Here is the game:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.
"... It was unusually dense. Within its naturally walled enclosure were three extraordinary stones, forming a seat with a back and footstool. And this thicket, so full of natural art, was in the immediate vicinity, within a few rods, of the dwelling of Madame Deluc, whose boys were in the habit of closely examining the shrubberies about them in a search of the bark of the sassafras. Would it be a wager - a wager of one thousand to one - that a day never passed over the heads of these boys without finding at least one of them ensconced in the umbrageous hall, and enthroned upon its natural throne? ..."
- The Mystery of Marie Roget, Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
(Yes, pretentious and typically gothic as it may be, I am reading Poe. I had not read all of his stories before and thought I should. It's sitting on my desk in front of me. "The Dragon's Son" is across the room on the comfy chair.)
I tag: christophine, ivan23, s33k3r, unkyrich, and zaphres.