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What is the "YOU LED THEM TO US??!!!" plot device called?

TV Tropes calls it a Trick-and-Follow Ploy Princess Leia: They let us go. It was the only reason for the ease of our escape. Han Solo: Easy? You call that easy? Princess Leia: They're tracking us. — ...
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What is an inciting incident?

The reason for this confusion is that the Inciting Incident isn’t a real thing. Or at least, it isn’t a single specific thing. When people talk about the Inciting Incident, they usually mean whatever ...
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What is the "YOU LED THEM TO US??!!!" plot device called?

I don't think there is a "real" name for that, except the one mentioned by another answer, which is that web site's name for it. While that's ok, and a great example, I wouldn't have ...
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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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Why did blood build the House of Shaws in Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson?

Stevenson himself wrote that historical accuracy was not his prime aim in writing the novel and there is no actual historical house of Shaw to point to specific instances of blood being shed to build ...
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What was the clue that let Carla find the missing papers in The Poet's House?

The answer was hard for me to figure out because you need to put together clues that occur at three places in the book, and if you miss just one, it doesn't really make sense. When Carla is talking ...
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What former rulers of the region were mentioned by Gomez in *The Addams Family* (1965) by Jack Sharkey?

The story you mention is called From Here to Perplexity, a chapter of The Addams Family by Jack Sharkey. A letter arrives for Uncle Fester from the government, and when Morticia asks "Which ...
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Did Jascha Heifetz really have a connection to Odessa, as suggested in Babel's 'The Awakening'?

According to a biography of Jascha Heifetz, in the summer of 1911, the 10-year-old him was giving concerts in Pavlosvk and Odessa. A whole chapter is devoted to this, here's a minor extract: During ...
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Who is the protagonist and antagonist in the myth of Creation of Seasons by Dene?

I agree with verbose's answer; this is a supplemental take on the question. Disclaimer: I know nothing about Dene culture beyond what's in the story, so I'm making some assumptions here. In many non-...
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Who is the protagonist and antagonist in the myth of Creation of Seasons by Dene?

The hunters at the start are not necessarily an entirely different group from the four at the end. There is no indication in the story that the four are entirely a different set from the hunters at ...
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What is the "YOU LED THEM TO US??!!!" plot device called?

Abstracting this from the spatial aspect of bringing home the enemy: Something good happens to the protagonist (the princess escapes, the hacker discovers the list of covert employees, the spy steals ...
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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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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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Did Jascha Heifetz really have a connection to Odessa, as suggested in Babel's 'The Awakening'?

Jascha Heifetz was Jewish, from the Russian empire (which included both Lithuania and Ukraine/Odessa), so it is safe to assume that he could have had family connections in Odessa or, at least, could ...
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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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What exactly happened at the end of The Dumb Waiter?

I think it's not suppose to make rational sense. The scene is symbolic, to the surprise and confusion of the moment it's revealed that Gus is the target. Stripped of clothes and a weapon could ...
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