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Why does Ray Bradbury use "flounder" for an action with a positive outcome?

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Why do the Pern novels use regular words as profanity?

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Identify this American novel set in the Great Depression era, perhaps set in Chicago and focused on meat packing?

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Why are Santa Barbara, Denver, and Dallas held up as examples of the glamorous high life?

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Isn't Gríma Wormtongue a very revealing name?

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What is "the poem" that the spider refers to in Philip Dick's short story "Expendable"?

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Who are the main characters of "A Study in Emerald"?

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What does "her face was innocent of makeup" mean?

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Why couldn't Mr Dobbins become a doctor in "Tom Sawyer"?

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In 1984 why does the Newspeak dictionary have numbered editions?

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Do clergymen usually use spades?

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Meaning of "private gentleman" in "The Worst Crime in the World"?

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Did "equator" have a different meaning from its common one in 19th-century English literature?

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Where did Keats write “wrinkled brow and sneer of cold command”?

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Who is "Dao" in this quote from Laozi's Tao Te Ching?

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Was the One Ring's malevolent nature foreshadowed in the Hobbit? If so, how?

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What is "the Segregation of the Queen" in "His Last Bow"?

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Why was the Gypsy so annoyed about being asked if they have tonic and gin at the bar?

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Why does Valentine refer to her father's second wife as her "mother-in-law"?

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Difference between "emperor" and "living emperor" in Kafka's "The Great Wall of China"

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What's the significance of leap years in Poe's “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade”?

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Does the title of "Marquis" change the name of its holder?

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How can he be "so shabbily dressed" and "must have been a millionaire"?

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What story is the idea that it's better to pick a small box rather than a large one from?

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What connects "dripping with gore" and Buddhism & Christianity in "The Dagger with Wings"?

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What are "abortive sorrows" and "short-winded elations" in "The Great Gatsby"?

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What's meant here by " his serving as second proves very little about what he thought of the quarrel"?

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How does That Hideous Strength show the influence of Charles Williams?

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Is Calvin an unreliable narrator?

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What does this metaphor mean: "You can die on St. Helena without being Napoleon."

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