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Why is there a courtroom scene?

Shylock acted pre-emptively to get Antonio arrested. In Act III, Scene I, Tubal brings assorted news to Shylock, of Antonio's bad luck with his ships and of Jessica spending her father's wealth. From ...
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Did Satan feel genuine remorse for his actions and compassion for his subordinates?

Milton is using a couple of these attributes in senses that are now archaic. In “considerate Pride”, I think that it works best if we take “considerate” in the sense considerate, adj. 1. Marked by ...
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Explain the plot of Georgette Heyer’s ‘Linckes’ Great Case’

I've now read the story and it is quite interesting to note Heyer's restraint in regard to not spelling out the resolution Poirot-style. My own take is that the doppelganger, Alec, is clearly Winthrop'...
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In Agatha Christie's "Third Girl" how exactly does this murder work?

As far as I can tell, Norma was not drugged at the time that she discovered David's body. Rather, Frances depended on the earlier effects of the drugs, and Norma assuming that she'd had another fugue ...
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In Fight Club, why does Tyler get fired from projectionist union?

I'm going to have a go at this, but it is honestly hard to make sense of. Historically¹, films were screened on shortplay² projectors, which could load only a single small reel at once (~15 minutes of ...
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How did Lusitania survive before Novinha became a xenobiologist?

The answer to the question is given in the previous book in the series, "Speaker for the Dead ". When Ender arrives on Lusitania he is told that the descolada is kept in check by ingesting a ...
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