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How to read "truths in Nietzsche’s sense of the word"

The phrase "truths in Nietzsche’s sense of the word" seems to be an allusion to the following passage from Nietzsche's "Über Wahrheit und Lüge im aussermoralischen Sinne / On Truth and ...
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Confusing paragraph from the story 'Evans tries an O-level' by Colin Dexter

"but for the recent wave of unrest" = fancy phrase for if it hadn't been OR except for the recent wave of unrest. "governor's premises in Oxford" = humorous reference to the Oxford ...
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Confusing paragraph from the story 'Evans tries an O-level' by Colin Dexter

Thrice he'd excaped from prison, and but for the recent wave of unrest in the maximum security establishments up north, he wouldn't now be gracing the governor's premises in Oxford This means that ...
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What's exactly meant by "raw I" and "being silky silk"?

"The raw I" seems to be referring to the idea that he is presenting himself as himself, without pretenses, "raw" being used in the sense of "not prepared or processed" ...
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How is "They seem to have a lot of parsons there, don’t they?” a joke?

St Mary Mags is St Mary Magdalen Parish church in Oxford. There has been a church on the site for over a thousand years and hence it is a significant part of the past and present of Oxford. They ...
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How is "They seem to have a lot of parsons there, don’t they?” a joke?

Parsons are funny. They wear silly robes and have very little power. They have a low rank in the Church of England, responsible for local administration. Even the word is a bit silly (not least its ...
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Who is Little Dorrit referring to when she says, "Don’t encourage him to ask"?

Little Dorrit has told Arthur Clennam a few lines previously that she has a third thing to to say to him and after extracting Clennam's promise not to think her unreasonable or ungrateful, she says ...
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Meaning of "bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthur-nuk!"

tl;dr The hundredlettered name again, last word of perfect language. [III.1.424.23] That long thunder sounding onomatopoeic word, is was the sound of Finnegan as he falls to his death from a ladder, ...
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Philanthropic scam in P. G. Wodehouse's "Something Fresh"

From this site, I found speculation that this is reference to predatory money lending and not philanthropy as you originally guessed. Brian MacNeill, Angus Bruce, Duncan Macfarlane, Wallace ...
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What do the letters G and D mean in "The Trout" by Sean O'Faolain?

The place referred to is Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny. The Dark walk was behind the walled kitchen gardens of Brandondale and led to a ‘Tea house’, a little stone structure close to the river ...
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