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What does “steal my crown” mean in Kacey Musgraves's Butterflies?

I was enjoying a song "Butterflies" by Kacey Musgraves and in the lyrics there is "Stealing my heart 'stead of stealing my crown". What does "steal my crown" mean? I am ...
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What does “an appeal, a right violated and invoked” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "an appeal, a right violated and invoked" means in the following sentences: I stood. ‘I need to go,’ I said, knowing it was true. Your face, your limbs – it was as ...
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What does “I’d lost” mean in this context? [closed]

I would like to know what "I’d lost you" means in the following sentences: We walked back to the veranda, and I couldn’t look at you, only at the ground, not sure what had just happened. I ...
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What does “the same faces” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "the same faces" means in the following sentences: That afternoon Hania said she was preparing a surprise for us; after lunch she and Agata went out with two empty ...
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What does “the gigantic gates and lines of soldiers that protected the castle that was the Soviet embassy” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "the gigantic gates and lines of soldiers that protected the castle that was the Soviet embassy" means in the following sentences: We whizzed off, speeding ...
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What does “And it won’t be weird with Hania? Coming on to” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "And it won’t be weird with Hania? Coming on to you?" means in the following sentences: You stopped and looked at me with a consolatory smile. ‘Don’t worry, this ...
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What does “look a little … something.” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "You look a little … something." means in the following sentences: You and Maksio reached her just as the song came to an end, a storm of cheers and ...
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What does “I wished it could be us out there.” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "I wished it could be us out there." means in the following sentences: ‘Goodness,’ sighed Karolina, rolling her eyes, ‘doesn’t he tell you anything? Maksio and ...
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What does “quick, light beats prepared the room, gathered our attention, ecstatic, simple and single-minded.” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "At once a string of quick, light beats prepared the room, gathered our attention, ecstatic, simple and single-minded." means in the following sentences: And then ...
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What does “I pressed her against me” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "I pressed her against me" means in the following sentences: We had another drink and had just started to move to the music when an arm snaked itself around my ...
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Does “bottles” refer to alcoholic drinks in this passage?

I would like to know what "bottles" means in the following sentences: We followed him through a wood-panelled corridor into a large room filled with smoke and people. Music blasted ...
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What does “I need to check on somebody” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "I need to check on somebody." means in the following sentences: We followed him through a wood-panelled corridor into a large room filled with smoke and people. ...
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In this passage from Swimming in the Dark, what does “arched back defined” mean?

I would like to know what "Your arched back defined" means in the following sentences: Afterwards you got up and switched on the radio, sitting on your haunches, turning the tune button. ...
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In this passage from “Swimming in the Dark”, does “came through to the corridor with me” mean they came out through the room to the corridor?

I would like to know what "came through to the corridor with me" means in the following sentences: ‘No, thank you,’ you said, waiting for her to stop. ‘I won’t trouble you for long. Ludwik ...
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Does “pact you’ve made with yourself” refer to a concession or agreement in this passage?

I would like to know what "pact you’ve made with yourself" means in the following sentences: ‘Did you hear?’ he said with his smoker’s voice, almost immediately after picking up the phone. ‘...
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What does “searching the flats and offices, returning to interrogate the man and the woman and to take down their details” mean here?

I would like to know what "searching the flats and offices, returning to interrogate the man and the woman and to take down their details" means in the following sentences: There was a ...
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What does “I heard her shoving the brooms up against it, heard running in other parts of the office…” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "I heard her shoving the brooms up against it, heard running in other parts of the office, and then the sound of her heels on the wooden floor of the corridor." ...
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What does “It made me think that throughout my life, up to this point, everything I’d done had felt either irrelevant or replaceable.” mean here?

I would like to know what "It made me think that throughout my life, up to this point, everything I’d done had felt either irrelevant or replaceable." means in the following sentences: I ...
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What does “Behind it lay the nuns’ convent, their cloister with its orchards and grazing cows…” mean here?

I would like to know what "Behind it lay the nuns’ convent, their cloister with its orchards and grazing cows, and new residential blocks towering just above." means in the following ...
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Does “her bike” refer to a motorcycle or a bicycle in this passage?

I would like to know what "her bike" means in the following sentences: I was very young; Father had just left us and Mother was so distraught I was afraid she’d die from grief. She stayed ...
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What does “tucked in below the ramparts of the faculty grounds” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "tucked in below the ramparts of the faculty grounds" means in the following sentences: During those weeks, you and I would go to the university pool every now and ...
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What does “mind our own business” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "mind our own business" means in the following sentences: ‘There’s no law against what we’re doing.’ ‘I know that.’ Your voice softened. ‘But we need to act as if ...
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Does “a satisfaction in the forbidden, a challenge” mean a satisfaction in doing what is forbidden?

I would like to know what "a satisfaction in the forbidden, a challenge" means in the following sentences: I walked home slowly. The air was suffocating. The sky was grey, and sticky wind ...
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In this passage from “Swimming in the Dark”, does “a sort of thought-through whisper” mean a pondered-upon whisper?

