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#706 LostintheLab

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

The quote is not from a romance novel, think a little more Sci Fi mid 20th century
I knew it! I knew it! Well, not in the sense of having the slightest idea, but I knew there was something I didn't know.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

don't know really Sci Fi in this style...A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr. perhaps?
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 13 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

Miller is a good guess but I don't think correct, can't remember much discussion of mother figures there.

I'm would go for Wyndham, probably The Trouble with Lichen, as it deals with women, though more in the emancipation sort of way than the quote looks.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

If Wyndham, wouldn't it rather be Consider her ways ?

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 14 February 2013 - 02:25 AM

Wyndham is right...wrong book
I knew it! I knew it! Well, not in the sense of having the slightest idea, but I knew there was something I didn't know.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:01 AM

hey Lost-san.....I don't think it's from The Day of The Triffids (that would be too easy) ;) but is it from the Chrysalids- the post-apocalyptic warmer Canada where there's a Sealand woman?
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

perhaps we should google it then when lost is so rarely here Posted Image (and the author is anyway known now)
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

Yeah. It seems he is lost.

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 14 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

Yeah. It seems he is lost.

:P not a he, Tabs but a she........and hopefully she'd be here soon....she always finds her way back here...
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:17 AM

Hi again,
sorry- please carry on. Chysalids is wrong- but I'll let Bob choose (it was actually Midwitch Cuckoos)
I knew it! I knew it! Well, not in the sense of having the slightest idea, but I knew there was something I didn't know.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

does not anyone have an "open" guess? or should we should continue and later bob can take over (as before)? 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 15 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

does not anyone have an "open" guess? or should we should continue and later bob can take over (as before)? Posted Image


it's Midwich Cuckoos (accdg to Lost)...Posted Image..now I have to google that book...I think Tabs can post another quote to tide us over (while waiting for bob Posted Image)

Edited by casandra, 15 February 2013 - 12:16 PM.

"Oh what a beauteousness!"
- hobglobin, personal comment about my beauteous photo......

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Ok, why not. You asked for a quote - you'll get one: not english, old

All will I tell truly that thou askest from the utter beginning, and if the tale be prolonged, forgive me, master. For not quietly as of old did the maiden loose the varied voice of her oracles, but poured forth a weird confused cry, and uttered wild words from her bay-chewing mouth, imitating the speech of the dark Sphinx.

Another clue, among experts it is considered like this: "the most illegible piece of classical literature"; "evidently intended to display the writer's knowledge of obscure names and uncommon myths; it is full of unusual words of doubtful meaning (...), and long-winded compounds coined by the author"

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 15 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

Ok, why not. You asked for a quote - you'll get one: not english, old

All will I tell truly that thou askest from the utter beginning, and if the tale be prolonged, forgive me, master. For not quietly as of old did the maiden loose the varied voice of her oracles, but poured forth a weird confused cry, and uttered wild words from her bay-chewing mouth, imitating the speech of the dark Sphinx.

Another clue, among experts it is considered like this: "the most illegible piece of classical literature"; "evidently intended to display the writer's knowledge of obscure names and uncommon myths; it is full of unusual words of doubtful meaning (...), and long-winded compounds coined by the author"

old? and greek? from one of Sophocles plays- since there's the mention of the Sphinx....
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
- hobglobin, personal comment about my beauteous photo......

#720 hobglobin

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

Caesar? he's known for extremely long sentences and he should have known and or seen it, but I only rememebr that he wrote about Gallican war and people 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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