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What does "To have reached thirty, is to have failed in life." mean?
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It is simply an ironic summary of the preceding sentence: “Someone who Must Not be Contradicted said that a man must be a success by the time he’s thirty, or never.” If you have achieved nothing of ...

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Hot Cross Bun Paradox
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No paradox involved. Hot cross buns were traditionally consumed at the end of Lent, and the nursery rhyme derives from the cries of street vendors. For example: Hot cross buns, hot cross buns; One a ...

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What is Tom Bombadil's importance in The Lord of the Rings?
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Bombadil is indeed an anomaly, and does not appear to fit very well into Tolkien's overall narrative. He comes from nowhere (although he has been there all along, unobserved), and disappears equally ...

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English translation of The Promised Land by Władysław Reymont
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An English translation was published in hardback format by A.A. Knopf in 1927, but there appears to be no English translation currently in print. You may have to use the services of a second-hand ...

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What does "rushy bed" mean in this context?
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Reeds (typha, or reedmace) and rushes (bulrush) are often confused, although they belong to different botanical families. In particular, typha (reedmace) is often misnamed as bulrush. Since both ...

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Who are the authors in this facade?
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Seamus Heaney Sean O'Casey George Bernard Shaw Samuel Beckett William Butler Yeats Brendan Behan James Joyce Brian O'Nolan Patrick Kavanagh

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What are chapter summary phrases called?
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Nicholas Dames, in an article in The New Yorker, calls them explanations, although he doesn't indicate if this is a technical term, or simply his own. Explanations proliferated. Take “The History ...

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How can I find Wally?
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One good way of tackling this particular genre is to take a marking pen (black is best) and put a cross through the face of everyone on the page who isn't Wally. Eventually, you will find Wally. You ...

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What did the Roll which the Shining Ones delivered to Christian represent?
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The roll represents assurance: Assurance is a Protestant Christian doctrine that states that the inner witness of the Holy Spirit allows the justified disciple to know that he or she is saved. Based ...

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Did Frodo want Bilbo to die?
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I doubt it very much. This conversation between Frodo and Gandalf occurs very early on in The Fellowship of the Ring, the second chapter in fact (The Shadow of the Past). Frodo had not even used the ...

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Understanding preemptive penance and absolution
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Pullman is specifically attacking the Roman Catholic Church (although I don't think that he has any truck with other religions or branches of Christianity). Remember that in the Dark Materials novels, ...

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Why does the narrator in "Stopping by Woods" stop by the woods?
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Because he wants to end it all Taken at face value, Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a pastoral poem describing a rider's pause on a journey to admire some scenery. As such, it ...

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Why does Robert Frost contradict himself in "The Road Not Taken"
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I read in a commentary somewhere that Frost effectively pulled a fast one with this poem, inasmuch as he appears to engage in weighty thought about making a life-changing decision, whereas in fact, he ...

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