I got tagged.

(In a break from our regularly scheduled theoretically deep thought.)

A meme from a source that greatly delights me: Donald Engstrom (who I am most fond of) tagged me for this one.

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

There’s always the question of ‘what’s the closest book’: my children’s books are mostly the closest to my computer.

From _When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit_ by Judith Kerr
(My copy, incidentally, is yellowing, held together by tape, and this copy dates from around 1980.)

“The girls had been reciting something in unison, but when Anna came in with Colette they all stopped and stared at her. Anna stared back, but she was beginning to feel rather small and suddenly wondere, violently, whether she was really going to like this school. She held on tight to her satchel and her sandwich box and tried to look as if she did not care.”

(Hey. It could have been Noel Streatfield’s _Skating Shoes_, or Enid Blyton school stories. Or L.M. Montgomery. This one’s particularly interesting – and in my collection I’ve lugged half-way across the country, because it’s evocative of my mother’s experiences in some ways: she and her family were also refugees from Hitler, though they ended up in Northern Ireland and Wales.)

I tagged people from my LiveJournal (you can see the post here, and unlike most of my LiveJournal, it’s public.) If this meme amuses you, feel free to pass it on, and drop a link here to let me know what book you picked up.

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