RULE ONE, I have to grab one of the books closest to me, go to page 56, type the fifth line and the next two to five lines that follow.
RULE TWO, I have to pick five people who love books and who could receive the Bookworm award with honor.
"[...You have only to present] yourself at their gates at the end of a day's journey, and if you have the air of a respectable traveller, you are sure of a hearty welcome, shelter and food. The card of a friend or a note of introduction assures you all the house can afford for as long as you care to stay."
-From A Journey in Brazil by Professor and Mrs. Louis (Elizabeth) Agassiz (1868), University of Michigan Historical Reprint Series (2008), p.56.
Rule Two will have to wait until morning.
UPDATE--WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 @ 2:30 p.m.: I never did follow through on "Rule 2" by designating five bloggers to follow Rule 1. That is why I am very bad at these things--too little time and too many claims against it. Anyway, you five (or six, or ten) know who you are. Take up the p. 56 challenge and pass it on.
Thank you, and my apologies for being a sometimes-bad blogger.
Midstream, after a long day, the problem with writing a book is having the faith to finish it.