And Why Not…?

So, Dave has issued an interesting challenge this afternoon and it’s a corker;

1. Pick up the nearest book (and do be honest).
2. Flick to page 123.
3. Move to the fifth sentence.
4. Reproduce the next three sentences in a post on your blog then tag three other people.

Dave has specified that you do not “…dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.” And I think that’s fair enough. But bearing that in mind I’m not sure that anyone will believe that the first book I could find with 123 pages (the first being “The Tale of Samuel Whiskers” by Beatrix Potter which has a mere 82) is this one with fifth, sixth and seventh sentences on page 123 that read;

“So they got their tails fast in their mouths. So they couldn’t get them out again. That’s all.”

That was taken from “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll which is both cool and arguably intellectual. I’m tagging Rob, Greg and Maz but feel free to start to begin your own inquiries.

9 thoughts on “And Why Not…?”

  1. What’s a tag? I did the thing. Bad timing though since I was just taking a break from cataloguing environmental science books.

    Good choice by you though Mr J.

  2. Maz – “tag” in this context means the same as it did in the playground: you choose the next people to do the challenge.

    J – cool, glad to see you’ve taken on the challenge! I would’ve thought about tagging you guys but I didn’t know if you’d just think it was a bit of internet nonsense or not 🙂

    Yay, I need to read the Alice books again, they rock. I persuaded my friend to get the Martin Garder annotated edition that my folks have; it’s cool, it explains all the in-jokes and science and stuff. Written for Americans, but you can’t have everything :p

    How are things, by the way? I was thinking I should come see the folks sometime soon, so I could come and say hi.

  3. Rob, I hadn’t thought of that! Samuel Whiskers reads; “The chimney was a very big old fashioned one. It was built in the days when people burnt logs of wood upon the hearth.The chimney stack stood up above the roof like a little stone tower, and the daylight shone down from the top, under the slanting slates that kept out the rain.”

  4. Samuel Whiskers, or The Roly-Poly Pudding, is a genius story. It’s easily my favourite of Potter’s books probably because it used to scare me to death as a child. The passage above describes part of the sinister old house that provides such a great setting for a tale of abnormally huge rats that like nothing better than devouring hapless young kittens who get lost. Fab.

  5. Dave, I think it’s cool internet nonsense! What I’m not so keen on are those multiple things that tell you you’re something you’re not (like an Arctic Monkeys fan). Come to Worcs!

  6. Y’know I meant “multiple choice” above, right?

    Maz – Thanks! I had bought a delux edition combining Wonderland with Looking Glass for an assignment in my first year at Uni.

  7. Dave’s right though – either get an annotated edition or read some of the many essays afterwards as they throw Carroll’s satire into sharp relief. For nonsense books they make a lot of sense.

    J – I seem to recall being scared (scarred?) by The Roly Poly Pudding as well. Very dark stuff considering the audience.

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