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What are "smoking-room stories"?

Wordy, but fun to write. From context, "smoking-room stories" means something like off-color stories, dirty stories, steamy stories. One dictionary entry for the adjectival form of "smoking-room" ...
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What is the symbolism of Ransom's heel wound?

The answer goes back to Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” - Genesis 3:15 (...
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Was the N.I.C.E. director modelled on H. G. Wells?

In answering this question, I cannot do better than to quote the analysis of David Lake: I will now prove that ‘Jules’ must be taken as Wells, and no-one else. There are at least nine points of ...
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Do the Round Table crew in "That Hideous Strength" actually contribute anything to events?

I have read this book a few times (one of my faves), and although you make a compelling point, I mildly disagree with your premise that "they never actually contributed anything to the struggle". ...
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How does That Hideous Strength show the influence of Charles Williams?

In his letters, J.R.R. Tolkien says that Williams was an influence on it. (He lamented it; he thought the influence had ruined it.) Williams' influence actually only appeared with his death: That ...
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What is the significance of Jane's maiden name Tudor in That Hideous Strength?

"Tudor" suggests, in Lewis's history of England as shown in this novel, a representative of Logres as opposed to Britain. The fantastical theory of English history which is described in That ...
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Why did the N.I.C.E. bother with Dr. Filostrato?

It may have been that the macrobes needed the N.I.C.E. people to believe it was all about "science", and not that an evil spirit was haunting the place. The illusion of science (and the required/...
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Why did the Macrobes demand another head at the end of That Hideous Strength?

The macrobes used a human head as an instrument of physical communication with their human pawns. We know that they can communicate with humans without the head, but that tends to scare the daylights ...
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Why was Andrew MacPhee at St. Anne's?

I believe that the reason MacPhee is in the story is because the author wanted a counterweight to all the magic and fantasy stuff. MacPhee is a cynic and a skeptic and a realist. He is there as a ...
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