So, this weekend’s Trifecta prompt was to find 33 words from one of your favorite books, and post them. This was far more difficult than you’d think. I have so many favorite books. Heck, I have so many books, period. Three bookshelves just in my room alone. So it was a rum go, to use the British phrase. Speaking of British writers, I found a lovely quote from C.S. Lewis’s “Out of the Silent Planet”, but it was only 32 words. One word short! So close! And yet, so far.
So, I pondered. I mused. I googled. I scoured Wikisource. I checked Matthew Stover, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Jacques, even J.R.R. Tolkien. Nothing worked. And then, on the brink of despair, I thought of Douglas Adams. Suddenly, there it was. From the book that has probably been the formative influence on my particular style of writing, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, I present this 33-words-exactly quote.
““In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”
Eureka. I had found it. And the world was right again.