a bookish meme

Thank you softdrink for suggesting this fun topic :-)

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 am not going to tag anyone in particular, instead, I will leave 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
Native City.


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
turtle fountain


5 thoughts on “a bookish meme

  1. Krista, good guess. Sorry to say that the Trevi is not the correct fountain. I don’t think I would have guessed it either.
    Jill, wow, super guess! You are CORRECT!! Brava!!
    I was waiting to see if Sandra would guess this. She is the one who shared the location of this fountain with me. After we visited it together, I went back a few more times during my stay in Rome.
    I really do love this fountain and was quite surprised when reading page 123 (since I had not gotten that far yet in the book), that the page was about the turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei!


  2. Too funny! I remember Trevi fountain, obviously, and the one in Piazza Navona was covered with scaffolding when we were there. Other than that, the turtle fountain is the only one I remember, which is why I guessed it. I was going to say Trevi, but the line about the rione surviving persecutions, wars, famines… that made me go with the turtles. It’s a great fountain, thanks for making me think of it.


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