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Meaning of some phrases in The Grapes of Wrath

I've started reading The Grapes of Wrath and I've run into some old-time phrases that I'm not sure of the meaning. I suppose these must date from the 1920s-1940s. My dogs was pooped out. From ...
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Alfred Hitchcock story with a man seeing creatures out of the corner of his eye

I’m hoping someone will be able to tell me the name of a Alfred Hitchcock story I read part of a long long time ago. It was about a guy who would see movement out of the corner of his eye, but when he ...
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Do the opening lines of Frost’s poem “After Apple-Picking” contain a biblical reference?

Robert Frost's poem ‘After Apple-Picking’, collected in North of Boston (1914), is a well-known poem on man’s encounter with the natural world, probing the dilemma of his existence. The first two ...
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How did Paul and Sergius know Bluntschli?

In Act II of G. B. Shaw's play Arms and the Man, when Paul sees Bluntschli through the library window he at once asks him to stay with him and Sergius, who also seems to be acquainted with Bluntschli. ...
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What does “A stone will not need you to guess if, / You’re still going to drown.” mean?

The song “Illusion and Dreams” (lyrics), by Poets of the Fall, has these lines: A stone will not need you to guess if, You’re still going to drown. What is the meaning of the above lines in the ...
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Meaning of “So can you name your demon? Understanding its scheming”

Poets of the Fall have this wonderful song named “Illusion and dreams” and in the last verse they sing So can you name your demon? Understanding its scheming I raise my glass and say “Here’s to you” ...
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What is the meaning of these opening lines of Poets of the Fall’s song “Moonlight Kissed”?

Poets of the Fall released their charismatic song “Moonlight Kissed” on 22nd September 2017 along with a video. The voice of Marko was angelic and the lyrics surpassed every lyrics of lyricists. ...
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What’s the central meaning of song “Moonlight Kissed”?

Poets of the Fall is a Finnish musical band who mainly releases the philosophical romantic songs. The song “Moonlight Kissed” was released on YouTube on 22nd September 2017. The song is marvellous and ...
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Why do readers dislike Vronsky in the early part of the novel?

Anna Karenina, the first novel of Count Leo Tolstoy is about the life of Anna (mainly) and her lover Vronsky (I know it is not possible to say what the novel is about but for this particular ...
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How does Charles Lamb’s working in East India Company affect his writing themes?

Charles Lamb is famous as the Prince of English essayists. After studying for seven years at Christ’s Hospital, where he earned the friendship of Coleridge, Lamb obtained clerkship in South Sea House. ...
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Why did Charles Lamb write his brother’s name as John L---?

In the 9th paragraph (according to the version I’m reading) of Charles’ Lamb’s essay “Dream Children: A Reverie” it is written I told how, though their great-grandmother Field loved all her grand-...
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Why did Charles Lamb not preserve the real name of his lover?

In the 12th paragraph of “Dream Children: A Reverie,” written when Charles Lamb was 44 years old, we find: Then I told how for seven long years, in hope sometimes, sometimes in despair, yet ...
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Who was James Elia?

In the essay “Dream Children: A Reverie” by Charles Lamb, the last few lines by the children read I found myself quietly seated in my bachelor arm-chair where I had fallen asleep, with the faithful ...
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Is this line from Shelley’s A Lament an allusion to his Skylark?

The poem A Lament by P.B. Shelley goes like this O world! O Life! O Time! On whose last steps I climb, Trembling at that where I stood before; When will return the glory of your prime? No more, —O ...
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Why did Tennyson write “The Brook” from the brook's first-person perspective?

