"In 1846, a mining engineer named Johann Georg Ramsauer began looking for pyrite deposits in the area of the Hallstatt salt mine near Hallein."
-- Salt, Mark Kurlansky
It's OK, but I'm getting a little worn out on "single subject" histories; while a single thing may take importance for a while, history is a little more interconnected that that.
Which is so lame that I'm going to cheat and add: "Then came I, and found Chicmec lying with his throat cut.'"
--REH, "Red Nails," as published in Conan the Warrior, sometime in the early '80s version
"'Open the gate,' snorted Conan." More cheating "'You see it's me, don't you?'"
--REH, "Beyond the Black River," as published in The Conquering Sword of Conan
"Digna nodded." (WTF?!?) "Slowly the man rose to his feet and invited them inside his dwelling."
--Isabel Allende, Of Love and Shadows
"She moved to open the door, but Tina threw her arms frantically about her neck, and Belesa felt the wild beating of her heart."
--Don't open the door, it's Thulsa-Doom!, REH, "The Treasure of Tranicos" i.e., "The Black Stranger" as printed in Conan the Usurper
"Content to accumulate earnings slowly, scorning advertisement, they waited for clients to approach them, sold little and at high prices, and did not seek to stimulate circulation of capital."
--For bourgeois revolution to smash unproductive economic forces!, Georges Lefebvre, The French Revolution: From Its Origins to 1793
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
At first, I thought this quote was about Starbucks.
"As he was to tell me later, the six was the final digit before the decimal point of the total odds of the first three races of the day according to the pari-mutuel machines at the Tropical Park in Miami Florida."
--The eponymous hero gets a lesson in the fine art of bookmaking in E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate. Also, I have no idea what a pari-mutuel machine is.
Which is a pretty short sentence for this book. For example:
"As Mr. Schultz told me later in a moment of reminiscence the first time is breathtaking, you have this weight in your hand and you think in your calculating mind if they only believe me I will be able to bring this thing off, you are still your old self, you see, you are the punk with the punk's mind, you are relying on them to help you, to teach you how to do it, and that is how it begins."
"I had not before in the darkness of the car gotten a really good look at her, she was very slender in her cream white evening gown hanging by two thin straps, and in this dark and oily boat, totally alarming, white with captivity, staring about her in some frightened confusion so that prophecies of an awful evil despoilage filled my chest, not just of sex but of class, and a groan like a confirmation of my feeling strangled in the throat of Bo Weinberg, who had been cursing a stream of vile oaths at Mr. Schultz and who now strained at his ropes and shook his chair from side to side until Mr. Schultz reached in his coat pocket and brought the grip of his pistol smartly down on Bo's shoulder and the girl's green eyes went wide as Bo howled and lifted his head in pain and then said from his squeezed face of pain that she shouldn't look, that she should turn away and not look at him."
Verbose dude, this Billy.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
"Gelid light and air were in the kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere."
whew, sure am glad this thread doesn't ask for the first sentence on page 738. That one is fifteen pages long.
"At the time, he thought the end had justified the means, but -- a final, bitter irony on top of a year full of them -- the end had made him question those means, making his small victory seem petty and ignoble."
Jonathan L. Howard, Johannes Cabal, the Detective
That was kind of a downer to read, honestly. Cabal made perfect sense last book and clearly had noble motives. The epilogue went and made it obvious to even the least perceptive reader. If this series ends with him giving up his quest, I'm going to be really annoyed.
Then again, the joke is wearing on me already this time around and I'm less than a hundred pages in so this might be my last of it regardless.
"According to the reply filed August 16, 2011, by Guerrero to the government's response to his habeas motion, journalist Ariel Remos received at least $11,750 during the trial, publishing at least fifteen articles both before and during the proceedings in Diario las Americas, a Spanish-language daily with a circulation of more than forty-five thousand in southern Florida."
--"Government-Paid Journalists Stoked Bias in Cuban Five Trial" by Michel Poitras in The Cuban Five: Who They Are, Why They Were Framed, Why They Should Be Free.
