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1) The happy advantage of a democracy is that we are free to puff our books as hard as we can manage and be perfectly safe of any harm. I want no family of any respectability to sleep unapprised by the time we go to the binders.
What does the red sentence mean? to publish or bind the books before the other peolple will notice? and the family of any respectability = famous or high class family? I cannot make sense of these sentences without more context. but a family of respectability is one that regarded by society as being proper, correct, and good
2) "The Corporation lords over the university's reputation by controlling every word allowed past the gates - anything unknown, anything unknowable, stands to frighten them beyond measure." He picked up the pocket edition of Divina Commedia. "Here is revolt enough between two covers to unravel it all. The mind of our country is moving with the speed of a telegraph, and our great institutions are stagecoaching behind it."
What does the red sentence mean? Oh, Divina Commedia is one of three parts of the italian literature. So, two covers here = the rest two parts of this author's book? ane what or why to "unravel it"? The text of the Divine Comedy, which is held between a front and a back cover, contains enough revolutionary concepts to place the Corporation at risk.
3) If you passed close enough to Dr. Holmes or were one of those amblers who wielded your pen on behalf of your autograph book, you could hear him humming with purpose.
The red sentence = to borrow your pen to ask for Dr. Holmes autograph for your book? and the pink sentence = Holmes was really humming a word or song, right? Not enough context to know - Was there any reference to Dr Holmes humming?
4) Just a few years before the war, it seemed the only book in the world was his Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, the serialized essay with which Holmes had surpassed all expectations by inventing a new attitude for literature, one of personal observation.
So, can we say that Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table is the first book by Holmes that offered the personal opinion that had never been done before in the literature world? This book was the first in which "personal observation" was the basis for the essay.
5) He believes he should command the same view of the Boston Common on his father would have were he alive, on the basis of name alone. And wants everyone to know it, too. This sentence makes no sense at all - have you missed something out?
"command the same view" = to stroll to see the view around the Boston Common or to stroll around so the people in that area (may) recognize him as they did to his father (because his father was famous in Boston)?
were should be when, don't u think? and
what doesn "on the basis of name alone" here mean? what name?
6) literary mementoes and autographs = pictures of poet/writer with their autographs? possibly - could also be pens, blotters, inkwells - anything used by the writers.
7) I see you've met Daniel Teal. Couldn’t keep a hotel, but as hard a worker as we have". (p 19) Poor lad, still green around the ears at the firm and nearly knocking heads with Oliver Wendell Holmes!
The Teal guy is a new (still green aroud the ears at the firm) clerk in the publishing house but why couldn't keep a hotel? Means he is not very clever.
8. what does "petty vanity" mean? "petty" means trivial/of little importance - so vanity that was trivial.
9. He sniped, knowing Field’s sensitivity about the reception of his puffs.
what does it mean? He = "A" who talked to Field the bad things about "B". He was making nasty comments, knowing that Field was sensitive about the promotion of his work.
10. I don't want anyone to come to a notion that we are not behind this to the end.
the red sentence = don't want other people to think that we do not hurry to finish this job?? That we will support it for as long as is needed.
11. We would be lost spirit without him....means???? Does not make sense. Are you sure you copied it right?
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