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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:53 pm

JKCade wrote:"Judicial murder", said AAA frozenly, "is murder still". BBB CCC was pale, breathless.
"But my hands will not be stained with it, eh?" And hasn't there been enough murder in DDD? Come, my lady. Let us cry peace. Today, I ask humbly, and grant you the dignity of free compliance."
EEE's effort at goodwill was brightly strained.
AAA turned (their) face away. "I have the headache. You have kept me too long in the sun."
EEE's voice hardened. "Tomorrow I shall have the means to compel cooperation. And you'll wish you'd struck your best bargain while you could."
"I wish to go in." AAA's face had less animation than one of the marble statues tucked among the garden walks.


A hard one !

Book? Spirit Ring
AAA? Letitia
BBB CCC? Lady Pia
Where is DDD? Montefoglia, in "alternate" Renaissance Italy
EEE? Ferrante


I wonder if we should not remove "Spirit Ring" from the game. Horribly hard to find...

Contrariwise, what about the most recent books ?
I think all six Penric books are now "old" enough to qualify, and also Flowers of Vashnoi, it has been out long enough.

Should we already include Knife Children, or wait a little bit more ?
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby JKCade » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:04 pm

Correct!

I agree, "Spirit Ring" quotes are rather vague. Makes hunting them more interesting, lol. I'm good either way.
I think the Penric books should be included, they are interesting enough that the dialogue tends to stick with a person.
Knife Children could be included as well, tho I may have to read it a couple of more times.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:38 pm

Oh, bless you. Trust XXX to see opportunities where everyone else just saw impossibilities.


Not quite clear why only the first three words are in italics. The remainder of the quote is also a thought of some character YYY, but somehow a neutral observation rather than a barely repressed speech. So it is in regular letters, as any other event seen by the "point-of-view character".

Book ?
XXX ?
Who is the point-of-view character at this point, who almost blurted Oh, bless you..

PS :This is not in Knife Children. We should wait a few more weeks, or even a couple of months.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:53 pm

A longer quote

Oh, bless you. Trust XXX to see opportunities where everyone else just saw impossibilities. That (their) same speculative eye also fell on the three YYYs was an observation ZZZ kept to (them)self. They’re AAA BBBs too, I suppose.


Not quite clear why only the first three words and the last sentence are in italics. The second sentence of the quote is also a thought of the point-of-view character ZZZ but somehow a neutral observation rather than a barely repressed speech, but the last sentence also is just a thought. Well, deliberate thoughts are in italics, neutral observations of the point-of-view character are not, or the whole book would be in italics.

Book ?
XXX (a character) ?
YYYs (a noun, plural) ?
ZZZ (the point-of-view character in that page - well, in most of the book, and maybe all of it, I did not check precisely)
AAA (an adjective)
BBBs (a noun, plural)


(their) for XXX, (them) for ZZZ, is really a singular, not a plural, but its a way to hide the gender; I've noticed JKCade uses this trick so why not me ?

Hint:
Technically, the noun BBBs does indeed apply to the "three YYYs", but it is a bit unusual to do so. But I'd guess that ZZZ is rather correct in assuming that XXX would think of the three YYYs as "AAA BBBs", this is rather typical of XXX if not of most people.
XXX used the phrase "AAA BBBs" in the usual sense just before the present quote, in a context that prompted ZZZ's unspoken Oh, bless you., but that XXX's same speculative eye also fell on the three YYYs, well, that tempered ZZZ's enthusiasm a bit, but this observation was better kept unspoken, too....

PS :This is not in Knife Children. We should wait a few more weeks, or even a couple of months.
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Re: LMB Quote Game

Postby voralfred » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:31 am

A still longer quote

Oh, bless you. Trust XXX to see opportunities where everyone else just saw impossibilities. That (their) same speculative eye also fell on the three YYYs was an observation ZZZ kept to (them)self. They’re AAA BBBs too, I suppose.
In any case, CCC dried up. “Is it a nice place?”
“Yes,” said ZZZ, “and later you can come visit.”
“Oh.”
DDD looked heartened as well. All the disruption being forced on these people’s lives, and this offer was what got them all on board?


Not quite clear why only the first three words and the fourth sentence are in italics. The second sentence of the quote is also a thought of the point-of-view character ZZZ but somehow a neutral observation rather than a barely repressed speech, but the last sentence also is just a thought. Well, deliberate thoughts are in italics, neutral observations of the point-of-view character are not, or the whole book would be in italics.

The italics of the word "this" are entirely different, they are just for emphasis.

Book ?
XXX (a character) ?
YYYs (a noun, plural) ?
ZZZ (the point-of-view character in that page - well, in most of the book, and maybe all of it, I did not check precisely)
AAA (an adjective)
BBBs (a noun, plural)

CCC and DDD are two among the three YYY's. You don't have to specify them to get the point and the next quote.

(their) for XXX, (them) for ZZZ, is really a singular, not a plural, but its a way to hide the gender; I've noticed JKCade uses this trick so why not me ?


Hint:
Technically, the noun BBBs does indeed apply to the "three YYYs", but it is a bit unusual to do so. But I'd guess that ZZZ is rather correct in assuming that XXX would think of the three YYYs as "AAA BBBs", this is rather typical of XXX if not of most people.
XXX used the phrase "AAA BBBs" in the usual sense just before the present quote, in a context that prompted ZZZ's unspoken Oh, bless you., but that XXX's same speculative eye also fell on the three YYYs, well, that tempered ZZZ's enthusiasm a bit, but this observation was better kept unspoken, too....

Bonus #1 for 1/2 point:
Give the names of CCC, DDD and the third of the YYYs

Bonus #2 for 1/2 point
"this offer" is what XXX proposed just earlier, using the phrase "AAA BBBs" in the usual sense and prompting ZZZ's Oh, bless you.
So what was that offer ?


PS :This is not in Knife Children. We should wait a few more weeks, or even a couple of months.
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