The Snippets Project

December 2001

"Are you a Gypsy fortuneteller, then?"
I shook my head. "Merely a stochastic
technician, milady."

[Robert Silverberg,The Stochastic Man,1975,locate]
"Your word is of no value, sir," Christian
replied. "Had you been a man of honour
things would never have come to this pass."

[Charles Nordoff and James Normal Hall,Mutiny on the Bounty,1932,locate]
'Everywhere there are spirits ... They are all
around us ... They have driven me from hearth
and home, from my wife and children.'

[Robert Wiene,Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari,1919,locate]
... that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under
God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that
government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth.

[Abraham Lincoln,Gettysburg Address,1863,locate]
I'm convinced things were better off in the
past. Men were men. Women were sex objects.
The rest of the world understood: One false
move and we'd nuke 'em.

[Bruce Feirstein,Real Men Don't Eat Quiche,1982,locate]
They broke in upon me and found
me doing an unholy thing.

[Karl Freund,The Mummy,1932,locate]
The clouds swept over the stars again. There were
no lights to be seen anywhere. The little Swallow
rushed along in the darkness, Susan keeping her
close to the wind, facing directly forward and
putting the tiller up a little when she felt the
hint of cold breath on her left cheek.

[Arthur Ransome,Swallows and Amazons,1930,locate]
She felt compassionate: charitable:
virtuous. Like a dignitary bestowing
some supremely precious gift, she handed
her panties to the naked Aboriginal.

[James Vance Marshall,Walkabout,1959,locate]
"I am all alone in this place, and I am
waiting to give this jewel to the prudent
captain who will leave me in peace." He
showed the ruby, glistening in the hollow
of his hand like a great drop of blood.

[Henry van Dyke,The Story of the Other Wise Man,1895,locate]
Then there came a flash of lightning in which
the whole scene was clearer than the sharpest
thought. By its terrible flicker Tolly saw in
the middle of the lawn a tree where no tree
should be - a tree shaped roughly like a
stooping man, that waved its arms before it
and clutched the air with its long fingers.

[Lucy M. Boston,The Children of Green Knowe,1954,locate]
Little, likewise, did I dream of the curious
events which were to follow, or the amazing
whirl of adventure into which I was to be so
suddenly launched.

[William Le Queux,The Red Room,1909,locate]
"I do not desire to be interrupted, sir," he
added imperiously ; "I am here to speak, and
not to listen ; and I have to ask you to hear
me with respect, and to obey punctiliously."

[Robert Louis Stevenson,New Arabian Nights: The Rajah's Diamond,1882,locate]
"Auntie, don't you think for once I'm in
luck's way? I believe it's because I bought
a swastika at the bazaar, and have worn it
ever since, though you told me I was silly
to spend my sixpence on it."

[Angela Brazil,A Pair of Schoolgirls,1912,locate]
"A lie! A lie!" he cried. "Everything in you
is a lie. You are hypocrisy, vileness, treason,
vice! Everything sordid and repulsive in the
world is masked by your smile. Ah! That smile!
What an abominable mask! One longs to tear it
from you with red-hot pincers. Your smile is
death! It is the everlasting damnation of the
man who lets himself be charmed by it....
Heavens! What a wretch this woman is."

[Maurice Le Blanc,Memoirs of Arséne Lupin,1925,locate]
Philip Romilly was accosted, late that afternoon,
by two young women whose presence on board he had
noticed with a certain amount of disapproval. They
were obviously of the chorus-girl type, a fact
which they seemed to lack the ambition to conceal.

[E. Phillips Oppenheim,The Cinema Murder,1917,locate]
He had heard the names of the passions of love
and hate pronounced solemnly on the stage and
in the pulpit, had found them set forth solemnly
in books, and had wondered why his soul was
unable to harbour them for any time or to force
his lips to utter their names with conviction.

[James Joyce,A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,1916,locate]
No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.

[John Donne,Devotions upon Emergent Occasions: Meditation XVII,1624,locate]
He spake; and, to confirm his words, out flew
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze
Far round illumined Hell. Highly they raged
Against the Highest, and fierce with graspèd arms
Clashed on their sounding shields the din of war,
Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heaven.

[John Milton,Paradise Lost,1665,locate]
I perceived, as the shape came nearer (sight
tremendous and abhorred!) that it was the
wretch whom I had created. I trembled with
rage and horror, resolving to wait his
approach, and then close with him in mortal
combat. He approached; his countenance
bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain
and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness
rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes.

[Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,Frankenstein,1817,locate]
"I need a lot of help," Merry Ann said, looking
fragile and pathetic. Now, I'm the type that
even with a broken neck and double, galloping
pneumonia would still look healthy, and it's
sickening always to stand by and watch the frail
ones using their weapons.

[Louise Baker,The Boy Next Door,1940,locate]
Sir Ben.:   Nay, now, Lady Sneerwell, you are
severe upon the widow. Come, come, 'tis not
that she paints so ill-- but, when she has
finished her face, she joins it on so badly to
her neck, that she looks like a mended statue,
in which the connoisseur may see at once that
the head's modern, though the trunk's antique!

[Richard Sheridan,The School For Scandal,1777,locate]
Willy:   Just wanna be careful with those girls,
Biff, that's all. Don't make any promises. No
promises of any kind. Because a girl, y'know,
they always believe what you tell 'em, and
you're very young, Biff, you're too young to
be talking seriously to girls.

[Arthur Miller,Death of a Salesman,1949,locate]
Rita:   My uncle was Dan Joe... He was dyin' and
he said to me, "Long ago the white man come with
Bibles to talk to my people, who had the land.
They talk for hundred years... then we had all
the Bibles, an' the white man had our land..."

[George Ryga,The Ecstasy of Rita Joe,1970,locate]
And at the heart of it all, like the worm in
the apple, the beetle in the woodwork, sorcery
was working, eating out the pith: soon the
apple would break open, the wooden beam fall
down, and the lands start up in fear.

[Tanith Lee,Night's Master,1978,locate]
I am not, of course, promiscuous. With the
work I have to do, this would be impossible.

[Dorothy Dunnett,Dolly and the Singing Bird,1978,locate]
George:   It's amazing, the clarity that
comes with psychotic jealousy.

[P.J. Hogan (director), Ronald Bass (screenplay) ,My Best Friend's Wedding,1997,locate]
Now, in the pale lights of the moon that seeps
through the half-open door, you stand erect,
more beautiful than the serpent that seduced
Adam, haughty and lascivious, virgin and
prostitute, clad only in your carnal power,
because a naked woman is an armed woman.

[Umberto Eco (trans William Weaver) ,Foucault's Pendulum,1988,locate]
In the folly a candlestick mounted on
a horse's hoof rested on page 47 of
The Romance of a Soda Cracker.

[Edward Gorey,The Other Statue,1968,locate]
I only observe this in particular, to show
the reason why so much of my time went away
with so little work, viz., that what might
be a little to be done with help and tools
was a vast labour and required a prodigious
time to do alone and by hand.

[Daniel Defoe,Robinson Crusoe,1719,locate]
When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
I polished up that handle so carefullee
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

[W.S. Gilbert,H.M.S. Pinafore,1878,locate]
Woyzeck:   Yes, Captain, virtue, sir--I haven't
got the hang of it, up to now. You see: us common
folk, our sort don't have any virtue, we just feel
the call of nature; but if I was a gentleman and
had a hat and a watch and a frock coat and could
talk refined, I'd be virtuous all right. It must
be a fine thing, virtue, sir. But I'm a poor man.

[Georg Büchner (trans Michael Hamburger) ,Woyzeck,1837,locate]