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Book meme

A book meme:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 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 (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).

'Aglets?' said Rat-catcher 1, his brow wrinkling.
'The little bits on the end of bootlaces,' mumbled Keith.
Rat-catcher 1 spun around. 'You bloody idiot, Bill! I
said we had enough real ones! I told you someone would notice! Didn't I tell you someone would notice? Someone has noticed!'
'Yes, don't think you've got away with anything!' said Malicia. Her eyes were gleaming. 'I know you're only the humorous thugs. One big fat one, one thin one - it's obvious! So who's the big boss?'
Rat-catcher 1's eyes glazed slightly, as they often did when Malicia talked at people.

- The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

This is one of my favorite books ever. Whenever I feel down, I'll just pick it up, read about the rats' shenanigans, and feel instantly better.

For example:

Sardines had pulled his straw hat out of his knapsack. He was holding a small walking-stick.
It was a
good routine, even Maurice had to admit. Some towns had advertised for a rat piper the very first time he'd done it. People could tolerate rats in the cream, and rats in the roof, and rats in the teapot, but they drew the line at tap-dancing. If you saw tap-dancing rats, you were in big trouble. Maurice had reckoned that if only the rats could play an accordion as well they could do two towns a day.
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