In the poem "The Brook", Tennyson speaks about the journey of a small brook which later joins a mighty river. The poem is narrated in the first person by the small brook: I come from haunts ...
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Can Edgar Allan Poe’s Alone be analyzed in the light of Existential Loneliness? [duplicate]

Can Edgar Allan Poe’s Alone be analyzed in the light of Existential Loneliness? The very first lines From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were—I have not seen As others saw—I could not ...
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Source of a quote by Bernard Shaw about flying versus living with each other like humans

A while ago I got this quote on an online social platform: Humans have progressed so much, now they can even fly like a bird in the sky. The only thing remaining for the humans is to live with each ...
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How blank verse is “closest to the natural rhythms of English speech”? [duplicate]

I was reading a book and in that it was written Shakespeare has used this poetic form (the blank verse) skillfully in his dramas because it is closest to the natural rhythms of English speech, and ...
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What does “inward eye” mean?

William Wordsworth’s poem "The Daffodils" contains the following lines: For oft, when on my couch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye which is bliss of ...
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Where is dramatic irony present in “Macbeth”?

In a school book it is written Dramatic Irony or Irony of situation: It involves a situation in a play or story in which the audience knows the reality which the speaker or character is ignorant of. ...
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Meaning and source of this quote by Ezra Pound

I was reading a book and there appears something like this A reader or auditor is at liberty to remain passive. — Ezra Pound I want to understand the full meaning of this quote and want to know its ...
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Justification of the title of “Far from the madding crowd” by Thomas Hardy [duplicate]

Ever since I began reading Thomas Hardy the thing that quite struck me is his titles for his works. In the novel Far from the madding crowd (usually called his first major literary success), Gabriel ...
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Who was the first author of humorous ghost stories?

Although Pliny the Younger is regarded as the first author of a ghost story, I think these stories underwent a 360-degree turn during 19th century when Charles Dickens or Oscar Wilde started writing ...
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Can formal essays be considered as a literature in strict sense?

Francis Bacon wrote formal essays and Joseph Addison wrote periodical essays. (Periodical essays refers to essays that are written to be published in a periodical publication.) The style of periodical ...
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Meaning of “apparel oft proclaims the man” in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”?

Here is a speech of Polonius from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, act 1, scene 3: Give every man thine ear; but very few thy voice: Take each man’s censure: but reserve thy judgement: Costly thy habits as thy ...
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Did John Milton ever mention Martin Luther directly or indirectly?

Martin Luther’s auspicious life on earth began in 1483 A.D. and he got salvation in the year 1546 A.D. John Milton’s scared life began in 1608 and he went to God’s abode in the year 1674 A.D. As far ...
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How was Jude obscure in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure?

I have recently completed the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy and as always the title left me baffled. In the whole novel it was Sue who seems (if one just uses one's own viewpoint and judges ...
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Why there are quotes before every part in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure?

Jude the Obscure was one of the most controversial novels of Thomas Hardy, and people even go as far as calling it “Jude the Obscene”. It’s quite a complex novel: we cannot simply say what actually ...
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When Little Father Time was actually born?

Little Father Time was son of Jude Fawley and Arabella Donn in the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. When Jude went to Donn’s for the first time, he met with Arabella on the first floor of the ...
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Who was Sue’s mother?

Jude was in his Aunt’s room, he was a little heavy with his head due to Arabella’s leaving, and on a table he found a photo of a beautiful little girl. Upon inquiring with his Aunt, he came to know ...
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What does “Honor the Light Brigade” mean?

Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”'s last stanza is When can their glory fade? Oh, the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honor the charge they made! Honor the ...
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In what way was Joseph Conrad influenced by Antoni Malczewski?

Antoni Malczewski was a Polish romantic poet, known for his only work, “a narrative poem of dire pessimism, Maria (1825). Wikipedia writes Maria was also influential on later Polish poets, especially ...
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Why do we say “write any quote and sign by Mark Twain’s name and no one would object”?

Once I was writing a “Preface” for my friend’s college assignment book, I wanted to make it attractive so I thought of some quote related to prefaces of books. I consulted on an online forum and ...
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Was metrical feet decided by the native English speakers? [duplicate]

The metrical feet like Iamb, Trochee and others are based on the sound made when someone utters those words, for example a trochee is a two-syllable metrical pattern in which a stressed syllable is ...
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Why did Oscar Wilde choose artists as his characters in his literary works?

