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Questions asking for an explanation of an element of the plot of a work of fiction.

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Was the Charles Calthrop plot-element in The Day of the Jackal an example of pure coincidence or good detection?

Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel "The Day of the Jackal" remains an immortal political thriller that defined the 'assassination novel' in popular consciousness. What has always intrigued me is ...
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Did the Master of Ballantrae poison Chew?

The main plot of The Master of Ballantrae, by Robert Louis Stevenson, revolves around two brothers, who, over the course of their lives, become consumed with hatred for each other to the exclusion of ...
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Why did Scott choose to include so many epigraphs in Ivanhoe that give away the plot?

I'm reading Ivanhoe right now and very much enjoying it. Each chapter in Ivanhoe has an epigraph, often very closely related to the plot of the chapter, meaning that it is often very easy to surmise ...
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In 'The Sign of the Four', what happened to the Sikh accomplices at the end?

Jonathan Small always maintained how he was loyal throughout to his other three Sikh/Indian accomplices. The last we read of them was when they all met with Sholto and Mortsan and told them about the ...
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Are any works of literature known to implement all of Polti's Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations?

Somewhere behind us in the circuits of time, one of my college Lit teachers casually mentioned the Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations during a seemingly improvisational moment in a lecture she was giving. ...
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Why did Miss Fromsett cover for a suspected murderer in The Lady in the Lake?

At the end of Chandler's The Lady in the Lake, when Kingsley is interrogated by Marlowe he says that he believes that his secretary Adrienne Fromsett knew that the person who called claiming to be his ...
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In Elizabeth Hand's novel "Waking the Moon", how does this character get resurrected from death?

Massive spoilers ahead. In the novel Waking the Moon, the character Oliver castrates himself and is then taken to a hospital, and from there, to a mental hospital. After spending a few days in the ...
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