Guess a Quote (2.18.13)

Question MarkLast week’s quote came from King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry. This is probably my favorite Marguerite Henry book, and I’ve read it more times than I care to count. Hannah, Maiden-in-Waiting, starshining4ever, and Gwyndolin all got it right. Great job you guys!

Ready for this weeks quote?

“No one is free,” said Daniel. “So long as the land is cursed by the Romans.”

Just so you know, from now on I won’t be telling you if you got the quote right until the following week’s announcement. Just to add a little more excitement. πŸ˜‰

Does anyone know (or have a guess) what book this is from?

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Through Gates of Splendor giveaway. I’ll be announcing the winner Thursday.

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  1. Is it The Bronze Bow? (I guess I’ll have to wait ’till next week to find out… πŸ™‚ )

  2. Marli Renee

     /  February 18, 2013

    Ah, I know this one! Been a couple weeks since I could guess it πŸ™‚ It’s The Bronze Bow? Love that book!

  3. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  February 19, 2013

    You’re in good company Marli! “The Bronze Bow” is a great one. (I’ve “only” read it four or five times πŸ˜€ )

    Have you (or Leah, or Melody or anyone else πŸ™‚ ) read “The Robe” by Lloyd Douglas? If you like Rome-occupied-Israel-during-Christ’s-life type books, I think you’ll like this one. It’s fairly long – I forget the exact nuber of pages but it’s about the size of Ben-Hur – but well written. (Marli it might take you tow weeks and two “cuppas” instead of just one :P)

    Some of the characters dicussions about their various philosophies/worldviews make your eyebrows crinkle in slight confusion, but for the most part, it’s a colorful, supenseful and accurate tale of the centurion who crucified Jesus, and his journey to faith (and true love πŸ™‚ )

    Alright, well, if you’ve already read it, then I suppose I didn’t need to type all that did I? Oh well, maybe someone else will have their curiosity sparked πŸ˜‰
    In other words: If you did read it, congrats – if you didn’t, enjoy!

    • Maiden-in-Waiting

       /  February 19, 2013

      Jiminy-crickets! I put a bunch of smilies in that post didn’t I? Ha! Oh well, laughter and smiles are good for the soul πŸ˜€

    • I have not read The Robe though I think I have heard of it. Does it get off to a faster start than Ben Hur?

    • I haven’t read “The Robe” either, but it sounds interesting!! Maybe I’ll get it one of these days. πŸ™‚

      • Like we need help adding to our reading list, right Mel? πŸ˜› Actually, I love book recommendations. I just get them faster than I read.

        • Haha, yes, Leah, I would have to agree–my reading list is so long I’ll never finish reading all the books on it!!! But that’s OK; what’s the fun of having a reading list if no one ever recommends anything good to add to it?!

        • I agree, Melody. πŸ˜‰

  4. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  February 19, 2013

    Yes, it does. There are a few parts where it almost starts to drags it’s feet, but it regains energy and is well on it’s way again fairly soon. To be honest, I haven’t read it for a while, (as in a year or so) but that’s what I remember.

    By the way, on a different subject, where did you get that quote from Sabina Wurmbrand on your sidebar? What shame is she talking about? And who in particular is spitting on Christ – the people (communist goverment agents) that are torturing the church and her husband, or someone else?

    • Maiden-in-Waiting

       /  February 19, 2013

      Oops, spelled “Quote” wrong. Sorry πŸ˜› (and “from”) must be typing too fast…

      Forgot to “chek for pselling mestakes and errurs” before posting. HA! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

    • Fixed the spelling mistakes for you. πŸ˜‰

      Ah…the quote from Sabina. When the Communists took over, they called a meeting of all the pastors, priests, etc. to swear loyalty to the Communist government. In order to protect their families and retain their position, the pastors were complying. As Richard and Sabina sat there, Sabina whispered the words from the quote to Richard. Richard replied that he was willing, but she might well loose her husband if he did so. She said that she would rather have no husband at all than a coward. Talk about strong words!

