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#736 casandra

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:03 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

well, the quote has good clues plus I read the book :P....it's the eternal clash between freedom (lightness) and responsibility/burden (heaviness)
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:05 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...

yup...hey Tabs..we already posted two quotes...:lol:
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

my next quote: (english, 19th century)

Now I am not a sour old man. I am generally the last person in the world to distrust another person because he happens to be a few shades darker than myself. But the best of us have our weaknesses—and my weakness, when I know a family plate-basket to be out on a pantry table, is to be instantly reminded of that basket by the sight of a strolling stranger whose manners are superior to my own.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:13 AM

it sounds familiar though I've no idea what a plate-basket is Posted Image
anyway it has to be American and then surely something from the south...Henry James perhaps but he's more with women's topics and not real south.
Mark Twain perhaps or Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom's Cabin).

Edited by hobglobin, 17 February 2013 - 05:24 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 17 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

hobglbin is probably right, but could it be The Grandissimes - a story of Creole life by Cable?

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 17 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

oooh.....good guesses but nope...not american and you'd have a gem of a time reading it.....:D
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

some African literature with blood diamonds? but that's not 19th century...

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.

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


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

some African literature with blood diamonds? but that's not 19th century...

oooh.......close but wrong continent (plus a few shades darker doesn't necessarily mean black eh?).....it has no sex but drugs, yup...and some violence too...:P
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

one of the many Kipling short stories? or again Indian?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

one of the many Kipling short stories? or again Indian?

nope, not Kipling's...you're right about the 'Indian' involvement.....but perhaps not the Indians you're thinking of....Posted Image..oops...I take that back...perhaps the same Indians you're thinking of....

Edited by casandra, 17 February 2013 - 02:24 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

are you referring to Native Americans ?
Some more clues please ;)

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 17 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

are you referring to Native Americans ?
Some more clues please Posted Image

nope...sorry , my mistake the first time but I already corrected this in my post above...:P and yup, it has something to do with Indians from India...and was probably the first 'whodunit' novel.... written by an author who was pretty scandalous by Victorian standard...
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

The Moonstone by Collins fits your clues then (gem, indians, whodunit)

Edited by Tabaluga, 17 February 2013 - 06:59 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.

 


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:05 AM

yes that fits quite perfectly...

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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#750 casandra

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:30 AM

Yup...it's from Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone and the quote is from Batteredge, the butler/head servant of the Verinders...:)...your turn again, Tabs....
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