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Circumnavigation was nothing new. Speedy circumnavigation was new, but not unheard-of and Around the World wasn't positing anything outlandish or even vaguely sci-fi. It's a story celebrating what the British Empire had already accomplished, not postulating what might be possible in the future. Verne himself claims to have been inspired by an early 1860s ...


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It was possible, but not easy. The difficulty of the task accounts for the substantial amount of the bet: £20,000 in 1873 is worth about £2,000,000 or more than US $2.5 million today. William Butcher's 1995 translation of Verne's book includes an appendix that provides details of contemporary sources that had information regarding quick circumnavigations, ...


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TL;DR: Homer’s Ithaca is somewhere in the Ionian islands but his descriptions are hard to reconcile, so pending a really convincing archaeological find it is impossible to be sure how the descriptions relate to reality. Why do we think there might be a real ‘Ithaca’? An important first question, one that is often neglected, do we have any reason to expect ...


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All the unreputable Internet sources indicate that the numbering on Baker Street in Doyle's lifetime was only up to 100. Apparently Doyle initially called the street "Upper Baker Street". One theory is that Doyle chose 221B - a non-existing address - to avoid some poor fella living there from receiving piles of mail an unwanted clients - which is the ...


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"Scotland" is only mentioned once in the series, and that is as a Quidditch team in Chapter Five of Goblet of Fire: And Wales lost to Uganda, and Scotland was slaughtered by Luxembourg." In Chapter Sixteen of Deathly Hallows there is a mention of Harry and Hermione camping in a Scottish loch, but not in any relation to Hogwarts's location: They did ...


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This is the final list I've made, after sifting through The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, and the four novels in some detail. This comprises the entirety of the Sherlock Holmes canon. It's possible I've missed something - there's quite a lot to go ...


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I couldn't find any evidence supporting the fact that Grisham based Strattenburg off of a real town instead of just a generic archetype of a small town. There's no canon evidence to support either side. However, I was still curious to see if Strattenburg bore any striking resemblances to some real towns in Pennsylvania. I went ahead and used this ...


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Original Authorial intent: "Three Musketeer"-ish pre-Age-of-Discovery kinda-Spain-cum-Russia-or-France (sans muskets). Based on Boris Strugatsky's "Commentaries to the past" (which comments on most of their works in great detail), quoting the original 1963 letter from Arkady Strugatsky where the idea of the book was discussed: «...Существует где-то ...


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TL;DR: The opening chapters of Treasure Island make it clear that the "Admiral Benbow" must be within a few miles of Lynmouth in Devon. Stevenson wrote a detailed account of the writing of Treasure Island. Although this does not mention the "Admiral Benbow" or its location, it does include the passage: … how troublesome the moon is! I have come to grief ...


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There are multiple hints that the unnamed city the plot takes place in is a reminiscence of Genzano di Roma. Ende has lived there during the writing of Momo, and the Italian background (the names, but also the ancient amphitheatre) hint at that. Apparently, Ende himself has acknowledged the influence in an interview, but I could not find the original ...


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Ephesus was a port on the estuary of the River Kaystros, but silt from the river filled in the harbour during the Roman era. Stock et al. (2013) describe the geological history thus: Situated approximately 70 km south of Izmir, Ephesus is located on the southern flank of the Küçük Menderes graben. During the last six millennia, the surroundings of the ...


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Conan Doyle is giving the reader a clue as to Holmes' character. Educated readers at the time of publication would have picked up on these clues. At that time, Baker Street was an upmarket residential part of London. To the western side - so not industrial, north of the river - so more fashionable, centrally placed near to major roads and railway stations ...


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The island is never named. We get pretty close: “This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.” However, the island is never named and we also don't know where in the world it takes place. Though the book was based on The Coral Island, the island in question is just a generic island, which happens to be ...


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In Chapter I, we have a rough indication of the year, when Inspector MacDonald arrives (p. 4): Those were the early days at the end of the ’80’s, when Alec MacDonald was far from having attained the national fame which he has now achieved. For comparison, this falls around the time of one of Doyle's earliest works, The Sign of the Four, set in 1888. Now, ...


