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Is it possible that the planet was actually Jupiter? In that case, the story may be Isaac Asimov's Victory Unintentional. To what extent do the characteristics of both descriptions (question and Wikipedia article) match? "three robots": ZZ One, ZZ Two, and ZZ Three, "spaceship designed for them": "spacecraft ... does not need to ...


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It transpires that part of the confusion with this sentence arises from a difference in the text between the first UK publication in the Strand magazine of September 1917 and the later collected stories as published in book form. The Strand edition says (my emphasis) 'you are joining up with your old service' The story takes place on the 2nd of July 1914, ...


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It is practice in modern-day beekeeping to have part of your hive separated by a gap that is large enough for the worker bees to get through but too small for the queen (a queen excluder). This ensures that the queen only lays eggs in part of the hive (the brood box), and you can freely harvest the rest for honey. This was invented by the Rev. Lorenzo ...


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The Sanskrit word for mountain is parvat. Pārvati is a patronymic meaning "the daughter of the mountains". Such patronymics are very common in Indian mythology. For example, Sītā, the daughter of king Janaka, is often called Jānakī. Similarly, one of the Vedic sun deities is Savitṛ, and his daughter is Sāvitrī. In "The Cabuliwallah", ...


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The first International Horse Show was held at Olympia in Jone 1907, and until halted by the First World War established itself as one of the social events of the annual calendar. ‘In those great and far-off days almost everyone was horse-minded so it was hardly surprising that great success became the under-taking,’ wrote Geoffrey DS Bennett in Horse & ...


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According to the online supermarket Lazada, Ginebra San Miguel, introduced in 1834, "is the first gin in the Philippines and likewise recognized as the no. 1 selling gin in the world." It became known as cuatro cantos because the bottle in which it was originally sold had four corners: cuatro cantos. (Canto can indeed also mean 'song'.) According ...


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It’s clear from the context that the “tips” were on the underside of the boots: In the shady hollows, the soft loam bore prints of many feet, and among them we could distinguish one with an iron toe-tip, but it was nearly obliterated by another studded with hob-nails. […] And here we both halted abruptly, for in the damp ground were the clear imprints of a ...


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(Couldn't fit this into a comment….) I think that, in this story, the cat primarily serves the function of atmosphere (that of having something else in the room rather than just Egbert and Lady Anne); otherwise the (already very short) story would be even shorter, and boring. I don't think any deeper symbolism needs to be looked for: while, as far as "...


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I'm suprsed that the question was migrated. The use of "half + adjective" is common enough: "He was half-dead with exhaustion". "She was half-aware of a conversation taking place in the adjoining room". "I was half-convinced by the ridiculous argument." etc. The meaning of "half" is not literal but more "...


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The Agueda and young man from the first part of the story are the same persons as the Don Badoy and his dead wife from the end of the story. The story makes a few jumps in time, dividing the text into four parts: May 1847: the young Agueda goes to the mirror. This part ends with "he heard a step behind her, and a smothered giggle, and instantly opened ...


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'Cabuliwallah' is a beloved tale of love and loss and nostaligia for a cessation of time. But time moves on relentlessly and leaves in its wake, heartbreak and human efforts to reconcile with this situation. I liked the answer given above, which is Parbati referring to Goddess Parbati, since it lifts the story to mythic/cosmic dimensions. Thinking aloud here....


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Windows and doors are often used as symbols, representing transition, or access to something, especially without fully immersing in it. Consider: when one door closes, another opens I shut the door on that possibility the eyes are the window to the soul for a brief window anything seemed possible The passage seems to me to say that being surrounded by ...


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