Kate Gregory
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What is "negative" and "positive whiteness" in "The Dagger with Wings"?
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Normally, if a door is open a crack, at the bottom of it you will see something dark. It might be the grass, or dirt, or whatever else is outside the door. Above that you will see whiteness. That ...

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Meaning of "He's soft, ain't he? Them giants mostly is" in "Five Children and It"
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Since in addition the character says He must be dotty or he wouldn't need you kids to cart him about. I expect that soft here refers to "soft in the head". As you already know this is not ...

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What does the window exhort bacteria to do in "Molecular Evolution" by Tina Hesman Saey?
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The paragraph immediately before the one you quote is: Richard Lenski, an evolutionary biologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, is among the scientists hitting the rewind button on ...

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Understanding two lines from "The Wound-Dresser" by Walt Whitman
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The text of the poem establishes that "you" refers to O maidens and young men I love and that love me, Who are asking about the war and the time in the hospital. (The first stanza has the ...

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Meaning of "Her say said" in "This Side of Paradise"?
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It is describing the speaker. She had "her say", something she wanted to bring up, and now it has been said. Something like her drink drunk her words spoken That's all.

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Meaning of "It was a place that waited, It was a place of reason and courtesy"
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Keep in mind that this is an imaginary place, and that he is making it as nice (in his opinion) as possible. He's contrasting it with the reality of many places we all have to be every day. Take this ...

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Can "hollow" in "hollow as a Hopper painting" mean "meaningless and deceptive"?
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The "Hopper cafe" refers to this painting: The little spot of bright in a dark night could be warm and cosy, but most people see this picture as showing emptiness and loneliness. The people ...

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I am having trouble understanding a passage from "Pride And Prejudice"
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Elizabeth doesn't particularly like talking to Mr Collins about how great his marriage to Charlotte is. She is described in the previous paragraph as having to try "to unite civility and truth&...

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Why does "It is better to incur a mild rebuke than to perform an onerous task" sound hilarious to Henry Sugar's friends?
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An "onerous task" does not refer to honest work, nor to earning money. It refers to something (anything!) you find difficult. That could be your paying job. It could be breaking up with a ...

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What is Azrael's quote at the end of "Reaper Man" supposed to mean?
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Here is a similar quote from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long ...

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What's meant by "in the symbol of windows and of doors" in "The Dagger with Wings"?
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Windows and doors are often used as symbols, representing transition, or access to something, especially without fully immersing in it. Consider: when one door closes, another opens I shut the door ...

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