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Quotes from Terry Pratchett

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 14 and August 20, 2014. The first 6 are by Terry Pratchett, from Mort.

Mort cover“Magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances come up nine times out of ten.” At least in Discworld!

“It’s the people the gods ignore who get the really rough deals.” The gods take an interest in tragic heroes, but sometimes it’s even worse to be ignored.

“The awesome splendour of the Universe is much easier to deal with if you think of it as a series of small chunks.” Mort, just apprenticed to Death, is trying to deal with cleaning the stable of Death’s horse.

“People don’t want to see what can’t possibly exist.” So they don’t.

“REALITY IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.” Death, explaining to Mort that those surrounding him are aristocrats, who are very good at not seeing what they don’t want to.

“PEOPLE CAN’T EXPECT TO HAVE ME RUNNING AROUND AFTER THEM ALL THE TIME.” Death, the first time he sends Mort out to attend deaths.

“What was wrong with her, that she had forgotten so thoroughly the dangers of her home?” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna’s thoughts just after she has almost been attacked by a butterfly cat, forgetting the predatory nature of these beasts.

Quotes from Jane Austen

Here are the contexts for the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 7 and August 13, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, 200 years old this year, by Jane Austen.

Mansfield Park Cover“If the part is trifling she will have more credit in making something of it.” Tom Bertram, trying to make Julia contented to play Cottager’s Wife.

“She was safe, but peace and safety were unconnected here.” Fanny has been saved from acting, but by Miss Crawford to whom she does not wish to be obligated.

“There is very little sense in a play without a curtain.” Mrs. Norris, as usual overpraising her own part. (She has been making the curtain.)

“Selfishness was lost in the common cause.” Sir Thomas has come home unexpectedly early, and though for a moment Julia is one with the players, this feeling is quickly lost as she sees Maria and Henry Crawford.

“I come home to be happy and indulgent.” Sir Thomas, while pointing out that his indulgence will not include any more rehearsals.

“He was more willing to believe they felt their error, than to run the risk of investigation.” Sir Thomas’s attitude toward his children.

“Dressing well and feeling beautiful will make you feel more confident.” Homecoming, by Sue Ann Bowling. Cinda, encouraging Marna to dress up for her first meeting with Lai.

Quotes from Mercedes Lackey

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling from July 31 through August 6, 2014. All but the last are from Beauty and the Werewolf, by Mercedes Lackey.

Beauty and the Werewolf cover“I don’t hold with making a man desperate.” Eric, the gamekeeper, when taking Bella out to help him catch a poacher who is taking only skins, leaving the meat to rot.

“It took a good teacher to make a good teacher.” Bella, wondering who has taught Sabastian, who is teaching her.

“Women are more practical. And we have no problem with being called cowards.” Eric has asked what Bella would do if someone came at her with a knife, and her answer is “run.”

“No wonder he bullied people, if he had been bullied himself.” Eric has been giving Bella an edited version of his childhood.

“Children became what they lived with.” Bella’s thought, but true.

“You deserve to be more than anyone has allowed you to be until now.” Sebastian speaking to Bella, just after he has asked her to marry him.

“Nobody ever tells us anything.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame, after Roi has vanished and she doesn’t know why.

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between July 24 and July 30, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Map Rohan“He that flies counts every foeman twice.” One of the scouts to Theoden, referring to the force ready to come down on them as they flee toward Helms Deep. This is from the book, not the movie.)

“Trust not to secret ways.” Theoden to Eomer, warning that Sauruman may have scouted out the hidden paths in Helm’s Deep.

“The world changes, and all that was strong now seems unsure.” Theoden, usure of the safety of the “unconquerable” Hornburg after the Deeping Wall has fallen.

“One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.” Aragorn to Pippin, as he returns the brooch Pippin cast away as a sign to any tracker.

“Luck served you there, but you seized your chance with both hands.” Gimli, referring to the cutting of the bonds on the hobbits’ wrists.

“It is difficult to know with these evil folk when they are in league, and when they are cheating one another.” Aragorn, referring to the question of whether Sauruman and Sauron are working together or in rivalry. Note that this and the two previous quotes are at Isengard, after its overthrow by the Ents.

“Just wait until you get hungry enough.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna to Cinda, after Cinda has found a very strange looking creature she hopes in inedible. (They are stranded on Mirror, without food.)

Quotes from Andre Norton

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling from July 17 through July 23. The first six are from The Warding of Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Warding cover“To see a demon come to life is no light thing.” Stymir, comparing chilling tales told by the fire with what seems the reality of those tales.

“The end was always worse than even the stupid fool who fell to the wiles of evil could imagine.” Audha’s thought as she realizes that she may be in such a bargain with the Dark.

“Do you not understand even yet that it was because of your hate and anger you opened the door to me?” The “Demon” to Audha.

“To fight on enemy territory when one knows nothing of the odds has never availed any attacker much in the end.” Simond’s comment as they try to decide what to do about their “demon.”

“Certain things cannot truly die.” Frost, speaking to Strymir with the message that war is not always the answer.

