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#1546 Tabaluga

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:11 AM

something by Orwell ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:14 AM

a good idea but wrong Posted Image ...at least the authors both had a similar life, working (or supposed to work) for intelligence..anyway this dude didn't use this in his story here...

ok..I think I got it :P.....the more well-known MI6 spies were Greene, Arthur Ransome and Somerset Maugham...Ransome is famous for his children's books...I think it's Maugham but IIRC, one of his books was based on his exploits as a spy (but I could be wrong)...my guess would be Cakes and Ale or The Moon and Sixpence (based on the life of Paul Gauguin- the protagonist wanted to escape the drudgery of his life....)
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:53 AM

yup Mlle C is more or less right but has to decide what Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

yup Mlle C is more or less right but has to decide what Posted Image

well, it's the James Bond clue....:lol:..is it just between these 2 books?
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:01 AM

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yup Mlle C is more or less right but has to decide what Posted Image

well, it's the James Bond clue....Posted Image..is it just between these 2 books?

no more hints Posted Image and if tabs is faster now she can make the correct guess Posted Image

Edited by hobglobin, 06 May 2013 - 11:01 AM.

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

no mo



yup Mlle C is more or less right but has to decide what Posted Image

well, it's the James Bond clue....Posted Image..is it just between these 2 books?

no more hints Posted Image and if tabs is faster now she can make the correct guess Posted Image

ok..to refresh my memory (with a little help from the omniscient google)..cakes and ale is a story about the writing of a biogaphy of a well-celebrated author- mostly about love and betrayal by his first wife...The Moon and Sixpense is about a stockbroker who abandoned his family to live the life of a starving artist but his ultimate dream was to live in an island etc which he did in Tahiti, where he died of leprosy...so I would guess it's The Moon and Sixpence...:lol:..
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

yes that was it in a half nutshell Posted Image ....anyway your turn Mlle C
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:39 AM

this one's really really easy...19th century and not english:

"It wasn’t a human being I killed, it was a principle! So I killed the principle, but I didn’t step over, I stayed on this side . . . All I managed to do was kill. And I didn’t even manage that, as it turns out..."
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:01 PM

yes that's too easy, I leave it to tabs...Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1555 Tabaluga

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

Seems I'm not a literature knowing person then ...for the moment I don't recognise it. But I'll justmake a guesss:

Crime and punishment by Dostoevsky ?

Edited by Tabaluga, 07 May 2013 - 12:07 PM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1556 casandra

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:28 PM

then a good guess, Tabs :P....it's one of the more recognizable quotes from this book....it's the protagonist's murder pf a pawnbroker that started it all....
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

I never read the book and only guessed from what I heard about it, that's why the quote was not familiar Posted Image
But not a real victory because hobglobin didn't guess...

Anyway, next quote coming in a few minutes....

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:59 PM

not english, 20th century

Of course he had not expected that, and he looked at me for about half a second, like in the cinema when someone is shot out of the blue. Then he fell down and I think he was dead.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1559 hobglobin

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:00 PM

uh, what high demands...Posted Image it's not a contest here (IMO) Posted Image
and something from Solzhenitsyn?

Edited by hobglobin, 07 May 2013 - 01:05 PM.

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1560 Tabaluga

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:01 PM

No, of course it's not a contest Posted Image and I also didn't mean it like that, just wanted to acknowledge the fact that you didn't make a guess Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 





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