Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Meme

Pr. Hall has tagged me to play a meme. The rules are:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

Okay, the nearest book of that length turns out to be Winnie-the-Pooh, because Deb had posted something about it back in December, I think, as a result of which I pulled if off my shelf and have been reading it. And sometimes I read a story from it to my sister, Barbara, when she calls at bedtime. My volume is actually two Pooh books in one, and I've finished the first book and am beginning the second, The House at Pooh Corner.

Page 123 is taken up mostly by an illustration of Piglet looking out onto the flood surrounding his tree. Skipping 5 sentences, then, we come to:

Then he put the paper in the bottle, and he corked the bottle up as tightly as he could, and he leant out of his window as far as he could lean without falling in, and he threw the bottle as far as he could throw -- splash! -- and in a little while it bobbed up again on the water; and he watched it floating slowly away in the distance, until his eyes ached with looking, and sometimes he thought it was the bottle, and sometiems he thought it was just a ripple on the water which he was following, and then suddenly he knew that he would never see it again and that he had done all he could do to save himself.

"So now," he thought, "somebody else will have to do something, and I hope they will do it soon, because if they don't I shall have to swim, which I can't, so I hope they do it soon." And then he gave a very long sigh and said, "I wish Pooh were here. It's so much more friendly with two."

I tag Deb, Bill Weedon, Ezekiel, Elizabeth, and -c.