      • Maiden-in-Waiting

         /  February 20, 2013

        *Her eyes get big enough to make the proverbial saucer jealous* Wow. Really?! Talk about gutsy, valiant Christianity! (I should know this, but I don’t – were they actually Romanian or Brits missionaries living in Romania, or American missionaries? They were in Romania, right? Did they start Voice of the Martyrs or was that someone else?)

        • Romania sounds right, but I’m not 100% sure. Yes, the were natives of the country they were in. And, yes, they started Voice of the Martyrs.

  5. This quote comes from The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, right? I love this book!

    The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas is a favourite novel of mine as Maiden in Waiting said :). Actually it was the inspiration for my novel, The Crown of Life, and yes, it starts off a lot more interestingly than Ben Hur does πŸ™‚

    • Maiden-in-Waiting

       /  February 20, 2013

      Really? Neat! Is the main character in your novel a more obscure figure in the Biblical narrative – as they often are – or is it someone completely fictional? (I’m assuming that your title comes from that verse in James: “blessed is the man who perseveres under trial… for he will receive the Crown Of Life that God has promised to those who love him.” Great verse, that!)

      I’ve had the idea for some time to write a novel titled “Barabbas: Son of the Father” (which is actually what his name means) Obviously it’s supposed to be about the insurrectionist and murderer who was very literally saved by Jesus’s sacrifice! There is so much you could symbolically spin off of in his story, even in his name itself! (If anyone’s familier with the story line from Les Miserables, I was going to pattern Barabbas after Jean Valjean; make him have a real inner battle in reagards to who he was and who he will become, and try for the same type of vivid portrayal of Redemption) So far, it still isn’t written and very likely still won’t be in the near future anyway. πŸ˜›

      Ok, that was a very wordy explanation of my little idea; thanks for putting up with it! πŸ™‚

      Since we’re talking about this genre, here’s a little bit of useless-but-interesting trivia:
      The title “Quo Vadis” is actually Latin for “Where are you going?” Huh, no kidding!
      (anyone read that book?)

      • Thanks! The inspiration came largely from the fact that seeing how much i loved The Robe and yet saw many historical/biblical glitches that irked me i longed to write a beautiful a novel like The Robe in literary beauty but written right, along with my own twist…something about the persecution of the Christians in the first Century to be precise (it always annoys me how the author mingled history and made a persecution of the Christians to pccur in Rome before A.D. 40!)

        Actually the main character of the Crown of Life Tribune Valerius Octavius Gallus, is a totally fictional character, not based off a Biblical character (Marcellus from The Robe did influence me with his character in a way, which has been both a help and a hinderance as I have tried to keep his character and the storyline original to itself). However the MC’s father-in-law was, as I interpreted it fictionally, the soldier at the Cross at the crucifixion of Christ who had cried, ‘Surely, this is the Son of God’, and though he is a secondary character he does have a major role in affecting the plot of the story and my main character’s life as well because of what happened years before at the cross (the Crown of Life is set in A.D.60-66 by the way). Also such Biblical and historical figures such as the Apostle Paul, Timothy, Luke, Mary Magdelaine, Govenor Procius Festus, and the Emperor Nero play a part in the story.

        Yes, you caught the reference accurately! The title, The Crown of Life, comes from the text from James (as well as the verse from Revelation ‘be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life’), and both verses speak of the basic theme of the novel :). P.S. you can learn about the story as I write it and my other writings on my blog, if you are interested!

        Oh, your story idea for ‘Barabbus: Son of the Father’ sounds sooo good! I love it, Maiden-in-Waiting! How true it is that one can find much symbolism too weave into Barrabus’ story–I do wonder sometimes if he ever gave his life to the One who sacrificed His life for him. I love the story of Les Miserables, and the touching story of Jean Valjean is a beautiful one to be inspired by for such a story on the theme of Redemption! I sure do hope you get to write this story one day, and if you do and get published I should love to read it! P.s. do you enjoy writing a lot? I love to write and my two favourite genres are history, and fantasy =).

