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Apr 29, 2016, 9:33pm Top

Previous player:
"What do we get out of it?"

"...Things to eat"

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

"Why should any wish to kill me?

Edited: May 2, 2016, 12:33pm Top

"You can't predict what a woman will do, and your mother is a woman. Maybe she's finally come to her senses"

A Way of Life Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien

"You should go to Amsterdam," Mr Pines said to me. He looked me in the eye.

"Why Amsterdam?" said Mother

May 4, 2016, 4:44pm Top

"I am not going back to Paris again, mother."

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

"You mean to call on Thomasin?"

Edited: May 4, 2016, 5:12pm Top

"Yes-s-s - well worth a visit!"

The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes

"Summonsed? What's he been caught doing, Sir?"

Edited: May 4, 2016, 10:40pm Top

"...everything in his power to turn that state of affairs topsy-turvy."

The Millionaire and the Bard by Andrea Mays

"How long did it take Shakespeare to write a play?"

May 5, 2016, 3:38pm Top

"I cannot answer you."

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

"Two months -- is it possible?"

May 8, 2016, 2:58am Top

"I think it is not bad to hold to some of the traditions like the groom's wedding fast."

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

"What should I wear, Gitl?"

May 11, 2016, 9:27pm Top

Top it off with a floppy hat, malarial drugs, binoculars, and a camera...

Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist by Ed Warner

"Everybody ready?"

May 19, 2016, 12:43am Top

"The widow was ready, Rowena was ready, so also were the foreigners."

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

"Two—hund'd dollahs! Why, what is you talkin' 'bout?...En you ain't lyin', honey?"

Edited: May 20, 2016, 12:33pm Top

"No, I'm not. I counted them. I got started counting, so I kept on - just to keep my mind occupied."

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

"Charlotte," said Wilbury dreamily, "are you really going to have five hundred and fourteen children?"

May 20, 2016, 2:26pm Top


The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek

"Has the state of your mind ever been examined?"

May 20, 2016, 5:47pm Top

"I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw."

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

"Have you your father's leave?"

May 24, 2016, 12:38am Top

"That's my dad. Leave him alone."

Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage

"How old are you, and what's your personality like, and what did you have for dinner, and are you gonna be nice or a jerk?"

May 24, 2016, 1:58am Top

"You think if you just ask enough questions you'll get to know what people are like but you won't. You don't really know anything about people."

Max Perkins, Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

" 'W-W-Why did she h-h-have me over if she w-w-wanted to insult me?' he bellowed."

May 26, 2016, 2:24pm Top

"Tonight he appeared to her much smaller than on any previous night, all withdrawn, as if he were afraid of a sudden attack by something or someone."

The Zafarani Files by Gamal al-Ghitani

"Would he escape the spell by fleeing the alley?"

May 28, 2016, 3:27pm Top

"You don't have to rescue yourself, the prince rescues you."

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

"Where is Tina?"

Edited: May 28, 2016, 8:38pm Top

"The FOOTSTEPS went into the
preserve. . . . . . I lost them there."
(emphasis added)

Clouds of Witness (sic)* by Dorothy Sayers

"A suitcase#! . . . Why a suitcase?"

*a biblical citation; hence the singular rather
than the expected plural.
# I always thought the British said "a grip"
not "a suitcase". An old Laurel and Hardy
shtick depends on that usage.

Edited: May 29, 2016, 12:47pm Top

"Personally I am not familiar with the details of it, but I think you had better bring the war paint when you come."

Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives by Edwin Black

Who was Albert Pope?

May 30, 2016, 3:57pm Top

"...he is a suitable mount for a starter horse."

Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield

"What's your best offer?"

May 31, 2016, 3:01am Top

"Weʻll leave the rig. Youʻll ride
the buckskin."

Matagorda by Louis LʻAmour

"What about the team?"

Jun 3, 2016, 6:44pm Top

"Our prayers have failed us, so we listen as we wait for them."

New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015 by Jay Parini

"Need more be said but that we slept as if the world had died together with that day?"

Jun 8, 2016, 5:56pm Top

"What do you mean?"