I would like to know what "a sort of thought-through whisper" means in the following sentences: ‘That’s the right attitude.’ He leaned forward and put his chunky arms on the desk, his ...
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What does “referred from the centre for student accommodation” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "referred from the centre for student accommodation" means in the following sentences: When I arrived in the flat, it seemed smaller to me than before. The kitchen ...
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“hung in parchment folds”

After a long climb, she emerged on a wooded hill, above a Greek-style amphitheater. She was surrounded by golden grasses, whose feathery seeds were borne on the wind. Eucalyptus fronds, giving off ...
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What does “total inconsequence” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "total inconsequence" means in the following sentences: ‘You coming?’ First I slipped off my sandals, then my shirt. I folded it carefully and lay it on a soft ...
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What does “There was so much I could not get enough of, so much I would never be able to grasp or possess, no matter how much I tried.” mean here?

I would like to know what "There was so much I could not get enough of, so much I would never be able to grasp or possess, no matter how much I tried." means in the following sentences: You ...
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What does “letting its current take over” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "letting its current take over" means in the following sentences: You smelled of water and pines. There was softness, and there was hardness. I could sense your ...
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What does “said through a bite of radish” mean here?

I would like to know what "said through a bite of radish" means in the following sentences: ‘So you’re students,’ the mother said. ‘Yes, ma’am,’ you said through a bite of radish, looking ...
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What does “suddenly close again in the dark” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "suddenly close again in the dark" means in the following sentences: We walked out of the barn and into the house. There was a dark corridor that smelled of must ...
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What does “I was paralysed by possibility, caught between the vertigo of fulfilment and the abyss of uncertainty.” mean here?

I would like to know what "I was paralysed by possibility, caught between the vertigo of fulfilment and the abyss of uncertainty." means in the following sentences: ‘Goodnight,’ you said ...
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Does “a country junction” mean a crossing of roads in the countryside in this passage?

I would like to know what "a country junction" means in the following sentences: The first car that stopped took us east. The driver, a middle-aged man, eyed us from time to time but asked ...
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What does “along a narrow arm of the river that snaked its way into the forest” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "along a narrow arm of the river that snaked its way into the forest" means in the following sentences: On our last evening the comrade leader made a speech, ...
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Does “Like an unwritten piece of paper” mean like a paper that is literally blank in this passage?

I would like to know what "Like an unwritten piece of paper" means in the following sentences: It did me good, this walk. It reminded me of the aimless ones I would take in Wrocław, when I ...
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What does “They can’t bear to see us having fun” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "They can’t bear to see us having fun" means in the following sentences: At mealtimes I sat with Karolina and Beata, a friend from lectures. She was short and ...
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What does “a guy from the year below” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "a guy from the year below" means in the following sentences: At mealtimes I sat with Karolina and Beata, a friend from lectures. She was short and round-faced and ...
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What does “which gradually became the only thing we knew” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "which gradually became the only thing we knew" means in the following sentences: On the first morning of camp they woke us early, storming into the hut and ...
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What does “He told me how he’d been in the war” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "He told me how he’d been in the war" means in the following sentences: I wanted to run home straight away, knew I had to get away from this place, and remembered ...
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What does “which welcomed the touch of unknown fingers and summer air” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "which welcomed the touch of unknown fingers and summer air" means in the following sentences: ‘Come on,’ he said, taking the flask from me and letting his hand ...
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What does “the morning when the darkness would be gone” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "the morning when the darkness would be gone" means in the following sentences: That night I lay awake in bed, the other guys fast asleep around me, the moon ...
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Finally, the slick mountains of love break over us

This is the last part of Mary Oliver's poem "Her Grave", honoring the poet's dead dog. How strong was her dark body! How apt is her grave place. How beautiful is her unshakable sleep. ...
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What does “a prophecy I was unable to read” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "a prophecy I was unable to read" means in the following sentences: When Belka had finished, we grabbed our bags from the bus and were assigned to the different ...
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What does “I had lived them” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "I had lived them" means in the following sentences: After this, Karolina came back from the ladies’ and we left. I was determined to take nothing from this place, ...
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What does “the dark-blonde fringe that framed her unruly eyes” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "the dark-blonde fringe that framed her unruly eyes" means in the following sentences: I turned back to Karolina. She was smoking, her wide lips painted coral-red ...
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What does “the expanse between departure and arrival when you’re seemingly nowhere, defined by another kind of time” means here?

I would like to know what "the expanse between departure and arrival when you’re seemingly nowhere, defined by another kind of time" means in the following sentences: The bus was almost ...
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What does “who spoke and lived in denial, destined” mean here?

I would like to know what "who spoke and lived in denial, destined" means in the following sentences: The bus was waiting for more people to arrive. I sat by the window, the orange wool ...
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What does “you can’t possibly have gone through life as carelessly as you made out” means here?

I would like to know what "you can’t possibly have gone through life as carelessly as you made out" means in the following sentences: I stood in the silent stairwell and felt terror travel ...
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What does “It was hard to move in.” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "It was hard to move in." means in the following sentences: Instead, the day of the Communion arrived. I could hardly sleep the night before, knowing that I would ...
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What does “real food” mean in this context?

I would like to know what "real food" means in the following sentences: The next morning we stripped the sheets off our beds and packed our things. The boys were excited, talking about the ...

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