Let us go in together,
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint—O cursèd spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!
Nay, come, let's go together.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 186–190
The novel epitomizes many of Dick's themes with its concerns
about the nature of reality and ordinary people in ordinary lives
having the world unravel around them. The title is a reference to
Shakespeare's play Hamlet. The line is uttered by Hamlet to Horatio
after being visited by his father's ghost and learning that his uncle
Claudius murdered his father; in short, a shocking supernatural event
that fundamentally alters the way Hamlet perceives the state
and the universe ("The time is out of joint; O cursed spite! That
ever I was born to set it right!" [I.V.211-2]),
much as do several events in the novel.
verb [ T ] (UK usually epitomise) UK /ɪˈpɪt.ə.maɪz/ US /ɪˈpɪt̬.ə.maɪz/
to be a perfect example of a quality or type of thing:
With little equipment and unsuitable footwear,
she epitomizes the inexperienced and unprepared mountain walker.
verb UK /ʌnˈræv.əl/ US /ʌnˈræv.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-
unravel verb (CLOTH) [ I or T ]
If a piece of knitted or woven cloth, a knot, or a mass of thread unravels,
it separates into a single thread, and if you unravel it, you separate it into a single thread:
You'd better mend that hole before the whole sweater starts to unravel.
I had to unravel one of the sleeves because I realized I'd knitted it too small.
unravel verb (SUBJECT) [ I or T ]
If you unravel a mysterious, unknown, or complicated subject,
you make it known or understood, and if it unravels,
it becomes known or understood:
We have a long way to go before we unravel the secrets of genetics.
unravel verb (PROCESS) [ I, T usually passive ]
If a process or achievement that was slow and complicated unravels
or is unravelled, it is destroyed:
As talks between the leaders broke down,
several months of careful diplomacy were unravelled.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus)
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