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"What is he to me, pray, that I should be afraid of him?"

Jun 9, 2016, 4:44pm Top

"Ah well, seeing as he never hangs out with us any more, it's probably nothing."

Banana Boys by Terry Woo

"Nudity or serenity?"

Jun 10, 2016, 12:16am Top

"That's pretty cynical."

Straight Man: A Novel by Richard Russo

"What are we betting on?"

Jun 12, 2016, 11:36am Top

"Looks like a bar brawl to me."

Banana Boys by Terry Woo

"Are you making a pass at me or something?"

Jun 12, 2016, 12:12pm Top

"Then it's worked!"

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson

Is that so terrible if the alternative is running lawless in the wilderness?"

Jun 12, 2016, 5:56pm Top

"I believe that people are basically good on the inside."

Banana Boys by Terry Woo

"Why would anyone ask for ten-thousand dollars in a single bill?"

Edited: Jun 12, 2016, 6:12pm Top

"Digger, Iʻd take PENNIES, if there
was enough of them!"

"The Diggerʻs Game" by George V. Higgins

"Well, did you win or lose?"

Edited: Jun 14, 2016, 1:59pm Top

"I don't think I'll have a job by the end of the week"

Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce

-I hear you were a recent guest at the police station.
-Yes, that's right.
-May I ask why?

Jun 14, 2016, 7:53pm Top

"Our family hasn't joined the co-op, we're independent farmers."

Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan

"Are they caught up in co-op fever where you are?"

Jun 14, 2016, 8:52pm Top

" At this time...my poor pagan companion has been seized with a fever, which will bring him nigh to his...end."

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

"Dry heat upon my brow?"

Edited: Jun 16, 2016, 1:39pm Top

"The era of the spell is here, to change the world."

The Zafarani Files by Gamal al-Ghitani

"Who knew what might happen now?"

Jun 16, 2016, 2:17pm Top

"Oh, I donʻt want an accounting,
love; I just wondered if there was
anything left."

The Nixon Recession Caper
by Ralph Maloney

"Whatʻs he doing now? Just cars all
the time?"

Jun 18, 2016, 7:49am Top

"Plurabelle made as though to wink at her. "You know." "

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson

"Did she say whether there would be dancing?"

Jun 19, 2016, 9:44pm Top

"Yes. My mother danced at Kanda Swany. And now I am honored to dance for you."

Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran

"Is she wearing anything?"

Jun 20, 2016, 1:51am Top

"Oh yes!...but I thought her dress hideous...I used to think she had some taste in such matters, but I was ashamed of her..."

Persuasion by Jane Austen

"Does she ever mean to go away?"

Jun 21, 2016, 3:53pm Top

"Not yet, not exactly, no."

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

"Have you ever played Maximum Happy Imagination?"

Jun 21, 2016, 5:26pm Top

"I do not believe in such things."

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

"Do you want a carbine?"

Edited: Jun 26, 2016, 8:01am Top

"You know, people didn't ought to mess about with revolvers. They're dangerous things, that they are."

The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek

"Now be frank about it, Schweik. Don't you hate the sight of your own face?"

Jun 26, 2016, 11:05am Top

"Goddamn good face."

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

"What the hell is the matter with you?"

Edited: Jun 26, 2016, 3:07pm Top

"I was in a lunatic asylum for a bit"

The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek

"What are you staring at me like that for?"

Jun 27, 2016, 2:42pm Top

"You scared me to death!"

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

"Bad day, huh?"

Edited: Jun 28, 2016, 2:28pm Top

"You do pry so. Pry about everything."

The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

"What was it like at Unn's then, Siss? Was it fun?"

Jun 28, 2016, 9:15pm Top

"We've got a complete show, for children and for adults."

In Evil Hour by Gabriel García Marquez

"Why did you hide it from me?"

Jul 4, 2016, 4:06am Top

"You're an irritating prick."

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

"Can you see into the future?"

Edited: Jul 4, 2016, 10:00am Top

"Eternity's long."

The Other by David Guterson

"So what happens when the cans are gone?"

