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#856 casandra

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

ok...due to Tab's special request, I am posting another quote....(but you better participate Tabs or else it would be back to goodbye quotes again :lol:)....english, 20th century


"But the horses didn't want it-they swerved apart; the earth didn't want it, sending up rocks through which riders must pass single file; the temples, the tank, the jail, the palace, the birds, the carrion, the Guest House, that came into view as they issued from the gap.........: they didn't want it, they said in their hundred voices, 'No, not yet,' and the sky said, 'No, not there.'"
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

whatever "it" is...Virgina Woolf or D. Du Maurier?
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 25 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

whatever "it" is...Virgina Woolf or D. Du Maurier?

no to both and well, everyone and even animals want "it" (or a form of "it")....they want "it" so much so they're actually in denial...:lol:...
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

Could be one of Rushdie's works?

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

@casandra: Oh, I thought you had posted goodbye-to-the-thread quotes just because I was not participating that day and it was boring to be just 2 people guessing. But if you want to stop this thread altogether, that's quite alright too (I mean you don' need to continue it just because of me Posted Image )

As for the quote, I've no idea unfortunately. Clues ? 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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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

@casandra: Oh, I thought you had posted goodbye-to-the-thread quotes just because I was not participating that day and it was boring to be just 2 people guessing. But if you want to stop this thread altogether, that's quite alright too (I mean you don' need to continue it just because of me Posted Image )

As for the quote, I've no idea unfortunately. Clues ? Posted Image


Well, not exactly just because of you (that was just a tease :))What I actually meant was that if there are only two of us left, then it's probably better to stop with the thread but if there are other people interested to participate, then of course, we can continue....it is really a fun (and very informative) game....

as for a clue...it's my usual: look beyond europe... and bob is on the right track (but it's not from Rushdie's)...:D
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

something by auster ?

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 26 February 2013 - 12:01 AM

In English but Indian Author. I don't think it is Vikram Seth. Could be VS Naipaul, but I only know A house for Mr Biswas, and it certainly doesn't sound right for that.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

The Enigma of Arrival perhaps if it's Naipaul
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

oooh...Naipaul is a very good guess....but the writer of this quote is a "true" Brit and the setting of the novel is neither in England nor Trinidad....:P
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

Maugham?, though this is not his style either

Edited by hobglobin, 26 February 2013 - 10:43 AM.

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

nope, not Maugham either...perhaps we shld go back to an earlier clue- bob's guess- Rushdie....(at least for the setting) :D
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

A passage to India by E.M. Forster? Culture clash between English Raj "Whites are superior" attitude and Muslim Indians, so some similarities to Rushdie there.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

A passage to India by E.M. Forster? Culture clash between English Raj "Whites are superior" attitude and Muslim Indians, so some similarities to Rushdie there.

Agree on that, the only other who comes to my mind is Kipling, but I think he didn't published anything notable in the 20th century...
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:16 PM


A passage to India by E.M. Forster? Culture clash between English Raj "Whites are superior" attitude and Muslim Indians, so some similarities to Rushdie there.

Agree on that, the only other who comes to my mind is Kipling, but I think he didn't published anything notable in the 20th century...

yup...it's from EM Forster's A Passage to India..that passage I quoted was the ending of the book and actually the "it" refers to the friendship between the colonial Brit and the native Indian.....even nature said no, not yet (not while the Brits still ruled) and not there (perhaps in another place...who knows...)....and finally, it's bob's turn again.....:P
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