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The Bishop Orders His Tomb At St Praxed's Church by Robert Browning
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Among Browning's many strengths is his ability to capture speech patterns. This is essential for the dramatic monologues and our dying bishop does not let us down. "Is Anselm holding back?" he asks of the retinue gathered around his bed. Browning so ...more
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Among Browning's many strengths is his ability to capture speech patterns. This is essential for the dramatic monologues and our dying bishop does not let us down. "Is Anselm holding back?" he asks of the retinue gathered around his bed. Browning so ...more
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Superbly captures the speech patterns of gangsters down to 'sangwedges'. Pileggi successfully akes character distinctions among the many mob associates so they are not just shallow stereotypes. Henry Hill has amazing insights into his peers such as, ...more
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Shelby Foote
“Right now I'm thinking a good deal about emancipation. One of our sins was slavery, another was emancipation. It's a paradox. In theory, emancipation was one of the glories of our democracy - and it was. But the way it was done led to tragedy, turning four million people loose with no jobs or trades or learning. And then in 1877 for a few electoral votes, just abandoning them entirely. A huge amount of pain and trouble resulted. Everybody in America is still paying for it.”
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William Faulkner
“It's all now you see. Yesterday won't be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose than all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago; or to anyone who ever sailed a skiff under a quilt sail, the moment in 1492 when somebody thought This is it: the absolute edge of no return, to turn back now and make home or sail irrevocably on and either find land or plunge over the world's roaring rim.”
William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust

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