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What is specifically Dutch about light bulbs?

This is an allusion to the product that the Dutch company Philips was originally famous for: its light bulbs. Gerard Philips en zijn vader Frederik richtten in 1891 het bedrijf Philips op. In eerste ...
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How did having a full pot of tea betray the doctor's lowly origins?

Compare this with a situation where someone visits you, you offer them food, and they say: "No, thanks, I have lots of food at home!" This would be extremely rude in many cultures. It may imply any ...
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Why does Anne Frank have so many admirers at school?

The biography by Melissa Muller (Bloomsbury, 1999), based on information from relatives and friends, states that Anne was always popular and assertive at school, and not good at concentrating (which ...
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What does the expression "Mignon country" refer to in Elsschot's "Cheese"?

In the English translation by Sander Berg (Alma Books, 2017), the corresponding passage reads as follows: First they talked about Italy, where I've never been, and we traversed the entire length of ...
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Is the house plan in Anne Frank's diary an artistic rendition, or is it sketched by Anne?

While I can't speak with authority as to the contents of the original diary, I'd suggest that in answering the question as posed, 'Is the house plan in Anne Frank's diary an artistic rendition, or is ...
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Dutch Novel: old retired actor who receives an anonymous letter offering him one last role

Most likely, this is the novel Hoogste tijd (1985) by Harry Mulisch, who was considered as one of the "big three" of post-war literature in the Netherlands. The novel's main character is Willem (Uli) ...
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Where did Gerrit de Veer publish his diary?

There is some history of the early publication of his diary in various languages to be found in the Introduction to the First Edition pages clvi-clxviii of the English translation, The Three Voyages ...
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In Anne Frank's Diary, what does this quote mean? "Who besides me will ever read these letters? From whom but myself shall I get comfort?..."

I consulted the Dutch edition Het achterhuis: dagboekbrieven 12 juni 1942 - 1 augustus 1944 (Edited by Anne's father Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler. Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2010). This edition of the ...
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Inconsistency in number of cheeses per box in Elsschot's "Cheese"

Elsschot wrote Kaas / Cheese" in just two weeks [van de Reijt: 116], so it is at least plausible that the author made an error here. However, there is no need to assume that Elsschot was ...
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Relevance of Pliny the Younger quote in The Assault (De aanslag) by Harry Mulisch?

Before writing the actual answer, it is important to point out that the assault mentioned in the book's title is the shooting of a Dutch policeman who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. ...
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In what way is Dussel an unflattering nickname?

After reading Anne Frank's diary, I also read Het Anne Frank Huis: een biografie by Jos van der Lans and Herman Vuisje (Boom, 2010) and Herinneringen aan Anne Frank by Miep Gies (Bakker, 2009). These ...
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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”?

Your arbitrary criteria I am contesting your criteria. Your criteria are not relevant to my original claim. Your requirement for Dutch originating sources: Belgium is trilingual and the language ...
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First Dutch children's bible

The article Kinderbijbel ("children's bible") in the Dutch Wikipedia is not much more than a stub; it contains nothing on the history of children's bibles in Dutch. The article Bijbelvertalingen (...
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Is the house plan in Anne Frank's diary an artistic rendition, or is it sketched by Anne?

Before answering the question, I would like to point out that there are four versions of Anne Frank's diary. To avoid repetition, I refer to an earlier answer about the diaries, where I listed the ...
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