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Set in dialogue form, the main players in this work are a young Socrates and an elderly sophist, Protagoras. Unusual to Plato's works, Protagoras also employs a cast of many others in the dialogue. In it, Plato once again explores the concept of virtue and whether or not it can be taught. Is virtue actually knowledge? And if so, can knowledge not be taught and thus also virtue?
The 1817 novel tells the story of Frank Osbaldistone sent to the Scottish Highlands to recover a debt owed to his father. While there he encounters Rob Roy MacGregor, the Scottish Robin Hood. Whilst based around an historical figure the story itself is pure fiction. The book was hugely successful when published and has spawned a number of film adaptations.
An extraordinary story of love and hope set in the early years of the 19th century. Silas Marner is wrongly accused and expelled from his community. He becomes a recluse who lives only to work and hoard his meagre pay. He seems trapped in this small dark life until the arrival of a young orphan sets in motion changes with unknowable consequences. The story was adapted by Steve Martin in his 1994 movie A Simple twist of Fate.
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