Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Responding to a Meme

I've been tagged by Ralph to do a meme with the following rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to
Mickey once you have posted it. (I couldn't find where to post the comment though)

Like Kat's meme last week I can do the meme but don't have any blogger friends to pass it along to. Sorry.

I'm reading The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. It is about antique books and I had a friend here yesterday who's life is antique books. We were looking at it and that's why it's the closest book. It would normally be on my nightstand. The book is about letters and manuscripts written in the 1600's and page 123 happens to be one of the letters. The language is ancient. Sentences 6, 7 and 8:

Soe she died 2nd February AD 1606 & is buried in St Katherine Colemanchurch. Now you know, my Nan, that after that sadde tyme you gave me comfort soe that I wish to marry you but your father sayeth what, nay nay, no man can marry on prentice wages how will you keepe my daughter and I hadde no answer & and left sad & wast sad many daies.

Comes now Thomas Keane saying ho Dick what say you to Flanders?

Please note that I have copied exactly as written, even the error "& and" near the end of the second sentence.


Ralph said...

Yaay! This thing seems to be making the rounds! Re Mickey: everybody seems to have found the same solution, leave it in the comments of the last post.

Didn't mean to give you a tough assignment first thing in the AM!

Cuidado said...

First thing in the am is 5:30 for me. It's mid-morning by 7:35 so no worries.

Ralph said...

Forgot. You're an hour later than we are.

Michael Rawluk said...

I did that little exercise a few months ago.
The "& and" sort of makes sense at the time the letter was written. The usage at that time was slightly different. & was even been considered to a letter in the alphabet.

Cuidado said...

I'm not that far into the book but it seems very interesting and my friend who is into antiquity books is first in line for it. I had to check his pockets before he left yesterday.