        I knew this trivia about ‘Quo Vadis’ too actually! I have not read the novel though… Is it good?

        • Maiden-in-Waiting

           /  February 22, 2013

          I know exactly what you mean about The Robe… I thought the same thing when I read it πŸ˜›
          This might sound silly, but thank you for NOT naming your Roman “Marcus” ! Nearly every singly Roman-occupied-Israel-at-the-time-of-Christ novel uses some “M” name for their soldiers: Marcus, Marcellus, Marcus, Messala…did I mention they use the name Marcus?! πŸ˜‰ And I think your MC is the first Roman I’ve know of to have a middle name – Congrats Tribune!

          Good to know, I’ll go check the blog out. So this means you haven’t finished it yet? Fiddlesticks πŸ˜› btw, Is this your first novel or have you written other stories? Just curious…

          Thanks! I can’t wait to read the Barabbas story myself…but I guess I’ll have to wait till it’s actually written! HAHAHA! (well, it’s not entirely negelcted, I’ve written the Prologue and the start of Ch. 1 …but that’s it so far. If you would like to read them, ask Leah for my email address, and I’ll sent them to you that way – I always like to have people critique my scribbles πŸ™‚ )

          I’m going to be generous (and selfish at the same time) and offer if YOU want to write the Barabbas story (or a part of it) go for it! That’s generosity for me ’cause I can be very picky about how a favorite story of mine turns out (just ask Leah) which is partly why I haven’t started this one yet, ’cause I can’t quite figure out which direction it can go without being either really sappy, or encroaching on someonelses copyright privliges πŸ™‚ But this is also nice ’cause then I’d let you figure that all out, and I could just read the story I’ve been wanting to read for about a year now! Ha!

          Or we could both try to write it and see who gets to it first, and then compare notes; or you can just say “thanks, but no thanks,” and don’t worry about hurting my feelings or anything like that – I’m just throwing crazy ideas out there.

          You can probably guess from my lengthy posts, that yes, I do like to write; but I do not write constantly, feverishly and insatiablly. I think I’ve only written, 3, no maybe 4 “official” short stories, a couple poems and other silly scribbles. I like to read both history and fantasy, but have never written the second -I’m not sure I have enough “uncommon sense” to write fantasy that would be worth reading πŸ˜‰

          Haha! Truth be told, I never read Quo Vadis, but my sister did, and she said it was similar to Ben-Hur…

          Ok, this is now an extravagently long post, so I will harness my hands and say Ta-ta-for now πŸ˜€

        • Maiden-in-Waiting

           /  February 22, 2013

          Love your profile pic btw! Looks very “fine artsy” That’s you, right? Did you have it professionally done, or was that the work of a talented friend?

        • I’ve noticed the same thing about Roman soldiers being named Marcus. It’s kind of funny. I happen to really like the name, but it is kind of overdone in that type of book.

  6. Maiden-in-Waiting, did you not feel that while reading ‘The Robe’? Still, I really loved this classic tale!

    *blushes and turns a little pink* Okay, I am going to give away a little trivia about ‘The Crown of Life’, but originally I was so bad at writing that I sort of semi-plagiarized and I stole the name ‘Marcellus’ from The Robe for my MC in The Crown of Life. Shocking, I know, and now that I look back on it, I hate to admit it, but sadly that’s how it was. Actually I really felt bogged down with discovering the ins and outs of my MC and it irked me that he resembled the MC of The Robe so much. I kind of gave myself a big collection of name choices (one of them was Marcus!), but finally settled on Valerius =). I am sure glad I did too, because since then his character has been far more accessible and original!! Oh, and about Valerius’ second name? That’s actually his father’s name, Senator Octavius…

