Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Page 123 - The Book tag

This tag came from Mumbaigirl, who’s also very kind to have remembered me while choosing people to tag. It shouldn’t have taken me such a long time to get around to doing it, but I was either too engrossed reading to bother with the computer, or the book I was reading wasn’t handy when I was at the computer. Naturally enough, the one place where the two could coincide was in the office (kidding... maybe), so here at last is the Page 123 tag.

These are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

The book I have with me is John Mortimer’s Rumpole and The Age of Miracles, first published in 1988. Horace Rumpole is a quintessentially English character, described by the Sunday Express as "a lovable, irreverent, claret-swigging, Wordsworth-spouting criminal lawyer". The book is very funny and the writing is a bit long-winded – sort of Wodehousian, but not as much exaggerated for comic effect.

The relevant extract from Page 123 for this tag is:

"Peanuts Molloy wasn’t alone in feeling that being bound over in the sum of fifty pounds wasn’t an adequate punishment for the attempted drowning of a wife. This view was held by most of the newspapers, a large section of the public, and all the members of the North Islington Women’s Movement (Chair, Mizz Liz Probert). When Guthrie arrived for business at the Judge’s entrance of the Old Bailey, he was met by a vociferous posse of women, bearing banners with the following legend: WOMEN OF ENGLAND, KEEP YOUR HEADS ABOVE WATER. GET JUSTICE FEATHERSTONE SACKED."

Now for the most difficult part of this meme... tagging others. I only tag y’all because I HAVE to. Doesn’t mean you have to feel obliged to do it (and thereby resent me), okay? :)

1. Lakshmi in NZ
2. Shoefiend
3. Chronic Worrier
4. Shruthi
5. Teesu


Anonymous said...

Hi Shyam!
Long time no see. Glad I dropped by and read a whole bunch of your posts. Me has been away from the blog world for too long..hope to make up soon.

mumbaigirl said...

I Love Rumpole! and I'll alwasy tag you because you're one of the few who likes doing them!

Anonymous said...

Shyam: NO worries re the tag, its a good way to wake up my comatose writing brain. Only issue: finding a book. But not to worry, your tag will be memed!!! And this is a tag after me own heart! Gee

shyam said...

Hey Ravi! How nice to see you here after such a long time! :) I do keep an eye on your blog, y'know. You shd write more, and often.

MG: You're the only person who's heard of Rumpole! (Other than from the TV series, I mean) :)

Gee: Good for you da. Do it, do it!

Teesu said...

I KNEW I would be tagged this time. AND...why did n't you tag me earlier??:(

shyam said...

Teesu: Tag you earlier? What d'yu mean?