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Early Inklings
Short Essay by John Updike.

The title, “Early Inklings� is an example of a pun (a witty play on words that suggest a double meaning) . Explain the pun and the meaning of the title.
I don't even know where to start...

Also,

How does the last line reinforce the meaning of the pun?
Last line contains
This was my element, ink on paper.

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  1. Notice the dictionary meaning of the word "inkling" --
    http://www.answers.com/topic/inkling

    In addition, there's the word "ink" in there, which seems to relate to writing (you know, pen and ink?).

    Now -- how would you put them together?

  2. So basically one can interpret it as early understand/hint while the inklings can be interpreted as ink relating to writing pen and ink?

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  3. The word can be taken both ways, yes.

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