In Walden did Thoreau use the term “animal products” in our modern sense?

In Chapter “Winter animals” Thoreau writes in a very eloquent way about partridges and hares. But then he sounds a bit rough and rude. The last paragraph of the chapter starts with: What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known … Read more

Function of a line in this Reading Comprehension

While chocolate was highly esteemed in Mesoamerica, where it originated, its adoption in Europe was initially slow. There is a common belief that Europeans needed to “transform” chocolate to make it appetizing. However, while Spaniards did put sugar, which was unknown to indigenous Americans, into chocolate beverages, this additive was not completely innovative. Mesoamericans were … Read more

What does Scandinavian Home mean? Late XIX, early XX century. Great Britain

Joseph Conrad, “The Nigger Of The “Narcissus”: A Tale Of The Forecastle”: the two young Norwegians looked tidy, meek, and altogether of a promising material for the kind ladies who patronise the Scandinavian Home. I’ve searched through various dictionaries and completed various google-searches but couldn’t find the answer. Is it something like a brothel? Or … Read more

What’s the meaning of “there’s no stinkin’ way” in this paragraph?

When I started explaining the project’s work scope to people in the school, I learned quickly that most believed the technology classes would be my biggest challenge. One special education teacher’s comments captured the opinion I heard again and again: “There’s no stinkin’ way you’re going to get the shop teachers to work with you … Read more

What does it mean ((feeling flatter than a fritter))?

Please tell me the meaning of ((feeling flatter than a fritter)) in this paragraph: It is different every day. My whole day’s plans might go out the window because a teacher’s lesson plans change. Someone might snag me in the hall and open up a new opportunity for me. I love that part. I always … Read more

What does the phrase “Tubular Journey” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase “tubular journey” that is used as a title of a running game’s description. I know the lexical meaning of the word “tubular“, but it doesn’t seem to fit here. The main character continuously runs in a city that reminds one of 70’s decade. Does the … Read more

Can someone simplify the 2nd and 3rd point (from top) of the post given in image below?

I am confused about what the 2 paragraphs (specified in title) actually mean. So far my brief understanding of: Paragraph/point “2”→ Authors who refuse to write a story where they dont express their political views means their political views are wrong. Paragraph/point “3”→ Okay this I don’t get at all… ” ‘Conflating’ didactic stories with … Read more