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What is the purpose of the redundant book titles printed in the bottom margin every few pages of many books?

I'm reading a book. Every few pages, in the bottom left margin, it repeats its own title, preceded by an increasing number: 24 The Fellowship of The Ring What is the point of this? Surely they ...
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Why did Mr Jaggers have death masks of two of his former clients, Great Expectations Chapter 24?

This question is regarding Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Chapter 24 (also known as Volume II Chapter V). Mr Jaggers has two casts in his office, revealed by Wemmick to be death masks of his ...
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Why are there three different versions of the “solid/sullied/sallied flesh” line in Hamlet?

While looking up about the passage asked about in this previous question, I noticed that there are different versions of the same line in Hamlet, Act I Scene II, line 333: O that this too too solid ...
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Could we compare a racist world with a dystopian world?

I was asked to compare Maya Angelou’s work with George Orwell’s literary criticism. So could I say that they both raised awareness of social injustice, and even if Maya Angelou raised awareness of ...
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What is the myth-making school of Shakespeare criticism?

In Inga-Stina Ewbank's essay "The Triumph of Time in The Winter's Tale" (Review of English Literature, 5 (1964); reprinted in Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale. A Casebook, edited by Kenneth ...
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Which English translation of The Tale of Genji is the most accurate yet readable?

The Tale of Genji was originally written in an archaic form of Japanese, and has been translated both into modern Japanese and into English multiple times. Wikipedia says "The first English ...
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Where did Derrida say that he deliberately made his works difficult?

In a comment below the question How does Derrida's Signifying obfuscate his writing?, DJohnson wrote, Just for the record Derrida has been quoted as stating that he deliberately made his ...
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Where did Camus define “the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings”?

Albert Camus once defined the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings. The plague novel is the place where all human beings abandon all other human beings. Unlike ...
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The name of a device by which an author reports the use of coarse language without quoting it?

Don, a soldier sleeping in a hammock, is abruptly awakened some hours earlier than expected and is quite alarmed, thinking the camp may be under attack by the enemy. The company headquarters runner ...
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Meaning of sentences in Faulkner in the University

I really appreciate it if anyone can help me to understand the highlighted parts (meaning of the part or a rephrase would be great)? As English is not my first language some parts are vague for me and ...
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In “The Magpie and the Bell”, how can the snake transform into a dragon?

I just read the Korean folk tale "The Magpie and the Bell" (I don't know whose translation this is), in which a huge snake claims to be able to transform into a dragon and rise to heaven: &...
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“Too too sullied flesh” in Hamlet. Why twice?

Oh, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew (Hamlet, Act I, Scene II) Why does "too" occur twice? It is one in a series of repetitions which occur ...
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Why would the subject of the fingerprints make everybody lose their common sense?

In "The Case of the White Footprints" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book (1923) by R. Austin Freeman, Dr. Jervis said to his friend that the chief officer found fingerprints in the crime scene ...
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Meaning of capitalized nouns in a Lord Byron poem

I am in reference to Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (see: wikipedia article). Here is the opening stanza of the work (TO IANTHE): Not in those climes where I have late been straying, ⁠Though ...
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What were the ages of Bilbo and Frodo for these six major plot points?

I recently begun re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I'm over halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring now. In spite of having the story in "fresh memory", I still can't remember the ...
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Why are the Nac Mag Feegle Scottish?

In The Wee Free Men - and other places where the Nac Mac Feegle are mentioned - they are quite obviously depicted as Scottish. The easiest example of that is their speech: "Crivens! We wanna coo ...
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Was it common to publish the times of voyages in the newspapers?

In "The Case of the White Footprints" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book (1923) by R. Austin Freeman, a woman was talking to a detective about a situation in her hotel, saying: "I noticed ...
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What's meant by “on his dignity with” in “The Case of the White Footprints”?

In "The Case of the White Footprints" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book by R. Austin Freeman, a woman was talking to a detective about a situation in her hotel, saying: Mr. Bergson wasn't drunk, ...
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Why does Horatio answer “a piece of him” when asked if Horatio is there?

In Hamlet, Act 1: Scene 1, when Bernardo asks if Horatio is there, Horatio responds "A piece of him": MARCELLUS. Holla! Bernardo! BERNARDO. Say, What, is Horatio there? HORATIO. A piece of ...
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What did Miss Bentley see in “A Month By The Lake” by H. E. Bates?

In H. E. Bates' novella "A Month By The Lake", Miss Bentley and Miss Beaumont have to get changed in the same hut to go swimming (because most huts are occupied). Miss Bentley emerges ...
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Where can I find an English translation of Pan Pingge Searching for Humanity (求仁录)?

I'm interested in reading works by the Chinese philosopher Pan Pingge. His work entitled Searching for Humanity or 求仁录 appears, from secondary sources, to be a good place to start. However, I cannot ...
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What exactly did the hobbits eat in the first half of The Fellowship of the Ring when journeying for many days?

Near the very end of the first part, it's mentioned that they now only have "old bread and dried fruit" left of their food, having wandered around for many days in the nothingness outside of ...
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Searching for a Whitman quote

I am looking for a quote attributed to Walt Whitman with the following approximate meaning: Finding faults with others requires a bit of ability, but stopping yourself from abusing that information ...
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How powerful is Willems in the beginning of An Outcast of the Islands?

I'm first time reading a novel by Joseph Conrad; I was inspired and revered him since I saw Apocalypse Now. But as Mr.Joseph is regarded as a very skillful, detailful and prolific writer so I must ...
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Short (possibly children's) story set in Norfolk glorifying the English Countryside

I have been trying to recall a short story for a while now, one which I read in 2009-2010 but is possibly older (it was part of a children's story collection whose name I cannot recollect, although I ...
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Is Calvin an unreliable narrator?

