Joined: 28 Sep 2002 Posts: 3372 Location: Far Far Away. Nowhere Near You. Really.
[PUZZLE?] What Do You Think? I don't know that this is a puzzle at all, but I'm curious about your reactions.
I tried to match all the text markers to specific sections of Tristram Shandy. Others have posted pieces of this elsewhere in the forums. But at least one got very different answers about the location of the quotes, and I found no-one with all the text markers. (Although I won't swear I have them all either; this is just more than I've seen others put in one place.)
Do you think there anything to be made of these quotes?
Here are my results:
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
by Laurence Sterne
(my source)(need to confirm their volume/chapter labelling is correct
given the wildly different results I got compared to other posts)
(corresponds with vol/ch info in gutenburg project edition; amazon's copy, however, has broken it into more volumes)
unsuccessful experiment 8:17
[NOT FOUND - SIGNIFICANT?]
two great causes 9:00
i find myself 9:30
vol1/ch43, vol2/ch2, vol2/ch13
to her toes 10:24
exchange a word 10:49
life of socrates 11:02
in bodily pain 11:39
he had nothing 12:06
from the beginning 14:16
before the gate 14:29
vol1/ch26, vol1/ch47, vol3/ch49, vol4/ch85 (twice)
her only consolation 15:10
i had escaped 15:31
a burning fever 16:04
time to write 17:14
the last fortress 17:23
Thu Oct 28, 2004 11:11 am
...and then Magic happens
Joined: 26 Nov 2003 Posts: 4104
Tristram Shandy - this is dana's favorite book?
That is a big surprise.
I just hope she isn't warning us to not expect "closure" of our plot lines. What is interesting is that while this story has been told in a nonlinear way (from the very begining with the text snipppets of the Widow's Journey), almost all of our efforts have been spent in putting the story into a linear structure.
We get pieces and dutifully assemble them, one after another, like cars in a train.
I love this site for being free, in every sense of the word~Spacebass
Mankind was my business, the common good was my business.~ Dickens
Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:34 pm
I Never Tire of My Own Voice
Joined: 26 Sep 2002 Posts: 3635 Location: Is not Chicago
The only trouble I can see is that maybe we missed one or two phrases completely, because it took us a little bit to realize phrases were appearing so quickly and disappearing on different pages, as the pinging process was happening at a faster rate ...
It does look to be a neat puzzle, though, if it turns out to be one ...
Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:57 pm
Joined: 02 Oct 2003 Posts: 394
I've kept thinking about these strange bits of text too.
I looked and couldn't find "unsucessful experiment" either, which bugs me. Is it at all possible we got the text wrong? Never mind, that's not likely with this group.
While I was looking, I did find another interesting-in-a-meta-sense quote about T.S. from http://www.asterisk.org.uk/:
Tristram Shandy is not only significant in the cultural canon as a non linear forerunner to Joyce, Woolf, Beckett, Godard, Eno, Greenaway and Tarantino but playfully and brilliantly constructs and deconstructs the conventions of narrative. It makes use of multiple media as devices to tell its stories, and, in actively soliciting a dialogue with its reader, it demands a creative participation from its audience. Tristram Shandy is the direct antecedent of contemporary hypertextual and non linear, convergent media experiments.
Thu Oct 28, 2004 2:08 pm
Joined: 22 Oct 2004 Posts: 13
The subject of this passage might be an unsuccessful experiment? Maybe? or it could be Trout l'almondine.
—No doubt, Sir,—there is a whole chapter wanting here—and a chasm of ten pages made in the book by it—but the book-binder is neither a fool, or a knave, or a puppy—nor is the book a jot more imperfect (at least upon that score)—but, on the contrary, the book is more perfect and complete by wanting the chapter, than having it, as I shall demonstrate to your reverences in this manner.—I question first, by-the-bye, whether the same experiment might not be made as successfully upon sundry other chapters— but there is no end, an’ please your reverences, in trying experiments upon chapters—we have had enough of it—So there’s an end of that matter.
the last fortress | 17:23:00
Thu Oct 28, 2004 4:08 pm
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