Thank you softdrink for suggesting this fun topic on your fantastic Blonde Momentos blog :-)
Don't forget to check out softdrink's bookish meme.
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
I followed these rule as close as possible, but since I have been reading, or trying to read, three books (I am sort of ADD-ish) and they were all together, I chose "A Thousand Bells at Noon" since it was a book about Italy. The second of my three books was "Eat, Pray, Love" which has been a pretty popular book and I am sure has already been in a bookish meme, and the third book was a "female health issue" book which I am sure would not be as interesting to all readers.
I also will not tag anyone in particular, leaving this idea for as many bloggers as are interested, to use as an idea for a post sometime in February.
My Book: A Thousand Bells at Noon, by G. Franco Romagnoli:
"For you, my dear!" said the duke. Father and daughter were duly impressed; the duke's gamble worked and he gained a wife and a dowry. Rome (legend true or false) gained a splendid fountain.
But now the integrity of the rione that survived persecutions, wars, famine, and plague is beginning to break under the attack of the new affluence.
Can anyone guess the fountain being discussed? I will give you a hint...
The subtitle of the book is: A Roman Reveals the Secrets and Pleasures of His
I am surprised at how these three sentences on page 123, sentences 6-8, turned out to be a perfect mystery question for all the Italy lovers out there. I have confidence that someone will be able to answer this question without peeking in the book. I will post the answer here in a few days, after everyone has time to guess.
*Edited to add the answer - the Turtle Fountain in Piazza Mattei