Questions tagged [literature]

Questions citing excerpts from works of literature.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
5answers
90 views

Word for “place of power”

I’m looking for a word (or literary/biblical reference) that means “a high place close to power and/or god.” As in “the stage was her ___, where she felt as if she could conquer the world.” Right now ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

What's the meaning of “steal” in There Is A Pleasure In The Pathless Woods? [closed]

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature ...
-2
votes
0answers
28 views

What word would you describe someone who lies with good intentions? Like someone who lies to help others get out of a mess

I don't even know how to use this website but I think you'll understand by my question? Sorry if you don't.
2
votes
1answer
35 views

Is there a literary term which refers to works of art which include false statements or implications about the reality outside of the text?

Like, for example, the book The Princess Bride, which claims to be an abridged version of a book which never existed by an author who isn't real, and contains a variety of fabrications about the ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

What did Lord Byron mean by “Away with this cant about nature!”?

In Oscar Wilde's A Sentimental Journey Through Literature, he suggests that the literary critic 'Mr Noel' thought Lord Byron was a "true nature worshipper and Pantheist". Wilde provides ...
-1
votes
1answer
66 views

Why is there a space in the bowdlerised “L– .” in Jane Eyre?

I have been reading Jane Eyre recently and came across a sentence the other day: ...and away we rattled over the “stony street” of L— . There is a blank between "–" and the full stop, which ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Is there a word for “the use of opposite expressions” similar to “comparison”

Is there a word as a use of language when the writer uses an opposite / bad example to make the correct / other ones particularly stand out? Thanks
0
votes
0answers
27 views

In “Brown Man's Burden” is the antecedent changing?

I was reading the "The Brown Man's Burden" by Henry Labouchère. I was a little confused because the antecedent for "you," seemed to be changing from the White men to the Brown men (...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

What is the meaning of the verb “step across”? [closed]

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Reigate Squires by Arthur Conan Doyle :"The colonel waved his hand towards my friend and the inspector bowed.'We thought that perhaps you ...
19
votes
5answers
3k views

Early usage of Martian meaning inhabitant of Mars

Martian as an adjective meaning "of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the planet Mars" (originally in reference to astrological influence) is from the 14th century according to Etymonline;...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

What is Skinn & Sheer in the Ambrose Bierce fable: The Rainmaker?

In the tale of Ambrose Bierce - The Rainmaker it is said the following: hat is a pretty good joke," said the Reporter, laughing as well as he could in the strangling rain - "a mule driver's ...
0
votes
3answers
67 views

What is the meaning of 'above' in :“ I've always been proud above my station in life'”?

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Musgrave Ritual by Arthur Conan Doyle: 'Mr Musgrave, sir' he cried, in a voice which was hoarse with emotion, 'I can't bear disgrace, sir. I've ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Is this a typo in The Call of the Wild?

Here is the scene of the final fight between Buck and Spitz at the end of chapter 3 in The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Spitz was untouched, while Buck was streaming with blood and panting hard. ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Meaning of this piece of dialogue in The Call of the Wild?

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Yet his time came, in the end, in the form of a little weazened man who spat broken English and many strange and uncouth ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

What does the word 'operator' mean in here?

What does the word 'operators' mean in here? Does it actually mean technical operator or is it an idiom of some sort? I noticed a connection between the barn-burning section of The Moon and ...
1
vote
2answers
125 views

How is this comma usage explained with Thomas Pynchon?

I read Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon last year, and there was some comma usage I’ve been curious about ever since. For instance, I’ve just opened up a couple pages of it and saw that he has this ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

meaning of “riding out on sorties in quest of adventure”

I read in a (originally) German novel that: "They are continually riding out on sorties in quest of adventure" What are they exactly doing?! Living on booty? If so then how could it be in ...
2
votes
1answer
60 views

What does “klioklio” mean? [closed]

I'm reading Malcolm Lowry's letters and his second letter to Conrad Aiken finishes like this: Klioklio, C. M. Lowry Does anyone know what "klioklio" mean? Thanks in advance!
0
votes
0answers
28 views

what is the meaning of 'to wear one's breeches out' and 'rat-gutted'?

I am quoting from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle: "Now, you don't think it likely that a man who could do anything is going to wear his breeches out ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

What does “te-thrum” mean?

I'm reading Malcolm Lowry's letters and his first letter to Conrad Aiken finishes like this: te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum, Malcolm Lowry Does anyone know what "te-thrum" mean in this ...
-1
votes
1answer
33 views

Questions on the usage of 'cut against' based on Moby Dick

I found difficulty understanding the following line from Moby Dick, Ch.48. As for Fedallah, who was seen pulling the harpooneer oar, he had thrown aside his black jacket, and displayed his naked ...
2
votes
1answer
90 views

What does “tenable” mean to Shakespeare?

Hamlet: If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still, And whatsoever else shall hap to-night, Give it an understanding, but no tongue: Tenable seems a strange ...
0
votes
4answers
191 views

What does Dickens mean by “servant” in A Christmas Carol? [closed]

In the following quote from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, why does Dickens describe himself as a servant to the reader? What does he mean here? their faithful friend and servant, C.D.
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Can the first person singular pronoun 'I' take in 's' in the simple present?

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Gloria Scott by Arhur Conan Doyle : "Thank you sir, said, the seaman, touching his forelock. I am just off a two-yearer in an eight-knot ...
5
votes
1answer
404 views

What is the meaning of “laid by the heels”?

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle: It was a prosaic way of forming a friendship, but it was effective. I was laid by the heels for ten days, but ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

“An” in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew

In Act 1, Scene 1, Katherine says to Bianca "A pretty peat! It is best / Put finger in the eye, an she knew why". I understand "Put finger in the eye" means she is fake crying for ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

what is the meaning of 'three parts' in :“if ever a man was three parts mad with terror, that man's name is Pinner”?

