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  Insights of Dreams in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 
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Lewis Carroll was an English writer of world-famous children’s fiction. Lewis Carroll’s classic tales, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass were brilliant works of satire and parody. Satire is defined as the use of wit, irony or sarcasm to expose vice or folly and parody is a humorous or satirical imitation. Throughout both stories Alice in Wonderland uses satire and parody to show the transition from childhood to adulthood. Dreams in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass depicts…...
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Go Ask Alice Website
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While reading through the health answers forum on the Go Ask Alice Website, I came across a plethora of questions from a range of topics such as nutrition, alcohol, and relationships. In response to a question regarding long term nightmares and unfavorable mood, the writer of Go Ask Alice emphasized the biological sources of bad dreams and mood but shined far less light on social aspects that influence an individual’s perception of mental illness as well as means and resources…...
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An Analysis of the Book Soul by Soul Written by Walter Johnson
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Soul by Soul Book Review   Walter Johnson's Soul by Soul: Life Inside Antebellum Slave Market takes the concept of slavery that many learn at young age and splits it in into two more specific yet baffling concepts. Johnson illuminates the true life of a slave and from feeling to lifestyle; he is able to portray an understanding of what a slave's life was like between the 1820's and the 1860's. Johnson also effectively shows how the slave trade was…...
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An Analysis of The Other Side, Act of Union and The Ministry of Fear
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Seamus Heaney Heaney, by his own definition, was always a 'bookish creature'. Born near Castledawson, in County Derry, as the eldest son of eight children born in a Catholic Nationalist family, he made the usual transition to the Catholic education system. At an early age, he began to discard the history of farming with which his family had been associated for generations, to become Ireland's greatest living poet. He started school at St Columb's college in Derry as a boarder…...
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A Rhetorical Analysis of Franklin and Freud: Love in the “Autobiography” by Ada Van Gastel
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In my Rhetorical analysis of Franklin and Freud: Love in the “Autobiography" by Ada Van Gastel I speak about Van Gastels techniques and how he uncovers many things in Autobiography by using Freud's theories from Civilization and its Discontents. I analyzed how Van Gastel took the concept of sublimation and applied it to many different parts of Franklins story. Van Gastel uses many differently literary elements to make his point about sublimation and tie the two books together. Aimed at…...
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An Analysis of the Main Themes in the Book Billy Budd Sailor by Herman Melville
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Herman Melville's book, Billy Budd, Sailor, chronicles the happenings on a British naval ship called the Bellipotent. Set in the late 1700s, the story follows Billy Budd, a handsome, likeable sailor whose innocence earns him the comradery of all the sailors on board, save one. The master-at-arms, cruel-hearted Claggart, who envies Billy's carefree spirit and kind nature. Melville goes on to detail the conflict between Billy and Claggart, and how both of them come to their respective ends. Life aboard…...
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Reagan’s Victory by Andrew Busch
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This book review is focusing on Ronald Reagan during his presidency in the 1980’s. Ronald Reagan is from small town called Tampico in Illinois where he attended Dixon High School then graduated and attended Eureka College. After years of being in Hollywood and in the Military is when he then began his political career. Ronald Regan is known for being an American politician who served as the 40th President of the United States. Before Reagan’s presidency he was a Hollywood…...
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Essay 1984 by George Orwell
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Below is a book review of 1984 by George Orwell. George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning against the dangers of the complete control of a totalitarian society. He was very successful in carrying out his overall purpose by featuring themes that related to social justice topics and technology. He also portrayed this idea through the use of warfare, 24/7 surveillance, and the fear of total rule by one “party”. He used the power of manipulation, abuse of power, and…...
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Book Darwin in the Genome
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This book review is based on the book Darwin in the Genome: Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution, by Lynn Helena Caporale. The publisher is McGraw-Hill, copyrighted in 2003, 256 pages. Author Lynn Helena Caporale, in her book Darwin in the Genome: Molecular Strategies in Biological Evolution, firstly explains how it is extraordinary that us Humans, picked out of every planet, organism and solar system in the universe, are suited for the perfect planet; evolving and adapting to grow in intelligence and…...
