18 Answered Questions for the topic Short Stories

10/03/19

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

10/03/19

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

09/28/19

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?

09/20/19

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

09/11/19

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

09/05/19

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

08/10/19

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

07/19/19

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

07/19/19

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

07/10/19

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

06/24/19

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

05/22/19

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

05/07/19

Meaning of "How can one admire a girl...so young she doesn't know how to bite her fingers"?

In a [book of short... more

04/16/19

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

04/12/19

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

03/13/19

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

03/08/19

Can some one help me help me write a short story with theses words

-solicitous-pallid-innocuous-ethereal-derision-hiatus-lucid-tawdry

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