These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted and on my facebook pages between February 27 and March 5, 2014. All but the last are from The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey.
“People see what they expect to see.” Siegfried to Leopold, when he is first expounding his theory that “queen Sable” is in fact the Godmother.
“There is something to be said for being happy in what you do.” Desmond to Princess Rosamund, while he is trying to court her.
“Nothing in life came without a cost.” Rosamund, recognizing that the bruises she gets in Siegfried’s training in self-defense are the cost of her learning.
“When you lived as long as the Fae did, there was a great deal to weep over.” “The fae did not cry often, and never in public, but oh, yes, they wept.” And Lily is about to collapse from all that needs doing in her Kingdom.
“When things were at their worst, if you had the space, let panic run out.” Rosa, finding herself a captive again, recalls Lily’s advice.
“Only a woman! She’s cleverer than both of you put together.” Rosa’s thoughts when her captors refer to Godmother Lily as “Only a woman.”
“You’ve worked out too much on your own not to be taught to use it properly.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Nik, speaking to Roi after Roi has almost killed Derry and Nik with an uncontrolled and unplanned show of his power.
Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.
These are the quotes that were tweeted from @sueannbowling (and on my facebook pages) from February 20 through 26, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“Maybe there is no right choice.” Aragorn, faced with the choice between following Frodo and Sam or rescuing Merry and Pippen.
“When the great fall, the less must lead.” Aragorn, speaking to Eomer, referring to Gandolf’s loss in Moria.
“Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.” Aragorn to Eomer when Eomer is uncertain what to do about Aragorn’s company.
“There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.” Aragorn, referring both to Gandalf’s fall and to the apparent end of their quest to find the young hobbits.
“Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to.” Treebeard, esplaing to Merry and Pippen that it would take him a very long time to tell them his name.
“The withering of all woods may be drawing near.” Treebeard’s slant on the growth of Sauron’s power in Mordor.
“I’d like to see this world studied properly some day.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna is speaking, and the world she refers to is Mirror, on which they are stranded and which has organisms using both left-handed and right-handed proteins.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between February 13 and February 19, 2014. All but the last are from The Key of the Keplian by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie.
“I am not ashamed to change, to alter my mind.” Tharna, the Keplian mare, speaking to Eleeri after she has learned to trust the human.
“In an atmosphere of peace and plenty, attitudes could change in a bare generation.” Eleeri’s belief that given love from birth, even a male Keplian could learn trust.
“Nothing was impossible.” Mayrin thinks that somehow Eleeri, coming out of the unknown, might have a clue to the whereabouts of her brother, lost in the unknown.
“It is well said that when evil ones fall out, good may profit.” Eleeri’s initial reaction to the news that the Gray Ones had tried attacking the rasti.
“Better an enemy secure in its own mind.” Romar to Eleeri when she lets him know of her plans to kill more rasti.
“It takes one only to begin a war,” Part of what Eleeri is shown of the valley’s past.
“You can still be you.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame’s reassurance to Roi, after he has been having nightmares about becoming some of the nastier R’il’noids he has known as a slave.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between February 6 and February 12, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.
“Much as you know already, there is a great deal more for you to learn.” Mrs. Norris is speaking to Maria and Julia, having first emphasized how much they know.
“I can never be important to any one.” Fanny to Edmond, when she thinks she is to be sent to live with Mrs. Norris
“Not all her precautions could save her from being suspected of something better.” Mrs. Norris has put a good deal of emphasis on having a spare room for a friend, which she does not intend for Fanny.
“They were much to be pitied on the occasion, not for their sorrow, but for their lack of it.” Maria and Julia on their father’s departure to Antigua.
“She really grieved because she could not grieve.” Fanny’s reaction to Sir Bertram’s leaving.
“Their vanity was is such good order that they seemed to be quite free from it.” Describing Maria and Julia enjoying the social round in the absence of their father.
“She could not abandon the remnant.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna, when she finds a mummified body after the plague.
These are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between January 30 and February 5, 2014. All but the last are from Killashandra, by Anne McCaffrey.
“This assignment could be interesting.” Killashandra’s thoughts after she looks up the planet Optheria.
“Fidelity was an unlikely disease for her to catch.” Killashandra has always been rather free with her favors, and wonders if her association with Lanzecki has changed her.
“That any form of artistry might be limited by law was anathema.” At least to the Federated Artists Association!
“A genuine one-solution tragedy, where hero and heroine both lose out.” Killashandra is comparing her own romance with Lanzecki to an operatic plot.
“One can get too wrapped up in role-playing.” Killashandra has, out of boredom, pretended to be a student on the journey to Optheria. Now she is wondering why she is keeping up the pretense with another traveler.
“Something was to be said for the curtailment of natural ‘beauty’.” Killashandra feels that allowing rather ugly thorn bushes to take over pedestrian walkways is going a bit too far.
“There were some things he didn’t know or was just careless about, and I was able to use those.” Tourist Trap, by Sue Ann Bowling. Roi’s explanation to his father about how he managed to call for help, even though Zhaim was much the stronger of the two.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling from January 23 through January 29, 2014. The first six are from The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey.
“It was nothing more than a lot of village politics, just on a bigger scale.” What Celeste has taught her daughter about inter-Kingdom politics.
“I can help simply by being calm while others are throwing their hands in the air and bleating.” Part of Seigfried’s reason for staying for the Challenges for the Princess’s hand
“A busy man does not have leisure to make trouble.” One reason Siegfried does not like cities.
