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Can you place it? [Aug. 25th, 2005|01:16 am]
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A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees --willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter's flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool. On the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them. Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening, and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of 'coons, and with the split wedge tracks of deer that come to drink in the dark.

From: lickedastopsign
2005-08-24 11:16 pm (UTC)
hah wow..
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 09:38 pm (UTC)
Wow what? :)

What's hah about it?
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[User Picture]From: haruchine
2005-08-24 11:47 pm (UTC)
Dude that is a passage from one of Steinbeck's books. East of Eden?

Place: California
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 09:49 pm (UTC)
Way to go! It is DEFINITELY a Steinbeck book. He has such a distinctive style, doesn't he?

I love East of Eden. Have you seen the Jane Seymour film? It focuses on the twins Mother instead of James Dean's character, so much.

She's phenomenal in it. I had no idea she had such a range and could possibly be believable as cruel. Perhaps I watched Dr. Quinn Medicine woman one too many times.

All right, if you don't want to know what book it's from stop reading here.

It's the first paragraph of Of Mice and Men. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 09:52 pm (UTC)
It is of course Of Mice and Men. Not East of Eden. Though I love Eden. :)
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[User Picture]From: graeme_qewe
2005-08-25 01:49 am (UTC)
I love nature and I love nature descriptions, you kick ass.

I also love East of Eden, although Of Mice and Men is my favourite by Steinbeck.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 10:03 pm (UTC)
I love them too. :) I wish I could write like that.. I'm just not that good. Not in the slightest. I'm happy to brin the beauty of Steinbeck and whoever else I happen to feel like sharing radomly some day to all of my Randomreaders/posters. :)

Well, no wonder you liked this posting then, because that's what it's from. ;)
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[User Picture]From: gryphon3e
2005-08-25 02:22 am (UTC)

Poetry Rules For Me

Unless the literature in question is Sci Fi or Fantasy then poetry is poo

Two can play your game of quotes
and here we have one for you

So be still for now I speak
A question for you in time of ryhme
What is it that they do seek?

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
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[User Picture]From: graeme_qewe
2005-08-25 02:42 am (UTC)

Re: Poetry Rules For Me

Lewis Carroll?
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From: nyguen9
2005-08-25 06:34 am (UTC)
Well doesn't make me fell so bad now that I know its something I havent read.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 10:21 pm (UTC)
You sure? I thought Of Mice and Men was required reading?
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2005-08-25 07:04 am (UTC)
Pretty...I wanna go there!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 10:22 pm (UTC)
For sure! I've never been there. Only in my imagination.
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[User Picture]From: bloody_kisser
2005-08-25 01:57 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with what you're talking about but... Did I talk to you Wednsday?... o.O
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ummm... Maybe? :) What was our conversation about?
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[User Picture]From: theslaughtered
2005-08-25 03:08 pm (UTC)
Of Mice and Men, first paragraph.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it is!

Did you do it on your own or with assistance?
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[User Picture]From: gryphon3e
2005-08-26 01:40 am (UTC)

Chapter 6 - Hawk And Pigeon

A suitably surreal quote....imagine a Conan Doyle Holmesian setting

It might help place this.

At breakfast-time next morning Sir Nathaniel and Mr. Salton were seated when Adam came hurriedly into the room.

"Any news?" asked his uncle mechanically.


"Four what?" asked Sir Nathaniel.

"Snakes," said Adam, helping himself to a grilled kidney.

"Four snakes. I don't understand."

"Mongoose," said Adam, and then added explanatorily: "I was out with the mongoose just after three."

"Four snakes in one morning! Why, I didn't know there were so many on the Brow"--the local name for the western cliff. "I hope that wasn't the consequence of our talk of last night?"

"It was, sir. But not directly."

"But, God bless my soul, you didn't expect to get a snake like the Lambton worm, did you? Why, a mongoose, to tackle a monster like that--if there were one--would have to be bigger than a haystack."

"These were ordinary snakes, about as big as a walking-stick."

"Well, it's pleasant to be rid of them, big or little. That is a good mongoose, I am sure; he'll clear out all such vermin round here," said Mr. Salton.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-26 07:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Chapter 6 - Hawk And Pigeon

Mongooses are good for that, I hear.
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2005-08-28 11:22 am (UTC)
i totally had to read of mice and men for school last year, it was good, i liked it.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-08-28 09:27 pm (UTC)
It's a favorite of mine.
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