Saturday, September 12, 2009

Quote o' the Moment - Proper Etiquette

"Can a magician kill a man with magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted, "but a gentleman never could."

-From Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

5 comments:

Le Petit-Guignol said...

I love the part where the gentleman with the thistledown hair curses him with "Eternal Night", the eerie darkness that engulfs him and follows him wherever he goes... wish I could do that, all I can cause is a slight gassy feeling...

Bo said...

This quote seems to really appeal to Americans! Mebs because it panders to a certain view of Britishness. I kept seeing it on blurbs everywhere, to my slight puzzlement.

I LOVE JS&MN. Love it. Read it five times, and met the author (who lives in Cambridge)--she was fascinating and talked about Alan Moore a lot.

The passage about George III's vision of London drowned by a flood and his going to St Paul's to hear 'a sermon preached by a turbot' had me howling with laughter.

Angela-Eloise said...

LOVED that book!

Siobhan said...

Cool, now I have something new to read!

Magaly Guerrero said...

So glad I'm not a gent lol. I do love the book though ;)