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Old 07-15-2003, 03:30 AM   #321
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Indeed it is. I'm sure I'd be much more complementary about the Downs, though.
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Old 07-15-2003, 09:44 AM   #322
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Complementary to the Downs, Squatter?? I'm sure you are! Here's a new quote for all of you thousands who are turning the pages of their books:
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We shall all be in our graves before then.
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:09 PM   #323
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Well, well; it would appear to be my week for mistakes. Of course I meant 'complimentary', so that will do nicely for Merendis' celebrated List.

There's no mistake to be made about your quotation, though:
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Even if I had the craft, I should be working for weeks. And we shall all be in our graves before then.
The ever-cheerful blacksmith of Ham addresses the villagers concerning the manufacture of mail.
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Old 07-15-2003, 02:39 PM   #324
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That's it, Squatter, and let's hear it for unquenchable optimists!
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Old 07-15-2003, 03:16 PM   #325
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Righto, O Ghosted One. When choosing these quotations I often think:
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Help me with this one!
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:24 AM   #326
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The assistance required in that quote is quite appropriate for the Barrow-Downs - Tdwald asks Torhthelm to help him move a corpse in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:28 AM   #327
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Unlike Tdwald's burden, there are no flies on you Esty. Your turn.
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:14 AM   #328
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Awwww, Squatter, you do make a lady the nicest compliments!! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] Here's one that should inspire all
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An answer is both easy and difficult, for the quote comes from 'Leaf By Niggle' and refers to Niggle's lone sojourn in the cell of the Workhouse, yet the speakers are some mysterious 'they' [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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They kept him in the dark for hours at a stretch, [/i]'to do some thinking'[/i] they said
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:13 PM   #330
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Quite right, HI, and nice to have you joining our duet to make a trio again! Please carry on.
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I came across a nice cracker, I reckon [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img] :

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they were too fond of sardines
and I'd rather learn who're "they" as well [img]smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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'They' are a collection of mythological characters associated with the sea, whom the speaker names as former resident magicians. This illustrious group consists of Proteus, Poseidon, Triton and Neptune, and their fondness for the Mediterranean may have more to do with their origin in Graeco-Roman myth than any piscine predilections they may have entertained.

The quotation is from Roverandom, and the speaker is the Man in the Moon. Naturally it is the eponymous canine hero whom he addresses.

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Dear Squatter, the way you express yourself is fascinating! The answer is as precise as severest examiner may wish. You serve [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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Why thank you, old boy. I suspect, though, that many who are new to English find themselves crying
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pot and jam him!
I can't say that I blame them either.
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'Done by a seaweed wizard, blister and wart him!' he swore. 'Done by a Persian plum-picker, pot and jam him!' he shouted, and kept on shouting till he was tired.
"He" is, of course, the wizard Psamathos, speaking to Roverandom of the wizard Artaxerxes.
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Spot on, Esty. Let's have another.
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Here's a careful character:
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No risks for him.
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That just goes to show how wrong one can be; especially if that one is Nokes, the former Master Cook. He's making a comment about the eponymous hero in a conversation with Prentice (soon to reveal himself to him as the King of Faery) in Smith of Wootton Major.
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Old 07-27-2003, 05:39 AM   #339
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You are so right, Squatter! Good job, and please carry on...
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Here's a cheerful little line:
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I can't abide his eyes, bleak and evil
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...and it comes from that most cheerful poetry, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, with Torhthelm speaking to Tdwald of a dead foe:
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Put the lantern out! He's looking at me.
I can't abide his eyes, bleak and evil
as Grendel's in the moon.
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That boy certainly knows how to complain. Absolutely right, Esty. Your turn.
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This is a comforting sentence:
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Never you worry, lass!
I'd like to know not only the speaker, but also the "lass" who's being consoled.
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Old 07-28-2003, 10:48 AM   #344
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I only have the audio version of Farmer Giles but I remember him (Farmer Giles) saying this to his horse, did I remember wrong?
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Your memory serves you well, gilran - he is reassuring his mare that she will not have to carry the dragon's treasure back. Welcome to the thread, and please puzzle us with a new quote!
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Forgive me if my memory serves me wrong in this.


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Now at farewell I will make you my messenger. If you meet the King, say to him: The time has come. Let him choose.
The Queen of Faery addresses Smith in Smith of Wootton Major
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Absolutely correct Squatter [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]

I knew I hadn't remembered it perfectly.

Your turn.

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It was close enough, gilraen; it's nice to see a new face in the thread. Here's one to ponder while I'm in the land of Nod:
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That was difficult to find, since it's not typical for the work in which it appears:
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Hullo there, my lads! You're late comers,
if it's fighting you look for; but I can find you some,
if you need it tonight. You'll get nothing cheaper.
Tdwald is the speaker in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son.
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Indeed it is. My favourite Minor Work rears its dreary head once more. Your turn.
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Here's a nice question:
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Can you hear what I'm saying?
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Hellooooooo - did anyone hear the question?
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It's from Roverandom. At first that was all Rover could think of to say to little boy Two when they met on the Dark Side of the Moon.
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Ah, you did hear! The answer is right, of course, and you may proceed.
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The result, perhaps, of an all-you-can-eat buffet?
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I'm sure it must be a member of the Non-Gender-Specific-Ship after the food fight on "The Reunification of the Entish Bow"... [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 08-08-2003, 10:18 AM   #358
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Although The Re-unification of the Entish Bow is undoubtedly a masterpiece of this young century's literature, its status as one of J.R.R. Tolkien's minor works has been thoroughly debunked by professor E.B. Smallworthy of Barterhouse, Oxford. Unfortunately his web-site was recently crashed by a vicious ping-flood attack, so I can't offer you a link.
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OK, OK, if you absolutely must be fussy and canonical about it [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img], here's the answer - it's Tim, the last recipient of the Faerie star in Smith of Wootton Major. He says:
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Dear Mr Cook, only cut me a small slice please. I've eaten so much already, I feel rather full.
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Old 08-18-2003, 06:09 AM   #360
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That's the fellow. Your turn.
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