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What did Charlotte Brontë mean by "you would not be without friends”?
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What does Stephen Dedalus mean: "History is the nightmare from which I’m trying to awake”?
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What did Pope intend to say by "Whatever is, is right"?
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What did Lewis Carroll mean by 'a grin without a cat'?
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What's Samuel Johnson truly saying about Dryden and Pope?
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Why did Samuel Coleridge metaphorise 'work without hope ' as 'nectar in a sieve'?
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A lifetime of happiness: why could no man bear it? Why hell on earth?
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Why did Emerson choose 'hobgoblin' in his quote 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds'?
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Why did Johnson scoff those "who toil at the lower employments of life" in the preface to his dictionary?
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What caused English intellectuals to be "ashamed of their own nationality", according to George Orwell?
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Why did Virginia Woolf judge 'Success prompts to exertion; habit facilitates success' a 'man's sentence'?
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How are "sin and love and fear" "just sounds" in Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"?
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Why did Archilochus affiliate the hedgehog with just knowing one big thing?
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What did Tennyson intend to say, by 'fierce light that beats upon a throne and blackens every blot'?
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What did John Betjeman mean by "You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes/And I must have things daintily served"?
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What does Forster mean by "Suspicion in the Oriental"?
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How does anacrusis simulate a ship's pushing back from dock?
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Did Dostoevsky say “While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”?
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How can some similes 'make comparisons' without thinking 'of one situation or thing as being something else'?
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What's the source for the allusion of 'mere vessels of happiness'?
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In Early Modern English, how did 'see' semantically shift to mean 'note/record'?
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How can prose be musical?
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Are coins usually turned around before handed to beggars?
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Where in the Republic does an Athenian businessman castigate "Socrates for his pursuit of abstract knowledge"?
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Please explain the reference to Nabokov's 'the terrible turtles who direct learned journals'?
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Why isn't "white" related to colour and ''God save the King" with a god?
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Why did Conrad not add commas to lengthy sentences to make them more readable?
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Why did 18th-century readers judge Gothic literature countercultural or 'Gothic'?
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How does Derrida's Signifying obfuscate his writing?
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What did Conrad mean by teaching to see is everything?