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stranger

Law a person who is neither party nor privy to a transaction

stranger

any person who is within a group or society but not entirely of that group of society. SIMMEL (Wolff. 1950) suggests three aspects of the social position of the stranger which define it in sociological terms:
  1. the position of the individual on the margin, part inside and part outside the group (see also MARGINALITY);
  2. a particular combination of remoteness and proximity (or SOCIAL DISTANCE) between the stranger and group members;
  3. various further implications of the ROLE of the stranger and his or her interactions with the group which make this position of particular sociological interest.

    A key feature of the role of the stranger identified by Simmel is the relative ‘detachment’ and ‘objectivity’ which he or she may bring, e.g. in settling disputes. This arises, according to Simmel, because the stranger ‘imports qualities into the group which do not stem from the group’. This explains why the stranger also often meets with surprising openness and confidences. All of this applies, notwithstanding that strangers who arrive in large numbers, with their own cultures and groups, will often be mistrusted and may become persecuted members of the societies which they enter. However, even the individual stranger may become mistrusted, and be seen as a possible threat to group beliefs, e.g. in situations where his or her own ‘vested interest’ may be involved (see Schermer, 1988).

What does it mean when you dream about a stranger?

From a Freudian perspective, a stranger in a dream may symbolize meeting a part of one’s own psyche, or shadow self. According to an ancient Chinese belief, a stranger in one’s dream is another soul from the spirit realm.

stranger

[′strān·jər]
(aerospace engineering)
In air intercept, an unidentified aircraft, bearing, distance, and altitude as indicated relative to an aircraft.

Stranger

(dreams)
The interpretation of seeing and interacting with a stranger, or strangers, in your dream depends on the details of your dream and on your personal belief system. Some Eastern cultures believe that the strangers in your dreams are spirits from another dimension. These spirits may be teaching you lessons or giving you specific messages. The more modern approach to interpreting a dream with strangers in it suggests they represent different sides or unfamiliar aspects of our personality. The best way to tell is to “check inside” and simply try to understand the message of this dream. Whether the message is coming from your unconscious or from a different reality might be irrelevant. The lessons gained through a dream are far more important then where they came from. Just remember:The mind that dreamt the dream also knows its source and meaning (and that is YOUR own mind).
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Bumble, shading his eyes with his hand, and surveying the stranger, from head to foot, in evident perplexity, 'is not more averse to turning an honest penny when he can, than a single one.
The stranger smiled, and nodded his head again: as much to say, he had not mistaken his man; then rang the bell.
Brown paper parcel here, that's all--other luggage gone by water--packing-cases, nailed up--big as houses-- heavy, heavy, damned heavy,' replied the stranger, as he forced into his pocket as much as he could of the brown paper parcel, which presented most suspicious indications of containing one shirt and a handkerchief.
The stranger became silent and seemed overcome with sadness, but another blast from the whistle of the passenger engine aroused him.
Then Robin Hood stepped quickly to the coverside and cut a good staff of ground oak, straight, without new, and six feet in length, and came back trimming away the tender stems from it, while the stranger waited for him, leaning upon his staff, and whistling as he gazed round about.
We have had enough foolishness," said the stranger to Malbihn.
he continued, turning to the stranger with a twinkling eye.
She played a simple air, and her voice accompanied it in sweet accents, but unlike the wondrous strain of the stranger.
The stranger looked at me again - still cocking his eye, as if he were expressly taking aim at me with his invisible gun - and said, "He's a likely young parcel of bones that.
I do not often laugh, sir," replied the stranger, "as you may perceive by the expression of my countenance; but nevertheless I retain the privilege of laughing when I please.
The two men remained opposite one another, Morrel trembling in every limb, the stranger gazing at him with an air of profound pity.
The stranger sat and drank his wine as long as he liked: your mother did ask him if he would take any more bread and he said he would not.