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#721 casandra

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

but oracles and a screeching Sphinx? It has to be greek....can we have more clues, Tabs...:P
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

but oracles and a screeching Sphinx? It has to be greek....can we have more clues, Tabs...Posted Image

well I still prefer Latin, as they had oracles too...another idea would be Cicero (writing the weird original lorem ipsum) or Ovid (with lots of fantasy) Posted Image
and yes more clues please

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Appropriate to the sphinx in the quote, I am going to speak in riddles now too:

1. He who is said to have done it has probably not.
2. He would probably have liked the fact that Lord Voldemort's real name is Tom Marvolo Riddle.
3. What has been written is called by two names, one of which is not unknown to us.
4. All of the above makes sense, you will see. Just please trust me !

Unfortunately I'm probably not going to have internet access tomorrow, so if you want to just go on with other quotes (Bob's, for instance) and we can postpone that one...BTW, if confused look at the first 2 clues and the last 2 clues separately !

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 - 04:35 PM

Appropriate to the sphinx in the quote, I am going to speak in riddles now too:

1. He who is said to have done it has probably not.
2. He would probably have liked the fact that Lord Voldemort's real name is Tom Marvolo Riddle.
3. What has been written is called by two names, one of which is not unknown to us.
4. All of the above makes sense, you will see. Just please trust me !

Unfortunately I'm probably not going to have internet access tomorrow, so if you want to just go on with other quotes (Bob's, for instance) and we can postpone that one...BTW, if confused look at the first 2 clues and the last 2 clues separately !


well, I was gonna do a process of elimination- greek writers..lyrical or tragic poets etc..but with your clues- it was very easy then (with the aid of the omniscient Google) :P...it's Lycophron and the work which was probably falsely attributed to him is Alexandra (not known to us) or Cassandra (known to us :lol:)...and he was a good writer of anagrams.....good clues btw...
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

since I am almost 100% sure that it is Lycophron's and bob will probably come tomorrow....I'm posting a stop gap quote for now :P...english, 19th century and some clues in the quote itself:

A man will commit almost any wrong—he will heap up an immense pile of wickedness, as hard as granite, and which will weigh heavily upon his soul, to eternal ages—only to build a great, gloomy, dark-chambered mansion, for himself to die in, and for his posterity to be miserable in.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

The usual suspects: Wells, Dickens or Twain. Lovecraft is wrong century unfortunately...

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

The usual suspects: Wells, Dickens or Twain. Lovecraft is wrong century unfortunately...

no, no, no and definitely no....:lol:.....one of the central themes of his novel- the sins of the father....
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

well that excluded my next guess and I go for Nathaniel Hawthorne Posted Image

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

well that excluded my next guess and I go for Nathaniel Hawthorne Posted Image

shoot...and which book? :lol:
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

Posted Image The House of the Seven Gables?

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That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

Posted Image The House of the Seven Gables?

that easy eh..:lol:...ok post the next quote and no weird ones, ok...
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

well the sins of the father was a good hint Posted Image
and here's the next:

"She was a painter. The reason I like you, she would say to him, is you're the complete opposite of kitsch. In the kingdom of kitsch you would be a monster."

not English, 20th century

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

well the sins of the father was a good hint Posted Image
and here's the next:

"She was a painter. The reason I like you, she would say to him, is you're the complete opposite of kitsch. In the kingdom of kitsch you would be a monster."

not English, 20th century

sure, sure...that was a giveaway clue...
and your quote ..I thought at first it's from one of de Maupassant's stories (though he's 19th century) but it has a woman painter character who hates kitsch-the aesthetic ideal.....it can only be from Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being....Posted Image..

Edited by casandra, 16 February 2013 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:30 PM


well the sins of the father was a good hint Posted Image
and here's the next:

"She was a painter. The reason I like you, she would say to him, is you're the complete opposite of kitsch. In the kingdom of kitsch you would be a monster."

not English, 20th century

sure, sure...that was a giveaway clue...
and your quote ..I thought at first it's from one of de Maupassant's stories (though he's 19th century) but it has a woman painter character who hates kitsch-the aesthetic ideal.....it can only be from Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being....Posted Image..

yup that's right, another fast one...and a nice book too Posted Image

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

well, I was gonna do a process of elimination- greek writers..lyrical or tragic poets etc..but with your clues- it was very easy then (with the aid of the omniscient Google) Posted Image...it's Lycophron and the work which was probably falsely attributed to him is Alexandra (not known to us) or Cassandra (known to us Posted Image)...and he was a good writer of anagrams.....good clues btw...


Yes, good combination, work. Clue 4 was also a reference to Cassandra's seeing ability, btw...

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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