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Questions related to the English schoolmaster and theologian Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838 – 1926) and his work. He is best known for his novella Flatland.

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Was Edwin Abbott trying to make fun of Christianity in this part of Flatland?

Chapter 21 of the second edition of Flatland contains the following quote: I AWOKE rejoicing, and began to reflect on the glorious career before me. I would go forth, methought, at once, and ...
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How did the Sphere know about A Square's dream?

Full disclosure: I haven't entirely finished the book yet, so I'm hoping that this isn't an obvious question. When the Sphere visited A Square, he was aware of A Square's dream about Lineland and ...
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Why did A Square react the way he did to the Sphere?

Shortly before the Sphere visits him, A Square had a dream about Lineland. The king of Lineland was unconvinced by A Square's arguments in favor of a second dimension. A Square's efforts to convince ...
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Is this quote from Flatland a reference to Plato's Cave analogy?

Flatland opens with the following paragraph: Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their ...
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Which parts of the portrayal of women in “Flatland” are satire?

I recently finished Flatland (full text link), and I found it generally a somewhat disconcerting read. I realize that it's satire, and it's written in the tone of satire, particularly when it comes to ...