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Is this an editing error in this part of 1985 by Anthony Burgess?

-(Interviewer)You’re under arrest. -(Burgess) I beg your pardon? -You’re under arrest. -You’re joking. Yes, joking. I knew somehow you were joking. -But for a moment you thought I was serious. -Yes, I ...
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What is a “sawney tea” in Kingsley Amis’ “The Riverside Villas Murder”?

From The Riverside Villas Murder by Kingsley Amis: ‘Good.’ The colonel worked his bell-push. ‘Thank you for coming, Peter.' ‘Oh no, sir, thank you for a sawney tea. And the music.’ Kingsley Amis (...
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What's on the pages missing from the Internet Archive copy of "Angel Baker, Thief"?

Borrowed the Internet Archive's copy of "Angel Baker, Thief", because the blurbs had me confused about how the fostering system worked, which, by the by, is that Angel(a) is a kleptomanic, ...
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Is this a typo in my copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

Nevertheless, as be harangued them, the satisfaction and admiration unanimously excited by his costume were dissipated by his words; Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (AmazonClassics Edition) ...
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Does Eli Mandel's poem about Auschwitz contain a rare word, or a typo?

I read in The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English (1982) Eli Mandel's poem On the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Memorial Services, Toronto, January 25th, 1970 YMHA Bloor ...
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What is "taughtly aristocratic"?

I was just introduced to the sci-fi short story "The Jackson Killer", thanks to this ID answer on another site. It can be read freely online at the Internet Archive. One of the paragraphs ...
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What did Virginia Woolf mean by "walked on the past the flower–bed" in Kew Gardens?

From Virginia Woolf's short story "Kew Gardens": They walked on the past the flower-bed, now walking four abreast, and soon diminished in size among the trees and looked half transparent as ...
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"particles, photons and quants" - a typo in "The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?

In my copy of The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, it says: Within that context of thought, ghosts and spirits are quite as real as atoms, particles, photons and quants are to a modern man. ...
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Typographical inconsistency in James Joyce's "Araby"

Sorry if this a fussy question, but in teaching "Araby" I have found that there is an inconsistency between editions that must be a typo, but I can't figure out which version is correct. Just after ...
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Why does my copy of "Jude the Obscure" use 'part first' instead of 'first part' or something like that?

I recently procured a copy of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Upon opening it, something struck me as odd: It says 'part first' instead of 'first part' or 'part one'. I've never seen this before, ...
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In Huxley's Island, what is a "bass thurible?"

And now incense was burned in a bass thurible. The old priest held up his two hands for silence, and through a long pregnant time of the most perfect stillness the thread of gray incense smoke ...
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