This excerpt from Dante’s Inferno includes two important allusions that the reader must understand to know what Dante is trying to say. Both allusion examples are to love stories that would have been known by the culturally literate of Dante’s day: the true stories of Francesca and of Lancelot. Francesca, daughter of the Lord of Ravenna, fell in love with her husband’s brother, Paolo, and both she and Paolo were put to death for adultery. In this passage, she tells Dante that she and Paolo fell in love over the story of Lancelot, a Knight of the Round Table, whose romance with Guinevere was celebrated.
When we are talking to potential customers, they often ask us what our discounts are with a particular carrier. For instance, a customer may say, I’ve got an 80% discount with Southeastern Freight. First off, without knowing whether the customer has any FAKs or not, we can’t accurately compare pricing. Additionally, freight companies are tricky when negotiating their rates, as one customer may have an 80% off of 2009 pricing, while another customer may have a 75% off 2002 pricing and blow the first customer’s freight rates out of the water. Without actually seeing a customers’ invoice or getting an actual spot quote based on the common shipping parameters, its just impossible to tell what type of freight savings we’ll be able to offer.
What about the relationship between India and the United Kingdom today? It is a special one, and of course still not without tensions between these two nations that refer to the time of colonialism which from our retro perspective is not at all so far away.
India has managed to become an independent state with its own political system and is still working to find its own identity. The longer the process of decolonisation lasts, the more we get the impression that only a middle course between the acceptance of British legacies and the creation of a new unique Indian self-confidence will be the right way to go for India.