Just for the hell of it, I thought I’d do this meme even though no one (to my knowledge) tagged me with it:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123.
3. Find the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.

Now, I’m not going to post a picture of my reloading/blogging/websurfing area (it looks like the aftermath of a tornado), but bear in mind I’ve got books on just about every horizontal surface to my left and right – and one is a 7′ tall bookshelf with six shelves. But it just so happens that I have a book on my computer desk (under a pile of stuff) so that’s the one I’m pulling.

Here we go:

I am really, sir, the English public schoolboy. That’s an eighteenth-century product. What with the love of truth that – God help me! – they rammed into me at Clifton and the belief Arnold forced upon Rugby that the vilest of sins – the vilest of all sins – is to peach to the head master!

That’s a portion of an excerpt from Tom Brown’s School Days taken by James Bowman for his book Honor: A History in the chapter “Honor Between the Wars.”

Now I’m supposed to tag five others, but… meh.

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