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What is the meaning of "Not even Jonah’s wife would swallow that story" in Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"?

Does the use of the verb swallow have anything to do with the fish that swallowed Jonah? Exactly. Jonah's wife had to "swallow" (accept) the ridiculous story (as an explanation for his disappearance ...
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What is the meaning of "Not even Jonah’s wife would swallow that story" in Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"?

The wording of the Spanish original is: Dijo: “Ese pretexto no se lo traga ni la mujer de Jonás”. In Spanish, there is a colloquial figurative use of the verb tragar, that is, "to swallow",...
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"Cease, cows, life is short" - what does it mean?

In the Spanish text, the context is as follows: while living with his mistress Petra Cotes, Aureliano Segundo is faced with the issue that his rabbits proliferate wildly: Fue en esa época que el dio ...
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Why is Macondo a city of mirages?

In the beginning, Macondo was a city solidly set in reality. Magical things happened, but everybody agreed they happened. However, as time passed by, gradually the hold of Macondo on reality started ...
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Why does Rebeca kill José Arcadio in One Hundred Years of Solitude?

It is not at all clear from the text of the novel that the author of the murder of José Arcadio is Rebeca. The doctoral thesis by Sylvia Koniecki, who mentions that it's a known fact that Oedipus Rex ...
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Why does Rebeca kill José Arcadio in One Hundred Years of Solitude?

The article defines the narrative of the book as being bound to the themes of identity and colonisation, namely the ways in which each character responds to a diversification of both culture and ...
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