Friday, May 8, 2009

Quotable - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quotable: Weekly Literary QuotationsWelcome to Quotable, a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention -- it could be an old favorite or something that jumped out at me during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

For the month of May, I'll be featuring quotations by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as part of my month-long Doyle tribute. Today I'm highlighting another favorite quote from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Holmes is speaking to Watson just before a client arrives:

"Now is the dramatic moment of fate, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill."
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

9 comments:

  1. I was saving this quote from Drood just for this post:

    "When the last autumn of Dickens's life was over, he continued to work through his final winter and into spring. This is how all of us writers give away the days and years and decades of our lives in exchange for stacks of paper with scratches and squiggles on them. And when Death calls, how many of us would trade all those pages, all that squandered lifetime-worth of painfully achieved scratches and squiggles, for just one more day, one more fully /lived/ and /experienced/ day? And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation?

    "Would we trade all those pages for a single hour? Or all of our books for one real minute?" (p. 670)

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  2. I'm so excited - my book club recently hammered out our reading schedule for the rest of the year, and we're reading Hound of the Baskervilles this fall! Looking forward to that discussion!

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  4. I love that quote! I haven't read The Hound of Baskervilles myself so I can't wait to see what your book club thinks of it.

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  5. I love The Hound of the Baskervilles... for good or ill. Thank you.

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  6. I really like that quote! I will have to read that book again.

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  7. I've seem the movie a long time ago but never read any of his books!! I guess I'll have to try them one day :)

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  8. I just posted my review of The Hound of the Baskervilles on my blog.

    It really is a great story, with so many quotable passages in its pages.

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  9. I have read The hound of the Baskervilles in school and I am positive surprised. It was quite difficult to understand but really exciting to read. The story is a kind of amazing and i am really looking up to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for such creativity to write so a nice story. I think about reading other books of Sherlock Holmes aswell.

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