By Leon Suprenant | January 27, 2008
I’ve been tagged by Anthony to take part in the following meme:
Book Meme Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
I’ve never done one of these, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt just this time.
I have to admit that I’m going with the third closest book. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (not counting Bibles and dictionaries) was the closest book, and page 123 only has three sentences. Next came a book I was using as a reference for a talk on same-sex marriage. The three sentences taken out of context would not have been edifying for our readers, to put it mildly.
So, I’m going with the third closest, a collection of stories by George MacDonald. These sentences are from “The Light Princess”:
“Meantime, notwithstanding awkward occurrences, and griefs that she brought upon her parents, the little princess laughed and grew–not fat, but plump and tall. She reached the age of seventeen, without having fallen into any worse scrape than a chimney; by rescuing her from which, a little bird-nesting urchin got fame and a black face. Nor, thoughtless as she was, had she committed anything worse than laughter at everybody and everything that came her way. . . .”
Probably not enough to give you a good taste, but this is one of MacDonald’s finest short stories.