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What is the name of the term for character facial expressions showing meaning in a play?

Last year I learnt the term for a character's facial expressions showing the audience what they feel, as well as their tone of voice in the stage directions when reading a play. I am currently writing ...
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Meaning in Thoreau's Walden: 'whether it cannot be improved as well as not.'

I'm having a hard time parsing this phrase from H.D. Thoreau's Walden, chapter I, Economy: I would fain say something, not so much concerning the Chinese and Sandwich Islanders as you who read ...
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Words that are spoken one way but written another

I was recently involved in answering this question: Renumeration vs Remuneration (reimbursed financially), which is correct? Which asks whether "renumeration" or "remuneration" is correct in terms ...
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can “Wardine be cry” in AAVE?

In "Infinite Jest", there is a passage of attempted AAVE which everywhere uses a construction of the following form unfamiliar to me: "Wardine be cry", "she be sit", etc. with "be" as an auxiliary ...
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“Were” rather than “would have been”: when did that change?

Please read the following stanza from Byron's "Don Juan": Amongst her numerous acquaintance, all Selected for discretion and devotion, There was the Donna Julia, whom to call Pretty ...
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What's a word that means or historic character who sybolizes a spy whose own lack of knowledge reveals his subterfuge?

The context is a spy who becomes revealed to the person who is spied upon because the spy lacks knowledge of the target's (the spied upon's) specialty work
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Mark Twain and the tenses

Maybe I'm being too pedantic for my own good, but here's the thing. There is in Mark Twain's short story titled Journalism in Tennessee a passage in which, if you take a good close look, the simple ...