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4:03 AM
Q: What is this sentence saying?

Seulgi SoShe made a small gesture with her free hand. Its arc took in a lost world of air raids and hurried meals in crowded restaurants, hotels, railway stations, khaki, sunlight, stolen pools of peace in chaos. I guess it says about the era of WW2 but can't exactly understand the description.

4 hours later…
8:32 AM
@Randal'Thor I gotta stop asking questions that @verbose can answer, I'm just giving him the means to blow past me ;)
9:10 AM
@Tsundoku ROFL
9:27 AM
@Bookworm Foredoomed to be HNQ
@Mithical Both you and @Randal'Thor have been prophesying my overtaking you in the repstakes for some years now. Hasn't happened yet.
oh well, 'moff to bed in the hope of a renascent morn.
G'night ladies
9:43 AM
@verbose I came here to say, HNQ to shrivel and shrink and fade :-D
I guess yours is better.
10:22 AM
@Mithical please don't
I'm glad that Naidu is turning out to be such a successful topic challenge.
10:47 AM
Q: Why is there a kokila in the henna-spray?

Rand al'ThorIn Sarojini Naidu's short poem "In Praise of Henna", both stanzas start with the same two lines: A kokila called from a henna-spray: Lira! liree! Lira! liree! I presume that "kokila" here means this bird of the cuckoo family, but why would such a bird, or indeed any bird, be found in a henna-sp...

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1:44 PM
Q: What does the title of "Leili" mean?

MithicalThe poem "Leili" by Sarojini Naidu goes like this: The serpents are asleep among the poppies, The fireflies light the soundless panther's way To tangled paths where shy gazelles are straying, And parrot-plumes outshine the dying day. O soft! the lotus-buds upon the stream Are stirring like sweet...

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5:06 PM
Q: Meaning of "a bride high-mated with the spheres" in Sarojini Naidu's 'To India'

CDRSarojini Naidu's To India uses a nurturing mother as a metaphor for the country throughout the poem. The first few lines run so: O young through all thy immemorial years! Rise, Mother, rise, regenerate from thy gloom, And, like a bride high-mated with the spheres, Beget new glories from thine ag...

5:56 PM
Q: What is a “sawney tea” in Kingsley Amis’ “The Riverside Villas Murder”?

Gareth ReesFrom The Riverside Villas Murder by Kingsley Amis: ‘Good.’ The colonel worked his bell-push. ‘Thank you for coming, Peter.' ‘Oh no, sir, thank you for a sawney tea. And the music.’ Kingsley Amis (1973). The Riverside Villas Murder, p. 161. London: Cape. What is a “sawney tea”? The OED says that...

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7:37 PM
Q: Are there any stories adapted from A Christmas Carol but set in a different holiday?

Snack ExchangeWe know that A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens sets in the Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge became a good man in that day. Are there other adaptations of this novel which set in another holiday (Christian or non-Christian)?

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9:07 PM
@Bookworm a kokila in the HNQ

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