“We cannot go on if our bodies fail us, no matter how our spirits urge us.” Inquit’s council that they stop and rest.

“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 at his birthday reception

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between July 10 and July 16, 2014. The first six are from Beauty and the Werewolf, by Mercedes Lackey.

Beauty and the Werewolf cover“What is wisdom, then, but knowing when it is best not to speak, and when it is best to hold one’s hand?” Bella quotes this to Sebastian when he tells her that he learned early not to try to do everything by magic.

“Escape into concentration is the only escape we have.” Bella explaining to the kitchen staff why she and Sebastian have been so engrossed hat they missed a meal.

“A gilded and comfortable cage was still a cage.” Bella can’t help but resent her captivity.

“A failure is just the success of proving one way doesn’t work.” Bella quoting her father when Sebastian is a bit down about his failures to find an answer to his problem

“Let’s concentrate on what we can do something about.” Granny to Bella, when Bella is wishing for things she has no hope of changing.

“You need to start thinking like a sly old woman.” Granny advising Bella.

“I must have been crazy to think that all of the crossbreds would be alike.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna, when she discovers what has been happening to Roi—and that he is totally unlike Zhaim, the crossbred she met first.

Quotes from Jane Austin

Here are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between July 3 and July 9, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austin.

Mansfield Park Cover“Thoughtless and selfish from prosperity and bad example.”  Jane Austen’s description of Henry Crawford.

“He had not much to recommend him beyond habits of fashion and expense.”  Narrator’s description of John Yeats, Tom Bertram’s friend who brought the acting virus to Mansfield Park.

“This, though the thought of the moment, did not end with the moment.”  Tom Bertram’s idea of acting a play at Mansfield Park.

“I feel as if I could be anything or everything.”  Tom Bertam, once he begins to get the bit between his teeth on the idea of the play.

“Let us do nothing by halves.”  Edmund’s comment on the play, though he means just the opposite.

“I have no fears, and no scruples.”  Tom Bertam, still arguing for a play. (He unfortunately continues to urge that it will be a distraction for Lady Bertram at the anxious time of her husband’s returning over the Atlantic, not noticing that she has fallen asleep.)

“We can’t help you if we don’t know what’s going on!” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derik to Roi, as he begins to suspect what has been happening at Tyndall.

Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between June 26 and July 2, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Map Rohan“In doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom.” Hama the doorward of Edoras, when he decides not to take Gandalf’s staff.

“Alas, that these evil days should be mine.” Theoden, once he has returned to himself and understands Saruman’s treachery.

“Faithful heart may have forward tongue.” Theoden realizing that Eomer has been loyal to him.

“To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.” Gandalf to Theoden, same scene.

“Men need many words before deeds.” Gimili to Legolas as they set out for the Hornburg.

“The gift seems already to be given.” Theoden, as he gives Shadowfax to Gandalf, and realizes that the horse has already given himself.

“Since he had to get some sleep, in class was the place to do it.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. This refers to Roi, having to prepare for a judicial challenge while spending his days in school, but I don’t think it’s that uncommon an attitude among students.

These are the contexts of the quotations which were tweeted from @sueannbowling between June 19 and June 25, 2014. All but the last are from The Warding of Witch World, by Andre Norton.

Warding cover“No one knows what one is until the last lesson is learned.” Liara to Keris, when he is considering himself relatively worthless.

“It seems that nothing these days is designed to bring us comfort.” Duratan at Lormt, after throwing the stones.

“Each age has its proper lives—and then those fade.” Elysha, facing a very old trap.

“No one can be given without his will.” This seems to be a truism of Norton’s work—the Dark can only take those who accept it. In this case, the speaker is Aylinn, speaking to young Hardin of Hul.

“Power unleashed does not halt until all that threatens it is gone.” Inquit speaking to the Trade Master of the northernmost Sulcar port.

“There are many talents, each having its own force.” Frost, speaking to Svan as the Watcher tries to read their future path.

“A self-trained esper was always cause for concern.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derik said this to Kaia, but he has just had a demonstration of how true it really is.

These are the contexts of the quotations tweeted from @sueannbowling between June 12 and June 18, 2014. The first six are from Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey.

Beauty and the Werewolf cover“Most of us are only human, and far too often our only choices are between bad and worse.” Godmother Elena is speaking to Bella.

“No matter what we do, someone is going to suffer.” Still Godmother Elena.

“I am never going to be a proper lady. I will never choose style over comfort.” Bella, after she has insisted that the most impractical of her new gowns be removed.

“Men want a wife who will fit into society.” Bella, thinking over what she will – and can – do once she returns home after being bitten by a werewolf.

“The nurturing hand also held the knife.” Bella, forced to admit that even a good king must at times be ruthless.

“It was amazing what young men would say when they thought there were no parents or young women about.” Bella has done some wandering about and eavesdropping at the parties her stepmother insisted she attend.

“You want a demonstration of how we were doing without your help?” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derik mind-talking to Roi after the first practice teleport of the day with Roi’s help. It’s also the first one that has left the teleported boxes intact.


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