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The Giver Book Review
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I. Setting: In an isolated Arcadian community at an unknown time in the future II. Characters and Commentary: A. Jonas – The eleven year old protagonist (turns twelve at a point) who has “bizarre powers” and is chosen as the Receiver of Memory. He has a wide variety of interests. For a pre-adolescent, he is extremely wise, curious, thoughtful, and has a much deeper understanding in life than the others in his community. B. The Giver – Formerly known as…...
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Hiroshima by John Hersey Analysis
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A year after the first atomic bomb was dropped on a city, John Hersey’s Hiroshima was published, detailing the horrors six ordinary Japanese citizens witnessed on the day and the days after Hiroshima’s bombing. American at the time had no remorse of the dropping of the atomic bomb, the majority approving the bombing due to the fact i helped bring an end to the war with Japan during World War II. Hersey wrote this book in an attempt to bring…...
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Meaning of Hope in Dante’s Inferno
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A common topic among numerous schools of thought is notion of hope. Because of this, hope can be defined in several ways, including psychologically, philosophically, and religiously. However, in his novel, Inferno, Dante almost exclusively takes a religious, namely Christian, standpoint on hope and despair. Dante’s work brings forth an important discussion on the subject of meaning and how it relates to hope. One way to define hope is psychologically. According to W.W. Meissner on page 17 of his 1973…...
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Chronicles of a Death Foretold: The Honor for Death
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Honor in a family is a huge valuable trait. Especially in the old schooled, religious household. A person who losses their honor or has none will be dealt with consequences and be punished. Some people may see it as a vengeance for a loss in replacement and some may see it as a punishable act. In Gabriel Marque’s story Chronicle of a Death Foretold, there is a clear understanding of honor being played as an important role. In this paper,…...
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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Book Review
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Margot Lee Shetterly, writer of Hidden Figures, was born in 1969 in Hampton, Virginia. Her mother was an English professor at Hampton University and her father worked as an atmospheric scientist at NASA- Langley Research Center. While visiting her father regularly at work Shetterly grew up knowing many other people of color that worked for NASA and became a common thing for her. After graduating college from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, she worked several jobs such…...
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Color Symbolism in Movie and Book the Great Gatsby
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There are so many themes in The Great Gatsby, a fictional story, written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. The storyline is set in the 1920s, where “Gin was the national drink and sex was the national obsession”, according to The New York Times. It is a story of passion, hardships, the American dream, prosperity, and hope. One theme in the book is the application of colors and what they symbolize. Yellow is a color frequently associated with wealth and riches. This…...
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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow: Social Changes in the History of America
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Confucius once said, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” In the novel Ragtime, written by E.L. Doctorow, Doctorow addresses social issues that are occurring at the time, and does so through the reactions of his characters. During the 1900’s social change was very frequent and Doctorow focuses on how his characters accept the change that occurs. Throughout Ragtime, the difficulty and willingness of accepting change is present within characters and groups of people and the connection between…...
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Analysis of Books about Failure
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“To Err is Wrong” by Roger Von Oech Summary In “To Err is Wrong” Roger Von Oech argues that failure is critical to the “creative process.” Oech points out that from an early age; the education system influences people to believe that “right is good and wrong is bad.” Oech argues that success and failure are both outcomes of the same task. He continues to support his claims by explaining how learning to not make mistakes may lead to a…...
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The Hate U Give
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Who is Starr Carter and why is she important to the book “The Hate U Give”. Starr is a black teenager who sees her friend Khalil get shot. While witnessing Khalil’s death. Starr tries her best to measure a standard life. Starr lives in a lower class neighborhood called Garden Heights but she goes to a school named Williamson Prep which is a wealthy prep school in another town. Starr always has to change between two versions of herself Williamson…...
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Review Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare
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The play Macbeth by Shakespeare builds a representation of how specific events and scenarios create a certain type of mental state for a person. The character Macbeth has shown on several occasions that he is an anxious and worrisome person. These specific traits as well as many others are exhibited in several scenes of the play where Macbeth seems unsure or worried about something. Macbeth’s reactions to Duncan’s death as well as his decision to keep Banquo’s murder a secret…...
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Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie Review
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Reading Tuesdays with Morrie was truly an eye opening experience. In my biased opinion, I sincerely believe that this is a book that everyone should read. This book teaches you about how to be human, how to really enjoy and actually live life. Tuesdays with Morrie is one of the most relatable books I’ve read in awhile. Many of the things Morrie said really resonated with me. From the very first paragraph I was sucked in. Morrie was truly a…...
