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1MrsLee
Fev 10, 2009, 9:02 pm

Over in the Discworld group they've been playing a game by giving a quote from a book, then everyone has to guess which book, and it might be fun to guess the character too. I thought it might work with Stout since there are so many books, but we might need to choose a quote which is specific to that particular book, meaning, you can't quote the lines about the Brownstone which are in every book, or one with Wolfe's weight. Also, avoid names. Know what I mean? I'll go first and see if any of you bite. This might be easy, but I don't care, I like the quote. :)

"The man smiled a little and said, "I'm going to make a speech." He cleared his throat and cocked his head. "The agreements of human society embrace not only protection against murder, but thousands of other things, and it is certainly true that in America the whites have excluded the blacks from some of the benefits of those agreements."

2MAJic
Fev 11, 2009, 2:53 am

Ah, ha!

Mr. Whipple.

A Right to Die.

3MrsLee
Fev 11, 2009, 3:40 am

That is correct MAJic! You are the clear and decisive winner! Now it's your turn to post one. I wonder if you and I are going to be the only ones to play?

4MAJic
Fev 12, 2009, 12:42 am

Anywho! Back atcha.

"A man condemning the income tax because of the annoyance it gives him or the expense in puts him to is merely a dog baring its teeth, and he forfeits the privileges of civilized discourse. But it is permissible to criticize it on other and impersonal grounds. A Government, like an individual, spends money for any or all of three reasons: because it needs to, because it wants to, or simply because it has it to spend. The last is much the shabbiest."

5AdonisGuilfoyle
Fev 12, 2009, 2:24 am

Wolfe, 'And Be A Villain'.

I had to bat my brains for the title, but I remember Archie's opening quote - 'It's bleak, sir. If that means what I think it means. Bleak!'

6cogitno
Fev 14, 2009, 8:24 am

Also published as "More Deaths than One" - the version in my library.

But I forget myself, and must apologise: I have forfeited the privilege of civilised discourse.

7MrsLee
Fev 14, 2009, 4:55 pm

I'm confused now. Is Adonis Guilfoyle correct?

8cogitno
Fev 14, 2009, 10:34 pm

He certainly is. Same book, two different titles. British and US editions of the same book occasionally have different titles.

9MrsLee
Fev 15, 2009, 2:15 pm

So AG, we wait with baited breathe (guess I could go brush) for the next challenge! :)

10AdonisGuilfoyle
Fev 16, 2009, 2:32 am

Hm. I knew my file of favourite quotes would have a use if I kept it long enough!

"I suppose it was badly phrased, but husbands who try to go on steering when the car is upside down in the ditch always aggravate me."

11MrsLee
Fev 17, 2009, 12:31 pm

12AdonisGuilfoyle
Fev 17, 2009, 2:13 pm

Nope, not one of the 'major' stories, just a regular case. (A qualifier for you!)

13MrsLee
Fev 18, 2009, 1:47 pm

I'm going to have to look over my books. It's a familiar quote, but the story isn't jumping out at me. :)

14etrainer
Editado: Fev 19, 2009, 2:19 pm

Pfui! I'll never get any of these - my memory is so bad!! But I'm glad to see new activity in this group, and I'll be lurking if nothing else!

Edited to remove excess punctuation!

15MrsLee
Fev 19, 2009, 2:21 pm

O.K., I'm just guessing, A Window for Death? I'm thinking I might have to reread my Wolfe books, because though I remember the quotes, I'm having a hard time connecting them.

16etrainer
Fev 19, 2009, 2:26 pm

MrsLee, what is the name of the Discworld group? I searched but couldn't find it. I've only read one book, but intend to find more.

17AdonisGuilfoyle
Fev 19, 2009, 2:44 pm

Have I picked a stinker here? Perhaps the quotes should be from the fairly 'mainstream' novels only!

Another clue: it is a novel, and not a novella.

