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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."

Fev 11, 2009, 2:53 am

Ah, ha!

Mr. Whipple.

A Right to Die.

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?

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."

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!'

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.

Fev 14, 2009, 4:55 pm

I'm confused now. Is Adonis Guilfoyle correct?

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.

Fev 15, 2009, 2:15 pm

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

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."

Fev 17, 2009, 12:31 pm

Fev 17, 2009, 2:13 pm

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

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. :)

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Fev 27, 2009, 12:10 pm

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

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!)

Fev 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

Is it Too Many Women ?

I haven't had time to check the book.

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!

Mar 9, 2009, 12:09 am

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

Mar 10, 2009, 4:36 pm


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."

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!

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?

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?)

Mar 13, 2009, 3:15 pm

# 25 MrsLee

Sorry, No.

Mar 13, 2009, 3:17 pm

# 26 etrainer

I just re-read that one.

No, not the daughter.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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?

Abr 1, 2009, 1:57 pm

Will have to pull the book.

Hang on till later.

Duty (?) calls.

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.