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Identifying some Maupassant short stories

Question 1: What is that short story by Maupassant in which a young man is upset by the past infidelities of his mistress; these infidelities should be of no concern for him since he arrived much ...
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Why would Derry's mother not allow Derry to go back to Mr. Lamb?

In the play "On the Face of It", why did Derry's mother not allow Derry to go back to Mr. Lamb? What had she heard and been warned about Mr. Lamb from others?
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How is Ewing Klipspringer characterized as a gay character?

Could Ewing Klipspringer be considered a gay character? My theory is that Fitzgerald describes Klipspringer as a freeloader who stays in Gatsby's house and after one party decided to live in his home. ...
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Recommendation of books on reversal of fortune of communities in post-colonial societies? [closed]

I am an economist and I am finishing writing a study in which I argue that the economic conditions of ex-slaves in Brazil were not very different from European immigrants in the first years after ...
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How can a farmstead be situated in its paddock?

In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, the author was describing Markenmore village: Markenmore was a place of tiny thatched cottages, set in gardens and orchards, with here and there a ...
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“You have to take pains so the goods won't go off” from The Witcher

I am reading The Witcher - The Tower of Swallow in English and I would like to know what the following phrase means: He ordered the people who had gathered to bring him a sack of salt and a keg of ...
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What does “a star” symbolize here?

Each morning gives thee wings to flee from hell, Each night a star to guide thy feet to heaven. This verse has been taken from the poem "Opportunity" by Walter Malone. What does "a ...
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What did the students at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind think of “Redwall”?

The Redwall series was originally written by Jacques for the students of the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind. This is pretty well documented, from the official website (click on "About Brian&...
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Second person narrative [closed]

Are there any notable works narrated in the second person? The only ones I can think of are "Choose your own adventure" storybooks from the 1980s
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How was the free-born Englishman prevented from taking his ease in his inn in 1922?

In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, Blick, a detective who had booked rooms at "Sceptre Inn", which belonged to Grimsdale, was cheerful after reaching an important conclusion....
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What is the meaning of “the drumstick” in this novel by John Galsworthy?

I'm translating a novel by John Galsworthy, A Stoic, written at the beginning of the 20th century (full text on Project Gutenberg), and I've come across this peculiar use of the word “drumstick”: ...
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Why is the gesture of the rebel noble in “The Man with the Scar”?

In the William Somerset Maugham short story "The Man with the Scar", the general considers the gesture of the rebel as a noble gesture. I don't understand why. He killed his love, the girl ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence “You are--aren't you?” in this novel by John Galsworthy?

I'm translating a novel by John Galsworthy, A Stoic, written at the beginning of the XX century (full text on Project Gutenberg), and I've come across a sentence I’m finding quite tricky to understand:...
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Is there any significance in the cry “Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi” in Prince Caspian?

In Prince Caspian, there's a passage where Aslan apparently uses his power to summon up the spirit of Old Narnia, leading to the eventual defeat of the Telmarines with very little bloodshed. A wild ...
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What is the meaning of “your first interest” in this novel by John Galsworthy?

I'm translating a novel by John Galsworthy, A Stoic, written at the beginning of the XX century (full text on Project Gutenberg), and I've come across a sentence I’m finding quite tricky to understand:...
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What is the meaning of “the least bit” in these affirmative clauses by John Galsworthy?

I'm translating a novel by John Galsworthy, A Stoic, written at the beginning of the XX century (full text on Project Gutenberg), and I've come across a sentence I’m finding quite tricky to understand:...
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Meaning of “Low down on the sky was a narrow band of apricot, all that was left of the daylight.”

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner The hostess at the open door showed her teeth. Vicki came out into the world. She saw the man beside Elizabeth and slowed down. That couldn’t ...
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Can “access and excess” be antonyms in this context?

In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, Blick, a detective-sergeant, was thinking about the way by which someone had entered and left Markenmore district. Firstly he studied the railways ...
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What is the significance of Derry opening the gate panting despite it being “always open”?

In On the Face of It by Susan Hill, Lamb says that gate is always open and he does not like closing things [Dialogues of scene 1]. But then, why Derry opens the gate panting (Scene 3)? What is the ...
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How did the Cutty Wren come to be the national anthem of Tristan da Cunha?

The Cutty Wren, a traditional English folk song, is the "territorial song" (like national anthem for a British Overseas Territory?) of Tristan da Cunha, one of the remotest islands on earth ...
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What is the figure of speech used in this part of “Cataract Operation”?

What is the figure of speech used in these lines taken from the Simon Armitage poem "Cataract Operation"? the olé of a crimson towel. the cancan of a ra ra skirt, the monkey business of a ...
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Meaning of “he’d go down between sets and find her”

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner They stopped at the gate lounge. The door opened. ‘Here she comes,’ said Elizabeth. ‘Which one is she?’ said Dexter. The man walking behind ...
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What is so special about a fruit being in season for eight days?

In chapter Four of The Time Machine, the Time Traveller states: But the fruits were very delightful; one, in particular, that seemed to be in season all the time I was there — a floury thing in a ...
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When/where was “Mem and Zin” first compared to “Romeo and Juliet”?

Mem and Zin is a Kurdish classic love story written down in 1692 and is based on a true story, laid down from generation to generation through oral tradition. It appears to be often compared to ...
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A man is in court because a company wants his prostheses back

I forgot the title of the short story. It is about a man who is in court because of his prostheses. If I remember correctly he was a famous motorbiker. A company wants all his prostheses back, because ...
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What does “Might be a good deal in that” mean in “The Markenmore Mystery”?

