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Short story about a girl pursued by a fat man in the hills

The viewpoint is from a small girl who is living near to a gas station maybe in the midwest. It's a hot summer and she hears on the radio that there is a another dead child found. She goes to the gas ...
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00s (or latterly) novel which talk about a boy trying to survive in the jungle after a plane crash into a lake

I read this novel like a couple years ago (probably 4-5 years already). It's kinda old I guess and my detail maybe is not very specific but I try my best. The story is talk about a young boy (Maybe ...
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Children's book(s) with animal stories

I am trying to find a children's book(s) that I read as a kid. I read it around 1991-2000 so it could only be sooner than that, no later. I am saying books because they might be 2, although I think it ...
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Use of “Poke” as Victorian slang in Fingersmith

Sarah Waters' award-winning Victorian crime novel Fingersmith makes liberal use of period underworld slang. Indeed the title is such slang for a petty thief. Most of it is unfamiliar to the modern ...
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What is the UDC number for uchronia?

What number should uchronia have in the Universal Decimal Classification? In literature section I find: 82-94 History as literary genre. Historical writing. Historiography. Chronicles. Annals. ...
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Earliest example of a story where an animal or object gains the ability to talk

I'm looking for the earliest example for a story with an animal or object that gains the ability to talk. Animal/object needs to have a name of their own, and the gaining of the ability to speak is ...
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Children's book with a grandmother, a musician, and a park lake?

My memories are very fuzzy, but I read a young adult novel around 20 years ago. It featured a girl and her grandmother, and there was some climax in a park with a lake, and a musician? violinist? who ...
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Has Jasper Fforde's “Shades of Grey” world been the setting for role-playing games? [on hold]

In Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde describes a dystopia world that could very well host a role-playing game. Is there any existing or in-project RPG that uses this setup?
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What does “garn” mean?

In Rosemary's Baby: She asked him questions that had been unspeakable in Catholic High; he sent her to a night course in philosophy at NYU. “I’ll make a duchess ...
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How do Pupp's remarks connect with Krazy's in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936?

This question is about the same Krazy Kat strip (25 July 1936) as in Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936, in which Krazy is making a lot of classical references and Pupp is responding: Krazy: ...
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Example of character who vitalize arts (ideas, characters of books) into an living beings [on hold]

Could you give an example of literature character who vitalize arts (ideas, characters of books) into an living beings?
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What is a neckenger?

In Chapter IX of Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury, I found the following sentence (emphasis and links added): Thus lay the poore Draper a long time in prison, in which space, his Wife which ...
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Story in which two brothers had to follow extremely detailed instructions to get their inheritance

I recall reading a short story a number of years ago where two brothers were each given extremely detailed (and sometimes rather tedious) instructions that they had to follow very precisely in order ...
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How did Pilate order Judas' death in Master and Margarita?

After several reads I am still struggling to understand the events around Judas' death in the Pilate story. On the face of it, the following things occur: Pilate has dinner with Aphranius (head of ...
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About the role of Lizaveta in Crime and Punishment

I just finished Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and I loved it (of course). I would like to bring into analysis the role of Lizaveta, the pawnbroker's half sister who is accidentally killed by ...
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What is the relevance of Tennyson's 'Coming of Arthur' and 'Passing of Arthur' to Modern Life? [duplicate]

Alfred Tennyson's 'The Coming of Arthur' and 'The Passing of Arthur' are two of the most important idylls in Tennyson's Idylls of the King but how are the past and present represented in these two ...
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What are some of the best rated fantasy books except for the ones from J.R.R Tolkien? [closed]

I was wondering what are some of the top-rated fantasy books or novels except for the ones written from J.R.R Tolkien?
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Why did the N.I.C.E. want Mark Studdock at Belbury?

Near the middle of That Hideous Strength, Wither says to the Fairy: If a mere arrest could have secured the — er — good will and collaboration of Mrs. Studdock, we should hardly have embarrassed ...
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Book about a boy named Milo who loses his eyebrows and runs away

I read this book around 14 years ago. All I can remember about the story is that it was about a boy named Milo, who ends up losing his eyebrows and running away from home — the overall plot, from ...
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Searching for an Illustrated Children's Book with Animal Characters

I just spent the last 5 hours browsing through google, pinterest, and eBay in an attempt to find a beautifully illustrated book I loved as a child. I remember what it is generally about, but I have ...
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Why did Hemingway include the following in his book, the Moveable Feast?

Towards the end of his book, The Moveable Feast, about his times as an expatriate American in Paris, he quotes a conversation he overhears in an Inn, somewhere in the Swiss Alps which he is visiting ...
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Lack of Proper Ending in Stories by Old Indian Authors

I have read quite a few stories by old Indian authors who wrote in Hindi and Urdu in the early twentieth century. I noticed a trend of them not completing their stories or providing an ending and ...
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A book about a recently graduated psychologist / psychiatrist who meets a redhead girl who is his first patient

First I would like to clarify that I do not know if someone can answer the question because I think that the book is from Galicia and, although it was translated into Spanish, I do not know if it was ...
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What is the relevance of Tennyson's 'Coming of Arthur' and 'Passing of Arthur' to Modern Life

Alfred Tennyson's 'The Coming of Arthur' and 'The Passing of Arthur' are two of the most important idylls in Tennyson's Idylls of the King but how are the past and present represented in these two ...
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Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936

The eponymous hero (or heroine) of George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons uses a very peculiar language. Most of the time, it's simply phonetical and is easy to understand, but in the strip that ...
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What does “the gathers” mean?

In Chapter VIII of Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury, a woman schools Mrs. Winchcombe (Jack of Newbury's wife) on how to save money by being more economical with the food for her servants and ...
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Why was Dagny Taggart so reluctant to call Dr. Robert Stadler about John Galt's motor?

