martedì 24 dicembre 2013

Teaser Tuesday #57

Ed ecco di nuovo la rubrica settimanale Teaser Tuesday, creata dal blog Should Be Reading, che si divide in poche, semplici fasi:
1_ prendi il libro che stai leggendo
2_ apri una pagina a caso
3_ scrivi un breve brano (stando attenti a non spoilerare)
4_ scrivi titolo e autore

A JOB WELL DONE, I FANCY.
The sleigh thundered across the night. Frozen fields passed underneath.
"Hmph," said Albert. He sniffed.
WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT WARM FEELING YOU GET INSIDE?
"Heatburn!" Albert snapped.
DO I DETECT A NOTE OF UNSEASONAL GRUMPINESS? said Death. NO SUGAR PIGGYWIGGY FOR YOU, ALBERT.
"I don't want any present master." Albert sighed. "Except maybe wake up and find it's all back to normal. Look, you know it always goes wrong when you start changing things..."
BUT THE HOGFATHER CAN CHANGE THINGS. LITTLE MIRACLES ALL OVER THE PLACE, WITH MANY A MERRY HO, HO, HO. TEACHING PEOPLE THE REAL MEANING OF HOGSWATCH, ALBERT.
"What, you mean that the pigs and cattle have all been slaughtered and with any luck everyone's got enough food for the winter?"
WELL, WHEN I SAID THE REAL MEANING -
"Some wretched devil's had his head chopped off in a wood somewhere 'cos he found a bean in his dinner and now the summer's going to come back?"
NOT EXACTLY THAT, BUT -
"Oh, you mean that they've chased down some poor beast and shoot arrows un into their apple trees and now the shadows are going to go away?"
THAT IS DEFINITELY A MEANING, BUT I - 
"Ah, then you're talking about the one where they light a bloody big bonfire to give the sun a hint and tell it to stop lurking under the horizon and a proper day's work?"
Death paused, while the hogs hurtled over a range of hills.
YOU'RE NOT HELPING, ALBERT.
"Well, they're all the real meanings that I know."
I THINK YOU COULD WORK WITH ME ON THIS.
"It's all about the sun, master. White snow and red blood and the sun. Always has been."
VERY WELL, THEN. THE HOGFATHER CAN TEACH PEOPLE THE UNREAL MEANING OF HOGSWATCH.
 - Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

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