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Stockbroker's Clerk by Arthur Conan Doyle: "There is something which I don't understand in his manner. If ever a man was three parts mad with ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

What is the meaning of “length of my face” in : “Don't be disheartened Mr Pycroft : said my new acquaintance, seeing the length of my face”

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Stockbroker's Clerk by Arthur Conan Doyle. I gather from the context that that Mr Pycroft is referring to his disappointment by "the length ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

What is the meaning of “let in” in : “but they were let in in early in the spring through the Venezuelan loan, as no doubt you remember”

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the Stockbroker's clerk, by Arthur Conan Doyle. It says: "I used to have a billet at Coxon and Woodhouse's, of Drapers' Gardens, but they were ...
3
votes
2answers
632 views

What does “goathawks” mean in this passage from All The Pretty Horses?

I'm currently on page 123 of All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, and came across this passage. The mouths of the cans were lensed with tinted cellophane and they cast upon the sheeting a ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

What is the meaning of the word “connection” in: “Shortly after my marriage I had bought a connection in the Paddington district.”

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, "The Stockbroker's Clerk", by Arthur Conan Doyle. Does "a connection" mean "a clinic" or "a business" or ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

What does the sentence “I lit a cigarette that tasted like a plumber's handkerchief” mean? [closed]

In what way does a plumber's handkerchief taste like a cigarette?
0
votes
0answers
13 views

One word to describe this situation: “Losing the interest or feeling in something after being exposed to it so much” [duplicate]

Was asked this after a student wanted to talk about how Mrs Birling lost sympathy for the working class after seeing them so many times. Please just one word to describe this situation. Thanks
0
votes
3answers
103 views

What is the meaning of 'fly' in: “I wonder how many real amber mouth-pieces there are in London? Some people think that a fly in it is a sign.”

I am quoting The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Yellow Face By Arthur Conan Doyle. Is it some kind of brand of amber-stemmed pipes that has a fly as a logo or what?
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Word for stating something as fact when narrator and audience knows it is untrue?

I am looking for a literary term that is similar to irony. Basically, the narrator say something in an almost sarcastic way by stating something that everyone knows is untrue. The quote I am going off ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Love of Home and Friends—like the ridge behind a Bunker! (Meaning)

I'm translating a fable by George Ade called "The Fable of the Visitor Who Got a Lot for Three Dollars." In the following extract, the phrenologist is telling his customer how he is based on ...
0
votes
3answers
54 views

I wanted to know what is the meaning of “checking off the points upon the palm of his left hand”?

I am quoting from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle: "I lay back against the cushions, puffing at my cigar, while holmes, leaning forward, with his long thin ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

“Don't they carry one back to all one's parties?”

In Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party (1921), there is this question I cannot decipher semantically nor grammatically. In this scene, this high-society family is preparing a garden party. Cream ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

half-column means terse?

In the opening paragraph to “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Watson writes: The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, like all such ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

What type of English is used in the dialogue of the Lord of the Rings movies? [closed]

In the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Elrond speaks to his daughter: "If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated and Aragorn made king and all ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Downwards upon us - is it above or below then?

Reading a story, I found the following sentence: Downwards upon us, with limbless Atlantean stridings, there swept the cloudy cohorts. I am struggling with understanding of the phrase "...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Does “malefic rune”, possible typo from “tune” in the context?

I have been reading a story by Robert Bloch - The feast in the Abbey. I just cannot see how the "rune" can be correct in the following: As I thus mused there fell upon my ears the sounds ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

“Measured cadence” meaning in the musical context (monks' chanting)

I would like to ask for help with proper understanding of the following paragraph (included to give some context): As I thus mused there fell upon my ears the sounds of sonorous chanting that ...
-1
votes
1answer
89 views

The grammar in the English novel Forrest Gump

I am currently reading the English novel Forrest Gump and this is the first time I am reading a novel using my second language. I realized that the author is writing somehow different from the English ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Can anybody tell me the meaning of “a bloody great mass of iron and we work it- praise be to God for man's endeavour-”?

It is a part of The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker. The paragraph this sentence is used in is the following: Michael. Quite right...who'd want to kill me? Young man in his teens, all the world in front of ...
4
votes
2answers
128 views

“Right tol loor rul!” Meaning - Dickens, Dombey and Son

In Dickens's book Dombey and Son, at the start of Chapter 2, Mr. Chick says the following to his wife Louisa Chick right after she made an observation of the death of her sister-in-law: Don’t you ...
0
votes
0answers
46 views

Meaning of “One day you'll lay an egg too many and it'll crack under you.”

I'm reading a play and I cannot understand the meaning of this expression. Somebody pulls a trick and laughs to himself. The other says, "One day you'll lay an egg too many and it'll crack under ...
-2
votes
1answer
40 views

What is the meaning of “quixotic stance”?

quixotic stance I guess it refers to a kind of standing position. It may have something to do with chivalry and Don Quixote as well. The context it is used in, is somebody tantalizing someone else. ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Meaning of “I can ring your napkins out any day, with you tucked in them any day”

I'm reading Arnold Wesker's The Kitchen and cannot understand the meaning of: I can ring your napkins out any day, with you tucked in them any day. I understand that it's suggesting beating someone ...
0
votes
2answers
54 views

Could anyone explain to me the meaning of the sentence and phrase?

That year we had planned to fish for marlin off the Cuban coast for a month. The month started the tenth of April and by the tenth of May we had twenty-five marlin and the charter was over. The thing ...

1
2 3 4 5
7