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Tales of the Jazz Age




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Meaning of the word "dod" in "Mr. Icky"

Hello. This is not a literary comment but a language inquiry (I did read the forum rules, it seemed ok to post this here...) The word "dod" appears several times in this play, and I canīt for the life of me figure out what it means. First passage (obviously a word-play): "Mr. Icky ... is pottering and doddering among the pots and dods." Second passage: "There is no sound except an occasional cackle or hiss from the dods as they quarrel among themselves." Third passage: "Several more of Mr. Icky's children ... trip over the pots and dods." Fourth passage: "He finds a Bible lying in one of the dods and opening it at random begins to read." Fifth and last passage (where Mr. Icky talks about not finding a suitable passage in the Bible for his teaching purposes because its being damp): "There was water in the dod. It won't work." What's this thing which quarrels, can be tread upon and has water inside? Or is it just a nonce-word? Thank you very much in advance!

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Yesterday I read the short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald in public domain. I think it would be an excellent addition to the Lit Net book listings. Thanks! ;)

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