These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between October 16 and October 22, 2014. All but the last are from “A Tangled Web” by Mercedes Lackey, a story in Harvest Moon.
“Having Aphrodite on your side was almost worse than having her as an enemy.” Persephone’s thought as she weaves (reluctantly.)
“Oh, the curse of being able to see clearly, both sides of everything!” Still Persephone, annoyed that she can see her mother’s side as well as her own.
“So much power seemed coupled with so little forethought.” Demeter’s reflection on the Olympian gods as a whole.
“If godmothers are so good at keeping things from getting out of hand, why are gods so bad at it?” Here the reference is to the gods of Olympus or Valhalla.
“Mortals, given the choice, would rather not think too far ahead, or even think at all.” Brunehilde to Leopold, suggesting that the reason these gods are as they are is because they owe their existence to the mortals who worship them – thus they have mortal failings.
“All mothers are like that, I think.” Brunhilde, after Persephone complains that her mother still considers her a child.
“A self-trained esper is always cause for worry.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derry is just beginning to suspect what he may be facing in Roi.
Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from October 9 through October 15, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by JRR Tolkien.
“Oft evil will shall evil mar.” Theoden, quoting a saying to Gandalf as they discuss the palantir.
“Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.” Gandalf, discussing how the palantir may have led to Sauruman’s downfall.
“If it must be, let’s get it over.” Sam, when Frodo has decided to climb down the face of the Emyn Muil by rope.
“If we kill him, we must kill him outright.” Frodo, after they have captured Gollum.
“What he means to do is another matter.” Frodo, still considering what to do with Gollum.
“Now that I see him, I do pity him.” Frodo, replying to his memory of Gandalf’s words about Gollum, back in the Shire. (It was the Shire in the book, though the speech was moved to Moira in the movie.)
“Just try and stop me.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna’s response to Lai’s suggestion that they take in Roi.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between Oct 2 and Oct 8, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austin. This book is 200 years old this year.
“My intentions are only not to be poor.” Edmund’s continuation of his response to Mary’s fixing on a large income as a recipe for happiness.
“A woman can never be too fine while she is all in white.” Edmund, speaking to Fanny before the ball.
“Fraternal love, sometimes almost everything, is at others worse than nothing.” The author is using the love between Fanny and her brother William to contrast with other sibling relationships in the family, such as between Aunt Norris and her sisters, or between Julia and Maria. Note that in this case “fraternal” is used to refer to any pair of siblings, regardless of sex.
“I can never bear to ask.” Henry is in some ways almost a stereotypical male of modern times: he won’t ask for directions when he is lost.
“Poor Fanny, not allowed to cheat herself as she wishes.” Edmund, perceiving that Fanny would much rather that her brother William won.
“The possession of what she had so much wished for did not bring much satisfaction.” Fanny’s thoughts after accepting the necklace from Miss Crawford.
“Maybe your body knows what it needs better than you do.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame, speaking to Roi, after she has found him wracked with nightmares.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between September 25 and October 1, 2014. The first six quotes are from Storm Over Warlock, by Andre Norton.
“The improbable we do at once; the impossible takes a little longer.” Thorvald to Shann Lantee, but I think he is quoting something much older.
“There would be no arguing with hungry wolverines.” The wolverines in question are mutated exploration partners, but they still have wolverine appetites.
“Such a confident enemy would be unable to resist watching the manipulation of a captive.” Shann’s argument to himself that the wyverns must be watching hm.
“And what are the chances of our becoming warlocks ourselves?” Shann’s question to Thorvald once they are united.
“Dreams hold power.” One of the Wyverns to Shann. The context is such that “dreams” involve both imagination and a path set before one’s feet.
“We find beauty together, if only in a dream.” The young Wyvern to Shann, after she had shared his dream remembering Trav.
“Oh, I don’t have to buy anything to shop.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Flame, when Roi cautions her about not buying too much at the ship’s store.
Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between September 18 and September 24, 2014. The first six are from Mort, by Terry Pratchett.
“A stuffed alligator is absolutely standard equipment in any properly-run magical establishment.” Even in the establishment of Igneous Cutwell, as Mort observes.
“Rather than drown in uncertainty it was better to surf right over the top of it.” One of the things Mort has learned as an apprentice to Death.
