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The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter: Quotes (What Was Said) True or False

1. Who says, "We divided its entire surface into compartments, which we numbered, so that none might be missed; then we scrutinised each individual square inch throughout the premises"? -> C. Monsieur—
2. What is the significance of the following quote?: “The pretended lunatic was a man in my own pay." -> S— stages a deception
3. What is the significance of the following quote?: "The minister decamped, leaving his own letter—one of no importance—upon the table." -> There is no significance to this quote. Who cares what Poe thinks?
4. What is the significance of the following quote?: "It is this possession, and not any employment of the letter, which bestows the power. With the employment the power departs." -> If you use the information in the letter, then you've blown all your power.
5. What is the significance of the following quote?: "For eighteen months the Minister has had her in his power. She has now him in hers." (120) -> Assuming that G— gives the letter back to the queen, things have been returned to their original state.

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