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    moonshine/ blood and thunder

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be so kind to share with me your opinion about the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Often, like myself, we deplore the blood and bones atmosphere and wish the detective novelist were not so conventional about offering us murder all the time.

    Here are these two shelves of novels – none of them by standard authors – all just moonshine or blood and thunder.”(S. Lewis, “Selected Short Story)

    moonshine = phantasmagoria

    blood-and-bones = blood-and-thunder = boulevard-sensational; blood-melodrama; thriller

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: moonshine/ blood and thunder

    Hi Gillnetter,

    Do you really think that your trivial interpretation answers the purpose in the present case? This is not the right word here.

    Reading between the lines — and this is most important in literary study — presupposes an accurate and comprehending reading of the lines themselves.

    moonshine = Informal
    . Foolish talk or thought; nonsense.

    moonshine: Definition from Answers.com

    moonshine = nonsense, rubbish, phantasmagoria, (yellow backs , cheap novels) sl. a penny-dreadful


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    Re: moonshine/ blood and thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    Do you really think that your trivial interpretation answers the purpose in the present case? This is not the right word here.

    Reading between the lines — and this is most important in literary study — presupposes an accurate and comprehending reading of the lines themselves.
    So that's you properly put in your place Gilnetter!

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    Re: moonshine/ blood and thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No, I do not believe that I have been properly put in my place [...] I had asked a serious question of the poster – how did you derive this meaning for the word. I have still not received a proper rely to this question.
    My comment about your being put in your place was meant to be a sarcastic dig at Vil, Gillnetter (I apologise for spelling your name incorrectly.)

    I thought that his response to someone who had attempted to assist him, "Do you really think that your trivial interpretation answers the purpose in the present case? This is not the right word here", was offensively dismissive, particularly as your question was reasonable.

    Unfortunately, you appear to have taken my words seriously.
    Last edited by 5jj; 17-Jan-2011 at 12:27. Reason: typo

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