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12:01 AM
I once had a conversation with an American who claimed that people from Flanders and the Netherlands used English to speak with each other because their native languages were not mutually intelligible. I was sitting next to a Dutchman whom I knew very well and we were very surprised, but we were unable to convince the American that he was wrong.
 
 
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2:06 AM
@Tsundoku ha
@Tsundoku ooh in that case maybe you can answer the Bob van Gulik question?
though it's a fairly obscure novel so maybe not
 
 
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3:13 AM
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Q: Does this allude to Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant?

Silent SojournerFrom John Le Carre's Smiley's People They stood side by side in an avenue of beeches and the Superintendent was taller by a head: a young giant of a man, prematurely grizzled, a little pompous perhaps, but with a giant’s gentleness that made him naturally befriending. Does "with a giant’s gentl...

 
 
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8:29 AM
@verbose I hope someone else has read "The Midwife" though, so it's not just me shouting questions into the void...
 
 
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9:43 AM
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Q: What is the meter of these lines from 'If' by Rudyard Kipling?

PearlThe poem is in iambic pentameter and employs a feminine ending to the odd lines; but there are a few lines whose rhythm confounds me: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools And —which is more— you’ll be a Man, my son! What is happening with the me...

 
 
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2:09 PM
@verbose Unfortunately, I don't have access to it. I would need to order it, but then I'll need to change my username to Tsundoku³.
 
 
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7:34 PM
@CowperKettle you post the funniest things. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
 

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