Jul 4, 2016, 12:02pm Top

"You're getting obsessed with your dark thoughts again"

Eloise by Judy Finnigan

"But why, why would Ted want to harm his own children?"

Jul 4, 2016, 1:45pm Top

"...because they said he looked like a fat, fat Brueghel."

Frida Kahlo by Claudia Bauer

"Why do I call him my Diego?"

Jul 4, 2016, 4:46pm Top

"I admire the way you keep it up"

Orphan Island by Rose Macaulay

"Why were worms made?"

Jul 5, 2016, 1:42pm Top

"Death in life, life in death."

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

How was it we became so afraid of the dragon?

Jul 7, 2016, 9:36am Top

"She'll mop the floor with you!"

Love by Toni Morrison

"That's been her whole life, don't you get it?"

Jul 7, 2016, 2:47pm Top

"Listen, there's no meaning in it."

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

"See the yellow sign?"

Jul 7, 2016, 5:04pm Top

"It was meant for children, you know."

Winter by Christopher Nicholson

"How does one find out?"

Edited: Jul 7, 2016, 5:40pm Top

"It is presumed I can think for myself
up to a point"

Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

"Are you thinking of becoming converted?"

Jul 8, 2016, 7:02am Top

"Yes; I'd like a change very well. So would my husband."

Orphan Island by Rose Macaulay

"How tired I do get, to be sure, of my papa and mamma! Do you get tired of yours, Charles?"

Jul 8, 2016, 4:24pm Top

"To a degree, but not entirely."

Winter by Christopher Nicholson

"Is he the same, the old man?"

Jul 9, 2016, 1:55am Top

"Even more handsome. And awful tall."

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"Did I mention how much I hate you?"

Jul 9, 2016, 4:26pm Top

"Poor little mother. To have nobody left but me!"

A Lady and her Husband by Amber Reeves

"What do other women do when their children go? How do they fill up their days?"

Edited: Jul 10, 2016, 2:48pm Top

" ʻIndeed, our state becomes even worse
here when the human voice speaks.ʻ "

Priests, Warriors, and Cattle: a Study
in the Ecology of Religions by Bruce Lincoln

"With what?"

Jul 15, 2016, 2:10am Top

"It's a pillar of usefulness. The tranquilizer darts are stored in here."

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"Why? Why did they make me a cyborg?"

Jul 24, 2016, 12:40pm Top

"I always wondered if you might be Polish."

The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell

"To where would I retire? Where did people retire?"

Jul 28, 2016, 1:25pm Top

"We won't be seniors for seven years."

You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt

"What are you writing?"

Edited: Jul 28, 2016, 10:17pm Top

"Like invisible ink or something?"

The Bookseller by Mark Pryor

"I don't suppose you have some tea?"

Jul 29, 2016, 1:28pm Top

"Could I interest you in coffee?"

The Dinner by Herman Koch

"Why the hell did you two put that footage on the Internet?"

Jul 30, 2016, 9:10pm Top

Who had taken this picture? What was happening just outside the frame? What happened the moment before this image had been captured?

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

"Shut your ugly little snobby mouth, you long-nosed weenie-faced mama's boy! Didn't your mother teach you good manners?!"

Jul 31, 2016, 8:12am Top

"Well, gee whizz. I'm only trying to make polite bathroom talk."

Franny and Zooey by J D Salinger

"Did somebody have to CARRY me in here?"

Jul 31, 2016, 8:55pm Top

"I don't give a shit. Now carry me over to Barlow's."

Father and Son by Larry Brown

"If they'd took Glen Davis and put him in the gas chamber, would you be happy?"

Aug 2, 2016, 9:10pm Top

“Let's think about other ways to look at that..."

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual by Cabaniss & others

"How did you reflect on it?"

Aug 2, 2016, 10:59pm Top

"I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for,... but nothing stands out."

The Button Man by Mark Pryor

"What do you have there, old boy?"

Aug 3, 2016, 7:45pm Top

"I hang old photos of my childhood girls. . ."

Gasoline by Gregory Corso*

"Can such ponderous grace remain here, all
alone on this 9x10 stage?"

*Met author.

Aug 4, 2016, 8:22pm Top

"That's okay. I'm not planning on staying long."

