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“It was very different, when the masters of the science sought immortality and power” in Frankenstein

The following extract is from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'd like to know: What the "it" refers to. Does the "it" refer to the circumstances in general? If so, in what ways ...
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What's meant here by “Don't mention it”?

In "The Quick One" by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown was talking to his friend, saying: Didn’t you see how that old man, with the heart of a lion, stood up and forgave his enemy as only ...
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Did the Eiffel Tower feature in any of Maupassant's stories or novels?

Guy de Maupassant wrote almost all of his fiction during a single decade: the 1880s. This was also the decade that saw the construction of the Eiffel Tower, namely in the years 1887-1889. The ...
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Sentient manta rays living in Jupiter?

I am trying to remember a science fiction story I read that involved a civilization of sentient manta rays living in Jupiter. The book starts with the main character, a human, being given a body to ...
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Classics published in the language of the author [closed]

I'm looking for a book collection that meets certain criteria but I don't know if such a thing exists. It must contain only classics of Western literature (i.e. published for example by La Pléiade or ...
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Who introduced the sonnet to English literature? Wyatt or Shakespeare?

Who brought sonnet to English literature? Thomas Wyatt or William Shakespeare? Their contributions to English literature: Shakespeare wrote a book that contains 154 sonnets, but I couldn't find ...
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Meaning of Greek concepts on omniscience in Amélie Nothomb's Soif

Amélie Nothomb's novel Soif (Thirst) tells us Jesus's memoirs on the eve of the crucifixion. Jesus defends against the accusations made to him by referring to his omniscience as being imperfect. I ...
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Did Harold Bloom ever criticise New Historicism for reducing literature to a footnote of history?

New Historicism is a form of literary theory that focuses on the relation between literature and history (and which is more complex than I wish to explain here). It was developed by scholars such as ...
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Analyzing the alliteration of the first line of Lolita

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Please help me analyze the alliteration from the line above. Which 'L' words attribute to the alliteration? Lo, Li from Lolita and light, ...
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Does “coming and going on their own accord” refer to “ectoplasmic forms”? What does “will to do” mean?

In the following quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's History of Spiritualism, does "coming and going of their own accord" refer to "ectoplasmic forms"? What does "will to do" ...
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Source of the quote “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go” from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Rumi)

There is a quote in the Internet which says: "Life is a balance between holding on and letting go". People cited it to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Rumi). My question is that: What is the ...
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A quote on failure and triumph attributed to Kierkegaard by Camus

In chapter 3 of his essay The Myth of Sisyphus / Le Mythe de Sisyphe, Camus discusses how several philosophers who have dealt with what he calls the absurd. One of these is Kierkegaard, of whom he ...
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What does this passage from a novel mean

The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many small good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible This is from Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol ...
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What's meant here by “the sort of lunacy allowed in the gentry”?

In "The Quick One" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a man, saying: John Raggley was generally regarded as a crank. He was the sort of man who writes letters to the newspaper, ...
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Where is this passage by Nabokov on the power of language located?

I’m losing my mind, because I’ve lost a quotation that I had a few weeks ago and now can’t relocate it for the life of me. It was from either Brian Boyd’s two-volume biography of Nabokov, or from his ...
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Are there correlations between Shakespeare's characters and Cervantes's characters? [closed]

There are three major characters in Don Quixote: Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and Dulcinea del Toboso. Is there any correlation between Cervantes's characters and Shakespeare's? Did Shakespeare read ...
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Why does literature not have a governing body for content ratings?

(Note this question will be based heavily on my experience as an American and the systems we have in place.) I was reading some questions on this and another SE site about age appropriateness for so ...
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Why didn't the publisher advertise “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” more heavily?

Suzanne Collins recently released The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes rather abruptly, without much advertising or announcement, during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic (May 19, 2020). I follow the ...
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Do clergymen usually use spades?

In "The Quick One" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing two strange men entered a hotel with beach, saying: Two quaintly assorted figures did, indeed, enter that quiet hotel on ...
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How do scholars estimate the original number of copies of the Shakespeare First Folio of 1623?

The first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays was printed in 1623, several years after the author's death, and is known is the First Folio. (Later editions are known as the Second Folio, etc., ...
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Does the title of “Marquis” change the name of its holder?

In "The Chief Mourner of Marne" by G. K. Chesterton, the main character was named James Mair, and his cousin was named Maurice Mair; the author said that after the death of Maurice Mair, ...
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In how many ways can you interpret this haiku poem? [closed]

What may be the possible (hidden) interpretations of this poem (written by me), which uses a form of Japanese poetry called 'haiku'? a filled bow, stretched with zest- the smile flies How would the ...
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How did Maupassant's contemporaries respond to his play Une répétition?

Guy de Maupassant is best known as an author of short stories and novels. It is less well known that he also wrote plays. The English Wikipedia article about the author only mentions his early comedy ...
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Meaning of vision du monde in Lucien Goldmann's genetic structuralism

In the 1960s the French philosopher, sociologist and literary theorist Lucien Goldmann developed a theory known as "genetic criticism" (e.g. in Sciences humaines et philosophie. Suivi de ...
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Help me make this sentence less awkward? [migrated]

I'm writing an essay and trying to determine an apt topic sentence for one of my paragraphs. However, it sounds awful and awkward: "Through their diction, the authors further exemplify the ...
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What's meant here by “ his serving as second proves very little about what he thought of the quarrel”?

In "The Chief Mourner of Marne" by G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Outram was talking to Father Brown about an old duel between Mr. James Mair, whose second was Mr. Outram himself, and his cousin ...
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Why is Adam's name completely capitalized in the Good Omens character list?

