What is the summary of “The Piece of String,” by Guy de Maupassant?

What is the summary of “The Piece of String,” by Guy de Maupassant?

  • THE PIECE OF STRING

What is the summary of “The Piece of String,” by Guy de Maupassant?

A man’s reputation is ruined, and all because he bends down to pick up “The Piece of String,” yet another memorable tale by French short story master Guy de Maupassant. One day, Maitre Hauchecorne…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Why do men protect women?I am writing my term paper and I am touching on the subject on men…

Generally speaking, I think that men feel the need to protect women because they are the stronger species. One of the roles of men are to take care of the family, to be the provider. Even though…

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  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

As is evidenced in Gawain and the Green Knight, describe the chivalric culture, courtly love,…

Historians now say that the notions we have of and the conventions we assign to chivalric courtly culture and love are largely the product of imagination and the province of poetry, not real life….

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  • THE KITE RUNNER

Ali says that dreams always mean something. Do you agree that dreams have meaning? Explain.Relate…

While I can’t say for sure that all dreams have meaning, I can say that there have been incidents in history where a dream meant something. If you are a student of the Bible, you’ll remember the…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How would you best describe Rev Hale as a person? Do you think he his honest but weak or do you…

Reverend Hale is sincere and naive. I do believe that his is a man of strong moral conviction, but I think that part of his character is that he has too much faith in man’s ability to do good,…

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  • TWILIGHT

Bella gives Edward Mortality (Spoiler if you haven’t read)I know that Edward and Bella’s eternal…

You make some good observations, but mortality is not the word you want to use when labeling these ideas. The root mort=death. Edward does give Bella immortality, but he is still unable to die so…

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  • THE SILMARILLION

What is the setting of The Silmarillion?

When Tolkien wrote The Simarillion, he based much of it upon ancient Norse myth. When you read it you’ll notice it is a collection of stories that are all not necessarily linked. The overall…

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  • HEALTH

Why does it take several return trips to treatment facilities before an alcoholic gets clean and…

This is a question that seems to be can be best answered with the narratives of individuals who have endured the process of recovery and still live with it. Part of the reason why recovery is so…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

How and why is Professor Faber an important accomplice to Montag’s internal character in…

In many great stories the protagonist (the hero) needs help. He needs a trainer, a guide, a wise sage to help him along in his quest. In Harry Potter that position is filled by Dumbledore who…

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  • THE NECKLACE

Why doesn’t Madame Loisel enjoy her life at the beginning of the story?

Madame Loisel is the picture of discontent at the opening of the story. She has a modest life married to a man who makes a modest income, but she spends her time wishing away the life she has for…

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  • DOVER BEACH

How is “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold a dramatic monologue?

Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” is a dramatic monologue because the poet is addressing a silent audience. The effect is of one person directly addressing another, while the reader listens in. For…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What indications are there that Ralph is learning from the experiences?

In many ways, I would argue that the evidence points somewhat to the contrary. Rather than finding ways to directly combat Jack’s superior charisma and more direct leadership style, Ralph…

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  • MACBETH

Describe Lady Macbeth’s composure in scene 2 Act 2.

Lady Macbeth is nervous and is in a heightened state, but she is able to keep her goal in mind and maintain her composure enough to help her husband regain his composure when they hear someone…

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  • MACBETH

In Macbeth, what is the effect of Duncan’s words in Act 1, scene vi?

In this scene, King Duncan and Banquo arrive at Macbeth’s castle where they will stay the night. Duncan’s words throughout the scene show his gracious, trusting nature. When he first sees the…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

I have some questions that I need help answering about “The Odyssey.”1) Why do the gods need each…

Hmmm…I don’t know how I feel about giving you too many of these answers. Four and five are really just factual questions you are asking, so I will let you figure those out. One, two, and three…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What two things does John see in the house of gods?

What John calls the house of the gods is an apartment in New York that still holds the furnishings of the people who once lived in it. John notices many things in the apartment, many of them…

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  • CORALINE

What are some of the character conflicts in Coraline?