The Button Man by Mark Pryor

"And what would you be seeking in return?"

Aug 5, 2016, 2:36am Top

"Oiling my knees"

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

"What do you think are the particular challenges of being female in the army?"

Aug 5, 2016, 7:55pm Top

"No idea. That's why we need to go, and right now."

The Button Man by Mark Pryor (it's what I'm currently reading!)

"If you don't mind me asking, what's his Lordship's role in all this?"

Aug 7, 2016, 11:50am Top

"He made conversation, uncorked bottles."

Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan

"What are you reading?"

Aug 7, 2016, 12:23pm Top

"Cool Brittannia"

The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

"How did you know I was there?"

Aug 7, 2016, 1:53pm Top

The hotel had a "Welcome! Class of '89" banner still drooping from the front door.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

"When was the last time a guy looked at you?"

Aug 7, 2016, 2:36pm Top

"I remember an exciting moment one morning"

A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan

"There's a new bebop orchestra at the Kennedy. What if we went there?"

Edited: Aug 7, 2016, 3:49pm Top

(It was meant to be a lovely little gesture f inclusiveness, compensation for his lackluster response to her marriage proposal. Curiously, her stomach tightened around her small lunch.)
"You mean... go to Bournemouth? "

The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

"Did you think that Oscar's used blendarized tofu?"

Aug 7, 2016, 4:23pm Top

"That's why none of us should have been surprised when my Mama broke her own mold."

Before Women Had Wings by Connie Mae Fowler

"Why don't you lock your door when you're not home?"

Aug 8, 2016, 9:39am Top

"How thoughtless I've been"

Paul and Virginia by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

"What would become of Virginia if I were to die and leave her without fortune?"

Aug 8, 2016, 9:00pm Top

"What on earth?"

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Charles, it will be such a long walk for you!"
"Shucks! What's a couple of hundred miles?"

Edited: Aug 9, 2016, 9:58am Top

"To show our gratitude we will carry you home on our shoulders"

Paul and Virginia by Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre

"Who lives in those little cabins on the mountain?"

Aug 9, 2016, 10:13am Top

"Several boys who have a fat allowance from home."

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg

"Are you coming in? Or should I just hand the money through the mail slot?"

Aug 9, 2016, 11:27am Top

"Donate it to the charity of your choice. There must be some fund of retired snooker players down on their luck."

The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

"Is there any reason you know of that your credit cards might be declined?"

Aug 9, 2016, 3:43pm Top

"That's why I was hiding like a schoolboy."

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"You're a gambler, aren't you?

Aug 9, 2016, 4:39pm Top

"Funny, I was about to ask the same thing about Bethany"

The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

"What 'd he say when you clued him up it was me?

Edited: Aug 9, 2016, 8:32pm Top

"It's a criminal offense to marry someone for a green card."

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

"Why you hate small children?"

Aug 10, 2016, 1:37am Top

"because I am a wolf"

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

""What's here?" said a sea lion gruffly."

Aug 10, 2016, 3:38am Top

"Veal, beef, soft woolly lambs", Bunny said.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

"What news are you talking about?"

Aug 10, 2016, 11:10am Top

"On top of Copps Hill in Boston, a ninety-foot-wide storage vat for the production of rum burst its seams and sent 2.5 million gallons of molasses flooding onto the city."

The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

"Who's been eating my porridge?"

Aug 10, 2016, 7:34pm Top

"Bugger Baxter, Brownlee says."

The North Water by Ian McGuire

"Why are you still in the city? Why didn't you flee with all the others before the assault began?"

Aug 11, 2016, 1:04am Top

Which was when Maggie started to run.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

"What do you feel like for dinner?"

Aug 11, 2016, 9:55am Top

"Rice cakes served on banana leaves"

Paul and Virginia by Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre

"Why do people come to the islands?"

Aug 11, 2016, 10:07pm Top

"To make sure there are no snakes."

A Painted House by John Grisham

"What did that deputy want?"

Aug 12, 2016, 2:37pm Top

"He was here once before. ... He
got into a fight."

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

"Hey, Bobby! . . . Howʻs things?"