“If there’s one thing that really annoys a god, it’s not knowing everything.” Why the gods have not loosed an avalanche on the abbey of the Listeners.
“History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it.” Mort thinks he has changed history by preventing an assassination, but history is tougher than that.
“People just don’t see what their mind says isn’t there.” Cutwell is speaking to Mort, who already knows that.
“Better to be a dead queen in your own castle than a live commoner somewhere else.” The Royal way of looking at things, as Cutwell attempts to explain Keli’s attitude to Mort.
“Empaths were necessary, but they were not suited to rule.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Part of Zhaim’s grievance against Roi.
Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from September 11 through September 17, 2014. The first six are from Beauty and the Werewolf, by Mercedes Lackey.
“Footwear was not exactly memorable.” Well, not to some people! But in this case Bella is confident that Sebastian will not recognize that she is wearing a pair of his mother’s boots.
“It’s not just what you are good with. It’s what you’re good at.” Sebastian to Bella, when suggesting she might be a better sorceress than a witch.
“A whistling girl and a crowing hen always come to some bad end.” The housekeeper’s admonition when she used to catch Bella whistling.
“A whistling girl and a wise old sheep are two of the best things a farmer can keep.” Bella’s retort to the housekeeper.
“War is never good for trade.” Bella remembering her father when a war seems imminent. The arms trade is an unfortunate exception.
“Curses don’t die with their maker.” The magical distinction between a spell and a curse.
“As long as there was a chance I could help you by staying with you, that’s what I had to do.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Roi’s statement to Penny when she wonders why he didn’t save himself by teleporting away from the sailboat in the squall.
Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between September 4 and September 10, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.
“You must try not to mind growing up a pretty woman.” Edmund to Fanny, when she is embarrassed by her uncle’s admiration of her person.
“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory.” Fanny to Mary Crawford, as they are sitting in Mary’s half-sistert’s shrubbery and talking of how it has been changed.
“One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.” Fanny is still rhapsodizing on the shrubbery.
“There is no escaping these little vexations.” Mrs. Grant to Mary, pointing out that no matter where one lives, things will never be perfect.
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” Mary’s response.
“I cannot intend anything which it must be so completely beyond my power to command.” Edmund’s response to Mary’s comment on income.
“It’s not that things really work like the songs.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Penny’s comment on Roi’s question on whether a folk song would make sense in her culture.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 28 and September 3, 2014. The first six are from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“A wild beast cornered is not safe to approach.” Gandalf, as they approach Saruman trapped in Orthanc.
“The guest who has escaped by the roof will think twice before he comes back in by the door.” Gandalf, when Saruman tries to invite him back into Orthanc.
“He cannot be both tyrant and counselor.” Gandalf, speaking of Saruman at Orthanc.
“I grieve that so much that was good now festers in the tower.” Gandalf, after Saruman has refused to work with them, and chosen instead to remain a prisoner in Orthanc. This is from the book, not the movie.
“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” Gildor’s saying, quoted by Merry to Pippin when Pippin is curious about the palantir.
“Do not then stumble at the end of the road.” Gandalf’s advice to Aragorn as he gives him the palantir.
“I took a fresh look at the consequences of what I believe, and I didn’t like what I saw.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Penny’s thought, after a discussion with Roi on the effects of a local law she had taken for granted.
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 21 and August 27, 2014.
“Who can swear certainly to anything of the Power?” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Frost, refusing to promise something she is uncertain of.
“No two Powers are alike—just as no world copies another to the last blade of grass.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Frost, again saying she can not be sure how the Power will work.
“Always the Dark will rise—for it cannot be entirely driven from any world of man.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Koris, at the last great conference after the Warders have returned.
“We must always strive to learn more and put what is so learned to proper use. Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Koris again. And this sentiment, especially the second part, is very appropriate for today.
“He had a right to be alive, hadn’t he?” Andre Norton, Storm over Warlock. Shann Lantee, feeling as if he has been somehow blamed for being the only survivor of the Terran camp.
“There is no reason for us to advertise our being alive.” Andre Norton, Storm over Warlock. Ragnar Thorvald, pointing out that taking a Throg weapon, useful though it might be, would alert the aliens to possible survivors.
“That sort of thing just isn’t supposed to happen.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Penny, speaking to Roi after his carelessness with the warnoff has brought on a puma attack.
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.
“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.