22 Answered Questions for the topic Short Stories

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I'm looking for a short story I read years ago

I'm looking for a short story I read years ago.It was about a kind and cheerful painter who made horrorful art that did not match his personality. After some times he began to paint beautiful... more
Short Stories English Inspiration


What was "Rip Van Winkle" based on?

I was recently surprised to discover that the story of Rip Van Winkle is credited to the US author Washington Irving, who published it in 1819. I'd always vaguely imagined it to be a Brothers Grimm... more
Short Stories English Wording Choice


What did G. K. Chesterton mean by this sentence from the first chapter of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'?

> Walking in wind and sun in the very landscape of liberty, he was still young enough to remember his politics and not merely try to forget them.I want to make sure that "the very landscape of... more
Short Stories English Intertextuality


Do any of J. D. Salinger's short stories share locations or characters?

J. D. Salinger is a well-known 20th century author, most notably of _Catcher in the Rye_.He was fairly prolific, writing many stories. Do any of these stories share the same universe?
Short Stories English Jim Butcher


Did the event in Jim's foreword actually happen?

In Jim Butcher's foreword in the short story collection *Shadowed Souls*, he discusses an event in which a pack of coyotes surrounds his home in an attempt to prey on his pet dog.This story seems a... more


Why are pronouns used in this way in Nalo Hopkinson's "Shift"?

I just read the short story "Shift" by Nalo Hopkinson, which is [freely available online](http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/shift/). It's a modern, Caribbean-themed story inspired by... more
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What's with the reference to "Alice in Wonderland" in Nalo Hopkinson's "The Reverse Cheshire Cat"?

Nalo Hopkinson's "[The Reverse Cheshire Cat]()" is obviously making a reference to Lewis Carroll's *Alice in Wonderland*, with the Cheshire Cat. The two protagonists enter a shop named "The Reverse... more
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What does the last line of Nalo Hopkinson's "Shift" mean?

I've finished reading Nalo Hopkinson's short story "[Shift](http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/shift/)", and I'm baffled by the ending.After the protagonist's encounter with his family, and... more
Short Stories English The Sea Is Ours


Were the contributors to "The SEA is Ours" all already established authors?

*The SEA is Ours* is an anthology collection of steampunk stories by various South-East Asian authors, including names such as Olivia Ho, Marilag Angway, and Timothy Dimacali. I know very little... more

The Merchant of Venice?

İs there any short version of the merchant of Venice to play? We are going to play it in our class but the problem is that the story is too long and we don't have enough time for all of it. I need... more


What is the significance of "half past two" in Wolfgang Borchert's The Clock and The Bread?

In both *The Clock* and *The Bread* by Wolfgang Borchert there is a mention of the events happening at "half past two" in the morning. I have been unable to find a historical event of World War Two... more
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How is 'flash fiction' a distinctive genre?

***Flash Fiction*** is an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the *Six-Word Story*, *140-character stories* (also known as 'twitterature'), *the dribble*... more


The woods as a symbol in Young Goodman Brown?

In the short story "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character spends a great deal of the story traveling through a "dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the... more


In Penelope Fitzgerald’s short story The Prescription, significance of "Knowledge is good, but what is the use of knowledge without honesty?"?

In Penelope Fitzgerald’s short story *The Prescription* (1982), Dr. Mehmet Bey almost kills his 14-year-old apprentice, Alecco, by forcing him to drink a poisoned prescription after discovering the... more


What does the "crimson hexagon" represent in "The Library of Babel"?

In *The Library of Babel* by Jorge Luis Borges, the speaker says, > They were urged on by the delirium of trying to reach the books in the Crimson Hexagon: books whose format is smaller than... more


What does the rose represent in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

In *A Rose for Emily* by William Faulkner, Faulkner never mentions rose as a noun, only as a past tense verb throughout the work. However, its position as one of two primary words within the title,... more


What is the significance/symbolism of the Cyclical book being cyclical in "The Library of Babel"?

In *The Library of Babel* by Jorge Luis Borges, the speaker describes the cyclical book as > (The mystics claim that their ecstasy reveals to them a circular chamber containing a great circular... more


What is the significance/symbolism of the hexagon in "The Library of Babel"?

In *The Library of Babel* by Jorge Luis Borges, the speaker describes the Library, as the universe, as > The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps... more
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What does the phrase "the silent imputation of parsimony" mean in The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry?

What does the phrase "the silent imputation of parsimony" mean? It appears in the first paragraph of "The Gift of the Magi," which I've quoted below. > One dollar and eighty-seven cents.That... more
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