Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Chapter and verse, again

Meme stolen from Dawn's place:

1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.

5. No cheating by going for a "cool" book...it has to be the nearest one.


Ok, since an aging Roget's Thesaurus is the only thing to hand, I walked through to the other room and grabbed something off the shelf without turning the light on. Unfortunately, page 123 of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness doesn't have enough sentences on it. So... back to the darkened room again, returning with the following:

"Hereupon those two heralds blew their trumpets once more, and Duke Mordaunt of North Umber turned his horse about and went away from that place. Then King Leodegrance also went his way, very sorrowful and downcast in his spirits. For he said to himself: 'Is it at all likely that another champion shall come unto me like that wonderful White champion who came two days since, I know not whence, for to defend me against mine enemies? And, touching that same White Champion; if I know not whence he came, so also I know not whither he hath departed; how then shall I know where to seek him to beseech his further aid in this time of mine extremity?'"

Gosh, those are some really long sentences. Any guesses?

7 comments:

Anna said...

Sounds like it should say something about a chainsaw!

Ricardipus said...

"And lo, the White Champion did hacketh off bits of Sir Mordaunt with a chainsaw, causing him much ire and grief and anguish in a way that was to cause him to relate said events in a long sentence; notwithstanding that he bleedeth to death therewithly."

&c.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Not to mention wrath.

mhxxiyt - What Sir Mordaunt said just before the chainsaw struck.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Oh, I'm supposed to guess the book.

"Red Green's Now is the Winter of our Discount Tent"

No?

wonderferret said...

Some King arthur thingy. You know, the really classic one.

Ricardipus said...

Wrath - yes, wrath. "And he was wroth with great wrath therewith, and wrought great wrongs, without the wherewithal to withstand his wrathfulness therewith."

wonderferret's close enough. Howard Pyle's re-telling, a slightly different hardcover edition of this book.

#Debi said...

"And lo, the White Champion did hacketh off bits of Sir Mordaunt with a chainsaw, causing him much ire and grief and anguish in a way that was to cause him to relate said events in a long sentence; notwithstanding that he bleedeth to death therewithly."

...but not before he uttereth his immortal last words, "It's only a flesh wound!"