Thursday: “Then the white-furred thing ran right past him—and as it ran, it spoke. It said, ‘Run, you fool!’” De Chancie. Context?
From Castle Perilous. Gene has gotten lost (he thinks) in an underground parking garage. From there I’ll quote:
“It was large, maybe seven, eight feet, walked on two legs and was covered head to foot with silky white fur. Oh, and the head. The head was smallish, but the mouth was not, agleam with razor-edged teeth and curved three-inch fangs. Bone-white claws tipped its fingers. Its shoulders were almost as broad as the beast was tall, and from them hung long sinewy arms. But with all that bulk, it was fast. And it was coming toward him.
“As the beast neared, the glow from the jewel-torch fired its eyes, luminescent yellow agates. An alien intelligence burned within them, fierce, cruel and unhuman.
“The sound of the hell-beast shook the passageway.
“But the white-furred thing ran right past him, and as it went by, it spoke.
“It said, “’Run, you fool.’”
Friday: “Fear can make anyone a tyrant.” Mercedes Lackey. Context?
The Book is Exile’s Valor. The conversation? Just after Selenay has forced the Council to approve her marriage to Prince Karathanelan. “She was afraid,” Talamar said into the silence. “Fear can make anyone a tyrant.”
“She was afraid that if she didn’t force this through, now, she would lose him, you mean,” Myste said.
Saturday: “He could almost put his hand between the color and the cloth.” C.L.Moore. Context?
From the old short story, “Scarlet Dream,” originally published in 1934 and republished in 1961 in Northwest Smith. The description is of a shawl with a vivid and complex scarlet pattern on a background of twilight blue clouded with violet and green. The shawl becomes a gateway to another world, one of both beauty and horror.
Sunday: “There is a time to speak in hyperbole and a time to frame words to the limit of a narrow edge.” Bramah. Book?
The book is Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat, by Ernest Bramah. The only problem with tweeting random sentences from this is that most of the sentences are too long! Originally written in the late 1920’s, it was republished in 1974 as part of the Ballentine Adult Fantasy series. Definitely a book to be read slowly and savored, but probably not to the taste of those who read quickly.
Monday: “It does seem like a great deal of bother to spare Kelson today simply so he can be killed later.” Kurtz. Context?
From near the beginning of Deryni Rising. Ian is speaking to Charissa, the Deryni sorceress, as they discuss the assassination of Kelson’s father, Brion.
Tuesday: “A prudent man doesn’t give either a priest or a woman the opportunity to scold him in public.” Eddings. Context?
From Pawn of Prophecy. Barak is explaining to Garion why he does not want to walk past the temple.
Wednesday: “would have been easier if the Genetics Board had not insisted that she bear his child.” Bowling. Context?
From Homecoming. Derik is half-wishing Vara had not been forced by the Genetics Board to have his child, but he cannot regret the child.