The main conflict is Man versus Society. Coraline, as a young child, has a specific role to play in society, but she is dissatisfied with that role. She is bored with her summer; there is no school…

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  • THE ALCHEMIST

What lessons does Santiago learn by working at the crystal shop in The Alchemist?

One important lesson Santiago learns is through the words (and inaction) of the crystal merchant. The crystal merchant, when asked by Santiago why he never travelled to Mecca, answers that “having…

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  • OLD YELLER

Why is it so hard for Travis to catch game on the hunting trip in Old Yeller?It’s in Chapter 6.

It is very hard for Travis to catch anything on his hunting trip because of Little Arliss. Arliss is very young and makes a lot of racket. He does not understand that the commotion he makes…

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  • CHEMISTRY

How are vaporization and condensation related?

Condensation and vaporization are, in essence, opposite phenomena. When a liquid (say water) gets hot enough, it vaporizes and becomes a gas. By contrast, condensation is the process whereby a gas…

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  • THE GIVER

In “The Giver” where did the idea of “Sameness” come from, and why were there no differences in…

The people of the community were trying to eliminate sources of unhappiness. They believed that if no one had any more or less than another, had the same amount of love for every person, then…

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  • ILIAD

Please explain the dynamics behind Agamemnon’s taking of Achilles’s girl Briseis.

Agamemnon was forced to return his war prize, Chryseis, to her father because of an oracle delivered through the seer Calchas. This made Agamemnon irate as he felt overpowered, manipulated and…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

What are the year, country, and specific location at the beginning of Frankenstein, and what…

Frankenstein’s opening is confusing to many readers because most of the novel is told in flashback, and the beginning starts with a seemingly unrelated character and time. Shelley chooses to use…

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  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

When “The Monkey’s Paw” begins, how many have wished using the monkey’s paw so far and what…

According to Sergeant Major Morris, the “vert holy man” who put the magic spell on the monkey’s paw specified that “three separate men could each have three wishes from it.” Two men have already…

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  • THANATOPSIS

I’m having trouble understanding “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant and need help…

Key to understanding this masterful example of American Romantic poetry is the context of the times. Bryant was writing as part of the Romantic movement – a movement that started as a reaction to…

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  • THE BLACK CAT

What are the differences and similarities between “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” by…

Both of these stories have narrators that murder someone and bury them in a part of their house. Both of the narrators are caught by the police. Both have supernatural events occur to them (or,…

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  • THE KITE RUNNER

What role does the leit motif of childhood play in ‘The Kite Runner?’How does a motherless…

‘The child is father of the man’ is an proverb which well portrays the influence of early experiences over into adult life. As Hassan learned very early on to play second fiddle to his legitimate…

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  • A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT

What is Hank Morgan’s profession in the 19th century?

Hank Morgan, a man skilled in the manufacture of firearms, was the superintendent of a firearms factory of about two thousand employees.

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  • THE UNVANQUISHED

In the novel The Unvanquished what is an event in the story that causes Bayard to grow up, and…

Bayard’s Granny dies. She is killed by a man named Grumby, having been “set up” by Ab Snopes. Bayard learns, regretfully, that he possessed the power to shape events but did not exercise that…

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  • MACBETH

Discuss the development of the loyalty and betrayal in “Macbeth”.

Macbeth breaks the sacred King-Thane relationship bonds of “Comitatus” when he decides to kill Duncan. More, he and Lady Macbeth commit the most heinous crime in Elizabethan England: regicide….

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

What agreement does Tom Walker ultimately make with the devil?

The Devil, or Old Scratch as he is called in the story, initially tries to persuade Tom to become a slave-trader. Tom says that even the Devil himself could not persuade him to partake of such an…

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  • A ROSE FOR EMILY

What are three examples of symbolism in a Rose for Emily by William Faulkner?Also why do you…

Miss Emily’s old, sprawling house is a symbolic reminder of the Old South and its traditions, and it is also a constant reminder of the father who guarded the house against suitors for his…

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  • HISTORY

In what way were the British and French governments of the late 1600s different?

The British and French governments at the end of the 1600s were very different. In France, Louis XIQ reigned from from 1643-1715. He was a great believer in the absolute power of the monarchy…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In “The Crucible” why do Giles and Francis want to talk to Danforth?

