David tagged me in game to pick up the nearest book and quote from it. He said he thought I wouldn't play, probably the best way to get me to take part (even if it took me almost 3 weeks to notice!) The challenge is thus;
Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people.
My book is Alain de Botton's The architecture of happiness, and in these three sentences he's talking about a neolithic tomb in Pembrokeshire;
But what remains to these stones is their eloquent ability to deliver the message common to all funerary architecture, from marble tomb to rough wooden roadside shrine - namely, 'Remember'. The poignancy of the roughly chiselled family of mossy orthostats, keeping their lonely watch over a landscape around which none save sheep and the occasional rain-proofed hiker now roam, is heightened only by the awareness that we recall nothing whatsoever about the one they memorialise - aside, that is, from this leader's evident desire, strong enough to inspire his clan to raise a forty-tonne capstone in his honour, that he not be forgotten.
The fear of forgetting anything precious can trigger in us the wish to raise a structure, like a paperweight to hold down our memories.
For an arbitrary quote produced by an algorithm, I rather like it.