Friday, June 9, 2006

It was a dark and stormy night...

... and the power has been out for about an hour. I think I have about ten minutes of battery left on Mr. Laptop, because it seems that Mr. Laptop did not feel like charging while I was at work today. Ten minutes of being connected with the outside world, and then... POOF no more contact. I will have to sit in my dark apartment and listen to the storm by candlelight. So weird, to live life with out the preknowledge that severe weather updates brings. I will just have to live in the storm, without knowing what the storm is going to do. It seems so weird.

So I have lighted my candles, and pulled out some book options, because the storm is getting stonger, and I have no chance of sleeping soon, I am too excited about the thunder and lightening. Reading by candlelight in a thunderstorm... so exciting. :) Happiness is me!

Book Options

1. A Wrinkle in Time - Because it begins with the line "It was a dark and stormy night."

2. The Lord of the Rings- Because there are lots of darkness and weather involved

3. Frankenstein- Mary Shelley writing in the dark night about dark storms that aren't really storms. I don't want to think that much tonight.

4. Faust- Goethe of course, eh, not.

5. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- dark, dark, dark, and spooky but not scary spooky.

6. Anything by Shirley Jackson- well not tonight, I am alone, and I don't want to make myself any more unstable

I think that tonight is a Lord of the Rings night, and I must start in the middle where it is already dark. No Hobbiton for me. Only the battles of Helms Deep. Yes, the thunder will be a perfect backdrop.

Well, everyone, I wish you all nights with as much atmosphere as I have now. Tee Hee!

And all power off!


Tolkien Boy said...

Well chosen.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

I thought so.

Neel Mehta said...

I never realized there was a book that started with that line.

Anyway, carry on.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Actually, the first time a novel began with that line it was in 1830, in a novel titled "Paul Clifford" written by Edward George Bulwer-Lyttonand.

The whole sentence was "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

The sentence was judged to be the worst first sentence in English history.

Now, the line has become immortal because of Snoopy, and other people that satirize the line. Also, there is a contest, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, sponsered since 1982 by the English Department at San Jose State University.