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Welcome to the Eleventh Iteration of The Quote Game.
Bonus smugness-points if you can also tell me who is being spoken to.
“Nah … four camels, maybe four camels and a goat in a good light.”
Moving pictures? CMOT to i don't know who?
I can see that I am going to have to read all the books again; I'm guessing ...
Jim has it. And for a smugness trifecta, who are they discussing?
Mrs Boggins(?) Boggers(?) The wife of the head of the guild of thieves.
Here's one that gives away the subject and the person talking. All we need is the book...
'This is Sergeant Angua,' said Vimes. 'You can speak freely in front of her.'
Ah....after a frantic look through all my books, I finally found it! The Truth!!!!
Sorry, didn't read the rules. Let's see....
"We'll lock up his mallets when we get back, depend upon it," Ridcully whispered.
The Last Continent, where the wizards start getting a bit hot under the collar at the thought of Mrs Whitlow?
Just to bump this thread up I'll suggest Wyrd Sisters.
As usual I am guessing; I think that joannasephine is probably correct. We need Inkmusic to arbitrate on this one.
Yep, joannasephine is correct indeed. I think she can safely take it...
I'm with Minnie and Orangez. Joanna has identified that Archchancellor Ridcully and the Dean are less than comfortable about the Chair of Indefinite Studies' proposal of croquet as an alternate method of sexual attraction and breeding. The card game 'Bridge'* was earlier disqualified, requiring, as it does, four people.
*Mentioned by that actual name in this case!
“On the other hand, it could be your money and your life. Pulling off the double, you might say.”
And here was me thinking it would puzzle you guys for a while! Edrandrew has it, it was indeed Mort.
Ah, the gloriously unfortunate thief who tries to rob death.
"'Pets are always a great help in times of stress. And in times of starvation too, o'course.'"
Alright, here goes:
"It is traditional, when loading wire trolleys, to put the most fragile items at the bottom."
There was no possible way that she could have been mistaken for a young man in any language, especially Braille.
Or is it when Nanny and Granny visit Collette (of the fascinating earrings)? Maskerade?
‘There was the Holy St Bobby,’ he said. ‘I suppose he was a righteous ass, come to think of it.’
Sigh … and I thought this one might take a while to get!
Yes, Soul Music it is.
Yeah! I've been re-reading some of my Pratchett books.
This one should be easy.
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, er, qui custodes custodient?"
*grin* my spellchecker didn't like that one
Great! How about this one-
"Death was nonplussed. Most people were, after the initial confusion, somewhat relieved when they died. A subconcious weight had been removed. The other cosmic shoe had dropped. The worst had happened and they could, metaphorically, get on with thier lives."
Sorry, I was on vacation for a while. That would be The Fifth Elephant, where someone is killed by dwarf bread.
Ooh, Inkmusic I think you've got the right idea but wrong book. Feet of Clay?
Probably too easy, but:
‘It's not up to me, of course, but I’ve often wondered what it is that goes through your heads.’
"You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage."
Go for it!
That's ok – happy for SockMonkeyGirl to take it!
(Love the guessing, suffer performance anxiety when it comes to setting …)
Fair enough. Emulating the behaviour of the Lancre Reciprocating Fox, we (or I, if Pinkozcat doesn't like the idea) pledge to move my bestowal of goes around as large a segment of the LT community as are currently engaged in this game and have not recently had a go (of their own or someone elses).
I think that is a very good idea but since you were the person who got the last quote correct I think that perhaps you should nominate the first person to post a quote since SockMonkeyGirl has not, so far, picked up the baton.
Or perhaps you should also nominate her and leave her a private message.
OK, someone needs to get this going again ;) so....
'Oh, he might burn down the odd cottage every now and again, in a sort of absent-minded way, but only when he was really angry about something, and he could give it up any time he liked.'
That sounds like our favourite coven reminiscing about the old Duke, or possibly the one before that, or even the one before that (witches have long memories) in Carpe Jugulum?
Sorry - I have just finished doing a re-read. It is the first time I haven't simply done a wild guess.
I am nominating Kittybee to post the next quotation and have left her a message to that effect.
Edited to correct an outrageous typo
Okay, here it is - with names left out.
"I meant," said ------ bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
------- thought about it.
"Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."
IIRC, it's Death in discussion with someone, but I can't remember who. So lets start with the obvious: Mort?
I think Artur is on the right track. That would be Ipslore and Death having a "Deep and Meaningful".
Let's try this one-
"There is nowhere Death will not go, no matter how distant and dangerous. In fact the more dangerous it is, the more likely he is to be there already."
Sticking with my hunch that it's an early book--The Colour of Magic?
By a process of elimination we will get there sometime.
The Fifth Elephant?
This makes me think of Windle Poons, for some reason. But which book? Reaper Man?
Hey, ronincats, way to stick with that hunch about an early book! Eric it is! Over to you...
Ah, the first book in which DEATH makes a major appearance. Of course.
"Wizards are like cats going to the toilet in that respect; once you've walked away from it, it isn't there anymore."
122 - What a strange quote! Or maybe it's me, but it took awhile for me to realize that it wasn't about wizards going to the bathroom. LOL.
Ok, Artur, how did you get that so quickly?
Eskarina Smith has taken Tiffany to the Unreal Estate and is explaining how it came to be that way.
It's not been that long since I read that one. Try this one...
"She knew about old money, which was somehow hallowed by the fact that people had hung on to it for years, and she knew about new money, which seemed to be being made by all these upstarts that were flooding into the city these days."
Way to go, pinkozcat! Maskerade it is! It's the shopkeeper just after Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have taken Nanny's newfound wealth in search of a dress for the opera. Your turn...
Here goes then ...
This wasn't a normal place, that wasn't a normal man. A finger. One finger.
Yes - Thief of Time it is - when Lu-Tze realises that Ronnie Soak is the fifth horseman.
Your turn now, Artur.
OK, here we go-
"Then he sat back in his special chair and pulled a lever. Counterweights dropped. Somewhere, water sloshed from one tank to another. Bits of the chair creaked and slid into a comfortable position."
Jingo – when Leonard returns to his workshop.
(Incidentally, if I'm right, SunnySD can have my go. I'm supposed to be working …)
Hogfather, when the Librarian is setting up the organ? If I'm right, next person to respond can have my turn.
You're right, joannasephine; Jingo it is. (That was fast). Over to you...
Which means I'm up! (Thanks, joannasephine - you're very generous!)
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?"
Oh, shoot! I remember that quote. It has to be in one of the more recent reads I've done...Mort?
That is always my fall-back position.
Maybe The Last Continent
edited to try to get the touchstones to work
Tee hee hee, I know!
(But answering would be weird, given that it's sort-of my go-by-proxy …)
"The weathercocks of Ankh Morpork creaked around in the wind.
Very few of them were in fact representations of Avis domestica. There were various dragons, fish, and miscellaneous animals...On the roof of the Thieves' Guild a real if rather deceased thief turned gently, which shows what you are capable of if you try, or at least if you try stealing without a license."
"Nanny Ogg found herself embarrassed to even think about this, and this was unusual because embarrassment normally came as naturally to Nanny as altruism comes to a cat."
A Hat Full of Sky
I don't know why this just seems like a quote from a Tiffany Aching book.
Or is it when Nanny is explaining the Long Man to Casanunda? Lords and Ladies?
Not having a clue (I can't imagine Nanny Ogg being embarrassed by anything), I'll opt for Equal Rites.
Yay my turn! Hmmm......
'Five-Leaved False Mandrake, sovereign against fluxes of the bladder. Ah, and here's Old Man's Frogbit. That's for constipation.'
One of the 'practical' witches then. Perhaps Magrat doing her Ophelia turn in Wyrd Sisters?
Alrighty then. Here we go.
"The world balances out, you see. A corrupt man in a good world, or a good man in a corrupt one ... The equation comes out the same way. The world does not deal well with those who don't pick a side."
I can totally see where you'd get that idea, but no sorry, not The Thief of Time.
Sounds like an early exchange between Sam Vimes and the Patrician … Guards! Guards!?
I'm moving house tomorrow and don't know when I will get back here so I will go for my generic guess.
I'll check that I am wrong in a couple of days; I have a dongle.
Woo hoo! I'm on a role! but as I just did one I think joannasephine should have it :)
Thank you Kay!
This time it lasted only fifteen seconds. It seemed much longer.
