Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ten Sentence from Ten Different Books

This is for Ali, who tagged me in a meme, and this is how it works:

- Take ten books, and transcribe the fifth sentence from page fifty six.
- Make sure that at least five books are fiction, provide five hints, and pass the meme on to six other bloggers.
- If you accept my invitation to play, please post in the comments section, so we can all chime in guessing which books you reference!

I will give you the author's name or initials; you tell me the title! Here goes:

"A new life, a different kind of life always follows the old."
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes' novel "about that which never dies"

"This is a brilliant and attractive reading, but like many other interpretations, it does not take full account of the fact that Penelope does not have a choice in the matter."
~from Robert Fagles' critical introduction to arguably the greatest epic

"It wasn't right."
~L. E.'s best-seller whose title is the first few words of an American hymn

"You will not catch me in the same mind again, neither you nor any young man, I warrant me."
~Charles Reade's novel of the middle ages whose theme explores the conflict between man's obligations to the church and the home

"Perhaps nobody brought up as I was can speak of tobacco without at least some affection."
~W. B.'s collection of essays

"I shall be able, of course, to express the fact that it is God who is angered, who is consoling and admonishing, not by indifferent monotony, but only with inmost concern and rapport, as one who knows that he himself is being addressed."
~D. B.'s discussion of Christian fellowship

"In order to understand fully what Man's power over Nature, and therefore the power of some men over other men, really means, we must picture the race extended in time from the date of its emergence to that of its extinction."
~C.S.L's treatise on the Natural law

"'You've never known any,' he said."
~D. du M.'s gothic tale of whose title is a woman's name

"'So suddenly to be gone!'"
~J.A.'s tale of two sisters (bonus points if you can guess which sister is speaking and to whom she refers)

"When supper was really finished at last, and each animal felt that his skin was now as tight as was decently safe, and that by this time he didn't care a hang for anybody or anything, they gathered round the glowing embers of the great wood fire, and thought how jolly it was to be sitting up so late, and so independent, and so full; and after they had chatted for a time about things in general, the Badger said heartily, 'How then! tell us the news from your part of the world. How's old Toad going on!"
~K.G.'s children's classic

I tag Joanna, Lauryl, Lillibeth, Alyssan, Heather, & Joshua

10 comments:

Ali said...

Oh, I have Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together, and sounds like Marianne from Sense and Sensibility??

Lillibeth said...

well thanks a lot! You know all my books, they are too predictable. I'll think about it.

Is number 8 from Rebecca?
:)

Rebecca said...

Ali, you got the books right, but it was actually Elinor who spoke.

_Rebecca_ is right, Lillibeth. Good job!

Lillibeth said...

Why, Rebecca, I did not know you read such stuff as Rebecca!

I need some clarification if I am to participate in this... when you open a book to page 56, and at the top of the page is a sentence started on page 54, do you count that half-sentence as a sentence? Or do you start at the next start of a sentence?

Rebecca said...

_Rebecca_ is one of my favorite novels, or at least it was the last time I read it. Remember the old issue of Victoria with all the quotes about tea at Manderley? I think that's what did it for me. The movie adaptation starring the actress who played Georgiana Darcy in the 5 hour P & P was just as I imagined the book and it was wonderful! Anyway, in response to your question, Lillibeth, I think I counted from the first full sentence on page 56.

Rebecca said...

That must be a very long sentence then if it started on page 54!

Lillibeth said...

Yes, long sentences... long winded authors...

Lillibeth said...

okay, I did it.

Alyssan said...

#2: The Odyssey (sorry to take the easy one on the list)
#9: Pride and Prejudice (Jane about Mr. Bingley?) Although it seems like that should be later in the book than page 56...

gail said...

Kenneth Graham, Wind in the Willows, Such is the knowledge of a Grandmother!
Gail