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Help understanding lines 7 & 8 from Shakespeare's 18th sonnet

And every faire from faire some-time declines, By chance, or natures changing course vntrimm'd, I have a little difficulty fully understanding these 2 lines. What does 'faire from faire' mean? Does ...
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Looking for a childrens book I read in the early 1990s

I loved a book in the early 90s (in the UK) but was probably published earlier. What I remember is firstly the book was A5 size, similar to a ladybird cover. Hardback but papery textured? Possibly ...
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What was the (classical Greek?) story about a guy who made art (a statue?) that he fell in love with and she became alive?

The title was something like Agamemnon. What happened to the guy? I bet the story had a tragic ending. He probably goes to hell for some reason. And if the reason was something virtuous like love, ...
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Looking for a historical book set in London whose main character is a young boy

I've forgotten most of this book's plot, but I read this book around 6 or so years ago. Its main character is a young boy, either in his early teens or nearly a teenager. His mother died and left him ...
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"Four or six times", where is five?

This question arose from the reading of (a spanish edition) of The First Voyage around the World (1519-1522): An Account of Magellan's Expedition by Pigafetta, where at some point he writes "they ...
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Did Nina and Victor have a romantic connection or was it just built in his head?

Nabokovs Dozen, the short story 'Spring in Fialta'. The narrator is seemingly unreliable and usually the romantic parts are just his own interpretation of the event rather than her actual demeanor, ...
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Trying to remember two books (children) [closed]

So, I am trying to remember two books from my childhood; books were old around 1960-70. They were thick collection books. One had a story along the lines of "A boy worked in the King's large ...
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Does Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy have any rape included?

I was looking into Tess of the d'Urbervilles and discovered that Tess was raped in the book when trying to research if Far from the Madding crowd had any rape included. I could not find whether it did ...
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"A set of Guatemalas" in Forster's Maurice?

What does Forster mean by a "set of Guatemalas"? (From Chapter 1 of Maurice.) "Well, Hall, expecting a pi-jaw, eh?" "I don't know, sir—Mr Abrahams' given me one with 'Those ...
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Why does Chigurh not wear a seatbelt (based explicitly on the textual explanation) in No Country for Old Men?

In No Country for Old Men, the description of Chigurh's traffic accident is given as: The car that hit Chigurh in the intersection three blocks from the house was a ten year old Buick that had run a ...
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Childhood book about a teddy who can't sleep

I am searching for a children's book I read in the late 90s about a teddy bear who sneaks around the bedroom when the boy is away or asleep. He plays with the toy soldier, ballerina and some other ...
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Why does Mr. Fogg set out on his trip around the world in 80 days?

In Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, Mr. Phileas Fogg, the main protagonist, interrupts his exact routine and sets off for a journey around the world, with 20,000 pounds on the line if he ...
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Purpose of periphrasis in Salman Rushdie's "Shalimar the Clown"

In Salman Rushdie's novel Shalimar the Clown (2005), I find a passage, quoted below, consisting almost entirely of periphrasis. The background to the passage is that the character Hasina runs a common ...
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Was Macbeth considering murdering Duncan before Lady Macbeth encouraged him to?

In Macbeth, after announcing that he will go be a harbinger for Duncan and make things ready for him at Inverness, Macbeth says this aside to himself: Macbeth [Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! that ...
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Is the 'Quincey's moat' referenced in Edmund Blunden's 'Almswomen' a real place?

Edmund Blunden's poem 'Almswomen' begins: At Quincey's moat the squandering village ends, Does 'Quincey's moat' refer to a real place? The only notable Quincey I know of is Thomas De Quincey, the ...
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What does "Nor our strong sorrow, upon the foot of motion" mean?

After the murder of Duncan in Macbeth, his two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, have this discussion after being informed of the murder of their father: Malcolm [Aside to Donalbain] Why do we hold our ...
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What is it that Laura is not allowed to do?

In Katherine Mansfield's well-known short story The Garden Party, the protagonist, Laura, wants to cancel the garden party after hearing that a carter has died in an accident. Her mother and sisters ...
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How to understand symbolism in literature (The Romance of the Rose)?

I'm currently reading The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun, I've just finished Guillaume de Lorris' part and now I'm examining some paper on meaning of the crystals in ...
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Does the author indicate who Daddy-long-legs is in the novel?

I read a simplified version of the novel "Daddy-Long-Legs". I understand that who Daddy-Long-Legs is at the end of the book. However the main character said when she met Daddy-Long-Legs for ...
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Meaning of "S. Epiph. her. 78" in the Douay-Rheims Bible (1635)

I’m currently trying to transcribe some notes from the 1635 Douay-Rheims Bible. I have a printed Facsimile I am working with at home, so far I have been able to understand most of the footnotes ...
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Understanding a sentence in The Church of Dead Girls

The following is from Stephen Dobyns' The Church of Dead Girls: In any text there is both overt and covert material that accesses different cognitive levels within a reader. That is one of those ...
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“It’s fast holding by the rings in front” in Browning’s ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’

In ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’ (1855) by Robert Browning, the speaker, the painter Filippo Lippi, says: I’m grown a man no doubt, I’ve broken bounds: You should not take a fellow eight years old And make him ...
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What is the connection between Renfield and vampirism?

In Dracula, in order to gain access to Dr. Seward's asylum (and Mina Harker), the Count bribes Renfield, Dr. Seward's "zoophagous" patient, into inviting him into the building (as he can't ...
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Did the Enlightenment "think of art primarily as self-expression"?

