It was a pleasure to burn. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
'Cause Sadie moved like water poured
The shapes she shaped had angels floored
She knew her walk turned wind to fire
A wink from Sadie turned brains to mire" -Tim Seibles, The Ballad of Sadie LaBabe
Sunday, September 02, 2007
the best paragraph
yahoo answers, well, answers. i'm not sure what is going on here.
What is the best paragraph 2?
The plastic clown hanging aslant from the paper streamers caught Megans attention particularly. “That will make a fine start. A very fine start for a very new beginning,” she said while fishing her Zippo out from her ratty backpack. Since the plastic took a while to catch, the lighter became hot but Megan did no flinch, but only grimmaced behind her spectacles.
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Megan was already two blocks away when she heard the sirens. She would have turned to see the smoke but her new MaryJane shoes were pinching her terribly, and she could only think of pladding straight forward toward home to take them off. Though she could smell already the vaporizing tar from the roof of Mrs. Hurtelot's house, she was no longer thinking of fine beginings, but of a plate of Oreos and a frosty glass of milk.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. This is one of my absolute favorite stories. Focusing on prejudice, it demonstrates the silliness of segregating people based on categories (race, religion, gender, etc). The story's strength is that it shows just how arbitrary these categories are.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In this classic story, a new mother suffering from what we might today call 'post-partum depression,' sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.
"Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?" He asked.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
(both quotes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," available in full-text here.)