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The most amusing of French dramatists at his satirical best. Moliere takes a swipe not at religion, but at its hypocritical exponents.

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Something of an obvious choice, but this book may actually get less love than it deserves. This is partly due to its length: at least 1300 pages in most editions, the last hundred or so of which take a sudden turn, abandoning plot and characters, and are instead used to explore Tolstoy’s philosophical and historical ideas. Despite this, it is a true must-read, for its epic scale, moments of poignance, and unmatched commentary on war and history. I liken to it to an enormous and magnificent mansion, but one provided with a multitude of small and intimate nooks and crannies in which to take shelter.

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A strange book, based on the late 18th century idea of the “affinity”, meaning predestined soulmate. In this book, people elect their affinities. Also strangely, a lot of it is people talking about and executing landscaping. However, the love thread is strong, if tangled, and this book is Romanticism at its best.

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יהוה

Also known as the Tetragrammatron, it is always spelled without vowels by those who first wrote down the Bible, so that no one can profane it by pronunciation.

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A God-approved practice: cf. Psalm 59:16

I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning.

Sola scriptura can set some difficult tasks though, and one hopes that Redman is doing his yoga and drinking his tea first..

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He — characterisically — quotes the first line of Psalm 103. Redman, a Protestant, tends to compose his lyrics with the aid of extensive biblical quotation, as in Blessed Be Your Name, which takes lines from the Book of Job and Psalm 113.

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A reference to Hot 97’s DJ Clue, whose Desert Storm label broke Fabolous in 2001. At that time, T.I. felt overlooked by the New York hip-hop establishment as an up-and-coming Southerner. By 2004, though, his string of radio hits were getting spins from Clue and his ilk, and it appears that the two are now on good terms.

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“To go off the deep end” is an idiom referring to jumping into a swimming pool where the water level is over one’s head, so that person needs to be able to swim.

Ross has got so much money that he can fill a swimming pool with cash and swim in the deep end of that money-filled pool.

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This begins a passage which demonstrates the extent to which Tartuffe has captivated Orgon: the latter’s sympathy is only for the apparently perfectly fit Tartuffe, to the exclusion of his actually unwell wife.

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"(We'd have so many!)" (Maboo – CONVERSION) | pending

Actually, coitus interruptus is also verboten.

"Canada" (Rap Genius Editors – Rap Genius International Branches) | accepted

Should this be Canada?