“A good sound sleep is worth more than anything to a fighter than a full meal.” Siegfried to Leopold, admitting that a secure bed in an inn is worth something. A good fighter (or any kind of athlete) needs rest and food.
“If you are not a leader, no one is shooting at you.” Siegfried to Leopold on the first contest, a race (rather an unusual one) with a time limit which is basically an elimination bout. They are safer just trying to beat the time limit rather than trying to come in first.
“Just because my people are sometimes dim, it does not follow that they are not cunning and treacherous.” Siegfried to Leopold, pointing out that he knows something about dirty tricks.
“A completely paralyzed slave was useless.” Homecoming, by Sue Ann Bowling. Snowy, a slave who finds himself paralyzed after an illness, is trying to understand why he is still alive.
Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between January 9 and January 15, 2014. All but the last are from The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“Time does not tarry ever.” This and the two following quotes come from a conversation held by the company as they wait for daylight so they can portage around the rapids of Sarn Gebir. The first quote is from Legolas, denying that time actually stopped in Lorien.
“Beneath the sun all things must wear to an end at last.” Legolas.
“Time flows on to a spring of little hope.” Aragorn.
“I know what I should do, but I am afraid of doing it.” Frodo, when Boromir is trying to persuade him to turn aside to Minas Tirith from the direct route to Mordor.
“It is by our own folly that the Enemy will defeat us.” Part of Boromir’s argument to Frodo.
“Your legs are too short, so use your head!” Sam, realizing that there is no way he can keep up with Strider – but he knows Frodo better than anyone else in the party.
“What was wrong with her, that she had forgotten so completely the dangers of her home?” Homecoming, by Sue Ann Bowling. After two centuries on an isolation satellite, Marna has totally forgotten the fact that predators are dangerous – something some tourists seem never to learn.
P.S. it was +30° when I woke up this morning. Slippery roads!
Last year, in celebration of the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I tweeted quotes from that work for one week each month. This year is the bicentennial of Mansfield Park, and while I do not plan to post regular reviews of spinoffs (there aren’t that many) I will tweet quotations from that work, and give their contexts here. Normally this will be the second or third Wednesday of the month, following a week of tweets. This is the first of these blog posts, and the first six of the quotations below are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.
“There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.” Narrator’s comment on the lucky marriage of Miss Maria Ward to Sir Thomas Bertram.
“A girl so brought up must be adequately provided for.” Sir Thomas, when they are discussing the idea of raising Fanny.
“Do not let us be frightened from a good deed by a trifle.” Mrs. Norris, who throughout the book deludes herself into thinking she is responsible for taking Fanny from her poor family and giving her a better life at Mansfield, but who in fact gets out of every obligation.
“It being a wicked thing for her not to be happy.” Mrs. Norris has managed to make Fanny think that Fanny’s failure to be overflowing with happiness at being taken away from her home and siblings is a fault.
“There is moderation in all things.” A good principle in itself, but not as Mrs. Norris applies it to Fanny’s homesickness.
“The favorite holiday sport of the moment, making artificial flowers or wasting gold paper.” Fanny’s cousins are far more interested in other things than in getting to know Fanny.
“Don’t let it be obvious that you’re acting.” Tourist Trap, by Sue Ann Bowling. Lai’s advice to Roi as Zhaim’s trial approaches.
Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between January 2 and January 8, 2014.
“The best songs cannot be forgotten.” Songsmith, by Andre Norton and A. C. Crispin. Eydryth’s final thoughts on the night of her wedding.
“All things died in their time.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Eleeri, realizing that her great-grandfather is dying.
“Nothing stays the same forever.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Cynan, trying to explain why the people of Karsten turned against the Old Race.
“To all things there comes a time. This is yours—to go.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Cynon, sending Eleeri away before his death.
“It wasn’t possible to be homesick for a place you’d never lived in. Was it?” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. But Eleeri is feeling increasingly that the call in her mind greatly resembles homesickness.
“Sometimes wishes can be more powerful than the one who wished ever knows.” The Key of the Keplian, by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie. Eleeri has summoned the memory of strychnine to kill the Gray Ones, but then wishes that any other carrion-eaters who feast on the poisoned carcass will not be harmed – and they are not.
“Are you sure you aren’t misinterpreting his actions?” Tourist Trap, by Sue Ann Bowling. Ramil, when first faced with the possibility of executing Zhaim.
Here are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between December 26 and January 1. All but the last are from Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey.
“You want what you can’t or shouldn’t have or are denied. Human nature.” Killashandra, considering how she accepted the irrevocable contract with the Heptite Guild.
“One still had to know what question to ask.” No matter how good the data-retrieval system, you still have to ask the right question. Killashandra is thinking that computers haven’t changed all that much since their invention.
“The best computer is still the human brain.” Rimbol, after Shillawn admits that he found out an elusive piece of information by asking a person, not the computer.
“No one ever does a favor without expecting a return.” Killashandra’s rather cynical view of life, based on her experience in music school.
“Gratitude depends on memory.” Lanzecki’s advice to Killashandra, pointing out that it’s hard to be grateful for something you can’t remember.
“I am going in this direction, and nothing is stopping me.” Killashandra’s interpretation of the look of a military cruiser.
“You don’t have to be a young aristocrat if you don’t want to, but you can act like one.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Lai’s advice to Roi on his presentation at his sixteenth birthday.