On Spendthrifts by A.G. Gardiner

On Spendthrifts - A.G. Gardiner

In On Spendthrifts by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of generosity, sympathy, selfishness and control. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of generosity. Gardiner argues that those who are spendthrifts are generous to a fault. They will help friends and buy things for […]

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On the Top Note by A.G. Gardiner

On the Top Note - A.G. Gardiner

In On the Top Note by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of exaggeration, language, connection, alienation and control. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of exaggeration. Pamela appears to like exaggerating things when it comes to her use of words. Something that annoys Reginald who […]

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In Praise of Chess by A.G. Gardiner

In Praise of Chess - A.G. Gardiner

In the essay In Praise of Chess by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of satisfaction, happiness, enthusiasm, contentment, privilege, class and old-age. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of satisfaction. Gardiner considers a game of chess to be the most satisfying thing in […]

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All About a Dog by A.G. Gardiner

All About a Dog - A.G. Gardiner

In All About a Dog by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of determination, class, resentment, control, power, defiance and change. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of determination. […]

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On Cats and Dogs by A.G. Gardiner

On Cats and Dogs - A.G. Gardiner

In On Cats and Dogs by A.G. Gardiner we have theme of loyalty, friendship, trust, companionship and independence. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of loyalty. Gardiner believes that dogs are more loyal than any cat will ever be. They are always there for […]

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On Writing an Article by A.G. Gardiner

On Writing an Article - A.G. Gardiner

In On Writing an Article by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of indecision, habit, confusion and insecurity. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of indecision. Gardiner is unable to pick a subject to write an article on. The problem isn’t that he can’t […]

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A Night’s Lodging by A.G. Gardiner

A Night’s Lodging - A.G. Gardiner

In A Night’s Lodging by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of struggle, dedication, enthusiasm, respect and frustration. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of struggle. Gardiner spends his entire evening trying to make himself comfortable in bed. No matter what he does (to the pillows […]

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On Waking Up by A.G. Gardiner

In On Waking Up by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of sleep, control, happiness, contentment and change. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of sleep. For Gardiner there is no better time than just having woken from sleep. Man is calm and refreshed and ready to […]

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On Smiles by A.G. Gardiner

In On Smiles by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of happiness, trust, change and appearance. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of happiness or rather the happiness one receives from seeing another person smile. For Gardiner there is also a difference between a natural smile […]

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On the Rule of the Road by A.G. Gardiner

In On the Rule of the Road by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of liberty, frustration, equality and control. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of liberty, both personal and social. Gardiner finds it difficult when an individual’s personal liberty impinges on the […]

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On Superstitions by A.G. Gardiner

In the essay On Superstitions by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of fear, control, superstition, logic, tradition, insecurity and escape. Taken from his Alpha of the Plough Second Series collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of fear. Man has a fear of the unknown and to alleviate this fear he […]

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On The Cheerfulness of the Blind by A.G. Gardiner

In the essay On The Cheerfulness of the Blind by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of happiness, acceptance, isolation and gratitude. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of happiness. Gardiner argues that he has yet to see a blind man or […]

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On a Painted Face by A.G. Gardiner

In On a Painted Face by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of appearance, deception, confidence, acceptance, independence, change and control. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of appearance. It is clear that Gardiner does not believe that the young girl he […]

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On Bores by A.G. Gardiner

In On Bores by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of sympathy, desperation, perseverance, awareness, alienation and ignorance. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of sympathy. Gardiner himself appears to have sympathy for both Blossom and Trip. Though he prefers to keep his distance from both men […]

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In Defence of Ignorance by A.G. Gardiner

In the essay In Defence of Ignorance by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of knowledge, ignorance, contentment, change and acceptance. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of knowledge and how it is impossible for one man to know everything. No matter […]

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A Fellow Traveller by A.G. Gardiner

In A Fellow Traveller by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of uncertainty, freedom, control, generosity, appearance, equality and modesty. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. Gardiner is unsure of when the mosquito came into the train carriage. He does […]

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On Catching the Train by A.G. Gardiner

In On Catching the Train by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of uncertainty, control, reason, identity, confidence and anxiety. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. Gardiner unlike others does not have any faith in the punctuality of trains or any faith […]

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On Shaking Hands by A.G. Gardiner

In On Shaking Hands by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of civility, conflict, change, perception and choice. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of civility and the difficulties that one can incur with the simple act of shaking another individual’s hand. There are many wrong […]

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On Keyhole Morals by A.G. Gardiner

In On Keyhole Morals by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of respect, appearance, privacy, acceptance and curiosity. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of respect. The gentleman who talks to Gardiner about those in his neighbouring cabin does not seem to afford the couple […]

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On Fear by A.G. Gardiner

In On Fear by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of fear, bravery, temptation, perception and control. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of fear and bravery. For Gardiner the man who overcomes his fear is a hero. The very fact that […]

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On Being Idle by A.G. Gardiner

In On Being Idle by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of idleness, perception, self-importance, acceptance, connection and honesty. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner is exploring the theme of idleness. Gardiner himself knows that he prefers to be idle yet he is offended should somebody suggest the same to […]

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On Courage by A.G. Gardiner

In On Courage by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of selflessness, courage, control, shame and individualism. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of selflessness. The soldier on the Formidable by giving his seat away on the life boat acted selflessly. He thought of […]

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Those People Next Door by A.G. Gardiner

In Those People Next Door by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of ignorance, identity, criticism, selfishness, jealousy and tolerance. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of ignorance. Gardiner himself has no idea who his neighbour really is. Something that would also play on the theme […]

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On the Philosophy of Hats by A.G. Gardiner

In On the Philosophy of Hats by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of appearance, perception, class and character. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of appearance. For Gardiner and the hatter appearances seem to be important. So important […]

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On Habits by A.G. Gardiner

In On Habits by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of routine, independence, anxiety, control, change and jealousy. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of routine. Gardiner finds himself at a loss without his pencil. It is the tool he uses for writing and regardless of how […]

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