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3:05 AM
@Randal'Thor but we've let stand a similar question at least once before, i.e., a non-literary one about a nonfiction work.
3:50 AM
maybe the incident was that the giant rat of Sumatra ate the noodles and the shrimp. 🐀🍽️🍝🍤
 
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Q: Was the feeling of attraction towards a lower social class present in Moravia's "Agostino" discussed by critics?

CharoAlberto Moravia's Agostino is clearly a Bildungsroman: the events that happened to the thirteen-year-old ingenuous protagonist during the summer of 1942 mark his entry into adolescence. But some other themes are present in the novel. One of them is related to social class conflict: Agostino, a bo...

 
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9:04 PM
@Bookworm This isn't really enough for an answer, and now that I've seen alexg's excellent answer I'm glad I didn't try to write one, but I did want to mention that the imagery of spiritual advancement as going "higher" (further up) and "deeper" (further in) is common in Christian music, both traditional and contemporary.
For example, the hymn Higher Ground:
> I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I'm onward bound,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."
Or the contemporary song Called Me Higher:
> You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I'll go where you will lead me, Lord
The connection between "higher" and "toward heaven" is clear, but I wonder if there's also some connection back to the psalms of ascents in the Old Testament, which talk about going on pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem.
The temple is "further up" because it's on a hill, but it's also part of a series of concentric circles (conceptually) that get holier and holier as you go "further in": first the Holy Land in general, then Jerusalem, then the temple complex, and then within the temple are several more layers until you reach the Holy of Holies in the center, the place where God's presence is said to dwell.

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