Updated Saturday morning. actor212 and the Vagabond Scholar can collect their paychecks.
Updated again Wednesday afternoon. Steven Hart has finished the job.
Updated Wednesday morning. The Countess, Cortunix, and Sherry Chandler have checked in. Scroll down.
Kathleen Maher, probably noticing that I hadn't been memed for a while and was feeling lonley and neglected because of it, very kindly and considerately set out to make me feel better by meme-ing me one right between the eyes.
It's the old Page 123 trick. Goes like this, sez she:
• look up page 123 in the nearest book
• look for the fifth sentence
• then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
I can do that. I'm happy to do that. Because the book I happen to have right at hand is a good one, Rumpole Misbehaves, by John Mortimer.
From Page 123. Rumpole is talking to his sanctimonious head of chambers, Soapy Sam Ballard, who has done something that came close to getthing Rumpole arrested. Ballard's interrupted Rumpole at lunch and trying to be friendly says he's glad to see Rumpole's enjoying his meal. No thanks to you, says Rumpole:
"If you had your way I'd be enjoying it under lock and key."
"It wasn't my doing," Soapy Sam protested, "It was just that everyone else in Chambers felt that I had to take some steps to see that the views of the majority were respected."
"The test of a democracy is the tolerance shown by the majority to minority opinions."
I swear that's what's there on Page 123. How's that for good liberal blogging karma?
My turn to pay it forward. Here goes.
2. Steven Hart, because I'm hoping he has a copy of his book nearby, The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America's First Superhighway . If not, he's permitted to cheat. (Done, with an excerpt from his books and links that will make you smarter.)
3. Coturnix, because I'm hoping he has a copy of the latest book in the series he's editing at hand, The Open Laboratory 2007: The Best Science Writing on the Blogs. If not, see 1 and 2 above. (Done and includes monkey sex.)
4. Sherry Chandler, known around these parts as Bluegrass Poet, because she is a poet and knows it and will therefore probably treat us to something lyrical, inspiring, and uplifting such as some verse by Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Andrew Marvell, or even herself. (Done, with lines from T.S. Eliot, who was not sexy but still a great poet.)
5. The Vagabond Scholar, because he s a gentleman and a...well, you get it, and likely to have some kind of interesting and esoteric work within reach. (Done, in a gentlemanly and scholarly fashion, naturally, but also totally Zen.)
6. actor212 of Simply Left Behind who I don't think has written a book but he's permitted to start one just for this meme and number the first page 123. (actor212 is done and done in by Cormac McCarthy.)
7. A tie, which goes to the runner. I don't know which one is the runner, CathieFromCanada or MikeT, they'll have to work it out between them, but I'm meming them together because they're both new to the blog rolls and this seems like a good way of reminding you to go check out their blogs.
The rest of you are invited to chime in on your own blogs or right here in the comments. If you've already done it, drop a link. Cheating is permitted in case the book closest to you at the moment is Liberal Fascism.