A Themeless Teaser Tuesday

July 28, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

It’s another Teaser Tuesday here at Literary Transgressions. For those of you just joining us, every Tuesday we sample a bunch of books we expect to review in the future, open them to a random page and quote two sentences from between lines 7 and 12. This Tuesday is particularly themeless since I thought everything was from the nineteenth century and was then sad to discover I was completely crazy and that only one was written in that glorious century. Sigh. So no theme!

But nevertheless, in chronological order, here we go!

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (1826)
“The dialogue ceased, while the hunter and his companions busied themselves in preparations for the comfort and protection of those they guided. A spring, which many long years before had induced the natives to select the place for their temporary fortifcation, was soon cleared of leaves, and a fountain of crystal gushed from the bed, diffusing its waters over the verdant hillock.”

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)
“For a moment Archer stood watching, his gaze delighted by the flash of the red meteor against the snow; then he started after her, and they met, panting and laughing, at a wicket that led into the park.”
[N.B. This has already been reviewed here at LT, but this is actually one of my favorite parts of the book, so I thought I’d share anyway.]

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1936)
“Whether he talked or not made little difference to my mood. My only enemy was the clock on the dash-board, whose hands would move relentlessly to one o’clock.”

An Envious Position: The American Mistress from Slightly Kept to Practically Married by Penelope Orth (1972)
“Pygmalionism occurs in a mild form in lovers who rent apartments and buy clothes for a mistress more to suit their image of her than her own individual taste; but it occurs full blown on those who do a complete job and make a hobby of it.”
[N.B. This may be the most obnoxious book I’ve ever read.]

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