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Betjeman fell in love with Cornwall as a child and visited at least yearly until his death. As you say, the road links London and Cornwall: he spent a lot of his life on it. The geography of Devon and Cornwall dictates transport routes: with coasts to north, south and west, the A30 is the main route in and out. When you live in such a place the main ...


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This website discusses the setting of the novel. Apparently Steinbeck never actually explicitly identified the country, although he said it was cold and stern like Norway, cunning and implacable like Denmark, reasonable like France. There are enough clues in it to narrow the possible countries down to Norway (unless you argue that Steinbeck just took ...


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It appears to be the one in Massachusetts. The essay is frequently cited as being published in Wheaton College alumnae magazine, which is the magazine of the Wheaton College in Massachusetts. I note, however, that the library's own history page does not make any mention of a rededication in 1973. There was a renaming of a room after a key alumna in 1972.


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The very short answer is that in the future, racial difference have largely been sidelined and pale-skinned caucasians are a relative rarity due to racial intermingling. This question was addressed in a four-way interview between TheVerge.com, show co-producer Naren Shankar and authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (who write together as "James S. A. Corey"). ...


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It's Hastings. First I looked up the author, Mary Gentle, who was born in Eastbourne on the south coast of England. Eastbourne itself was then my first guess, but it didn't seem to fit: there's no castle in the town (the closest one being Pevensey a few miles away), and to the west of the town lies the massive Beachy Head, rather than a "West Hill" which ...


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I don't know how accurate this is, as I haven't read the book, but I found an online map which seems to map the exact paths he took, so it seems that you can take the same journey as him. The website is called LITMAP (Literature Maps) which appear to have used google maps to trace the paths. It can be found here. I'll add a couple of screenshots below: It ...


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Chenmunka's answer to this question about why Doyle chose Baker St. claims All the streets and districts of London mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories existed at the time. Many of the London street names mentioned in the Holmes stories are indeed real. But some are not. Below, I list some that seem to be fictional. Admittedly, some references to ...


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As mentioned by the OP in a comment, the answer may be found in the article Sherwood Cummings, "Mark Twain's Moveable Farm and the Evasion", American Literature 63(3) (1991), pp. 440-458, which may be found on Jstor. There's actually much more to this issue than that one line from Aunt Polly. Allow me to answer by challenging one assumption made in the OP ...


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The story is set in Baltimore. Just for reference, here's the text of the short story, entitled "Esquire" (from the Afternoon of an Author collection) and dated to August 1936. The biggest chunk of information about the story's setting comes near the beginning: "Yes, I certainly need to get out," he thought. "I'd like to drive down the Shenandoah Valley,...


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Yes. Alex has presented a lot of quantitative evidence in his answer, but perhaps the most conclusive piece of evidence is a throwaway line in the second book: ‘You were seen,’ [Snape] hissed, showing them the headline: FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES. He began to read aloud. ‘“Two Muggles in London, convinced they saw an old car flying over the ...


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An unknown year in the future. Lois Lowry, the author, was asked this question in an interview with Buzzfeed: Do you ever say what time period The Giver takes place in? LL: No, it's just some time in the indefinite future. It's kind of interesting, I have a grandson who's 13 and he asked me recently how far in the future it was. He speculated it was ...


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By implication, the Tower of London. The answer to "Is this castle named later in the book" is no, it's never explicitly named in the original text of the book. Some adaptations of the story, such as Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, have explicitly made the setting to be the Tower of London, but the original story is written quite ...


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I'd argue that they aren't connected. Not because of direct textual evidence, but because of a lack of it. Challenger makes the entire world shake and scream; d uring one of his stories, everyone dies for an hour or two. These are noticeable things - you'd expect them to be mentioned in Holmes stories. That's not to say that they couldn't take place in ...


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Insofar as there is a main character in the Expanse series, it is Holden. Holden represents a sort of idealized, middle-American stock, where middle-American refers to the heartland. (Very similar to James Tiberias Kirk's Iowan roots.) Miller also occupies a more central role than other characters, and I believe he is also Caucasian. Holden's centrality, ...


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