Lisa Hirsch tagged me with the following meme.

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Wait a minute—those directions sound awfully familiar. Even memes are in reruns now? Civilization really is going to hell in a handbasket. But I knew that already.

Anyway, here you go.

Well, this trick of the trade was well-known to me. I therefore decided to speak to the young white-washed eagle in the overt slander!

‘Ruler of the firmament! Son of the mightiest bird!’ I told the feller in jeering vernacular, ‘thy sister my darling, thy name?’

—G.V. Desani, All About H. Hatterr

I’m not much of a fiction reader, but back in the day, I searched high and low for a copy of this one, and it was worth it—consider yourselves lucky to have it readily available. I won’t tag anyone else, lest this thing turn into the Beethoven’s 5th of memes.

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