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The (defunct) Val Biro Official Fan web page has a brief interview with Val Biro on this subject, adding to the wording found in Gumdrop Makes a Start. HOW GUMDROP GOT HIS NAME He set the levers on the steering wheel and pulled the choke out. Then he pressed his foot on the starter button. The car went "Guuuuum". The foreman pushed in the choke ...


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Camus loved the sea and nature generally. His unfinished early novel La Mort heureuse contains a scene in which Patrice Mersault goes swimming in the sea; the scene is described in very sensuous terms. (See Albert Camus, La Mort heureuse, Le bain de mer, in French.) So on a very literal level, Mersault can be read as mer (sea) and sault/saut (jump; the ...


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The Lilith Fund is a real thing helping people to get abortions. From the about page at LilithFund.org: What Does Lilith Fund Do? Lilith Fund assists Texans in exercising their fundamental right to abortion by removing barriers to access. Lilith provides direct financial assistance to empower people seeking to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and education ...


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The simplest explanation, in-universe so to speak, would be that you need a new unique name to see the Childlike Empress, and "Mondenkind" isn't really a word that existed before in the German language (certainly not in common parlance). Even the more correct compound noun "Mondkind" would be unusual. "Monden" ist dative plural, ...


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James K. Vardaman was my great-grandfather (he was also later a US senator for MS). My brother has done a lot of family research, and though "Vardhaman" is I think Hindi/India, it seems my family on my father's side (and further back) is somewhere in the Scandinavian area. I heard many years ago it's possibly a misspelled variation on "...


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What ‘Shawshank’ suggests to me, is a surname from the Scottish Borders. The name is made up of two elements that are common in English and Scots surnames and placenames: ‘shaw’ meaning ‘covert’ or ‘shelter’; and ‘shank’ meaning literally ‘leg’ but figuratively ‘a projecting point of a hill’. ‘Shaw’ is found in surnames deriving from placenames: A ‘shaw’ ...


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Technically, he remains James Mair. Any children would have the name Mair. However, a noble is addressed by title, not by name -- Lord Marne. And uses it, too. He would sign things James Marne.


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"Tudor" suggests, in Lewis's history of England as shown in this novel, a representative of Logres as opposed to Britain. The fantastical theory of English history which is described in That Hideous Strength, and which perhaps in some part reflects Lewis's own views on the history and culture of this country, is described most clearly in Chapter 17,...


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It is not clear to me that this usage needs explanation. That is, using "Mr X" to refer to a rector in early 19th century England was not unusual, and was not disrespectful. In Anthony Trollope's 1858 novel Doctor Thorne the character Caleb Oriel is first mentioned in Then there were the Bakers, and the Batesons, and the Jacksons, who all lived near ...


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The answer would appear to be, because we never see correspondence addressed to him. Mr Collins was a Rector, and while I cannot vouch for its currency at time of Austen’s writing, Debretts.com* gives several forms of address, for ranks of clergy including Rector and Vicar, dependent on the usage: Salutation: Dear Mr Denman, Dear Father Denman (for ...


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I don't know where the lined Wiki page got the Rhodes idea. The name Rodion really comes from the Greek Ῥοδίων. In the context of Crime and Punishment it bears several meanings, and likely refers to all of its literal meaning (heroic, as Raskolnikov tries himself as a hero), King Herod (who is a despicable villain in Russian tradition), Herodion of Patras (...


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I have no idea if this is what the author was referencing, but Lilith appears in Jewish folklore in a number of instances that might relate to this. In particular, there are two ancient sources in which Lilith seems to be associated with abortion in some way. The Talmud (Niddah 24b) states: אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל המפלת דמות לילית אמו טמאה לידה ולד הוא אלא ...


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