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It may have a double meaning. Perverse can iteslf mean showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable and contrary to the accepted or expected standard or practice. (both definitions from Oxford Languages via Google) Depictions of the Madonna predominantly show her with downcast eyes either in modesty or ...


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I have found the following stories by Maupassant that are situation during the Franco-Prussian war: Le Mariage du lieutenant Laré, published in 1878; see "Le Mariage du lieutenant Laré" on Wikisource, La Folle, published in 1882; see "La Folle" on Wikisource, L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs, published in 1883; see "L’Aventure de ...


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The revolutionary general's wife is young and beautiful. Since he is about to be executed for treason, her life is going to change a lot. She will likely be imprisoned or tortured to reveal what she knows about her husband's activities—e.g., other conspirators in the rebellion, etc.. As a woman, she is also vulnerable to sexual assault in this situation. To ...


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In context in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, the poem ‘The Haunted Palace’ is a conceit (an extended metaphor) in which the palace represents Roderick Usher’s head, and its occupants his thoughts. In the story, the poem is introduced by the narrator in a manner that recommends this interpretation to the reader: The words of one of these rhapsodies I have ...


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He made very, very, very small letters, on microscope slides. These were sent to the young lady in question, who used a microscope to read them.


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"The Blue Cross" was the first Father Brown story, published (according to Wikipedia) in 1910. The technology of photo microdots had been known for some decades by then.


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As far as I can remember, the name of the story is "The Other Side", I read this story as part of the CBSE English curriculum, either in class XI or XII, sometimes in 1999/2000. I have been searching for this story, however, couldn't find it till now. Maybe the name of the story was changed. I tried to get hold of the English textbooks of the time ...


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nut, n. 6.c. British slang. A fashionable or showy young man. Cf. knut n., nutty adj. 4. Obsolete. 1904   in Notes & Queries (1913) 26 July 78/1   I'm one of the nuts, one of the nibs. 1913   Punch 12 Feb. 115/1   Spring socks will be black and Spring ties a quiet blue. A strike of nuts is expected at any moment. 1920   W. J. Locke House of Baltazar xvii....


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