Reader's Digest had (or still has??) a column called "Toward More Picturesque Speech". In that column, readers would send in snippets of literature they had come across that exemplified particularly vivid use of language. Sometimes it was a particularly apt metaphor or striking description of something. Other times it was simply a nice turn of phrase.
I though it might be fun to do something like that in this thread. Whenever we come across some particularly nice usage of language in our reading, let's post the snippet here. As in Reader's Digest (and in keeping with the TOS of Hatrack's forum) it would probably be best to limit snippets to no more than a couple of sentences per citation. The kind of stuff I'm talking about is often even less.
Please include at least author and title of the piece from which you are quoting.
quote:"Listening carefully, I realized that she must be speaking Hungarian; I knew at least that Romanian was a Romance language, so I though I might have understood a few words. But what Helen was speaking sounded like the galloping of horses, a Finno-Ugric stampede that I cold not arrest with my ear for even a second."
I think it's in the Old Forest. It starts out something like "and all the leaves were green and grey . . ." The imagery is cool, but I especially love the perfect iambic meter.
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There are a couple of passages from Tom Robbins Jitterbug Perfume that I want to include here, but it will have to wait until I can get my hands on either my qoute cards or the book itself.
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