At the very end of act two, Giles and Danforth come to the Proctor household with some very dire news–both of their wives have been arrested for witchcraft, and taken to the jails. They come just…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In Chapter 8 of The Scarlet Letter, why does Hester feel that Dimmesdale should speak on her…

This is the very dramatic scene in which Hester’s continued custody of her child is questioned on the grounds that she may not be a fit mother to rear Pearl in the teachings of the church. Hester…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What was the point of juxtaposing chapter 10 and chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird?the…

At the end of Chapter 10, Scout and Jem are proud of their father, but not for the right reason; they are proud of him because of his prowess as a marksman, which says nothing of his character or…

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  • WAITING FOR GODOT

Godot’s character is often thought to refer to God, how and why does it cause a change in the…

The idea of wating for someone or something to provide answers or meaning is a vibrant element in Beckett’s work. For his own part, Beckett himself vehemently denied that Godot represents God….

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  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

In the book The Catcher in the Rye, in chapter 20 why does Holden do his “bullet in the guts”…

At this point in the story, Holden really seems to be falling apart and struggling to hold things together. His act of pretending to get shot in the stomach has something to do with the fact that…

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  • A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA

In “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sherlock Holmes says to Dr. Watson, “It is a capital mistake to…

You might see this statement as ironic in a general sense because the scientific method requires at least some theorizing (in the form of a hypothesis) before the data is collected (such as through…

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  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

Why does Sir Gawain feel he is the one best qualified to accept the Green Knight’s challenge in…

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain’s acceptance of the Green Knight’s challenge isn’t based so much on his feelings of being the best qualified but rather on factors akin to default….

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Explain “… vengeance is walking in Salem!”

“Vengeance is walking in Salem” because one of the long-standing reasons that the citizens are accusing each other of witchcraft is due to grudges they have been holding for decades. In other…

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  • TO BUILD A FIRE

What is the initial incident and climax in Jack London’s “To Build A Fire”?

The initial incident or narrative hook of “To Build a Fire” is the newcomer’s realization that it is much colder out that he thought when he left the warmth and safety of the camp. At the story’s…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

In Chapter 11 of A Separate Peace, what is the importance of Finny’s acceptance of the war?

The fact that Finny, who outwardly denies that the war exists or who criticizes involvement in the war, finally admits to Gene that he is interested in and wants to be involved himself in the war…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Chapter 3 describe Jack.What is he wearing? What looks different now from when he first…

Golding uses the description of Jack at the beginning of Chapter 3 for several purposes. First, he tells the reader that Jack’s hair has grown; it is shaggy and almost covers his eyes. This of…

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  • THE HOBBIT

Can you guys Give me detail on humans in the Hobbit Or There and Back Againi Need some detail

When Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings he was hoping to create a mythology for the British people that seemed to exist in other peoples like the Norse and Germanic peoples. Like…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In school, we have been reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”I have read up to Chapter 15…

I can’t read through the novel again right now to find quotations for you, but I can give you these tips. I hope they’re helpful. It sounds like a good assignment, but it’s also a lot of work. Good…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In The Odyssey section, “The Cattle of the Sun God,” what does Helios demand of Zeus, or else?

Helios’s daughters guard his cattle and report to him immediately when Odysseus’s men slaughter The Sun God’s precious herd. Helios orders Zeus to destroy the perpetrators and threatens to turn…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What previous scene would help make the scene where Simon is killed more believable?

The scene in which Jack and members of his “tribe” kill the sow is foreshadowing to the scene on the darkened beach where Simon is killed. After discovering how to disguise themselves by painting…

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  • REFERENCE

I need help translating the quotation written below from English to Latin.”Six safe and favorable…

Sex tutus quod volens mancipium erant superstes sub suum sanus statua quod usquequaque contentus sententia inhumanus Syracusans per sapientia. The above is a literal, or direct, translation of…

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  • HISTORY

Which king do you think was the least effective ruler, Louis XIII or Louis XIV?

From what I’ve read on the subject, I believe Louis XIV was the least effective ruler. To quote from the World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, c1957, Page 4600: “He destroyed the political power of…

 


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