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    Question hand bible

    Dear Teachers,

    is "a hand bible" the same thing as, for example, "a pocket bible"? I would be thankful for an explanation.

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    Re: hand bible

    I have never heard of a hand bible. Where did you hear/see the expression?

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    Re: hand bible

    It's a line from Kerouac's poem In Vain:

    The stars in the sky
    In vain
    The tragedy of Hamlet
    In vain
    The key in the lock
    In vain
    The sleeping mother
    In vain
    The lamp in the corner
    In vain
    The lamp in the corner unlit
    In vain
    Abraham Lincoln
    In vain
    The Aztec empire
    In vain
    The writing hand: in vain
    (The shoetrees in the shoes
    In vain
    The windowshade string upon
    the hand bible
    In vain—
    The glitter of the greenglass
    ashtray
    In vain
    The bear in the woods
    In vain
    The Life of Buddha
    In vain)

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    Re: hand bible

    Corpora don't recognize the phrase "hand bible". But googling shows that it is used sometimes. If I understand correctly what I've googled, a hand Bible is a Bible you can hold in one hand, which is convenient when you have to stand while reading.

    I found the following. I have no idea what "hand-bible" could mean there.
    He'd a three-corner iron-bound truck upon his head, a blue jacket trimm'd wi' gold lace, a scarlet garnsey frock, and petticoat trowers; a broad black belt went round his loins, in which he carried a brace o' pistols, wi' brass barrels, as big as blunderbusses, and by his larboard side hung a cutlash, wi' a blade broad enough, upon a pinch, to be used as hand-bible . . .
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    Re: hand bible

    I haven't come across the phrase either- poets often create their own phrases and Kerouac was a very inventive writer.

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    Re: hand bible

    Thank you for your efforts!

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