Answer to Question #161760 in English for Zain

Question #161760

Harry potter and philosopher stone capter 17

the man with two faces

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2021-02-08T10:58:03-0500

-Basically, Harry discovers that it is Quirrell who is after the Stone and serving Voldemort, not Snape. Quirrell tries to use the Mirror of Erised to find the Stone but the Mirror gives it Harry.

-The choice of title for this chapter is amazing.

-In typical wizarding fashion, both meanings of "two-faced" are meant in referring to Quirrell:

  • he has been two-faced in that he has been deceiving people and leading a double life, and
  • he has been leading a double life literally, complete with two faces, since his failure to steal the Stone from Gringotts.

-And the moral of that story is - taking someone else at face value can be a BIG mistake.

-This is the only point in the chapter where Quirrell's stutter asserts itself, to make the point that he's been faking it all along to mislead people into underestimating him.

"Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn't he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat. Next to him, who would suspect p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor Quirrell?"

Inference from the key words

"Quirell langhed, and it was not his usual quivering treble, either, but cold and sharp"

Usual-most common or expected, ordinary

Quivering-tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion

Treble-the highest voice part, shrill voice or sound

Either-used to link with a statement just made

Sharp-in a sudden or abrupt way or precise


Overall, it appears the book is consistent in semantic complexity. It appears the first chapter is the easiest to read, followed by the last chapter and then the middle based on semantic complexity.



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