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

In the short story "Expendable" by Philip K. Dick, the protagonist is a man who can communicate with spiders. At one point, after fighting off a home invasion by an...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by user5387

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What does Dostoyevsky mean by 'propaganda' in Crime and Punishment?

I am wondering about what Dostoyevsky means by the word 'propaganda' in part six, chapter four of Crime and Punishment. None of the meanings that I understand make sense in...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Jacob Lee-Hart

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What did Elrond mean by telling the council "it is so ordered ..."?

This phrase has been taken from The Fellowship of the Ring, book II, chapter II, page 271:Yet it is not so. Believe rather that it is so ordered that we,...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by S E

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Who are the people Isaac Watts is talking about in "Improvement of the Mind"?

I am currently reading Improvement of the Mind (1741) by Isaac Watts, and at various instances in the book he mentions people whom I have a hard time tracking down....

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Philipp Ludwig

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Why does the murderer call Macduff's son "egg"?

When Macduff's son defends his father's honor when the murderers sent by Macbeth call Macduff a traitor in Macbeth, they wind up stabbing the son:Enter Murderers.FIRST MURDERER: Where is...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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What is an epic and why is there “only one epic in English Language so far”?

I’m quite familiar with novels and stories, if my personal view is concerned I would say that story is just a compact and summarised form of novel. The level of...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Bilbo’s song of Eärendil in “The Fellowship of the Ring”

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the character Bilbo Baggins recites a poem beginning with these lines:Eärendil was a marinerthat tarried in Arvernien;he built a boat...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Gareth Rees

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What does "follow him even in thought" mean in "The Vampire of the Village"?

In "The Vampire of the Village" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing Father Brown while visiting some persons, saying:The conversation of Miss Carstairs-Carew, on whom...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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What book of Eugène Sue's 'The Mysteries of the People' inspired M. Joly's 'Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli & Montesquieu', as claimed by U. Eco?

Question summed up: Can anyone help me find the part of Eugène Sue's The Mysteries of the People wherein a sinister Jesuit plot is unveiled, which may have, through a...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Sven3B

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What does it mean to “die game”?

In chapter 3 of The Phantom of the Opera, it says that the retiring managers haddetermined to “die game”, as we now say.What does that mean? I have searched the...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by gnodab

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