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EQUIVOCAL. What has a double sense.
     2. In the construction of contracts, it is a general rule that when an expression may be taken in two senses, that shall be preferred which gives it effect. Vide Ambiguity; Construction; Interpretation; and Dig. 22, 1, 4; Id 45, 1, 80; Id. 50, 17, 67.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The equivocalness in the characterization of both Wildean dandy figures makes these questions impossible to answer definitively.
"Me" is no more added to by being addressed than it was by being contrasted with "you"; its equivocalness is rather increased; it too, like "Love," "Spring," etc., is seen as part of an emblematic design.
So, instead, Derrida invokes Bataille's concept of sovereignty, a concept in many respects synonymous with mastery but, because of this equivocalness, one not able to be directly addressed ('taken seriously') and inscribed into philosophy as the master had been.
This equivocalness derives from Melville's perception of his predicament as a writer.
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Puerto Ricans' equivocalness, superfluity and mobilization are finally problematized in Insularismo's closing chapter in the figure of the "effeminate." Dissecting what he considers the Puerto Rican's "inferiority complex, Pedreira finds in the island's tupida cantidad de afeminados (abundant number of effeminates) a visible sign of the geographical historical and political limitations that hamper the Puerto Ricans ability to create and thus constitute the nation (167).