Aug 13, 2016, 10:33am Top

"Terrible the changes that's taking place, Tarry."

Tarry Flynn by Patrick Kavanagh

"Had you a hard day?"

Aug 13, 2016, 1:15pm Top

"Yes. I operated on you"

All that is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

"She's sitting up knitting, her needles clicking time.

-A scarf?"

Aug 13, 2016, 1:45pm Top

She'd need a scarf. Also, she needed a cigarette...

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

"Where'd you find her?"

Aug 13, 2016, 3:43pm Top

". . . at the inn."

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

"What about it?"

Aug 13, 2016, 9:37pm Top

"Oh, dear. Lopsided."

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

"You okay?"

Aug 14, 2016, 3:10pm Top

" . . . not a bad guitar player."

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

"Weʻre going out?"

Aug 14, 2016, 4:53pm Top

"Damn it, Father, sit down and eat. I need to get back to my gardening."

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

"And don't tell me he's your tutor, because why did I have to sign your D-plus Spanish test yesterday?

Aug 18, 2016, 12:30am Top

If you find this logic compelling, you will be mystified that for decades in this country convicted felons were legally prohibited from buying guns from gun dealers, yet there was no uniform system of background checks to ensure against such sales.

"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People": And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control by Dennis A. Henigan

What would have happened if the Giants' right-hander had had a revolver strapped to his waist?

Edited: Aug 21, 2016, 9:19am Top

"Understanding? Forgiveness? Or, is that just what I want to believe?"

The Revenant A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

"What happened to you?"

Aug 21, 2016, 3:20pm Top

". . . I have a two A. M. dental appointment."

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

"What number?"

Aug 21, 2016, 6:17pm Top

"A great many"

The Hacienda by Lisa St Aubin de Teran

"Doesn't the baby drink milk?"

Aug 23, 2016, 6:35am Top

"Grandbabies, don't get me started."

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

"So, how've you been?"

Edited: Aug 23, 2016, 2:58pm Top

". . .not in pain, and thereʻs progress, ..."

Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr

"Even though it was a mushroom sandwich?"

Aug 23, 2016, 3:13pm Top

"Nothing will ever make poor Miriam into a good hostess"

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West

"Where are you going to stay for Ascot?"

Aug 24, 2016, 6:34pm Top

"Thatʻs your real concern?"

"Progress Report" by Rajnar Vajra
(in: Analog Sept. 2016

"And what would we be coming home TO?"

Aug 25, 2016, 12:38am Top

"Funny little place isn't it? You couldn't even call it a town."

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

"Why do you always have to gloss things over, Maggie?"

Aug 25, 2016, 5:21pm Top

"You got a paternal way about you."

Tricky Business by Dave Barry

"You going to take those idiots seriously?"

Aug 25, 2016, 9:58pm Top

"We're pretty close to taking them down, and I'm not sure when you'll hear from me again."

A Stolen Season: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton

"You live in a pretty isolated place, don't you?"

Edited: Aug 25, 2016, 10:37pm Top

"Have you ever been to Deer Lick?"

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

"Why do you feel the need to pour out your soul to some waitress?"

Aug 29, 2016, 11:59pm Top

"She can sing."

A Thousand Hills to Heaven by Josh Ruxin

"Why are we going in here?"

Edited: Aug 30, 2016, 12:45am Top

"The riverbank, though it looks attractive
from a distance, is not so lovely, once you
get in there."

The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver

"Wasnʻt it somebodyʻs darn business
to predict it?"

Aug 30, 2016, 5:12pm Top

"Not me!"

Not Me! (I Like to Read Books) by Valeri Gorbachev

"Why did you come?"

Aug 30, 2016, 7:52pm Top

"Linda has been after me to move to New Jersey."

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

"What do we need food for anyway?"

Aug 30, 2016, 11:55pm Top

If she didn't eat when the hunger started, it wouldn't be a pleasant evening for either of us.

A Thousand Hills to Heaven by Josh Ruxin

"Can you think of a place?"

Aug 31, 2016, 4:46pm Top

(But Mordden was already on his way
to the elevator, and he didnʻt answer.)
- - punctuation added

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

"What are you caught up in?"

