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biblical address that it paraphrases. The anonymous author frames his moving rendition of Job’s appeals to God with a short form of the biblical refrain Parce michi, Domine, nichil enim sunt dies mei (Job 7.16:  ‘Spare me, God, for my days are nothing’). Since I will go on to argue that the texts of Pety Job and Roberd of Sicily preserved in CUL Ff.2.38 share a special relationship, I cite their texts directly from the manuscript source: Parce michy, Domine! Leef Lord, my soule thou speare! The sothe I seye now sekerle: That my dayes nought they are, Ffor though I

in Household knowledges in late-medieval England and France
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The anatomy of wonder in the sex riddles
Sharon E. Rhodes

from open to closed and back again. While a common key is not ordinarily seen as wondrous or wrætlic , the riddle allows us to see this object anew by rendering it as a thing. Every key—although superficially similar to every other key—is in fact a unique object with a special relationship to both an individual human being and to other objects. Moreover, the obscene ambiguity here points to the tendency for people to attribute phallic power to their tools. Or tool-like power to phalluses. Yet, because this particular tool seems to have been more often associated

in Riddles at work in the early medieval tradition
Byron and the geography of Italy
Mauro Pala

relationship previously felt in Venice:  ‘States fall, arts fade –​but Nature doth not die, /​Nor yet forget how Venice once was dear’ (3). Italy ‘is the loveliest, and must ever be /​The master-​mould of Nature’s heavenly hand’, and its ruins make this special relationship manifest, as ‘Nature’ ‘charms’ and ‘graces’ those ruins with ‘weeds’ that are ‘beautiful’ (25). For Byron, Italy’s ruins simultaneously fulfil history’s inherent ‘tendency’ towards ‘destruction’ and function as the sites of nature’s redemption of history. Given Byron’s dual focus both on himself in Italy

in Byron and Italy
Nicole Slipp

as for thi wedded husband, as thy derworthy derlyng … And therfor thu mayst boldly take me in the armys of thi sowle and kyssen my mowth, myn hed, and my fete as sweetly as thow wylt’ (1.36.2102–8). In passages like this one, the text suggests an erotic aspect to true devotion to Christ. Part of Margery’s special relationship with Christ is her obedient rendering of her marriage debt to him, making their relationship sexual as well as spiritual. Margery associates Christ’s body with both her

in Painful pleasures
Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears (2007) and Teju Cole’s Open City (2011)

a complicated story composed of a catalogue of persecutions and escapes: from his mother and sister being killed by ‘Charles Taylor’s men’, in the Second Liberian Civil War of the late 1990s, to his fleeing to Guinea, then Bamako, Tangier, and mainland Europe, over a two-year period (64–69). Throughout, Saidu dreams of emigrating to America, because as a child he had been ‘taught about the special relationship between Liberia and America, which was like the relationship between an uncle and a favorite nephew’ – recalling Berhane’s misplaced faith in the ‘deep

in The politics of male friendship in contemporary American fiction
Gerd Bayer

storytelling, noting the special relationship in a performative context, 168 The Restoration novel where ‘the speaker is in immediate contact with the audience’.69 In fact, Goody argues that narrative per se (the practice, not the theory) is a post-oral phenomenon and that only print allowed for the development of narrative proper. Narrative ‘is not so much a universal feature of the human situation as one that is promoted by literacy and subsequently by printing’.70 In the light of these arguments, what early modern prose fiction raises is the question of whether it is

in Novel horizons
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Beowulf translations by Seamus Heaney and Thomas Meyer
David Hadbawnik

, a multitude of slaughter-feasts, terror of troops, rapine and bondage. Heaven swallowed the smoke.) The woman probably does not bear any special relationship to the dead hero – she is not his widow, but a representative figure dressed for mourning and expressing the grief, worry, and uncertainty about the future appropriate to the situation. The ending of the passage, literally ‘heaven smoke swallowed’, is ‘perhaps best read in juxtaposition … of human suffering with

in Dating Beowulf
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John Kinsella

us, we had witnessed our work, though written under the same roof, follow different channels, one Arab American, the other Montreal Jewish; but when they emerged, after flowing through their own subterranean passages, they revealed the same preoccupations, concerns, and aspirations, and, like us, had come to their own special relationship, the relationship that unites disparate neighborhoods and individuals, that of trust and acceptance. (p. 12) And the painting of neighbourhoods is rich in both

in Beyond Ambiguity
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Steven Hutchinson

within a playful framework. In fact, this episode reveals certain aspects of the logic of martyrdom, transforming into mockery one of the most sacred themes: above all, the causality, according to which the martyr pays with his or her pain and death the most direct passage to heaven, is subverted. Instead of killing the martyr, this martyrdom of Sancho’s consists of making him suffer to restore life to a ‘maiden more capricious than wise’ who has no special relationship with the martyr but does have one with his master. This is perhaps the last word on the part of

in Frontier narratives
Shirley’s and Davenant’s protectorate entertainments
Rachel Willie

from Catholic tyranny alters the nuances of the masque. The ending offers the type of reconciliation common to the chaotic and sometimes grotesque anti-masques that the appearance of the monarch afforded the Stuart court masque.88 The Spanish eagle is forced to acknowledge the might of the English lion and the final dance celebrates a special relationship between Incas and English: an Ayre, consisting of three Tunes, prepares the grand Dance, three Indians entring first, afterwards to them three English Souldiers, distinguisht by their Red-Coats, and to them a

in Staging the revolution