In Finding the Raga, Amit Chaudhuri argues that raga music is modernist in that it is non-representational: a raga does not depict anything other than itself. He supports this claim by drawing on the ...
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Story, possibly by Fitzgerald, about a reformed alcoholic seeing his city anew

In Finding the Raga, Amit Chaudhuri writes: If I'm not mistaken, there's a story or an essay by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man emerging from twenty years of alcoholism, noticing the city he lives in ...
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Did Wordsworth read William Jones's translation of Kalidasa?

In Finding the Raga, Amit Chaudhuri writes: Meghdut literally means 'cloud-messenger'. In Kalidasa's poem, a lover asks a cloud to carry with it a message from him to his loved one, who lives in the ...
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Why does Jean Brodie renounce Teddy Lloyd, but encourage her students to sleep with him?

Here is part of a conversation that Sandy has with her former teacher Jean Brodie some years after the latter has been forced out of her teaching job:       "Teddy Lloyd was greatly in love with ...
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What does "..and make joyful the hearing of my wife with your approach" mean?

In Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 4, Duncan, the king, announces that Malcolm will be the Prince of Cumberland (and not Macbeth). Macbeth says that he'll go forward as a harbinger: Duncan [...] We will ...
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In what way were Stuart court masques examples of neoplatonic idealism?

In his introduction to Women Beware Women and Other Plays (Oxford University Press, 1999, page ix), Richard Dutton writes, It seems unlikely that Thomas Middleton would have shared the neo-Platonic ...
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What does "I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do" mean?

In Macbeth, while the witches are having their little meeting before going to meet Macbeth and tell him that he's going to be king, one of the witches details her plan of revenge against a greedy &...
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"Shut, shut those juggling eyes, thou ruthless man!" in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning of the following passage from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here): "Shut, shut those juggling eyes, thou ruthless man! Turn them aside, wretch! or the ...
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"Will make Elysian shades not too fair, too divine." in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning of a verse from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here): [...] Now, when the wine has done its rosy deed, And every soul from human trammels freed, No more so ...
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What does "master o' the Tiger" mean?

In Macbeth, before the witches go to speak to Macbeth, they have a little meeting where they discuss what they've been up to. That includes this bit about a greedy sailor's wife who won't share her ...
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"Leave thee alone! Look back! Ah, Goddess, see" in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning to the following excerpt from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here): "Leave thee alone! Look back! Ah, Goddess, see Whether my eyes can ever turn from thee! ...
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"His phantasy was lost, where reason fades,..." in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning to the following excerpt from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here): Thoughtless at first, but ere eve's star appeared His phantasy was lost, where reason fades, ...
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"More beautiful than ever twisted braid..." in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning to the following couplets from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here): Ah, happy Lycius!—for she was a maid More beautiful than ever twisted braid, Or sigh'd, or ...
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In Verne's "Around the world in 80 days", why would clocks strike at ten before the hour?

This recent question about a time discrepancy in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days reminded me of another time-related oddity I noticed towards the end of the novel. Fogg and co. have been ...
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Where did Wordsworth describe Keats's poetry as "very pretty paganism"?

While researching a question about one of Wordsworth's sonnets, I came across the article In the Ruins of Babylon: The Poetic “Genius” of John Keats by Paul Krause, which contains the following ...
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Why does Macbeth well deserve his name?

In the beginning of Macbeth, before Macbeth himself is actually introduced, we get a little overview of what's been happening from the Sergeant. He says this, which includes this aside about Macbeth's ...
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Looking for short story about a girl called June and her summer experience

When I was in 8th grade, we had an English literature class and we read a lot of short stories. The year was around 1998 and the books where scholastic books that the school used. The story that I am ...
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Senior citizen ladies solve crimes

I've read three or four ebooks about two ladies that are senior citizens solving crimes. They live in a place called "Tawas" I thought I'd saved them in my library but am unable to find them ...
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May we find the digital text renderings of the Herculaneum scrolls?

I'm not sure, but this seems to be the closest to an "official website" for the Herculaneum scrolls: https://scrollprize.org/data_scrolls It recaps the technologies used and has explainers ...
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What are the "eighteen methods of arranging Minerva's tresses"?

In Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Jean Passepartout, Phileas Fogg's new servant, is introduced. We're given a description, which includes a descrption of his hair: As for Jean, also known ...
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From which original text does this Rumi poem derive? "What was said to the rose that made it open..."

What is the original writing in Farsi by Rumi? What was said to the rose that made it open.. was said to me here in my chest. What was told the cypress that made it strong and straight, what was ...
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How is 11:22 four minutes slow if it's actually 11:29?

In the first chapter of Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg meets Jean Passepartout, his new servant, and they introduce themselves. As part of this, Fogg asks Jean what time it is: “...
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"Though Fancy's casket were unlock'd to choose" in John Keats's "Lamia"

I am trying to understand the meaning to the following excerpt from John Keats's Lamia (full poem here), and especially the fourth line below: Fast by the springs where she to bathe was wont, And in ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence from "L'enfant noir" by Camera Laye?

I'm reading Camara Laye's novel L'enfant noir, translated in English as The African Child or The Dark Child. At the end of chapter 5, one can read: Mais le monde bouge, le monde change, et le mien ...
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Kids eat everything in a random house and think they ate the dwellers' baby [closed]

I'm looking for the name of an old children's book where the kids smell something nice. The kids then stumble along a house full of food and eat everything in the house. They are tricked into thinking ...
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Greek myth about an athlete who kills another man with a discus

I was wondering if someone could help me identify this story from Greek (I'm almost certain) legend that I read when I was young (in the 80s or 90s). Anyway, an athlete is competing at the discus, but ...
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What is meant by "I was blue ribbon" and "I broke my blue ribbon"?

In The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (a Sherlock Holmes short story): "'I was blue ribbon at that time, and we were putting a little money by, and all was as bright as a new dollar. My God, ...
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