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The Laboratory
The Laboratory
by Robert Browning


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(5) Tree Line

The basic themes of this poem—jealousy, revenge, murder—are pretty clear. Still, there are a lot of old-fashioned words like "thee" and "thy" to get though, plus some tricky vocab ("Prithee my good fellow, please direct me to thy nearest Shmoop site to help me with this bonkers vocab, yo"). Trust us, though—a story as exciting as this one is worth the climb.

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