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My Book Review of Persepolis
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This is my review of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: The Complete Series. This is my first time reading a graphic novel about a true-life autobiographical theme. My usual graphic novel readings are of super heroes and the like, so this was a first for me. I began reading, fully expecting that I would learn a great deal about middle eastern cultures. Persepolis did not disappoint my desire to learn, and understand women in the Islamic revolution. The theme of the book,…...
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A Wrinkle in Time: Book and Movie Comparison
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In the Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle is very divergent from the Movie: A Wrinkle in Time by Jennifer Lee. First, there are similarities and differences when it comes to book and the movie. Although both are interesting to read and watch. Book The Murray family is from Connecticut. Charles wallace is their bological son and brother. The father had already vanished. Calvin met Meg in the woods. Mrs. Who did not fall asleep instantaneously. Calvin, Meg,…...
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Review of Book “Waging the War on Secondhand Smoke”
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I have always taken smoke-free aircraft and smoke-free indoor spaces for granted. However, reading James L. Repace’s Enemy No. 1: Waging the War on Secondhand Smoke made me realise that there has been fights for the right to clean indoor air, which I had previously been unaware of. In fact, only until very recently, indoor smoking was unregulated, i.e., non-smokers had to put up with the smoke, even if they had allergies or medical conditions that were aggravated by it.…...
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“The Chauvinist’s Guide to Modern Romance”: Satirical Guide for Heterosexual Men
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The description for The Chauvinist's Guide to Modern Romance: A True Life Comedy About Men and Women by Morris Rollins claims that the book is a satirical guide for heterosexual men trying to date in the modern world. By describing the various types of men and women, how each thinks and views relationships, and how to communicate effectively, the author guides chauvinists through the methods of having sex with as many women as possible. The author addresses issues cited as…...
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“Fahrenheit 451” Book Review
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It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. Key ideologies that are shown to be integral to the class struggle and revolutionary concepts that progress the ‘base’ of society and through economic determinism provide direction for the development of the ‘superstructure’. In discussing how Bradbury chooses to portray these aspects, the idea that minds are not free and the text is shaped by the authors views can…...
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Deja Dead: The Classic Forensic Thriller
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Kathy Reichs, Canada crime. Dr. Temperance Brennan, or Tempe, a forensic anthropologist, that like to search for a crime scene and love to figure out the murderer. But need a break from her job and all of the skeletons, so she plans a vacation to Quebec City, and thought of visiting the Plains of Abraham. But only got a little time for it, after a moment she got call back for a big case, and because of that, she has…...
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Book Review: Interview with the Vampire
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Interview with the Vampire is a gothic horror and vampire novel of immortality, loyalty, and disconnection while displaying the creation and life of the vampire, Louis. The plot summary focuses on three individuals brought and held together by the bond of immortality. It begins with the reporter questioning the vampire Louis, who, at the time was a young indigo plantation owner in 1791, who is stressed due to the death of his brother. Louis is attacked by Lestat the vampire…...
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This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix Arizona Setting Analysis
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The story This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie is the story of a journey taken by Victor and Thomas Builds-the-Fire after the death of Victor’s father. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the town storyteller, is the last person Victor, a man down on his luck, would have chosen to travel with him, however, the memories they share along the way makes their time together unforgettable. Alexis uses the shared life experiences of the main characters, Victor and…...
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Book review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was an interesting book with many conflicts between the characters in the plot. The protagonist, Christopher was a teen who most likely had forms of autism experienced events that hurt him causing him to feel deceived. Christopher Boone an innocent child finding out new truths hidden by his father. This novel was a great enjoyment to read but I didn’t really enjoy the ending. He gets to develop his…...
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Dating and the Single Parent: Book Review
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Ron Deal’s (2012) book titled, Dating and the Single Parent provides the best practices for dating singles and single parents. The book encourages those seeking marriage not to rush no matter the circumstances and delivers resources with examples of dating. The book is written from a Christian perspective or worldview, offering single parents a new understanding of dating. It examines the issues of single parents who date and the complexity of the blended family. The author notes, many single parents…...
