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Old 08-22-2011, 10:22 AM   #166
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We seem to be working a sea-faring theme, so here goes:

"The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots."
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:02 AM   #167
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The Caine Mutiny? I can't say I recognize that quote exactly. It does sound like something one of the characters in that novel (Lieutenant Keefer in particular) might have said.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:04 AM   #168
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And I didn't even have a chance to use my quote about the strawberries!

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:02 PM   #169
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And I didn't even have a chance to use my quote about the strawberries!

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Or "Old Yellow Stain?"

A short work, but in my opinion one of the greatest things, word for word, ever written:

“There has never been a time in which I have been convinced from within myself that I am alive. You see, I have only such a fugitive awareness of things around me that I always feel they were once real and are now fleeting away. I have a constant longing, my dear sir, to catch a glimpse of things as they may have been before they show themselves to me. I feel that then they were calm and beautiful. It must be so, for I often hear people talking about them as though they were.”
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #170
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Metamorphosis?
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:43 PM   #171
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I was thinking Kafka, too, but it doesn't sound to me like Metamorphosis or The Trial, the only two of his works I've riead.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:32 PM   #172
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So the author, Kafka, is identified. I'll give it a few more hours to see if anyone can come up with the title.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:51 PM   #173
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Oops, I meant to include another sample in my last post. Not sure if it's a help, but:

Smarting as I was, I said: “The story you told me about your mother and the woman in the garden seems to me not in the least remarkable. Not only have I heard many like it and experienced them, but I've even played a part in some of them. It was quite a natural incident. Do you think that if I had been on the balcony I couldn't have said the same thing and got the same answer from the garden? Such a simple affair.”

When I said that, he seemed very delighted. He remarked that I was well dressed and he particularly liked my tie. And what a fine skin I had. And admissions became most clear and unequivocal when one withdrew them.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:40 PM   #174
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Is it a Kafka short story?
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:49 PM   #175
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So to reveal all the snippets came from the Kafka short piece Conversation with the Supplicant. I personally feel that some of Kafka's best work is in short, some very short (only a couple of paragraphs), writings.


So anyway since was the first to identify it with Kafka I figure he should be next.

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:04 PM   #176
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OK - here's a fun one:

"The most racking pangs succeeded: a grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death."
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:19 AM   #177
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Hmmmm .... no guesses?

"Well, sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground."
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:33 AM   #178
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It's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I believe.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:40 AM   #179
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You are correct, and to be completely pedantic, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Take it away Issy!
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:50 AM   #180
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