Sent this by Michael of Lazy Thoughts from a Boomer. It’s a “Bookworm Award.” Have to admit I qualify.
“Open the closest book to you–not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment–to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence as well as the next two or three sentences. Pass this on to five blogging friends.”
The closest book to me at this moment is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have it out because I have a story which uses some of the structure of that book. to give credit to the inspiration, I wanted to borrow certain names, like Madame DeFarge. Only my character is “Fargo.” And of course there is a Jack and a Chuck and Sid. I actually haven’t worked on this story in a couple of months, so that proves to you just how messy my desk really is. And how whack some of my ideas are.
I can’t follow this exactly because a sentence is carried over from the previous page so I’ll count from the first full sentence. It’s Dickens. So don’t blame me if it isn’t one of the most exciting parts of an extremely exciting book, but it is funny. Remember CD got paid by the word!
Whatever gloss the various spectators put upon the interest, according to their several arts and powers of self-deceit, the interest was, at the root of it, Ogreish.
Silence in the court! Charles Darney had yesterday pleaded Not Guilty to an indictment denouncing him (with infinite jingle and jangle) for that he was a false traitor to our serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, prince, our Lord the King, by reason of his having, on divers occasions, and by divers means and ways, assisted Lewis, the French King, in his wars against our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth; and that was to say, by coming and going, between the dominions of our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, and those of the said French Lewis, and wickedly, falsely, traitorously, and otherwise evil-adverbiously, revealing to the said French Lewis what forces our said serene, illustrious, excellent and so forth, had in preparation to send to Canada and North America.
Sorry guys, this one is just too fun. I’m passing this bookworm award to the following and invite them to play (but only if it is their wish to):