Questions tagged [e-nesbit]

Questions about the English author Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) or about any of her literary work, including children's classics such as Five Children And It.

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Reference to "Sensible Susan" in E. Nesbit's New Treasure Seekers?

E. Nesbit's The New Treasure Seekers contains what appears to be a reference to another book titled Sensible Susan: So at the next farm, which was half hidden by trees, like the picture at the ...
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Meaning of: "the photographic views, the spyglasses you look at them" in 'Five Children and It'

In chapter 8, E. Nesbit said: Bill was a man who knew his business. In a very little while, the photographic views, the spyglasses you look at them through so that they really seem rather real, and ...
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Meaning of "down here after measles, as likely as not!" in 'Five Children and It'

In chapter 1, E.Nesbit said: "Hungry! I should think so," said Martha angrily; "out all day like this. Well, I hope it'll be a lesson to you not to go picking up with strange children —...
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Meaning of "He's soft, ain't he? Them giants mostly is" in "Five Children and It"

From Five Children and It by E. Nesbit: 'What'll you take for him?' she said excitedly. 'Anything in reason. We'd have a special van built—leastways, I know where there's a second-hand one would do ...
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Meaning of "I'm glad it was only wings, though. I'd rather see the birds as aren't there..."

Me and my friend finished translating Five Children and It. This is one of the paragraphs we had a problem with, in Chapter 4 (The Wings): "Well, from this day forth I'll be a better man. It's ...
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Meaning of "Lor’ lumme if there ain’t another on ’em!" from "Five Children and It"

This excerpt is from Five Children and It, Chapter 2. “She’s not mad; it’s true,” said Anthea; “there is a fairy. If I ever see him again I’ll wish for something for you; at least I would if ...
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Explanation of a pargraph from "Five Children and It"

I can't understand this paragraph from Five Children and It. What does it mean? Please explain. The shadows got longer and longer, and at last there were no separate shadows any more, but one soft ...
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What does "in the arms of Murphy" mean?

From E. Nesbit's The Enchanted Castle, Chapter V, when Gerald is telling the policeman Johnson about the burglary he witnessed: "Was it you give the warning, and they sent for the police?" ...
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Are gender roles gone in the future in "The Story of the Amulet" by E. Nesbit?

When the kids go into the future in The Story of the Amulet, it looks like gender roles have perhaps disappeared. Some of the relevant quotes: There was no one in the room, but in the next gallery, ...