" I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them. "
Henry James

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is the elder daughter and successor of George VI. At age 18, she was made a State Counsellor, a confidante of the King. During WWII, she trained as a second lieutenant in the women's services. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, duke of Edinburgh. They were in Kenya when the King died, and Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Her coronation, on June 2, 1953, was the first to be televised. Where did the coronation take place?




The Church of Scientology was founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The church believes that a person's spirit can be cleared of past painful experiences through a process called "auditing," or freeing the person of the burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. It has confronted suspicions from many sides during its history and has been banned and investigated in various countries. What was the purpose of the church's "Operation Snow White"?

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Thomas Hardy

Hardy was an English writer and poet of the naturalist movement. His characters are for the most part of the poorer rural classes and are sympathetically and often humorously portrayed. Their lives are ruled not only by nature, but also by rigid Victorian social conventions, and the physical harshness of the bleak and forbidding Dorset landscape that they occupy echoes that of an indifferent universe. Why did Hardy give up writing novels altogether at the height of his success?

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