on 123

Magpie tagged me for the 123 meme. I thought it was fun to get hit with this one, since it was quite possibly the first meme I’d ever seen. It looks like back in September of 2006, back before I even had this blog, I saw it over at my friend jenny’s.

First, here be the rules¹:

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
  2. Open the book to page 123
  3. Find the 5th sentence
  4. Post the next three sentences
  5. Tag 5 people

Next, here be my results:

“…Do let’s get out of thsi wretched wood into the open as quick as we can. And none of us except you saw anything.”
“Edmund?” said Peter.

This be from Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia. (By the original ordering. Not the irritating chronological re-ordering by which new editions of the books are now numbered.)²

As for the tagging, this memery is so painless, I think I can manage 5. It’s also one that one could do multiple times, so I won’t feel lame for tagging someone who’s already done it. So, I’ll say: ericalee, az, lori, fireweaver and averagebean. Hell, I’d happily tag everyone and their dog⁴ with this one, just to see what sort of books people have lying around. So, anyone else want to pick up on this, consider yourself tagged.


¹ It would appear that I still occasionally feel the need to talk like a pirate. Arrrr.

² This is not actually the most recent book I read, but it happened to still be sitting on the end table next to the couch. The most recent book I read was The Horse and His Boy. The actual nearest books to me are board book versions of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Good Dog, Carl, neither of which have anything like 123 pages.³

³ I was very tempted to go sit somewhere else to do this, so I could find a more intriguing book to use. But I played fair.

⁴ So maybe I should tag Snuffy.

12 thoughts on “on 123

  1. I just re-read all the Narnia books…after 11 years. Fun!

    And I’m totally with you on the “original” order thing. When my husband wanted to buy the books for me, I told him e-bay was the way to go…because I wanted them “in the right order.” He found me a complete set published in 1970!

  2. This was the first meme I saw too, back when I had to idea what the word ‘meme’ meant. I mean, what a weird word. meme. meme. meme.

  3. yup, quite fun, thanks very much. in fact, bonus, there’s multiple snippets of books on my post.

    re:’narnia’, oh, yes, it’s all screwy. then again, i was even irked when they changed the covers to those bland pointillism-ish things in the late 90s or so. my set is like dragonfly’s, a relic of the 70s, with each slim little volume separate but all contained in a box slipcase.

    i did a re-read myself a couple of years ago, and was glad that overall, they’re still wonderful books. all except that, of course, the problem of Susan is even worse when you’re old enough to realize just how bad she’s getting screwed over.

  4. flutter-
    Want to play, too?

    Ah, an old set would be good. We have some scattered and battered old paperbacks. Some of which were John’s from when he was a kid. So they have the right numbering.

    Shocking, isn’t it?

    Arrr! Ahoy to KayTarrr, then.

    Yeah, meme is a weird word. And many object ot its corrupted use by the blogworld. But I first met it here, so I can’t really be snobbish about it.


    Glad you played along. (And enjoyed!) I’m new to the “problem with Susan.” It’s been a while since I reread them. I guess it does seem a bit unfair to have her change from gentle and kind to self-absorbed, superficial and conceited. (Is this what puberty does to girls?) For me the odd thing is re-reading the books after having learned about their Christian symbolism. When I read them as a kid, I had no clue. I hadn’t been exposed to all that much Christianity.

    Oh, right. I remember that, but I’d forgotten it was from this page 123 business. That was pretty funny.

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