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    It's an interesting suggestion but I am not...

    It's an interesting suggestion but I am not finding it born out. I just did word searches on bark for Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick (our two best stories afloat). Bark as watercraft did not appear...
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    I agree. Lady Deadlock's character is highly...

    I agree. Lady Deadlock's character is highly important to the plot. She has to be more than just a Bleak House whack job (as wonderful as Bleak House whack jobs are). I remember liking the...
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    I was thinking of the same poem, although...

    I was thinking of the same poem, although obviously the themes are very different. Frost was talking about transcendental apprehension of the absent God. Shakespeare sounds more like he'd just had a...
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    Well, people use art as they find meaningful....

    Well, people use art as they find meaningful. It's like in our old Melville thread when one or two LitNetters really needed Moby Dick to be an environmentalist revenge fantasy. Okay, you could build...
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    Only very special people can see Danik's link,...

    Only very special people can see Danik's link, though. :)
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    Okay, fine. A college student should be able to...

    Okay, fine. A college student should be able to handle the novels. Good luck with your project.
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    Well, you could analyze Stanley Kubrick's...

    Well, you could analyze Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Barry Lyndon, or maybe Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist. Polanski also did a version of Tess of the d'Urbervilles (just called Tess). You should...
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    Just a hug. We don't want to risk getting our...

    Just a hug. We don't want to risk getting our assemblages entangled at this point.
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    ES is a good guy, though, and an old LitNetter. I...

    ES is a good guy, though, and an old LitNetter. I think I'll send him a friendship request and see if he'll have me. Is it time for the group hug yet?
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    There is nothing conventional, sir, about my...

    There is nothing conventional, sir, about my pejoration. If you would prefer my majoration, you can just apologize to Kev.
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    Why, I'll have you know Kev67's hedonism is...

    Why, I'll have you know Kev67's hedonism is perfectly well mannered. As he has confessed to me: "Literature is my porn." :)
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    Yes, I see. It got worse. :) When I was doing...

    Yes, I see. It got worse. :)

    When I was doing this research, I found online comments by elderly people who remembered combing the Ratcliffe riverside for lumps of coal for during their (obviously...
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    I'm sure the city's very different now. I did...

    I'm sure the city's very different now. I did some research a few years ago about a 17th century merchant trader who lived in Ratcliffe, an area of London that apparently no longer exists. I then...
  14. Sounds interesting. The only "fun fact" I know...

    Sounds interesting. The only "fun fact" I know about the poplar is that in Arabic the word is something like al hamb or al homb (any Arabic speakers please help me out). Because of Spain's long...
  15. Someone above mentioned Ian McEwan's Atonement,...

    Someone above mentioned Ian McEwan's Atonement, which was the first title that occurred to me when I read the title of the thread. But Atonement is also one of the best modern novels I have read in...
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    Have you tried Arnold Bennett's "five towns"...

    Have you tried Arnold Bennett's "five towns" novels? Virginia Woolf hated them, so I'm sympathetic already. I've never read them, though. Do you know if they're any good?
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    Nice to see you back in these climes, JR. We are...

    Nice to see you back in these climes, JR. We are all happy, I'm sure, to hear you speaking of your illness in the past tense. Hope you can stay.
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    Sonnet 50 How heavy do I journey on the way,...

    Sonnet 50

    How heavy do I journey on the way,
    When what I seek, my weary travel's end,
    Doth teach that ease and that repose to say,
    'Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend!'
    The beast...
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    Thank you, Stanley, for these references, which...

    Thank you, Stanley, for these references, which have given me an excellent morning's read.

    Sonnet 80

    O! how I faint when I of you do write,
    Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
    And in...
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    Please let me know how you like it. It's nice you...

    Please let me know how you like it. It's nice you brought your son to a bookstore (even though B&N is the pits). If you get into Dickens, though, remember you can download his novels for nothing at...
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    Same here. As you know, I'm a huge fan. I like...

    Same here. As you know, I'm a huge fan. I like SL's suggestion that you try some metrical verse at some point. I remember from the old Abba thread that you like to dance, and really, meter's not all...
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    Hard Times is the only Dickens novel set entirely...

    Hard Times is the only Dickens novel set entirely out of London. For me, that's a negative since "Dickens' London" is probably his greatest character. But I haven't read it, so I can't really...
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    As many as necessary and as few as possible....

    As many as necessary and as few as possible. Writing's easy.
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    Reading Dickens is like getting married. It's a...

    Reading Dickens is like getting married. It's a mistake to try it just because you think it's something you ought to have done by now; you're only going to make yourself miserable unless it's...
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    Yes, some are homoerotic and some aren't. The...

    Yes, some are homoerotic and some aren't. The fair youth poems weren't necessarily all written about the same relationship (or the same kind of love/friendship). "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's...
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