18MrsLee
Fev 20, 2009, 4:18 am

etrainer - All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett fans. You can find it easily if you go to my profile and look at my groups, then click that link. :)

AG - I don't give up that easily, though I like getting more clues. The Mother Hunt

19MrsLee
Fev 27, 2009, 12:10 pm

All right, if I'm wrong above, give us another clue AG? :)

20AdonisGuilfoyle
Fev 28, 2009, 2:12 pm

Pardon my silence, there! I keep forgetting to check back with the groups.

Another clue. Hm. A smorgasbord for Archie ;) (The novel is probably not one of the more oft-read titles, but I enjoyed it!)

21MAJic
Fev 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

Is it Too Many Women ?

I haven't had time to check the book.

22AdonisGuilfoyle
Mar 1, 2009, 7:16 am

Aiiee! Give MAJic a prize! Yes, you are right, it's from Too Many Women, right about before Archie gets into a scuffle outside the brownstone, I believe (I haven't checked the book, either!)

Your turn!

23MrsLee
Mar 9, 2009, 12:09 am

Oh MAJic! Where are you? It's your turn to post a quote.

24MAJic
Mar 10, 2009, 4:36 pm

Wolfe............

She wasn't much of a wife. Your phrase. Granting that no woman is much of a wife, did she have distinctive flaws?

He shut his syes for a long moment, opened them, and said. "She's dead."

25MrsLee
Mar 11, 2009, 2:27 pm

Hmm, this one doesn't ring any bells for me, so I'll just take a shot in the dark Plot it Yourself. I really need to reread my Stout!

26etrainer
Editado: Mar 12, 2009, 3:23 pm

#24 That does ring a bell for me. I remember that Wolfe once had a wife. Recollection stops there! Is this the one where the daughter shows up?

27AdonisGuilfoyle
Mar 13, 2009, 4:50 am

That's an interesting twist - I was thinking that it was *Wolfe* speaking, addressing a client maybe (the client replying that his wife is dead).

And now I can't remember the book where Wolfe mentions he was once married (he had to 'skedaddle' from her, didn't he? The Black Mountain?)

28MAJic
Mar 13, 2009, 3:15 pm

# 25 MrsLee

Sorry, No.

29MAJic
Mar 13, 2009, 3:17 pm

# 26 etrainer

I just re-read that one.

No, not the daughter.

30MAJic
Mar 13, 2009, 3:20 pm

#27 AdonisGuilfoyle

You are correct in that it
is Wolfe speaking to a client
whose wife is dead.

I never thought that he was married to the woman who bathed his temples in a cool liquid infused with poison.

But, no, it's not The Black Mountain.

31MAJic
Mar 13, 2009, 3:25 pm

*Warning* Hint

It was a shorter story, one in a collection of three.

And it all started with haberdashery.

Had to check that spelling!

Good hunting!

32MrsLee
Mar 13, 2009, 4:48 pm

I love the word haberdashery! Glad you had to spell it first.

I've been exploring my books, Eeny, Meeny, Murder Mo from Homicide Trinity? I don't know if it's about haberdashery, but the first few paragraphs involve a dilemma about one of Wolfe's neckties which had me giggling.

33MAJic
Mar 14, 2009, 9:26 pm

It was a necktie that began the case.

I didn't remember that there had been one about one of Wolfe's neckties!

34MAJic
Mar 28, 2009, 5:50 pm

Miz Lee

Shall I say what it is?

Then you do one.

Don't want to stop the game.

35MrsLee
Mar 29, 2009, 12:06 pm

I don't know, I wish we had more input. I wonder if this game is too hard for this collection of works? To be honest, I've been distractingly busy, and when I picked up a book to see if it sounded right, well, I had to read it!

Let's see if etrainer, AG, cogitno will weigh in as to whether or not we should move on. In the mean time...one more hint?

36MAJic
Abr 1, 2009, 1:57 pm

Will have to pull the book.

Hang on till later.

Duty (?) calls.

37etrainer
Abr 6, 2009, 11:31 pm

Limited time lately, but I check here every few days. Just don't have time to try to hunt through the books to find an answer. Keep going and I'll keep lurking.