In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, the chief constable was talking to two lawyers about a stranger man who had gone to "Sceptre Inn" and booked a room there, but he never ...
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At what time did the time travel journey begin?

At the end of Chapter Two of The Time Machine, when the Time Traveller provides the brief summary of his journey he says: I was in my laboratory at four o'clock, and since then... I've lived eight ...
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In musical theatre, what does “book by” mean?

In musical theatre, what does "book by" mean? For example, the Bonnie and Clyde 2012 musical has a book by Ivan Menchell. Bonnie & Clyde is a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn, ...
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What does “His business here that night might have been just as much with those two men as with his brother and sister” mean here?

In "The Markenmore Mystery" (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, the chief constable was talking to two lawyers about Guy Markenmore who had been murdered two days ago after his meeting with two men at ...
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How to prevent your work from getting stolen? [migrated]

I have written a book recently, and I want to share it so it can be reviewed, but I am worried over that it might get stolen if I do so. So is there way, like a watermark or signature, to protect it, ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci really say this quote about flight?

The following quote is frequently attributed by the internet to the famous 15th-16th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci: Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes ...
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What's the first appearance of the rhyme about “He died defending his right of way”?

There's a little poem that goes something like this: Here lies the body of Thomas Grey, Who died defending his right of way. He was perfectly right as he sped along, But he's just as dead as if he'd ...
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What kind of censorship was Dostoevsky avoiding by obscuring place names?

In the opening paragraph of "Crime and Punishment", two locations, S-- Lane and K--n Bridge, are identified only by their first and final letters. My translation has a footnote which says ...
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When is the story of Dolphin Island set?

Arthur C. Clarke's short novel Dolphin Island was published in 1963. It's clearly set in a somewhat "future" world, probably quite near future, but can we narrow down its temporal setting ...
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In “Adventure of the Priory School”, what is going on with the reward money and the cheque?

In the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Priory School", Holmes shows perhaps the most amount of interest in the reward money. Holmes initially confirms the terms of the reward ...
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What do superscript circles mean in poetry?

I am reading a book on the collected works of Alexander Pope. Peppered throughout his poems are little superscript circles or degrees symbols, seen in this image of the text (transcribed below) What ...
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How does this joke (?) of Gonff's work?

There's a line by Gonff in Mossflower that's clearly supposed to be a joke, but I just... don't get it. Gonff was conscious of Columbine watching him. Bella had given the little mousethief permission ...
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Is there “Joker interviewing on a talk show” in DC comic books too?

There are two scenes in movies that the Joker had interviewed on a TV channel. One in the Joker (2019 movie) and one in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013 animated movie); and in both Joker ...
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Where is Dolphin Island?

Arthur C. Clarke's short novel Dolphin Island is set on an island in the Pacific. Although this Dolphin Island itself is fictitious, the novel includes references to real locations such as Tonga. From ...
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How does ancient Greek polytheism fit with Christianity in The Lusiads?

The Lusiads (Os Lusíadas), considered the national epic of Portugal, was written by Luís Vaz de Camões during the 16th century, a period in which the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions were menacing ...
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Meaning of “the kind of woman who’d throw round terms like the orthodox feminist position. ”

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner Doctor Fox looked at Elizabeth as he chewed, and nodded and smiled. She must be nearly forty now, like Dex. Thank God they were never foolish ...
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Which book by Steven Brust has “A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be”?

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be. What book is this quote from? I know the author is Steven Brust.
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Book about a single-mother family, children go to a hollow tree

I’m looking for a book I read a few years ago. It featured a family with a single mother and three or so children who run away due to financial issues I think. The eldest of the children takes them to ...
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What is the cultural history of family “kissing” in Victorian/Edwardian novels?

I read a lot of Victorian/Edwardian fictional novels, mostly books that were geared towards female readers. Often enough, family members are described as kissing each other. Sometimes a kiss on the ...
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Does double entendre happen in Orwell's 1984? [closed]

From Double entendre - Wikipedia: A double entendre (plural double entendres) is a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to have a double meaning, of which one is typically ...
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Why is the snake named “Asmodeus”?

In Redwall there is a fearsome, hypnotizing serpent called Asmodeus Poisonteeth. The name seems pretty obviously from the Biblical demon/devil (Is there a difference? The Wikipedia page doesn't help) ...
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metaphor and allegory [duplicate]

An allegory uses concrete ideas as symbols for deeper or layered meanings. Folk tales and fables are often allegorical. Visual art or so to say all finer arts and literature can be allegorical. In ...
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On what sources did Camões base his Os Lusíadas?

Os Lusíadas is one of the most important works of Portuguese literature, written by Luís de Camões in the 16th century and describing imaginatively the Portuguese voyages of discovery, mostly the ...
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Meaning of “dawning way” and the use of “altogether” in the context below

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner Philip did not turn up with the car. This did not surprise Elizabeth. She took the bus to the airport. Vicki’s plane was late. Elizabeth ...
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Chilli peppers in fifteenth-century India?

In Canto 7 of The Lusíads, when Vasco da Gama and his crew finally land in Calicut, they encounter a Moor named Monsayeed who explains to the former: You are now in India, with its various Peoples ...

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