Saturday, September 16, 2006

Who doesn't want to use the word "apothecary"?

--No cause for alarm, said the apothecary, once he had rejoined his friends,
Monsieur Binet has given me his guarantee that precautions have been taken. No
sparks will fall. The pumps are full. Our beds await us.

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, p. 123 (Penguin Classics edition, translated by Geoffrey Wall)

The lovely Bubandpie tagged me for this meme: Tell us the 5th through 8th sentences on page 123 of the book nearest you. Since all the books around me have an average of 32 pages (and one sentence per page, if that), I defaulted to my nightstand and this month's book club book. Since I haven't gotten to this page yet (and it's been at least 15 years since the last time I read this book), I can't offer much in the way of context. But beds awaiting sounds good anytime, doesn't it?

I tag Binkytown, Jamie, and Lady M. However, you have a choice. B&P also did a second meme, naming her top 10 TV characters of all time. So do that one if you'd rather. I didn't 'cause I'm lazy like that, and 'cause I got bogged down in debating Carter vs. Ross and how can you choose just one Brady child?

Like I said... beds await.


Karianna said...

"beds await." Ooooooh!

Alas, I have never read Madame Bovary.

There are so many books that I "should" read and "want" to read, and yet... well, my bed awaits.

bubandpie said...

I hadn't reached p. 123 when I did this either. That's the fun part of this mem - the randomness of the words, the absence of context.

mothergoosemouse said...

I'm reading at 7:23am. My bed still sounds good. Achingly good.

And I'm currently reading a book that started off bad and isn't improving, so I shudder to think of what's on page 123.

Her Bad Mother said...

I think that this is my favourite meme idea in a long time.

I'll do it right now:

'What good fortune to have found ink and paper! I am expressing my feelings in order to temper their excess; I moderate my ecstasy by describing it.'

From Rousseau's La Nouvelle Heloise (Julie).

Lady M said...

Oh boy, mine is going to look so goofy next to your sophisticated literature. I will post it this week, Mayberry!

Binkytown said...

How sad it is that I read: The pumps are full, the bed awaits us and all I can picture is my medella breast pump and how tierd I was in those days. sigh. Thanks for the tag!

movin'mom said...

You lost me at Monsieur...I like to read a little however my genre is very limited. By limited I don't mean the easy reads, I just mean informational, educational. yet not quite self-help.

Jamie said...

Hey...I'm on it...I've had a monumentally crappy day and I could use a fun meme! I'll work on this tomorrow because my bed awaits! ;)

lildb said...

I dig this meme. it's an easy one. I don't have to think.

and I LOVE the word apothecary. (but I always manage to misspell it.)

Jamie said...

OK...finally did the meme. I did the TV characters one and it was quite fun to take a trip down memory lane. :)