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1. A stone mason’s axe with a flat face for knocking off projecting angular points, and a pointed peen for reducing a surface to the desired form; also called a jedding axe.
2. A heavy timber, as a timber bolted between two stanchions.
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Through flashbacks (in desaturated video) the confident Kurose is shown to have been bullied when a school kid, and now has nothing more to prove in life; Mano is obsessed with achieving something to prove his worth to his caviling spouse; and Miharu, outwardly self-assured, is bedeviled by her failure to make the top ranks of cellists.
Nevertheless, those interested in the topics under consideration should not be deterred by these caviling remarks, for this is an incisive and useful study.
I could go on caviling with Adelman's Presentation--including the evocation of the ghost of Othello's mother--but these are minor matters in relation to such an intellectually challenging and brilliant book.