Weighing It Again

Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)


In 1990, Nepal had a revolution. Barricades went up and troops fired on demonstrators. A curfew was declared. The airline pilots went on strike. My wife, Jane, and I and our two sons, ages eleven and thirteen, were on the last plane into Kathmandu the day the violence began. As we landed, dozens of pilots lined the runway, arms folded across their chests.


Relative Clause Material Object Historical Experience Object Discrimination Airline Pilot 
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  1. 7.
    For the definition and examples of “iconic” gestures and their role in communication, see Geoffrey Beattie, Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language (London: Routledge, 2003), 65–76.Google Scholar
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    “You see but you do not observe,” Holmes chides his sidekick, Dr. Watson, in “A Scandal in Bohemia.” See Arthur Conan Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories,Vol. I, ed. Loran Estlerman (New York: Bantam Books, 1986), 110–111.Google Scholar
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    For an example much closer to Keats’s day than to our own, see Charles Anthon, Classical Dictionary (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1851), 1304a.Google Scholar

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© Larry H. Peer 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

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