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Old 03-28-2012, 10:02 AM   #931
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I think I got it and it only took me two and a half months.

James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:00 AM   #932
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OK, here a passage of dialog to guess:
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I think I got it and it only took me two and a half months.

James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

I didn't realise I'd killed the thread stone dead! Umm... no.

The book is a popular children's book, that has been made into a film many times.

The two characters in the dialogue are the title characters, although by class rather than by name. They are about the same age.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:56 AM   #933
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Lol. I've managed to kill this thread many times. I went searching for it to see what had stumped everyone, but no one even guessed.

The Latin and scantly seemed so familiar. I suck at children's books.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:22 AM   #934
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Hopefully the clues I've given will prompt someone's memory.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #935
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"And prithee, why not? Who helpeth them undress at night? Who attireth them when they rise?"
"None, sir. Would'st have them take off their garment, and sleep without--like the beasts?"
"Their garment! Have they but one?"
"Ah, good your worship, what would they do with more? Truly they have not two bodies each."
"It is a quaint and marvellous thought! Thy pardon, I had not meant to laugh. But thy good Nan and thy Bet shall have raiment and lackeys enow, and that soon, too: my cofferer shall look to it. No, thank me not; 'tis nothing. Thou speakest well; thou hast an easy grace in it. Art learned?"
"I know not if I am or not, sir. The good priest that is called Father Andrew taught me, of his kindness, from his books."
"Know'st thou the Latin?"
"But scantly, sir, I doubt."
OK, clues so far:
The book is a popular children's book, that has been made into a film many times.
The two characters in the dialogue are the title characters, although by class rather than by name. They are about the same age.

New clue: The story takes place in 1546/7 in England.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:20 PM   #936
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OK, clues so far:
The book is a popular children's book, that has been made into a film many times.
The two characters in the dialogue are the title characters, although by class rather than by name. They are about the same age.

New clue: The story takes place in 1546/7 in England.
Based purely on the 'by class rather than name' clue, I'll say, The Prince and the Pauper.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #937
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Based purely on the 'by class rather than name' clue, I'll say, The Prince and the Pauper.
Thank goodness!

Yes, that's right. Over to you, Bilbo!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:56 PM   #938
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I'm afraid that I have been horribly remiss in not posting a new one, but here it is (better late than never ), from a much more recent book than the last one.

“Sometimes I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Perhaps I've spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”

Thanks to HIMS for the very gentle reminder!
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #939
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It sounds like a book review where the reveiwer can't stand slumming it.

I don't think it's anything I've read.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #940
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It sounds like a book review where the reveiwer can't stand slumming it.

I don't think it's anything I've read.
I don't think I've read it either, but the literary critic, Dorothy Parker, did come to my mind.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #941
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Shades of Gray?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #942
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Well done issybird, that's the one.

My wife bought it recently on the recommendation of basically all her friends. Looks like rubbish to me, but it certainly seems to be popular.

Take it away issybird!
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #943
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OK, totally cracking up here. I really had no idea, but "much more recent" gave it to me. Bilbo, you dog!

Lemme put on my thinking cap and I'll post something this evening.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:40 PM   #945
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Wow! I don't think I've ever read this one ...

Sounds like a British Hemingway speaker ....
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