    πŸ™‚ No, ‘The Crown of Life’ is not yet completed, alas! It is roughly in the 90,000 something word count, is in its very initial first draft, and is only about half-way through. Also, as I have been working on this novel for over five years, I have currently placed it on semi-hold status as I am right now working on another historical novel, which is by its nature easier to work with, being a more modern historical fiction piece set in the WW2 era… :D. I am hoping to get back to ‘The Crown of Life’ in the future though and finish it and try to publish it, if it is the Lord’s will. Well, I’ve been writing since 2008, and ‘The Crown of Life’ is what one would officially call my first real novel (in-progress), though my first writing is an unfinished story that has horrific similiarities to ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2, Christina’ and ‘Hinds Feet on High Places’. I never got very far into it :p. Also, I’ve written and published a short story entitled ‘A Love that Never Fails’ (which is a story I am now trying to adapt into a full-length novel, the WW2 era one). I have also written a few poems but they’re nothing to boast of… I love writing though, and try to devout as much time to it as possible!

    Yes, I look forward to reading ‘Barabbas’ one day… πŸ˜€ It sounds like an inspiring story, and I think you’re off to a good start with a finished prologue and now unto chapter 1 already! Thank you so much for your sweet and generous offer that I try writing this story, Maiden-in-Waiting. It is kind of you indeed :). Unfortunately I can’t for a couple of reasons, 1. I just don’t have the time or energy to write such a story now, caught up as I am in my two current works-in-progress plus my busy life (p.s. when I am not working on my two stories, I am constantly thinking of one or more of other story ideas I have). 2. Really, this is the first time to get into the idea of writing a story based on the life of Barabbas! I’ve often been inspired by other biblical characters into wanting to know their back-story and writing about them, but I’ve rarely thought much of Barabbas, so I do not think I have lots of ideas for a story like you do! 3. This is really your story idea and I am interested to see how you’ll write it :D. Thank you for offering though! I appreciate the thought πŸ™‚

    Writing short-stories are great! I’ve only ever written one… are they historical fiction? Hmm, I know what you mean about the fantasy genre, I have yet to personally write anything in it, though I have ideas gently brewing.

    It was sure nice to ‘meet’ you, ‘Maiden-in-Waiting’… πŸ™‚ God bless!

    P.S. thank you, I am glad you stopped by and enjoyed your visit to my blog. Yes, I got my blog-design professionally done… ohhh, did you mean my profile photo? Well, the profile I’m using for this comment is not my own photo but I pic I picked from Pinterest… the one on my blog though is me taken by one of my sisters =D


  7. Leah, me too, I found that same thing regarding main characters in Biblical/Ancient Roman fiction, having names that start with the letter M, particularly Marcus… like you, I like the name, but it has been a bit overused in this genre I believe =D

  8. Maiden-in-Waiting

     /  February 27, 2013

    Well, to be technical, Leah, you didn’t have to tell us anyway. Whenever I see, “Title temporarily removed” you know that person got it right, or you wouldn’t have bothered removing it for the continued competition for everyone else. Sorry, I know I’m being what my Dad sometimes calls, “irritatingly logical” πŸ˜‰

    • Ha! Well, that line of thought sort of works. No one has ever guess wrong so far, but I plan on removing the title even if someone *does* get it wrong. πŸ˜‰

      • Maiden-in-Waiting

         /  February 27, 2013

        Not exactly true, I guessed “A Tale of Two Cities” when it was one of the Pimpernel sequels “the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel” I think? Anyway, I’m probably just splitting hairs, but thanks for upping the challenge πŸ™‚
        You know what else you could do, if we ALL do happen to get it wrong (possible though improbable) you could just add a second quote and then see what comes of it – still wrong, add a third, STILL wrong…well, then we’re just plain ignorent, and you should save us any more embarrasment by just telling us πŸ˜›

        • Oh. You’re right. Well, from now on I’ll remove wrong titles along with right titles. And I’ll keep your suggestion in mind, too. If I ever do a little known book, that might be fun.

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