New book meme

New book meme

Melanie has a new meme on her blog and as the dutiful husband, I’m playing along. Plus the result is quite humorous:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 161.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Okay here goes: “Now, rather than being humbled by his unexpected rise to power, the Holy Father had wasted no time flexing all the muscle associated with the highest office in Christendom.”

Can you guess which book that’s from? smile

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • “If you concatenate the string CHR(13) || CHAR(10) to the end of a line, the DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE function will place the output of the next line on a new line on the screen.”

  • “The first six beasts had one thing in common: each afflicted all or almost all the members of God’s visible organization.”

  • Hmm, Psalm 116, but the source?  Was it “A Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer” by John Brook?

  • Dom:  My Guess: The Da Vinci Code

    Because I know you are reading it.

    Even though I haven’t.

  • OK, I just read all the postings, and I’m second place… but my guess was blind.

  • Behold the result of following your instructions most strictly to the letter:
    deni -ae -a, num. distrib. (decem), 1, ten by ten, ten at a time, by tens; uxores habent deni duodenique inter se communes, Caes.; 2, ten; bis deni, Verg.
    Thrillin’, no?  Especially the “uxores habent” part.

  • “Yet there is one thing which the world can never take—the memory of a Friendship so keen as to be a torment—Friendship even in the present.”

  • “the first misconception about information is that it rarely makes a decision for you.”

  • “In search of the Spanish Armada, Sir Francis Drake burned and sacked the town in 1589.”

    – – Harbors and High Seas (An Atlas and Georgraphical Guide to the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian)

  • P 161 of this book is a cover page for the next chapter.  Counting down 5 lines, though, is this part of the theme quote for the chapter

    ” The Vine which on the pole still leaned his arms/Must now bear up and save the pole from harms.”

    The book is The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser and the citation is from James Strong, Joanereidos: or, Feminine Valour Eminently discovered in Westerne Women, 1645

    Susan Peterson

  • There are books with more than 161 pages???

    jkjk. I won’t compete with the funny things people have posted. Most all of my books are Catholic theology or ministry books.  How droll.


  • “Marquette and Joliet found Ojibwa and Menominee peoples as they paddled and portaged their way across the territory in 1673 to reach the Mississippi River.”

    National Geographic’s ‘Our Fifty States’ 

    Now, guess which state he was referring to.

  • My desk has stacks of books, all about equidistant from my chair. So I’ll post a couple.

    “On the other hand, if this same group should continue in this same condition till death overtook them, they would gain security and belong to the Companions of the Right.”
    From Hayy The Son of Yaqzan by Ibn Tufayl

    “It has been told that Barahir would not forsake Dorthonion, and there Morgoth pursued him to the death, until at last there remained to him only twelve companions.”
    The Silmarillion

    “Rise up in Splendor, Jerusalem!”
    Daily Roman Missal

  • Shawn,

    The Fall of the House of Usher by Poe, Edgar Allan

    I cheated, though.

  • “You all are way too serious—except for the Jeeves fan.”

    Well, it did say the closest book I could have picked something more interesting and fun, but that would have been dishonest. My fun books just happen to be in the other room.

  • Thanks Jane, but the real credit goes to my sister, Theresa. She sent it to me on IM. And she got it from a college buddy who got it from someone else…. and so it goes. I’m glad everyone’s having fun with it. I’m having fun reading the responses.

  • “The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and holy war was not a religious duty to them, save only for purposes of defense.”