Aug 31, 2016, 9:00pm Top

"In my own house!"

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

"How long since you had this checked?"

Sep 3, 2016, 2:54pm Top

"Yego, yego -- yes, yes, I know."

A Thousand Hills to Heaven by Josh Ruxin

How can you drive through these hills and not be inspired by his story, and the stories of so many other brave heroes?

Edited: Sep 4, 2016, 11:26am Top

With maturity, with old age, all enthusiasm fades"

The Children of Men by P D James

-We ought to celebrate.

Sep 4, 2016, 10:20am Top

"I should start volunteering or something.."

The Beginners Goodbye by Anne Tyler

"What movie were you thinking of?"

Edited: Sep 12, 2016, 12:38am Top

John Boston, a slave in Maryland,... is no tongue-tied naif, as in the movie Glory, awaiting the discipline of sympathetic white officers to teach him that he is a man.

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

How does it feel to be a question?

Edited: Sep 9, 2016, 1:20am Top

"Am I the person I did not want to be?"

"Hello" by Gregory Corso in: Gasoline

"Am I the looney man?"

Sep 9, 2016, 12:32am Top

"That's who I am!"

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

"What will they think in our village when we return?"

Sep 10, 2016, 3:56pm Top

"I have no idea, but you're not well."

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

"What else do you know about me?"

Sep 10, 2016, 7:54pm Top

"You eat too little and study too much."

John Quincy Adams

"What sort of a soul does this man suppose I have?"

Edited: Sep 10, 2016, 8:25pm Top

"A nonlocal connection between incarnations is
available, but is not easy to access."

Physics of the Soul: the Quantum book of
Living, Dying, reincarnation, and immortality

by Amit Goswami

"What is the purpose of life? . . . What is the purpose of death?"

Sep 11, 2016, 2:30am Top

"I'd forgotten."

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

"How've you been supporting yourself all this time?"

Sep 11, 2016, 3:37pm Top

"I play a goddamn-- We play football, you know?"

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

"Was it wrong to expect hotties everywhere, or at least every now and again?"

Sep 11, 2016, 4:52pm Top

"Those are good for you."

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

"My husband answered? When?"

Sep 18, 2016, 11:23am Top

"He took me to an abandoned power plant, drugged me, asked me a bunch of questions about my life and the choices I'd made....Then I woke up in your lab."

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

"So do you want to stay together, or is this goodbye?"

Sep 18, 2016, 7:32pm Top

"I know you think I'm feeble-minded, but this is making me miserable! I'd rather just go ahead and die!

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

"What reason should I give him for calling?"

Sep 24, 2016, 11:41am Top

"There are no friendlies north of the canal."

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

"What's going on?"

Sep 25, 2016, 8:27am Top

"It appear that my basement freezer has got these various meats in it,.. and they've been there quite a while."

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

"What if something dreadful has happened?"

Sep 26, 2016, 7:06pm Top

"The superʻs enduring theory was that this
was all the work of lumpenprole delivery men,
the residents themselves being too well-bred
and status-conscious to muck up their own

334 by Thomas Disch

" ʻPlastic? why not?ʻ "

Sep 27, 2016, 7:50pm Top

"The cheapest kind of stockings are best."

Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler

"Why are people so willing to believe me?"

Oct 1, 2016, 11:12am Top

"Your grandmother says you read a lot."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

"How can you claim to be my friend and misuse and wrongfully abuse me?"

Oct 2, 2016, 10:26am Top

"I am sorry. There was no call to act like that."

If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler

"What was wrong with her family, for heaven's sake?"

Edited: Oct 4, 2016, 12:13am Top

"They had pressed in on New York society by giving...ostentatious parties. ...At a time of national depression, they transformed the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom into the Palace of Versailles and invited their guests to wear Louis XV costumes. The hostess...sat on a throne to receive her seven hundred guests."

Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee

"If you were popular, rich and famous, would that inevitably corrupt you and spoil your talent?"

Edited: Oct 11, 2016, 7:18pm Top

"I'd risk it. That sort of cleverness doesn't last long."