Snigglefritz has it, first time of asking. Take it away, Snigglefritz!
Hmmm, let's see...
The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time, but that was undoubtedly the 57th strangest.*
*He had a tidy mind.
This is from a book which my son grabbed off the shelf before he got shot in his video game. It happens to be one of my favorites.
"Yes. I happen to believe in beauty without cruelty."
Or is it Wyrd Sisters? I remember it’s in reference to Nanny wearing Greebo around her neck as a variation on the old foxskin stole.
Nope, KayEluned has it.
I knew it wasn't too difficult, and joannasephine, you have the context exactly!
Ok here goes.....
'And, of course, if we DO fail, then things won't be that bad, will they? If we fail to com back, there won't be anywhere left to fail to come back TO in any case, will there? So it will all cancel out.' He gave a happy little smile. 'Logic is a great comfort in times like this, I always find.'
Does this have to do with the rocket ship going over the edge of the Disc? I can't remember which book that's in.
Or perhaps a dragon powered vessel bound for Cori Celesti (via the moon) in The Last Hero?
I think that Rincewind and Twoflower went over the edge in The Colour of Magic
Ooooh good Pratchett knowledge justjim, I thought this was going to be a hard one, well done! It was indeed from The Last Hero :) Your turn.
Gods! I'm really busy at the moment. Would anybody mind if I hand over to MrsLee, since she had almost the same idea?
Thanks justjim, I'll pass and let pinkozcat have a turn if they wish? I'm watching Nero Wolfe right now. :)
Hmmmm - she doesn't really wish at the moment - still trying to settle into her new apartment. But I have been reading a discworld book and this line appealed to me.
An easy one:
Arch, giggling women and braying young men who'd been at the back of the line when chins were handed out.
WHAT? that was a completly random guess! Erm..... ok.....
'Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be.'
Sorry for the delay...
"Greebo would like Norris the Eyeball-Eating Maniac of Quirm if he knew how to put food in a bowl"
This should be pretty simple :)
Got it in one. And here was me thinking it might take a little while …
I am in the middle of re-reading Jingo at the moment. Pure serendipity.
I'll be back with a random selection soonest ...
Here is a nice easy one:
...but the third had wandered off and was thinking about as much sex as possible.
One brain cell was saying 'gouge', one was going for 'trample' but the third had wandered off and was thinking about as much sex as possible.
It really does sound like Rogers the bull, but it could also be a woolly mammoth trying to decide the fate of Lu Tze in Thief of Time.
Quite right. It is the woolly mammoth in Thief of Time. Your turn now.
And then there had been the Miracle of the Turkey. That was hard to explain.
But, I think, not hard to answer – Monstrous Regiment; the first miracle from Wazzer?
Yes, well done. I was hoping people would get distracted towards Small Gods or something. You're too good for me, your turn.
Someone else can take it – anyone who hasn’t had a go for a while?
Not yet - we have only about 30 or so more books to try.
"Sometimes words need music too. Sometimes the descriptions are not enough; books should be written with soundtracks, like films. Something deep on an organ, perhaps."
Longer? 5 days was a good innings!
It can't be software incompatibility -- the Chant of the Trodden Spiral was designed for concentric rings, idiot...
The Light Fantastic as the druids play at being computer scientists.
Good grief - that was a lucky guess. Here is a nice, easy one:
And everyone, except for the dog, who was sniggering, had his mouth open
It must be Gaspode so, how about Moving Pictures - when the magic of Holywood first strikes?
Something told her that at times like these a good sharp bread knife was probably the best friend a girl could have.
Phew, for a moment there I thought we'd embarked on the sprint version of the game. It's not Lords and Ladies, though it is in reference to Magrat.
"Sorry about that," she said, lowering it. "I've always got a knife in my hand these days. We've been doing the pork. Very much like human flesh, pork, or so they say."
Hmm... it does sound like Glenda musing on the subject of pies and threats.
Good grief; I might even start to buy Coles' generic brand at this rate.
Another easy one ...
The Four Horsemen of the Common Cold are Sniffles, Chesty, Nostril and Lack of Tissues;
Or is it Interesting Times – the prologue to Rincewind’s masterly deployment of the children to spread fear among the opposition soldiers?
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