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silas marner

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:38 pm

Silas is relieved when Dolly leaves: "her simple view of life and its comforts, by which she had tried to cheer him, was only like a report of unknown objects, which his imagination could not fashion"





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ceasar and cleopatra

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:43 pm

In the middle of the quay a Roman sentinel stands on guard, pilum in hand, looking out to the lighthouse with strained attention, his left hand shading his eyes. The pilum is a stout wooden shaft 4 1/2 feet long, with an iron spit about three feet long fixed in it. The sentinel is so absorbed that he does not notice the approach from the north end of the quay of four Egyptian market porters carrying rolls of carpet, preceded by Ftatateeta and Apollodorus the Sicilian. Apollodorus is a dashing young man of about 24, handsome and debonair, dressed with deliberate astheticism in the most delicate purples and dove greys, with ornaments of bronze, oxydized silver, and stones of jade and agate. His sword, designed as carefully as a medieval cross, has a blued blade showing through an openwork scabbard of purple leather and filagree. The porters, conducted by Ftatateeta, pass along the quay behind the sentinel to the steps of the palace, where they put down their bales and squat on the ground. Apollodorus does not pass along with them: he halts, amused by the preoccupation of the sentinel.


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Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:48 pm


APOLLODORUS
(To the porters) Into the boat with them carefully.

The porters carry the carpet to the steps.

FIRST PORTER (looking down at the boat).
Beware what you do, sir. Those eggs of which the lady speaks must weigh more than a pound apiece. This boat is too small for such a load.

BOATMAN (excitedly rushing up the steps).
Oh thou injurious porter! Oh thou unnatural son of a she-camel! (To Apollodorus) My boat, sir, hath often carried five men. Shall it not carry your lordship and a bale of pigeons' eggs? (To the porter) Thou mangey dromedary, the gods shall punish thee for this envious wickedness.

FIRST PORTER (stolidly).
I cannot quit this bale now to beat thee; but another day I will lie in wait for thee.

APPOLODORUS (going between them).
Peace there. If the boat were but a single plank, I would get to Caesar on it.




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the magician's nephew

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:50 pm

“It’s not every day that I see a little girl in my dingy old study; especially, if I may say so, such a very attractive young lady as yourself.”

Polly began to think he might not really be mad after all.

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the magician's nephew contd

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:54 pm

“You are lying,” said the Queen. “Does not Magic always go with the royal blood? Who ever heard of common people being Magicians? I can see the truth whether you speak it or not. Your Uncle is the great King and the great Enchanter of your world. And by his art he has seen the shadow of my face, in some magic mirror or some enchanted pool; and for the love of my beauty he has made a potent spell which shook your world to its foundations and sent you across the vast gulf between world and world to ask my favour and to bring me to him. Answer me: is that not how it was?”

“Well, not exactly,” said Digory.

“Not exactly,” shouted Polly. “Why, it’s absolute bosh from beginning to end.”

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through the looking glass

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:18 pm

"The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never, never forget."
"You will though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it."


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contd

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:19 pm

"I am real!" said Alice, and began to cry.
"You won't make yourself a bit realler by crying," Tweedledee remarked: "there's nothing to cry about."


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pygmalion

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:24 pm

THE NOTE TAKER.

Simply phonetics. The science of speech. That's my profession; also my hobby. Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby! I can place any man within six miles. I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets.

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Re: Quote from a book you're reading

Post  Admin on Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:20 pm

"What was it?" said Digory.

"That was the secret of secrets," said Jadis. "It had long been known to the great kings of our race that there was a word which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it. But the ancient kings were weak and softhearted and bound themselves and all who should come after them with great oaths never even to seek after the knowledge of that word. But I learned it in a secret place and paid a terrible price to learn it. I did not use it until she forced me to it. I fought to overcome her by every other means. I poured out the blood of my armies like water -"

"Beast!" muttered Polly.

"The last great battle," s(she said) "raged for three days here in Charn itself. For three days I looked down upon it from this very spot. I did not use my power til the last of my soldiers had falle, . . . Then I waited til we were so close that we could see one another's faces. She flashed her horrible, wicked eyes upon me and said, "Victory."



"Yes," said I, "Victory, but not yours." Then I spoke the Deplorable Word. A moment later I was the only living thing beneath the sun.",

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