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The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men


by T.S. Eliot

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

The doomed souls in Canto 3 of Dante's Inferno who cannot cross the River Acheron are called the "cattivi," in Italian, which means "bad" but not actively "evil." (Source)

Some readers believe that the "whimper" at the end refers to the moment that the English traitor Guy Fawkes confessed to trying to blow up Parliament and turned in the names of his co-conspirators. (Source)

Prickly pear fruit can be used to make tasty jams and pies. We assume they take the spines out first. (Source)

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