The Three Sisters by May Sinclair

-Is that another new dress you've got on?
-Yes, Papa, do you like it?

Oct 12, 2016, 1:50am Top

"It's a bit small."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling

"What d'yeh think yer doin' down there?"

Oct 14, 2016, 12:51am Top

"Why, I'm thinkin' of takin' one of them correspondence school courses."

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

"But what'll happen to us? How will we eat?"

Oct 15, 2016, 2:25pm Top

"I suggest you go down to the feast, while I write to Azkaban..."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

"Well? Who is it?"

Oct 15, 2016, 8:45pm Top

"Well, if it ain't Big Bill the Rat!

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

"Why ya late?"

Oct 22, 2016, 10:39am Top

"For once I was having a good time. Is that illegal?"

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

"Brian's kids - they make you want one?"

Oct 23, 2016, 4:45pm Top

"I think most people do that."

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

"Ellen I need a pill. Where are they?"

Edited: Oct 25, 2016, 5:22pm Top

"I have them where I want them."

Monsieur Proust by Céleste Albaret

"Imagine!...What's he doing out?"

Edited: Oct 27, 2016, 8:00pm Top

"Work on the railroad, maybe."

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

"Why did thee not say anything?"

Oct 28, 2016, 12:24am Top

"No profit in that, love."

The Mist by Carla Neggers

"Does Estabrook know about March
and your mother?"

Oct 29, 2016, 3:09pm Top

"I remember nothing else until I woke up the next morning."

Killing for Company: The Story of a Man Addicted to Murder by Brian Masters

Did he imagine himself as a victim?

Oct 30, 2016, 10:39am Top

After ten years of forty to forty-five bushels an acre, maybe he was just spoiled.

Some Luck by Susan Smiley

"How long have you known about the puppies?"

Oct 30, 2016, 11:40am Top

"Enough of that talk; I've had one!"

And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov

-There's a lot of talk about your wife in the village.

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 8:47pm Top

If Rosanna went to town on a Saturday she had to dress nicely - something in a new style and nice goods.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

"Shall we save some for supper? Some what?"

Edited: Dec 29, 2016, 5:13pm Top

". . . into the plastic trash bin (!)"

That Part was True by Deborah MacKinlay

"Do you agree?"

Nov 1, 2016, 10:33pm Top

Yes, it's

Nov 13, 2016, 12:54pm Top

"Sorry, I'm not sure."

His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay

"What do you think, Jim?"

Nov 18, 2016, 3:18pm Top

"Yes, I suppose I do (!)"

The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

" Rumor?"

Dec 9, 2016, 3:53pm Top

"Surely a person doesn't have to spell out these things."

Nine Island by Jane Alison

"So, he still eats?"

Dec 25, 2016, 12:49pm Top

"Howard was careful not to eat much fat or refined sugar."

The Door to December by Dean Koontz

"Can you try again?"

Edited: Dec 25, 2016, 6:11pm Top

"If I can. If sheʻll let me."

The Mist by Carla Neggers

"Your family was gathered for New Yearʻs? Where?"

Dec 26, 2016, 5:27pm Top

"...the Sillerton's party..."

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

"The young man listened with considerable embassassment. Was there anyone to whom Madame Olenska had not proclaimed his intervention in her private affairs?"

Dec 26, 2016, 5:43pm Top

"Can I ask why you'd like to know?"

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

"What are you doing out here, anyway?"

Dec 30, 2016, 3:25pm Top

"...Doing what you've failed to do yourself."

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

""Why did you take the axe along?"

Edited: Dec 31, 2016, 2:30pm Top

"A bridal present"

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan

"What became of your lute?"

Jan 8, 2017, 4:21am Top


David Copperfield by Charles Dicken

"What other changes have come upon me, besides the changes in my growth and looks, and in the knowledge I have garnered all this while?"

Jan 14, 2017, 1:50pm Top

"You're the only one who hasn't ordered a dessert"

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

"You know why Michele Solara comes to dinner with us?"

Jan 16, 2017, 6:16pm Top

"He regrets he doesn't have more Jewish friends with whom he can exchange black thoughts and scoff at nature."

