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It helps to have a bit more of the context leading up to this: There have been some very strange happenings. I have been in this house more than a year now, and as I wished to lead a retired life I have seen little of my neighbours. Three days ago I had a call from a man who said that he was a house agent. He said that this house would exactly suit a client ...


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In “Let us know what is”, the verb “is” is being used in the sense “exists, occurs, happens” (OED). In the previous paragraph, Kingsley wrote, “if you be right, I must give up much that I have believed”. That is, he saw immediately that Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection contradicts some of the doctrines of the Church of England (in which he, ...


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The sense of “line” here is line, n. V.26.a. Track, course, direction; route Oxford English Dictionary. I looked in Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart., but didn’t find the letter from Lyell to which Darwin is replying. However, we can guess at the contents. Presumably Lyell had noted the problem of explaining the worldwide distribution ...


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Whenever I see something weird in a transcribed book at Gutenberg.org, I try to find a scan of the original. This one turns out to be a bad OCR. The word is tram-road, a road for wheeled carts. The sentence reads: You have deserted—after a start in that tram-road of all solid physical truth—the true method of induction... archive.org


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It is the deliciousness of the honey that leads you to gorge on it until you can't face it anymore. Deliciousness leads to eating too much of it, therefore the deliciousness is the problem. You wouldn't eat too much if it wasn't delicious, after all. Now, I hesitate to use Reddit as an authoritative source, but for an anecdotal demonstration of the principle,...


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Her sexual life is solitary: This bit is important, it sets the context for the rest. 'Her sexual life is solitary'. A solitary sexual life is one that does not include a partner, so it needs must include masturbation. This clause is followed by a colon. So what is the colon doing? Between independent clauses when the second explains or illustrates the ...


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In Standard American English, the word dinner has come to mean the meal eaten in the evening, or at night. Previously - and still in some dialects of English - dinner had this meaning: dinner noun 1 a : the principal meal of the day https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinner Whether this largest meal was served around lunch time (midday), or around ...


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It seems to me that a large part of the above question can be answered by the context provided by Shakespeare, which implies “eating too quickly,” as well as eating too much. These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey. Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in ...


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The Spanish-language wikipedia offers this on the meaning of the song: Carlos Gardel le preguntó en público a Enrique Santos Discépolo que qué había querido hacer con esta canción. Enrique le respondió que quiso hacer una canción de soledad y desesperanza; trata de un hombre que ha vivido la bella esperanza de la fraternidad durante 40 años y de pronto, a ...


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Joggleberry suggests Jogglebury Crowdey in Surtees’s Mr Sponge (1853): “a puffy, wheezy, sententious little fellow, who accompanied his parables with a snort into a large finely-plaited shirt-frill, reaching nearly up to his nose.” He’s terribly fat and short of breath. His great interest in life is carving faces to make ornamental walking sticks. Sponge ...


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I found a longer version of this quote on Goodreads (emphasis mine): There is a law somewhere that says that when one person is thoroughly smitten with the other, the other must unavoidably be smitten as well. Amor ch'a null'amato amar perdona. Love, which exempts no one who's loved from loving, Francesca's words in the Inferno. Just wait and be hopeful. I ...


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