Monday, February 16, 2009

Another excerpt

Our main character Eliza has just met Dr. Thelma Klein who runs the Rare Documents/Forensics Lab in the library.  Eliza has just told Dr. Klein that she searched the Internet for information about Jane Austen to find out some history on the author and these mysterious letters Eliza has found.

Excerpt:

     Thelma Klein grimaced and wagged her big head in disapproval. "The Internet," she growled. "What made you think you can learn anything from that soulless monstrosity dedicated to reducing the power and majesty of the written word into moronic babbling? I hate the Internet!"
     Leaning forward until their noses were almost touching, the big woman lowered her basso voice yet another octave. "You want some advice from me?" she rumbled. "Go home to your computer and smash it with a sledgehammer, while you still have some semblance of a brain left."

--The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke, p. 48-9.

I think if there is more of this Dr. Klein I will really like her.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Just Read This

"Signing onto the Internet, she called up a popular search engine and typed in 'Jane Austen.'  The computer whirred softly for several seconds before the screen was filled with the information she requested.  Eliza stared at her monitor in disbelief; there were over a million and a half Web sites. Looking over at the cat now perched on the high stool, she sighed, 'I thought this was going to be easy.'"

--The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke, p.24


I laugh now, if only she knew how to do a proper search for what she's looking for.  I can only hope her searching skills get better, or she goes and asks for help, but I know she probably won't do either and yet she'll still find the information.