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson

"Are you planning a jamboree?"

Jan 16, 2017, 8:08pm Top

"What, at this time of night, Ma'am!"

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

"Ah, what light is yonder?"

Jan 16, 2017, 10:55pm Top

"Residual light ... from the lamps outside."

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

"Comrade Wen has the aggression of a falling leaf! How did he injure two officers? The way a drop of water injures the pavement?"

Edited: Jan 17, 2017, 11:17am Top

"And much more than this did Helen say, till the policeman fled, beaten and ashamed."

The Love Child by Edith Olivier

"They would have thought her mad. And would they be right or wrong?"

Jan 17, 2017, 1:56pm Top

"Youʻre an expert on Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (?)"

Lost Lake by Philip Margolln

"Why me?"

Jan 18, 2017, 7:07pm Top


Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

All pretty clear so far, what?

Jan 19, 2017, 6:25pm Top

"I can read what you're thinking."

Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson

"What other explanation could satisfy an unbeliever such as you?"

Jan 22, 2017, 2:09am Top

"Another proof will make me cry 'baa.' "

Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

"Why weep'st thou, man?"

Jan 22, 2017, 6:29am Top

"We're not allowed in first class"

Stand we at last by Zoe Fairbairns

"What made you go to Australia, Aunt Sarah?"

Edited: Feb 14, 2017, 6:16pm Top

"I cannot fully explain why I'm drawn to the place."

Falling Palace by Dan Hofstadter

"We do commit sins sometimes, don't we, children? What are a few of the sins we commit?"

Jan 25, 2017, 1:41pm Top

"Smothering Tina with kisses"

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

"Mama, what's a tramp?"

Jan 29, 2017, 8:52pm Top

"Beasts, they are, the lot of them, don't you think? Just animals."

Longbourn by Jo Baker

"What, after all, was he hoping to achieve by this?"

Jan 29, 2017, 11:31pm Top

"M-more money, sir, and shorter hours."

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

"Do you know what I believe, lass?"

Jan 30, 2017, 1:32pm Top

"If it's necessary we'll let you know"

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

"What's wrong with my stomach?"

Jan 30, 2017, 11:48pm Top

“I am saying nothing.”

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

“Did he say anything about America, Miss Manette? Be particular.”

Feb 5, 2017, 10:40am Top

" 'This place must have been stiff with Druids' "

Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther

-Come along, we're having tea in the strawberry-bed.
-IN the strawberry-bed?

Feb 7, 2017, 5:03pm Top

"Why are you questioning Me?"

The Holy Bible, John 18:21-23 Disciples' Literal New Testament

"What More Shall I Say?"

The Holy Bible, Hebrews 11:32

Feb 7, 2017, 6:32pm Top

"For one thing, immortality . . . There is one listener."

Ring around the Sun by Clifford Simak

"You mean everlasting life?"

Feb 8, 2017, 5:06am Top

"My bishop won't buy that"

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

"If we are to picture a man or a woman lying on your couch, and the words Sex Therapist keep running through the mind, might they not be expecting something" (and here he gasps at the word) "kinky?"

Edited: Feb 14, 2017, 1:39am Top

Such was the scandal that the Imperial ambassador, to reassure his master, found it necessary to make inquiries about Elizabeth's virtue among those who had brought her up since childhood.

Elizabeth I by J.E. Neale

What, she asked, were Mary's amusements, and did she play well on the lute and the virginals?

Feb 14, 2017, 10:31am Top

"He seemed intoxicated by the music"

I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced by Nujood Ali

"Can you promise me that I will never return to my husband's house?"

Feb 14, 2017, 6:13pm Top

"...'Just let me say this. I loved my husband.'

'Well, sure you did.'

...'It's nothing that matters now...Just that we were right for each other, for sure."

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

"You got that child to eat greens? Good God in Heaven."

Feb 19, 2017, 1:51pm Top

Now that this thread has ended, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated. You guys have made me laugh so many times, and I look forward to reading your responses whenever I see there's a new comment in Home.

I hope everyone follows over on pt. 3!

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