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The Ways We Lie – Book Review
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​“The Ways We Lie” is about the different ways people lie and explains the reasons behind it. It is written by Stephanie Ericsson. I agree with one of Ericsson’s points about stereotypes. In this article, Ericsson questions her own personal experiences and explains how they are harmful. She also mentions how people lie on a daily basis to make life easier by neglecting the outcomes. This essay shows that lying has become an important part of life. Ericsson also uses…...
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The Inspirational Story of JK Rowling
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J.K Rowling is one of the most inspirational success stories of our time. Many people simply know her as the woman who created Harry Potter. But, what most people don’t know is what she went through earlier before reaching popularity. Rowling’s life was not peaches and cream. She struggled tremendously. In 1990, Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter. “the idea came fully formed into my mind.“, she stated. One day while she was on a train from Manchester…...
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Night by Elie Wiesel Book Review
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“Father, if that is true, then I don’t want to wait. I’ll run into the electrified barbed wire. That would be easier than a death in the flames.” (pg. 33) The night is a book written by holocaust survivor, Eliezer Wiesel. Elie writes the book from his own point of view as a fifteen-year-old boy during World War II. In the novel night, Elie describes the horrors of the holocaust that he, along with the other Jews, endured. The Nazis…...
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The Thickness of Ice and Twice Shy
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Paragraph one Paragraph one talks about the beginning of a relationship and how you don't really care about what may happen and about whom might get hurt in the outcome. This one is mainly about the meeting and greeting of the two people in the poem. The hope that will become close and get to know each other and learn to trust like you do when you're on a ice rink. Ice skating is all about trust and giving a…...
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The literary conventions
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In this essay I am going to reveal how Chaucer uses and adapts the literary conventions of fabliaux and courtly romance in "The Miller's Tale". Chaucer plays around with the conventions of fabliau and courtly romance engaging the idea of a carnival narrative, which uses the reversal of roles. There is also a Latin saying the sprouts from this: "bais cul", which means, "kiss my ass" and basically sets the tone of "The Miller's Tale". Fabliau is a mediaeval verse…...
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The captain Leggatt
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The fact that a rogue is a wild animal which lives all alone, and whose company is unwanted, mirrors Miss Brill's own life as well as it shows the close relationship to her fur. The way she treats her fur is symbolic for Miss Brill's perception of her situation defining hers and the lives of everybody around her. All in all Miss Brill's life is very strictly organised and "her regular weekly activities characterize Miss Brill implicitly as a person…...
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Real everyday talk
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The pace of this extract is quite fast, as the majority of sentences are short and snappy. However, the longer turn by Una towards the end of the extract is quite a complex sentence, as she is trying to excuse the fact that the party theme changed. She is squirming quite a lot, shown by the graphalogical feature of '... ' to show hesitation for thought, mirroring everyday speech very well. The blunt, short declarative by Bridget of 'He had…...
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Phyricc Victory
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The final aspects of the two stories that I will compare are the endings. When comparing the endings of the two stories, one can see how the two are very different, but still reflect the eras. When Holmes solves the case and completes his triumph over Grimesby-Roylott, it is a complete and satisfactory ending to the story. He manages to independently solve the case, and with it killing the Doctor. (The Doctor was sending a poisonous snake through a vent…...
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The outsider threat and danger
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The Victorian age was one with so many changes in society. It was a time of scientific and technological advance which led to old ideas being questioned. Prosperity was limited and there was a growing division between the rich and poor. These changes created the outsiders in society. They were outsiders because they felt that they had no place in society or could not fit into beliefs expected of them. All these five stories: 'The Red Room', 'The Man With…...
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The Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde
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The black witch of salem is a French novel which was written by Maryse Conde and won the French grand prix for womens literature. It was translated into English in 1992 and the novel is a work of fiction which includes Tituba’s race. Titubas was born in Barbados to a young African slave woman who was raped by an English sailor. Tituba`s mother is hanged after she refuses sexual advances from her white owner. Tutuba is run off the plantation…...
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This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix Arizona Setting Analysis
...In conclusion, the journey together created a new bond for the two old friends over the new shared memories and experiences. Victor needed the trip with Thomas Builds-the-Fire to have time to come to terms with the grief from the loss of his father a...

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