Before Good Omens has even started, officially, on page xiv in my copy, there's a list of characters. These include... SUPERNATURAL BEINGS God (God) Metatron (The Voice of God) [...] Satan (A Fallen ...
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Identification of an American comics strip about mathematically shaped pancakes

When making crèpes for my children this morning, I recalled a comics strip I would like to identify. It is American, contemporary and I saw it a few years ago. It features a father who is about to ...
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Was Maupassant's interest in madness and the supernatural linked to his own mental health?

The French publisher Gallimard has a short biography of Guy de Maupassant on its website. The last lines read, Vers 1885, Maupassant ressent les premiers symptômes de la maladie nerveuse qui l'...
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Why is Georg Büchner considered such an important figure in German literature?

Georg Büchner was recently proposed as a topic challenge for Lit.SE, and both that proposal and his Wikipedia page concur that he is considered an important figure in the history of German literature, ...
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How could Thorin and co. journey all the way to Erebor without discussing how to deal with Smaug?

Thorin and co. with the hobbit take such an immense journey to Erebor as known to everyone who has read the book. But isn't it absurd that 14 men do undertake such a perilous journey without ever ...
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What does this passage from Othello mean?

... my invention Comes from my pate as birdlime does from frize, It plucks out brains and all. But my muse labours, And thus she is deliver'd: If she be fair and wise, fairness, and wit, The one's for ...
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Meaning of “the plaster stripping off the walls”

does "the plaster stripping off the walls" mean "a wall with fallen chunks of plaster"? The rumours of the strange doings which occurred in the Eddy homestead had got abroad, and ...
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Book involving a child whose mother breaks into his piggy bank to bail out his brother, and he imagines waiting in his room until his body regenerates

I think I read this in the early 1990s as a book checked out from the library in Ashland, KY. I didn't get very far into it, but an early scene made a huge impression on me. The protagonist wakes up ...
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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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Meaning of “Upon one other interest I have not yet touched—to me the weightiest and farthest—reaching of all”

Arthur Conan Doyle's The History of Spiritualism contains the passage quoted below. In his presidential address before the British Association at Bristol in 1898, Sir William briefly referred to his ...
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Meaning of “the humility of a charge” in “The Chief Mourner of Marne”?

In "The Chief Mourner of Marne" by G. K. Chesterton, Mr. Mallow went to Father Brown to consult him about very serious problem, but he found him sitting on the floor with a serious ...
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Gift of the Magi: Literary Analysis: Symbolism and Ttime

In O. Henry's short story The Gift of the Magi, Della's hair is likened to a "brown waterfall." Why is that symbolism significant? I've been wracking my brain, and I was thinking it maybe ...
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Meaning of “held between the fingers by a piece of thread passed through one corner”

Does Crookes imply here that the paper was pierced and then suspended by a thread? In the case of Miss [Kate] Fox it seems only necessary for her to place her hand on any substance for loud thuds ...
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Can the Odyssey be consumed independently of the Iliad?

The Odyssey is largely a sequel to the Iliad, both of them being attributed to Homer and describing events which are roughly part of a single overall story (Odysseus first fighting in the Trojan War ...
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Interpretation of “ Time as a stuff can be wasted” in Sandburg's A Father to His Son

In the poem A Father to His Son, the poet says, "Time as a stuff can be wasted'. In most of the summaries of this poem, it is mentioned that the poet says that time can be wasted as if the poet ...
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For Maupassant, did only women or people generally have the souls of monkeys?

In Maupassant's short story "Le Signe" / "The Signal", part of the collection Le Horla (1887), the baroness de Grangerie tells her friend the marchioness de Rennedon how a woman of ill repute had ...
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The Winter's Tale, Act 2 scene 3, lines 104-108. What do these lines mean?

Paulina, a wife of one of the aristocrats, speaks these lines to Leontes in The Winter's Tale: And thou, good goddess Nature, which hast made it So like to him that got it, if thou hast The ...
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Shakespeare's voice

It is often stated that it is nearly impossible to tell Shakespeare's point of view or to hear his personal voice behind his characters. While I accept this premise, as one reads more of Shakespeare, ...
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Matthew Arnold's anthology of literature for use in schools

While reading Lynette Hunter's lecture text "What Is Literary Value?" (Gresham College, 1997), I came across the following passage (emphasis mine): What gets into and what stays out of the canon is ...
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What is the significance of Jane's maiden name Tudor in That Hideous Strength?

In C. S. Lewis's novel That Hideous Strength, the main character Jane Studdock had the maiden name Jane Tudor. This is only mentioned once in the book itself - I had forgotten it and only noticed it ...
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Who was Mrs B.Lewis?

Colin Dexter's protagonist was Detective Chief Inspector (Endeavour) Morse, in many novels and the TV series where he was played by John Thaw. Morse was named after the polymath crossword puzzle ...
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Trying to find novel about a woman who goes into deep introspection while stranded away from home

The woman is upper-class British, stranded I believe somewhere in the Middle East late 19th century or so (she's waiting for an often-cancelled train). While stuck there alone, she starts to realize ...
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Meaning of “private gentleman” in “The Worst Crime in the World”?

In "The Worst Crime in the World" by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown and his friend, a lawyer, was talking to a rich old man who has lived alone in a castle for a long time, and who has just ...
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How does this song lyric “Simple and Clean” scan?

From the English version of "Simple and Clean" by Utada Hikaru: When you walk away You don't hear me say Please, O baby, don't go Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel ...

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