From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Foils are characters who contrast with each other in order to emphasize their unique characteristics. So, these two rulers are alike in that each worships one kind of knowledge above all else. But one chooses words, the other numbers. They are both so committed to their own kind of knowledge that they won't admit any other and cast out those who disagree.