Vive le Galt!
"There remain'd now no Competitor with me at Philadelphia, but the old one, Bradford, who was rich and easy, did a little Printing now and then by straggling Hands, but was not very anxious about the Business."
--After demolishing the houses of Keimer and Harry, venture capitalist Ben Franklin sets his sights on crushing the last standing obstacle to his plutocratic monopoly in his Autobiography.
I havent posted here in awhile, so here are my last 3:
A considered dissent by General Myers or General Franks could have postponed or stopped the Iraq invasion.
From her bed of leaves she watched the immobile figure, indistinct in the soft darkness.
I know I've complained about the pain in my eye and shoulder more than once but I want to point out that the bite on my leg was also starting to hurt like a son of a b%^ch.
"But most of them are."
--Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary
And there are only three complete sentences on page 55 of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., so you get the last one:
"One of these he seized and made off with, but in the hurry of his retreat he let it fall among the rocks, when a great stream gushed forth, which washed him away and swept him down precipices, where he was dashed to pieces, and the stream made its way to the Hudson and continues to flow to the present day; being the identical stream known by the name of the Kaaters-kill."
Still kinda-sorta reading Foner but I've been spending a lot of time with Battle Cry of Freedom lately:
"For some members of the two outer circles [of free-soil sentiment] these propositions did not spring from a "squeamish sensitiveness ... nor morbid sympathy for the slave," as David Wilmont put it." -James McPhereson, Battle Cry of Freedom.
And since the next sentences are dynamite, continuing Wilmont's quote: "The negro race already occupy enough of this fair continent. ... I would preserve for free white labor a fair country ... where the sons of toil, of my own race and own color, can live without the disgrace which association with negro slavery brings upon free labor."
I'm sorry about the language. It's a direct quote from a period source. Not a lot can be done.
"He saw that most of them, in common with their castoff priestcraft, could not escape from the delusion that life has a meaning apart from that which men dream into it; and could not lay aside the crude notion of ethics and obligations beyond those of beauty, even when all Nature shrieked of its unconsciousness and impersonal unmorality in the light of their scientific discoveries."
- "The Silver Key" in "Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre" by H.P. Lovecraft.
"Perhaps the chief will think of something."
- "Day Watch" by Sergei Lukyanenko
I only have four sentences on this page, so you will get the last:
"And the father grieves
-from the poem "Wild Orphan" by Allen Ginsburg, taken from the volume Howl and Other Poems
"The fascist system was a regime of extreme social, economic and political crisis, of extreme tensions in class relationships, which, in the final analysis, was determined by a long period of economic stagnation, in which the margin for discussion and negotiation between the working class and the bourgeoisie was virtually reduced to zero."
--Ernest Mandel, An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory
"There may be sophistry in all this; but the condition of a slave confuses all principles of morality, and, in fact, renders the practice of them impossible."
--Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
"Radical feminists, however, have often drawn the conclusion that women's movements should remain separate from all organizations involving men."
--Christine Thomas, It Doesn't Have To Be Like This: Women and the Struggle for Socialism
"'Go, and go swiftly.'"
--Robert E. Howard, The Hour of the Dragon as published in Conan the Conqueror
"The far bank was steep and slippery."
--J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"As practiced warriors, the Turanians used the pause to let their hawklike eyes sweep the horizon and the surface of the sands."
--Bjorn Nyberg, Conan the Avenger
"Whites saw the sexual activity of the manumitted female slave as further evidence to support their claim that black women were sexually loose and innately morally depraved."
--bell hooks, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
"The fact that the guerrillas had penetrated into the very heart of US power, the US embassy in Saigon, had an electrifying effect throughout the world and particularly in the US itself."
--Peter Taafe, Empire Defeated: The Vietnam War: The Lessons for Today
"Only the Cuban guerrillas knew his true identity."
--Stuart A. Kallen, Che Guevara: You Win Or You Die
"I'd need to shoot a second turkey to trade for an orange."
--Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games