Questions tagged [robert-barr]

Questions about the works of the Scottish-Canadian author Robert Barr (1849-1912) or his life as a writer.

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Who is “they” that “rake him in” or “gather him in” in this passage from In the Midst of Alarms?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, someone was talking about a man who doesn't like attending protracted meetings for converting the sinners: He never wants to go to a protracted ...
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What does “hard pushed in argument” mean in this context?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, a blacksmith, Macdonald, did an embarrassing trick to break the conceit of his New Yorker client in front of the crowd in his smithy, but ...
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Was it common in the late 19th century to write normal places, like “cross roads” and “corners” in capital letters?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a young boy was describing the place of blacksmith’s shop, saying: Oh, a couple of miles or so; down at the Cross Roads. Then he said later in ...
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What does “Dirt is matter out of place” mean in this situation?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a man was afraid of riding a horse for the first time in his life, but he was eventually convinced to do that with some worry. Yates mounted with some ...
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What does “There’s some fighting in that, if it is a history” mean here?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a man was talking about the library of a Canadian rural township: “Well, the township can select the books if it likes, or it can send a committee to ...
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Does “if” here mean “although”?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a man was talking about some of dime novels, saying: The young man went into the tent, and shortly returned with an armful of yellow-covered, paper-...
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What does “keep happiness away with a shotgun” mean here in this context?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a man was talking about a self-sufficient people in a Canadian village, saying: “Why, that this is the proper way to live. Old Hiram has an anvil and ...
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Where is the main clause of “if” here?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, a man, who had gone to camp in the woods of Canada, was talking about his longness to New York, then he persuaded himself that the camp is a good place,...
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What does “it never takes the poignancy of the sting away from a beating received” mean?

In In the Midst of Alarms (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a journalist at the Argus newspaper, who used to read the opposition sheets in a feverish way, saying: He had feared that he ...
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How could someone be beaten without knowing that?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a man who couldn't make a friendly conversation with a girl, although he was usually a good talker: It flashed ...
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Did “equator” have a different meaning from its common one in 19th-century English literature?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a man who was trying to make a friendly conversation with a rural young woman: “Yes,” Yates laughed uneasily. He ...
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How could the cane be used instead of tobacco in cigarettes in the late 1800s?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a young boy in a Canadian village, who was smoking: Young Hiram’s devotion to the Goddess Nicotine had never ...
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Was it normal to mix up the word “lady” with a man in Canada in 1894?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a conversation between, Yates, who had knocked someone down, and his friend, Stilly, who is usually quite and ...
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What's meant here by “just try it” and “just try it on”?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a situation, where a young man who's driving an elegant buggy behind an old man who's driving a hayrack in a ...
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What's meant here by “libation to the rites of good-fellowship”?

In "In the Midst of Alarms" (1894) by Robert Barr, the author is describing a situation, where a man is going from America to Canada to camp in the forest with his friend, and they were ...