These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
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On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Farmer Giles of Ham



p.9 The time was not one of hurry or bustle. But bustle has very little to do with business.

p.22 The warm summer was followed by a hard winter. It was bitter cold in the mountains and food was scarce. The talk got louder.

p.25 He was a hot dragon when he felt in the mood.

p.33 ...if it is your notion to go dragon-hunting jingling and dingling like Canterbury-Bells, it ain't mine.

p.38 I will pay for the funerals of all the people I have killed, especially the parson of Oakley; he shall have a noble cenotaph - though he was rather lean.

p.40 He was a grammarian and could doubtless see further into the future than others.

p.45 You cannot offer excuses to the King as you can to your neighbours.

p.55 ...nothing pleased him more than finding the miller at a loss for a sneer and the blacksmith quite out of countenance.

p.60 ...the man who has a tame dragon is naturally respected.


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7 comments:

Ao Bibliophile said...

hi Gemma! i love Tolkien & this is one of his books that's still on my TBR. thanks for sharing & have a great weekend!

SquirrelQueen said...

I read this one a long time ago but had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder, I may have to pick up a copy and read it again.
Happy Weekend!

Tea norman said...

Thank you for sharing so many good quotes.

Mama Zen said...

I need to pick this one up!

fredamans said...

Never heard of that book before, but it looks and sounds fab! I love the quotes from pg.26 and pg.60.... I have an inner dragon myself... lol

aloi said...

Wow, what a gorgeous book! And Tolkien is one of my favourites.

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LadyD said...

Great cover art; I love Tolkien. I'm a new follower. Nice to meet you!

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