After Dagny Taggart found John Galt's motor, she tried to find a scientist who could reconstruct it. None of the people she interviewed worked out. She had tried to find a scientist able to attempt ...
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A novel with a female teenage protagonist with Middle Eastern recipes interspersed with the prose

My wife is looking for a book that she read circa 2004. The novel was a “coming of age story” with a teenage protagonist. Embedded within the prose of the book were Middle Eastern (possibly Lebanese)...
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An expression 'temporary absolution' from Maupassant's 'Confession'

What is 'temporary absolution' in the below phrase? It's from 'Confession' by Guy de Maupassant. She grew excited, sobbed, seemed enervated and worn out, as if she were still burning from her lover’...
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Who were the tongueless men of Coromandae?

On the first page of Chapter VII in Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury, the narrator tells us (italics from the original), Halfe the day sometime would hee sit by her, as shee was waighing ...
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How is “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck still relevant to readers of today?

I guess isolation and social exclusion of different groups is something of relevance. e.g. -Crooks: racism -Curley's Wife: misogynism -Candy: ageism -Lennie: ableism But i still can't think of any ...
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What is Baltasar Gracián's original quote to “Some never arrive at being complete, somewhat is always awanting”?

Can anyone find the original quote from Baltasar Gracián in the Spanish he wrote this in? Some never arrive at being complete, somewhat is always awanting. From The art of worldy wisdom.
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From which obituary of a male “New Republic” editor do these details sound familiar?

I read it many years ago, but infuriatingly cannot find it. It appeared in The New Republic roughly between 2003 and 2012 by a woman (I think a mentee of his) with a remarkably simple, crystalline ...
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What is the difference between spatial and temporal paratext?

According to Gérard Genette, the paratext is what is beyond a text, e.g.: the cover, the title, the interviews about a novel... Paratext can be devided into two categories: spatial and temporal. The ...
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US Civil War story: man hanged from a bridge

I read a story a long time ago about a Civil War soldier who was being hanged from a bridge but the rope broke and he escaped. It goes through all the things he went through after escaping but then it ...
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Why did Andromache call the men of Sparta ‘devious plotters and the master of lies’?

Why does Euripides put the following speech into the mouth of Andromache, in his play of the same name? Andromache: (Breaking into a rage) Inhabitants of Sparta, most hated men on earth, devious ...
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A song of ice and fire - Is there a synopsis available?

At some point in the undeterminate future, George RR Martin will release the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Considering that the last book was released so long ago, is there (or will ...
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Description of a character in 'War and peace'

In the book 'War and peace ' , the characters seem to mention the name of a person ' countess Apraksina ' with a tone of respect and concern in chapter 10. This character 'countess Apraksina' is not ...
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Was Hemingway schizophrenic?

Surrounding the death of Ernest Hemingway, there are declarations that he suffered vigilance from the FBI. It is also said that he believed badly that he was being checked at every turn by goverment ...
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Pre Colonial Native American coming of age story about a girl who travels across the country for food

I read this book forever ago. It is a Native American inspired story about a girl whose village needs food. Her grandmother had a vision and sends her to travel across the country with a man (no real ...
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Spanish translation of Adversity Quotient?

I was reading the book Adversity Quotient by Dr. Paul G. Stoltz and I would like to make a gift with that book to someone, but that person is not fluent in English (it's a Spanish citizen). Is there ...
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What does collachrimation mean?

The end Thomas Nashe's novel The Unfortunate Traveller takes a very antisemitic turn when both the novel's main character (Jack Wilton) and his concubine fall into the hands of a Jew named Zadoch. ...
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What does “have you no cacke a bed” mean?

In chapter VII of Thomas Deloney's novel Jack of Newbury an Italian merchant named Benedicke tries to woo Jone. After some time, Jone gets tired of this and tries to trick him into sleeping with a sow,...
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In War and Peace, why do all the generals and Kutuzov consider it “impossible” to defend Moscow?

After the battle of Borodino, in which the Russians apparently did well, why did the French simply advance to Moscow and why was it considered inevitable that Moscow would be abandoned and the army ...
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Is it a widespread tradition to inscribe family tree in the back of holy book?

Reading Shame (1983) by Salman Rushdie, and came to such a sentence. Lost in the forest of new relatives, wandering in the bloodjungle of the matriarchal home, Bilquis consulted the family Quran in ...
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Middle Grade book read in 2001

I read this book in middle school in 2000/2001. I don’t recall that it was a popular or extremely current book, as nobody else had chosen to read it in our class, but I don’t think it could have been ...
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Meaning of “every dewdrop paints a bow” from In Memoriam, Section CXXII by Alfred lord Tennyson

And every dewdrop paints a bow A line by Alfred Lord Tennyson, from section CXXII of his poem In Memoriam. What is the poet actually trying to convey with this line? The verse in context: And all ...
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Why does Linus say “I think you finished it” to Sally in this Sunday strip?

So in December 22nd, 1985, Charles Schulz made this following Christmas themed Sunday panel featuring Linus and Sally. Linus is reading Sally the second chapter of the Book of Luke (from the Bible), ...
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Was Edmund in the Narnia series loosely inspired by Edmund in King Lear?

In King Lear, Edmund, resentful of his inferior status to his older brother, betrays his family and frames his brother as a traitor. This strikes me as not being at all unlike what Edmund does in The ...
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Was the N.I.C.E. director modelled on H. G. Wells?

Wikipedia claims that the character of Horace Jules in C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength - ostensibly the Director and boss of the N.I.C.E. organisation, in reality a figurehead manipulated by those ...

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