God ...
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What caused English intellectuals to be “ashamed of their own nationality”, according to George Orwell?

Gary Gibbon, First-class BA History (Balliol College, Oxford). Breaking Point: The UK Referendum on the EU and its Aftermath (Haus Curiosities). p. 63.         And then there ...
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Title of young adult basketball book from before 1974

I read the book in 8th grade (1974) but it was set definitively in the late 40's though no dates were ever given. It was about a selfish, calculating basketball player entering a junior college to ...
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What does the number 9 mean in Maurice Druon's “Tistu - A Boy With Green Fingers”? [closed]

The number 9 appears every now and then in the book. What does it mean?
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What's polybdenum?

In The Dharma Bums, Ray buys "a polybdenum bottle, with screw top" at the Berkeley Ski Shop (chapter 14), saying he plans to use it "to carry honey up to the moutains" but that he mostly "used it as a ...
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What are the arguments against atheism in Crime and Punishment?

I'm trying to figure out exactly what arguments Dostoevsky tries to make in Crime and Punishment against atheism. I'm talking about the kind of conclusion he wants you to make for yourself when ...
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Why do the Watches bother with anything if the whole system is designed to be balanced?

The basis of the interactions between the Watches seems to be to keep the balance in their powers: whatever one side does, it must allow the other to counteract. Thus the Night Watch/Inquisition/Day ...
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Significance of rising/falling meter

If I am analyzing a poem and I realize that it has rising meter, what does that say about the poem. Like do happy tone poems have rising meters whereas sad poems have falling meter?
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Source of the quote “The only bad question is an unasked one”?

There are many variations on this phrase, but is there an original source which inspired the others, or is it just a piece of popular wisdom that's emerged naturally from humanity? Wikipedia has a ...
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Meaning of “I'm sorry for blaming you for everything I couldn't do”

From Christina Aguilera - "Hurt": I'm sorry for blaming you for everything I couldn't do. What does it mean? I'm sorry for blaming you and I'm also sorry for everything I couldn't do or I'...
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Would Svidrigailov of Crime and Punishment be considered a better character than Luzhin? [closed]

Luzhin, as we know, is a bad guy. Svidrigailov is, too. But when I thought about it, I think I would consider Svidrigailov to be a better character than Luzhin. He helps Sonya and her siblings out and ...
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Meaning of sentence from “A Tale of Two Cities”

Reins and whip and coachman and guard, however, in combination, had read that article of war which forbade a purpose otherwise strongly in favour of the argument, that some brute animals are endued ...
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What's going on in Charlotte Riddell's Old House in Vauxhall Walk? [closed]

Maybe I'm looking too hard for meanings that aren't there, but can someone explain to me what's going on in Charlotte Riddell's Old House in Vauxhall Walk? How was the second burglar caught? What was ...
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What is “Protean Ubiquity” in Proust's “Swann's Way”?

I have started reading Proust's Swann's way. On page 66, after providing a very vivid description of aunt Leonie's house and its atmosphere, describes her state. She has gradually left the outside ...
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Where does this quotation by C. S. Lewis come from?

On the internet I found this beautiful quotation by C .S. Lewis: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind". Now, I'd like to find the exact book where he wrote it.
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How is Wainamoinen “old” at the start of the second Rune?

At the end of the first rune of the Kalevala (Crawford's translation), Wainamoinen has just been born. These are the last four lines of this rune: Thus our hero, Wainamoinen, Thus the wonderful ...
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Are there any surviving works of Ancient Greek playwrights/poets excluding the more well known ones? [closed]

I'm interested in the Ancient Greek plays/poetry right now. Are there any extant works from Greek poets/playwrights that aren't well known currently? This is, of course, excluding Aristophanes, ...
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Source of quote “Our government should have no quarrel…”

I am looking for the source of a quote which William F. Buckley Jr. referenced once during a debate. I believe he said it was from "Admiral Fulbright," but I have been completely unable to find it ...

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