Whilst thumbing through the UDoJ archives, I came across this old meme:
1. grab the nearest book. no cheating! the nearest book.
2. open the book to page 123.
3. find the fifth sentence
4. post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. don’t you dare dig for a cool or intellectual book on your shelf. pick out whatever is closest!
I happened to have a copy of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins on the desk the first time.
As it happens, I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but that’s not the closest book at hand. Something much more obscure resides upon my desk at the moment. Let’s play again, just for fun…
It was the monk himself who at last broke the spell of the absolute stillness.
“You wonder,” he said, slowly, “at the reason of my coming here, to you who are a recreant from the mystic tie of our brotherhood, to you who have employed the most sacred and venerable secrets of our Order to wrest from Life and Nature the material for your own self-interested labors. You think I come for information, you think I wish to hear from your own lips the results of your scientific scheme of supernatural ambition. Alas, El-Rami Zaranos! how little you know me!”
Here’s a bit of a hint. The only date in the edition I hold in my hands is the copyright date: 1892, by United States Book Company. This book belonged to my great grandfather, and as far as I can know, it might be a first edition, as the only other publisher’s information in it is:
Lovell, Coryell & Company
310-318 Sixth Avenue.