The Writing's on the Walls (Was: Re: On the subject of
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri May 25 06:40:15 EDT 2001
Collated, and pasted, and boy is this a fun way to avoid writing an
essay about Byron and L.E.L. (that one's not showing off - she's a
lesser known woman Romantic (possibly) poet(ess). Although perhaps
lesser known and woman Romantic poet are tautological!)
And for *extra credit*, you just need to give the list rec/discussion
of each one. ;)
>Dorian: You know what worries me about it? I don't know very many
>of the answers,
>and about half of those that I do know, I only know because she's lent me
>the books they're from!
:) You *just* missed seeing this, but I was thinking it what a
difference the books you took home with you would make! And anyway,
I think most of the books you borrowed were only published in the
States (sorry - I meant not UK, I've no idea about Australia). Very
annoying in what it does to the budget!
>Ah well, here we go...
>leaving spoiler space so people can post their own answers before reading
>>1. There were five of us - Carruthers and the new recruit and myself, and
>Mr. Spivens and the verger. It was late afternoon on November the
>fifteenth, ...(I've cut out the rest of that sentence as it makes it a dead
>The opening sentence of "To Say Nothing of the Dog", by Connie Willis.
>Which I just started reading this evening.
>_To Say Nothing of the Dog_, of course. My only disappointment at reading
>_Passage_ was that I really, really wanted *this* one again.
I know just what you mean! I think the blurb and teaser at the back
of _Miracle_ suggested that it was possibly going to be that style
(except for the very end), and I wanted it again too!
>>2. Her mother was enchanted, Peri decided. Enchanted by the sea.
>The incomparable Patricia McKillip--_The Changeling Sea_. And as long as
>I'm glossing my answers, this was the first time I picked up on the second
>meaning of Peri as an otherworldly character, thanks to the recent
>discussion of names...my ObDWJ for the evening.
Oh heavens! I never even thought of that - despite our talking about
>>3. "Why did you decide to work with fads?"
> "Everybody else was doing it."
>Heheheh. I've no idea what this is from, but I love it! Hallie, whatever
>it is, can I borrow it next time?
:) You know what it is now, and you've got the loan!
> > 4. "And now I suppose that I shall have to arrange matters with
>> Kaeso. Jupiter!
>> Why did I never realize how peaceful life was before you came!"
>Rosemary Sutcliff, almost for sure. The Eagle of the Ninth, I think.
>Aquila's uncle talking.
Spot on - except that it's Uncle Aquila. :) Such a great character.
> >5. Placetne, magistra? (Answer won't go there until Becca and Cara
>>have read the book!)
>_Gaudy Night_. Connie Willis made me read it. Not personally. But you
>know what I mean. I read the whole series in a big swoop three years ago
>after my son's birth.
Actually, why did I bother witholding the answer? It's pretty well
and truly given in TSNotD anyway.
>>6. O where is the queen, and where is she now?
> Go out by the oak leaf, with never a bough.
>Randal's song from "The Perilous Gard" by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Which I
>just read last night.
>>7. Oh how I'd like to be queen, Pa,
> Watching my troops at review,
> With slippers of crimson shagreen, Pa,
> And all of my underclose new!
>This sounds as if it might be from one of the "James III" books by Joan
>Aiken. Probably "Dido and Pa", since that's the only one I can think of
>that I haven't read.
Yup. And one of my faves of that series. Almost DWJ-ish in the
treatment of relationship with an impossible parent?
>>8. I saw something nasty in the woodshed.
> There'll be no butter in hell!
>Aha! "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons. "Worst fears realised. Seth
>and Rueben too. Send gumboots." :-)
>9. God is in the details!
> No stone unturned!
>Back to "To Say Nothing of the Dog"; these are both quoted ad nauseam by
>Lady Schrapnell (what a wonderful name that is!). The former is a quotation
>from Gustave Flaubert.
>>10. 1. Optimize potential.
> 2. Facilitate empowerment.
> 3. Implement visioning.
> 4. Strategize priorities.
> 5. Augment core structures.
>Any management handbook. :-)
:) Don't worry - it's not supposed to make sense!
>>12. In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real
>women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were
>small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
>Douglas Adams. I think it's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but it
>*could* be one of the later ones. (Have we all got our towels ready for
And Rebecca said her entire first-hour class was bringing them in!
Whatever class is this? (Love it already!)
>>13. "I do not understand you."
> "Then we are on very unequal terms, for I understand you perfectly
> "Me? yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible."
>Bother. This sounds rather like Jane Austen, but I don't recall it in any
>of the ones I've read, which leads me to guess that it may be in "Mansefield
>Park", the only one I haven't read yet.
>Northanger Abbey. Catherine talking to her beau. Her delightful beau
>who criticizes the over-usage of "nice". :)
Yes! I'll probably add Catherine's saying that it *is* a nice book,
so why shouldn't she call it a nice book. So glad Alexandra saved
Dorian and Elise from spontaneous combustion - I toddled off to bed
happily, not knowing of your pain!
>14. "Do you ever feel completely itch?"
>Hooray for Flip. I use this expression now sometimes.
So do we!
> >16. "You don't look like any god to me, Christopher Heron! You look like
>a piece of gilded ginger-bread, that's what you look like, one of those
>cakes they sell at a fair!"
>Back to "The Perilous Gard"; this is Kate yelling at Christopher right
>before he's sacrificed by the Faeries, and this is the line that finally
>gets through to him.
About 90% of that book is totally quotable!
> > 17. As if in sympathy Bran sneezed, and despite the danger, I felt a weird
>> impulse to laugh. If we win, will our colds be in the songs?
>Court & Crown Duett. The two books with the funky covers. You know what I
>mean. With Mel in them. :)
:) There'll almost certainly be more from those books going up soon.
> > 18. "Whose turn is it to die?" he whispered.
>> He spun the knife.
>> We chanted: "Death Death Death Death..."
>> "There will be a death this day," said Askew.
>Kit's Wilderness. By David Almond.
That one was solely Becca's - I've only read Skellig and Heaven's Eyes so far.
>Hallie, you've absolutely got to put "All the bees are ded" somewhere in
Sorry - I didn't bother to write this again. It's there though. I
started babbling about this when you said you channel the spirit of
Daisy Parker, see? :)
Only one unguessed - but I won't answer it quite yet. It's a
recurring statement - much to the main character's annoyance! (That
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