Related: What is Hobbes? In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin has a radically different point of view than any of his peers or the adults in the story. One notable example is Hobbes himself, ...
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Hot Cross Bun Paradox

In the nursery rhyme Hot Cross Buns, there's the line One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns Does this mean that you can buy a hot cross bun for either 1p or 0.5p? If so, why would anyone buy only ...
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Was Rosemary Sutcliff's The High Deeds of Finn MacCool influenced by James Macpherson's Ossian translations?

In 1967, Rosemary Sutcliff published the children's novel The High Deeds of Finn MacCool, which is a retelling of the stories of the Irish hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fenian Cycle. The ...
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Info about “Wisdom is One” by Benjamin Williams Huntsman?

Ran across a title. Out of curiosity, tried trolling the internet for more info. No joy. Does anyone know anything about a book titled "Wisdom is One" by Benjamin Williams Huntsman ...
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In the middle part of The Fellowship of the Ring, how did Strider find and interpret that rock message supposedly from Gandalf?

Maybe this is explained later, and if so, please don't mention the resolution. However, if it's never mentioned again, I'd like to hear some reasoning. Basically, Strider leads the hobbits and that ...
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Why is London 'the town which Brutus sought by dreams'?

In his short poem which begins 'Tagus, farewell', the English poet Sir Thomas Wyatt wrote of his longing to return to an unnamed city. For anyone familiar with the rudiments of either Wyatt's ...
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In 1984 why does the Newspeak dictionary have numbered editions?

A major theme in 1984 is that the Party is never wrong and commonly changes all past references to reflect this. Why would the Party have numbered editions of their Newspeak dictionary, as opposed to ...
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What characteristics do Brutus and Antony share in Julius Caesar?

We all know the differences between Antony and Brutus, but what characteristics do these two share?
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What does the line “I know every reason why” mean in “Wild and Wicked World”?

In Hayley Kiyoko's song "Wild and Wicked World", the second verse goes like this: Take me to the moon Where I can sleep 'til noon Living my today I don't care what you say I scream and ...
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For and Against different Reading Orders for Narnia

There are two common reading orders for the Chronicles of Narnia: The original publication order: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair ...
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Story about a European captain marrying a tribal woman, part of the plot similar to *The Count of Monte Cristo*?

I am trying to find the name of a story. The plot is set in the age when Europeans were sailing to the Americas and contacting the local tribes. My memory is vague but here are some of the points I ...
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Origin of the phrase “back when the animals could still speak” in Dutch fables or fairy tales

In Dutch, some fables or fairy tales (or both) begin with the words "[lang geleden] toen de dieren nog spraken / konden spreken", i.e. "[a long time ago] back when the animals still ...
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Novel with a spy/assassin who helps the grand-daughter of a Nazi hunter, speaks Basque from learning it from a book, escapes a cave through water

I'm pretty sure I read this just a few years ago, but that it is an older story, maybe from the 60s or the 70s. I think it starts with the main character descending into a cave with someone else ...
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What is the evidence that Flemish fables or fairy tales began with the words “back when the animals could still speak”?

In an answer to the question Why do many Korean folk tales start with “back when tigers smoked”?, user @Flater, who comes from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium (i.e. Flanders), claims that the Dutch ...
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What religion is suggested by the “God” in the Korean sun/moon origin story?

In the Korean folk story 해와 달이 된 오누이, translated here as "The Origin of the Sun and the Moon" from Pyun Yung-tai, Tales from Korea (Seoul, 1948), two children are pursued by a tiger and end ...
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Are the sun and moon generally personified in Korean folklore, or just in this origin story?

There's a Korean folk story entitled 해와 달이 된 오누이, variously translated as "The Origin of the Sun and the Moon" or "Sister Sun and Brother Moon" etc. I read it here, cited to Pyun ...
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“just at the time that I dated my creation” in Frankenstein

In Chapter Seven of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I saw the following sentence: I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which ...
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Why is the order of The Chronicles of Narnia changed from original publication?

When I originally read The Chronicles of Narnia I read an older boxset which has the books numbered in original publication order: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of ...
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Why is C.S. Lewis so concerned with being locked into a wardrobe?

In The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe author C.S. Lewis makes at least 3-4 references to the characters making sure to not latch the wardrobe from the inside "as every sensible person [knows] ...
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what comes first in rick riordans books and what comes next? [duplicate]

i want to know what comes first in rick riordans books and what comes next? can anyone help? ( i have read persy jackson and Trials of Apollo)
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Was it traditional to omit the prologue from Shakespeare's plays in the First Folio?

In an older question about the purpose of the prologue in Romeo and Juliet, Cory Howell asked in a now deleted answer: For what it's worth, the Prologue is not included in the First Folio version of ...
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Why a sorrowing heart is called as “Sultan” and a stone heart is called as “burial site” in this verse of Saint Kabir?

I came up to this verse of great Indian poet Saint Kabir बिरहा बुरहा जिनि कहौ, बिरहा है सुलतान। जिस घटि बिरह न संचरै, सो घट सदा मसान॥ This page gives the English translation of that verse as Do not ...
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Why do many Korean folk tales start with “back when tigers smoked”?

I've read in a few sources that the Korean equivalent of the "once upon a time ..." which often begins English folk stories is something like "back when tigers smoked ..." or "...
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Is there something I'm missing about the numerous songs in “The Fellowship of the Ring”?

I'm currently re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring (Swedish translation from 1971) after 20+ years. I'm 170 pages in. One thing that strikes me, and which I didn't remember at all, is the numerous ...
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How to Improve Speaking Ability? [migrated]

I'm intermediate student of English.I wanna improve my speaking. How can i join a group to speak with other students?

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