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Old 08-18-2011, 12:27 PM   #121
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Brideshead Revisited

ETA: I just needed the one quote--I practically had that book memorized as an adolescent.
It too is in the top 10 of my favorite list!

Take it away Issy!
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:44 PM   #122
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"She put out her hand and pulled at the back of one of the volumes of 'Elegant Extracts.' The door swung open, and from behind it came a noise of rattling, bumping and clattering. Something soft and heavy thumped on to the floor, and a cloud of floury dust arose. A bottle of bovril embedded itself quietly there without damage, and a tin of Bath Oliver biscuits beat a fierce tattoo on one of the corned beef. Innumerable dried apricots from the burst package flew about like shrapnel, and tapped at the tins. A jar of prunes, breaking its fall on the floor, rolled merrily out into the middle of the floor."

Sometime we need to swap top ten lists, pooh. Or perhaps there's no need, lol!

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:19 PM   #123
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I'm quoting from a book available here at MR, one of six in a series. Anyone who hasn't read them is in for a treat.

"[She] was determined, when it came her turn, to show them, as she happened to be on the spot, what a proper curtsy was.

The car came opposite her, and she curtsied so low that recovery was impossible, and she sat down in the road. Her parasol flew out of her hands, and out of her parasol flew the Union Jack. She saw a young man looking out of the window, dressed in khaki, grinning broadly, but not, so she thought, graciously, and it suddenly struck her that there was something, beside her own part in the affair, which was not as it should be."
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #124
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:30 PM   #125
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Here's another:

"She could trace the workings of Diva's base mind with absolute accuracy, and if all the archangels in the hierarchy of heaven had assured her that Diva had originally intended the rosebuds for Janet, she would have scorned them for their clumsy perjury. Diva had designed and executed that dress for herself, and just because Mxxx Mxxx's ingenuity (inspired by the two rosebuds that had fluttered out of the window) had forestalled her, she had taken this fiendish revenge. It was impossible to pervade the High Street covered with chintz poppies when a parlormaid was being equally pervasive in chintz rosebuds, and what was to be done with this frock executed with such mirth and malice by Withers, Mary and herself she had no idea."

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:33 PM   #126
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Not Passage to India, but of exactly the same vintage.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:59 PM   #127
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All these clues and I must admit I've still got nothing.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #128
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I'm passing the baton to orlok, whose guess was spot-on in regard to date.

The quotes are from Miss Mapp, by E.F. Benson, one of the six Lucia novels. Anyone who enjoys English humor will love these lol-funny books, available here at MR.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:15 AM   #129
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I'm passing the baton to orlok, whose guess was spot-on in regard to date.

The quotes are from Miss Mapp, by E.F. Benson, one of the six Lucia novels. Anyone who enjoys English humor will love these lol-funny books, available here at MR.
Haven't read these, so don't really deserve the baton...but here goes.

"Englishmen are not usually softened by appeals to the memory of their
mothers, but for certain reasons, which will be fully apparent, I saw fit
to agree."

To be accurate, this is actually a novella, or even a short story, but it is a famous one.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:28 AM   #130
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Great story turned into an excellent film with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #131
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Yes, well done! One of my top 3 films of all etc. etc.

Over to you Hamlet.
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I believe that we still have an outstanding request for something depressing by a Russian author. So . . .

"Miserable prisoners!"

And she came directly toward us, she walked, too, as though we were not in front of her, as though we were not in her way. Therefore none of us were in her way, and coming out of our circle, without turning to us, she said aloud, and with indescribable contempt:

"Rascals! . . . Rabble!" . . .

Then she went away.

We remained standing in the centre of the yard, in the mud, under the rain and the gray, sunless sky. . . .

Then we all went back silently to our damp, stony ditch. As before, the sun never peeped in through our windows, and Tanya never came there again!
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