One of the main characters of transcendental novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward was a painter. One of the characters (can be called main) in his story “The Model Millionaire”, Alan ...
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What does “out of the room like a streak” mean?

In the novel Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, Bertie was telling Jeeves that he saw J. Washburn Stoker and his daughter Pauline along with Sir Roderick Glossop. To this Jeeves asked him if he ...
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Meaning of “shade perturbed” in “Thank You, Jeeves” by P. G. Wodehouse?

I’m a big fan of P.G. Wodehouse, his novels have a very different way of humoring the readers and the narrative style is almost awesome. But his vocabulary and especially the conversational part of ...
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What's the source of this E.M. Forster quote, and what did he mean by a “chance word”?

I was reading a book on advanced English Grammar and among the various quotes this one caught my eye: A chance word or sigh are just as much evidence as a speech or a murder. — E.M. Forster What ...
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What did Eliot mean when he said “I would suggest that none of the plays of Shakespeare has a meaning”?

I was reading a grammar book in which the discussion was going on about whether to treat “none” as singular or plural, then the book gave this quote by T.S. Eliot: I would suggest that none of the ...
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Was character of Eugene De Rastignac in Balzac’s Father Goriot inspired by Maximillian Robespierre?

Maximillian Robespierre was one of the revolutionary of French Revolution of 1789, he was a lawyer (by profession) from Arras. Eugene De Rastignac was also moved to Madame Vaquer’s house in order to ...
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Meaning of “Life is a prism of my light” in Sarojini Naidu’s poem “The Soul’s Prayer”

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poetess. By chance I came upon one of her poems, which was titled “The Soul’s Prayer”. The last stanza of the poem goes like this: I, bending from sevenfold height Will ...
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Meaning of “But mercy is above this sceptred sway” from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

In Act IV, Scene I of The Merchant of Venice, Portia says to Shylock these lines (rendered in blank verses) The quality of mercy is not strained It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the ...
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Who and for what called Shelley “beautiful and ineffectual angel”?

I was reading a blog, which was shared to me on a virtual platform, where it was written that “XYZ called Shelley as ‘beautiful and ineffectual angel’”. I don’t remember who was that XYZ but that blog ...
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What does the expression “Hang it” mean? [closed]

The play The Dear Departed (1908) by William Stanley Houghton is about the essencelessness of love by the daughters for their old father. In the play, there is an old man named Abel who one day slept ...
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Was “The Dear Departed” influenced by Balzac’s “Father Goriot”?

Honore de Balzac’s masterpiece “Father Goriot” tells the story of a father who loves his two beautiful daughters as forms of God. The daughters, Delphine and Anastasie, didn’t ever truly cared for ...
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“The Dear Departed” is “A Comedy in One Act” and “The Silver Box” is “A Comedy in Three Acts”. Is there some relation?

“The Silver Box” was a play produced by John Galsworthy in 1906 and it gained huge popularity. It is not about comedy, Livens dialogues shows so much of reality of how big shots keep judges in their ...
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What did the convict mean by “I’m a number: number 15,729” in “The Bishop's Candlesticks”?

Norman McKinnel’s play The Bishop’s Candlesticks is an adaptation of volume one, book second, of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables. The play is based on the concept that no man is a born offender. It ...
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Understanding the last lines from Oscar Wilde’s The Model Millionaire

The Model Millionaire is a short story about a young man, named Hughie Erskin, who although does not have much money himself, is moved to pity by the sight of an elderly beggar who is posing as model ...
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Why was Miranda prohibited from telling her name to Ferdinand in “The Tempest”?

In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, when Ferdinand was carrying up the logs, Miranda came up to him and tried to help him. They talked a little and then the conversation went as follows: Ferdinand: ...
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What was the relation between Stephano and Trinculo?

The two funny characters, Stephano and Trinculo, in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, fight with each other when Ariel was speaking behind Trinculo when Caliban and Stephano were talking. I want to know ...

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