"Reader, I married him."

 
So I wound up the Book Brahmin interview with two more fun little queries:
Favorite line from a book:

“Reader, I married him.”

 

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From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. If you don’t burst into tears when you get to that line, you’re made of stone. 
 
Runners up:

  • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
  • “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  • “Thar she blows! A hump like a snowhill. ‘Tis Moby Dick.”

Can you tell I have a taste for melodrama?
Your turn–what’s your favorite line from a book? 
And finally…
Book you most want to read again for the first time: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy. I sneaked my mother’s copy and read it with my jaw on the floor. A story of a naughty man doing naughty things, told with such originality and playfulness with the language that I feel like reading it again right now. 
What book would you like to read for the first time again?

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  1. As to question 1:

    “It wasn’t the wine,” murmured Mr. Snodgrass. “It was the salmon.” -Pickwick Papers

    Sensitive. That killed me. That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddamn toilet seat. – Catcher in the Rye

    “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness” – The Importance of Being Earnest

    As to question 2:

    The Name of the Rose
    And and all Sherlock Holmes

  2. As to question 1:
    “It wasn’t the wine,” murmured Mr. Snodgrass. “It was the salmon.” -Pickwick Papers
    Sensitive. That killed me. That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddamn toilet seat. – Catcher in the Rye
    “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness” – The Importance of Being Earnest
    As to question 2:
    The Name of the Rose
    And and all Sherlock Holmes

  3. Best line, also the best 1st line and book I’d want to read again: Oliver de Lacy had died badly.
    Susan Wiggs: The Maiden’s Hand…reprint but on my list of books to read again, so I’m doing it

  4. Best line, also the best 1st line and book I’d want to read again: Oliver de Lacy had died badly.
    Susan Wiggs: The Maiden’s Hand…reprint but on my list of books to read again, so I’m doing it

  5. This is about the canisters. I save the little bit left so I have a little bit when my flour and sugar run out.

  6. This is about the canisters. I save the little bit left so I have a little bit when my flour and sugar run out.

  7. Favourite line: “His mustache was an obscene phone call to a deaf nun”
    Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

  8. Favourite line: “His mustache was an obscene phone call to a deaf nun”
    Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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