Tuesday, March 11, 2008

page 123, customers, mistake

In response to Lucy's wheeze of quoting the sixth, seventh and eighth sentence on page 123 of a book you happen to be reading, here goes:
"O Wazir," broke in the other, "this old man is in his dotage. He does not know what he says. I alone killed her and must pay the penalty."
The provenance may be a give away. If anyone is in doubt I can reveal it later. I am supposed to tag five others in the hope that they will take up this interesting exercise. I'm sorry, Lucy I can just about muster four suitable people with access to the internet: Lucas, the poet; Barrett Bonden, the nautical man; Tristan, the cavalier of the road, and Clare, originator of the three beautiful things theme for bloggers. The mechanical procedure of tagging defeats me, but I hope that they may pick this up, and pursue it in one way or another. It should make an interesting anthology.

"Customers wanted. No previous experience needed." So reads a billboard outside the Mind charity ship in the High Street.

In the post office where the queue is long and irritable, a little girl suddenly hugs me round the legs. "Wrong person, darling", says her mother.

7 comments:

Isabelle said...

Just hopped over from Lucy's blog. What a nice blog you have. Very uplifting. And succinct. And elegant.

Lucy said...

I don't think the little girl had the wrong person at all!

I left off the bit about tagging as it's a bit of a drag. But thanks for being a good sport. I shall bend my not-so-mighty mind to where the extract is from...

Plutarch said...

Thank you, Isabelle, for visiting and for your kind comments, and Lucy, for yours.

Lucy said...

I have to confess I don't know what it is, Joe...

Clare said...

I've played -- http://bclaregrant.blogspot.com/2008/03/what-i-am-reading.html

Plutarch said...

It's from Volume 1 of the Powys Mather translation of The Thousand Nights and One Night, often referred to as the Thousand and One Nights or the Arabian Nights.I've been reading it for a long time, and my bookmark happened to be on page 120 at the time.

Lucy said...

Ah ha! Should have known, I suppose!
Thanks Joe.