Learn you will, if you shall seek knowledge. An archetypical mother, a traitor, and a boy trying to find himself, encounter you will on this path. Understand? Do or do not. There is no try.

Here, I present you with the next selection of Lucy’s LitGloss! 🙂


Inverses the normal order of sentences this rhetorical device does.
• Famous users: many poets and Yoda. See what happens when Shakespeare meets Yoda:
“Thy father, indeed./Powerful Jedi was he./Poweful Jedi.”
“Nay, nay! Try thou not./ But do thou or do though not,/For there is no ‘try.’”
(William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher)



Mrs. Bennett
We encounter a gamut of motherly archetypes throughout literature. There’s the evil stepmother, the mother-of-your-dreams you never got to know, the fairy godmother… and then there’s Mrs. Bennett. The opening sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice summarizes her life’s mission:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

She is definitely one meddling mom. Mrs. Bennett goes through hell and high waters to match her daughters with worthy gentlemen; their worthiness based on her own standards, of course.


Bildung (education/cultivation) + roman (novel)= Bildungsroman A German term used on novels that trace the development of its main character from naivety to maturity a.k.a. a coming-of-age story. This development usually involves going to school, but we all know one can get ‘schooled’ outside the classroom.

Bildungsroman through the years:
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by Goethe (1796)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (1999)
Never Let Me Go by Kazhuo Ishiguro (2005)


Confidant and adviser turned assassin– Caesar never saw that coming, especially from Brutus. The shock resounds in his last words: “Et tu, Brute?” (“You too, Brutus?”). After all, stabbing your friend’s back (or literally stabbing your friend in public) is a very un-Romanly thing to do. Those many years and campaigns in the Senate together go down the drain with one blow. What a brute-us!

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