The Snippets Project

April 2001

ANNA:   I'm just a girl, standing in
front of a boy, asking him to love her.

[Richard Curtis,Notting Hill,1999,locate]
RICK:   "Of all the gin joints in all
the towns in all the world...she walks into mine."

[Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch,Casablanca,1943,locate]
"`Ef you don't lemme loose, I'll knock you agin,'
sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, en wid dat he fotch 'er a
wipe wid de udder han', en dat stuck. Tar-Baby, she
ain'y sayin' nuthin', en Brer Fox, he lay low.

[Joel Chandler Harris,Legends of the Old Plantation (first Uncle Remus volume),1881,locate]
"I shall cut off her head and fill
fill her mouth with with garlic, and
I shall drive a stake through her body."

[Bram Stoker,Dracula,1897,locate]
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen.
"Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running
YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you
want to get somewhere else, you must run at
least twice as fast as that!"

[Lewis Carroll,Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There),1872,locate]
Often had I pondered on the odd instructions he
had left me governing the construction of his mighty
tomb, and especially those parts which directed that
he be laid in an OPEN casket and that the ponderous
mechanism which controlled the bolts of the vault's
huge door be accessible ONLY FROM THE INSIDE.

[Edgar Rice Burroughs,The Gods of Mars,1913,locate]
MARLOWE:   I don't mind if you don't like my
manners. I don't like 'em myself. They're pretty bad.
I grieve over them long winter evenings.

[Raymond Chandler(novel), Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman(screenplay) ,The Big Sleep(film),1946,locate]
And they both stood an instant uncovered
while the little Essex priest blinked about
for his umbrella.

[Gilbert K. Chesterton,The Innocence of Father Brown,1911,locate]
Now the Big-Endian Exiles have found so much
Credit in the Emperor of Blefuscu's Court, and
so much private Assistance and Encouragement
from their Party here at home, that a bloody
War has been carried on between the two Empires
for six and thirty Moons with various Success

[Jonathan Swift,Gulliver's Travels,1726,locate]
It was one of those pictures which
are so contrived that the eyes
follow you about when you move.
the caption beneath it ran.

[George Orwell,Nineteen Eighty-Four,1949,locate]
And then to sleep with a prayer
for the beloved in your heart and
a song of praise upon your lips.

[Gibran Khalil Gibran,The Prophet,1923,locate]
"We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?--Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel"

[Baroness Orczy,The Scarlet Pimpernel,1905,locate]
Red Death's mask suddenly coming to life in
order to express, with the four black holes
of its eyes, its nose, and its mouth, the
extreme anger, the mighty fury of a demon;
and not a ray of light from the sockets

[Gaston Leroux,The Phantom of the Opera,1911,locate]
She had sent a servant beforehand to learn
whether it was a right or a left hand sofa,
for it required that she should dress accordingly,
particularly as regarded her bracelets.

[Anthony Trollope,Barchester Towers,1856,locate]
Make your choice, adventurous Stranger;
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had.

[C.S. Lewis,The Magician's Nephew,1955,locate]
Tyger Tyger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

"You are only here on sufferance, Fleming,
and out of courtesy to the Minister of
Science. The judgement in this case rests
not with you but with me. We shall do what
I think best, and we shall do it here."

[Fred Hoyle and John Elliot,A For Andromeda,1962,locate]
When the statue reached the top, it shot over
a sharp edge and slid straight down so that
the footpiece landed in a ready-dug hole.

[Thor Heyerdahl,The Kon-Tiki Expedition,1948,locate]
but there was no telling what savage beasts
might be prowling in the jungle aisles in
search of dinner, who might regard a stringy
and slightly underdone science-fiction
writer as an appetizing morsel.

[Lin Carter,Lankar of Callisto,1975,locate]
ROXANE:   Here, in this letter lying on my breast,
Your tears-- You knew they were your tears--
CYRANO: (holds the letter out to her)   The blood
Was his.

[Edmond Rostand and (trans Brian Hooker) ,Cyrano de Bergerac,1897,locate]
He was a wanderer between two worlds and
must ever wander; but for the present, in
a deepening inward void, all he felt was
that he liked Mallinson and must help him;
he was doomed, like millions, to flee from
wisdom and be a hero.

[James Hilton,Lost Horizon,1933,locate]
'That is Mr. Baggins, a hobbit of good family and
unimpeachable reputation,' said Gandalf. Bilbo
bowed. He had no hat to take off, and was
painfully conscious of his many missing buttons.

[J.R.R. Tolkien,The Hobbit,1937,locate]
He went on talking, but I didn't hear him.
I could only hear the announcer saying,
'The police are anxious to interview a man
seen near the scene of the crime.' There
followed a fairly good description of me.

[Len Deighton,The Ipcress File,1962,locate]
"Oh, it's all right, officer," Joss said cheerfully.
"We're just testing our faith."
"You can't do that in the Smithsonian Institution,"
the guard replied. "This is a museum."

[Carl Sagan,Contact,1985,locate]
'Being in love?... -- Is it being - not very
comfortable - and cross - and not quite
happy when you aren't there?'
'That, my darling,' said his lordship, taking
her ruthlessly into his arms, 'is exactly
what it is!'

[Georgette Heyer,Frederica,1965,locate]
The kind of person we want to develop,
the kind of person we aim to become,
would at any time be able to exchange
his discipline or art for any other.

[Hermann Hesse (trans Richard Winston and Clara Winston) ,Magister Ludi(The Glass Bead Game),1943,locate]
I carry a hockey stick from the Canadian
Embassy throught the streets of Abidjan,
and the stares of the passersby say no
one knows what it is just as the inland
farmers who had never seen the sea
started at Ulysses with his oar.

[Richard Harrison,Hero of the Play,1994,locate]
He opens the door for the passenger to
alight. I was not mistaken, he is an
officer; a senior officer, as I now see
from his badges of rank. He jumps down.
He takes a few steps towards us, emerges
from the grass and at last appears in
full view... He is a gorilla.

[Pierre Boulle (trans Xan Fielding) ,Monkey Planet,1963,locate]
JULIET:   I'll guide thee to the oyster's precious pearl...
we'll seek out wat'ry caves for glist'ning treasure,
spelunk all night until we die of pleasure.

[Ann-Marie MacDonald,Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet),1990,locate]
There is nothing more putting off to
young university players than a slight
suggestion that their etiquette or
sportsmanship is in question. How well
we know this fact, yet how often we
forget to make use of it.

[Stephen Potter,The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship,1947,locate]