History TemptingFate / Literature

13th Mar '17 8:03:00 AM Trueman001
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* In Creator/ReginaldBrettnor's short story "These Stones Will Remember", [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 19th-century Russian ghost]] says of his opponent in a duel (and [[TooDumbToLive against a warning by his friend that said opponent is a crack shot]]), "[[Sarcasm Mode We shall see how deadly [with a pistol] this prince is!]]". Which, of course, is [[{{Irony}} precisely what ensued]]...

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* In Creator/ReginaldBrettnor's short story "These Stones Will Remember", [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 19th-century Russian ghost]] says of his opponent in a duel (and [[TooDumbToLive against a warning by his friend that said opponent is a crack shot]]), "[[Sarcasm Mode "[[SarcasmMode We shall see how deadly [with a pistol] this prince is!]]". Which, of course, is [[{{Irony}} precisely what ensued]]...
13th Mar '17 8:01:55 AM Trueman001
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* In Creator/ReginaldBrettnor's short story "These Stones Will Remember", [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 19th-century Russian ghost]] says of his opponent in a duel (and [[TooDumbToLive against a warning by his friend that said opponent is a crack shot]]), "We shall see how deadly [with a pistol] this prince is!". Which, of course, is precisely what ensued...

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* In Creator/ReginaldBrettnor's short story "These Stones Will Remember", [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 19th-century Russian ghost]] says of his opponent in a duel (and [[TooDumbToLive against a warning by his friend that said opponent is a crack shot]]), "We "[[Sarcasm Mode We shall see how deadly [with a pistol] this prince is!". is!]]". Which, of course, is [[{{Irony}} precisely what ensued...ensued]]...
13th Mar '17 7:59:59 AM Trueman001
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* In Creator/ReginaldBrettnor's short story "These Stones Will Remember", [[ItMakesSenseInContext a 19th-century Russian ghost]] says of his opponent in a duel (and [[TooDumbToLive against a warning by his friend that said opponent is a crack shot]]), "We shall see how deadly [with a pistol] this prince is!". Which, of course, is precisely what ensued...
13th Mar '17 7:51:39 AM Trueman001
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* This is part of the setting in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. One-in-a-million chances are known to come up nine times out of ten. BUT, if you try to stack the odds against you to make it one-in-a-million, you'll usually end up with a one-in-999,874 chance instead, which pointedly does ''not'' come up nine times out of ten. Likewise, a not-quite-goddess figure called The Lady has the tendency of rewarding her favorites through unlikely happenstances, BUT will instantly abandon you should you deliberately call upon her. Temples to her tend to get struck by lightning.

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* This is part of the setting in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. One-in-a-million chances are known to come up nine times out of ten. BUT, if you try to stack the odds against you to make it one-in-a-million, you'll usually end up with a one-in-999,874 chance instead, which pointedly does ''not'' come up nine times out of ten. Likewise, a not-quite-goddess figure called The Lady has the tendency of rewarding her favorites through unlikely happenstances, BUT will instantly abandon you should you deliberately call upon her. Temples to her tend to get struck by lightning.
18th Feb '17 9:19:04 AM nombretomado
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* When Emma is describing the hiking trail she's urging Lori to take at the opening of ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity: Snowbound]]'', she is excessively optimistic:

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* When Emma is describing the hiking trail she's urging Lori to take at the opening of ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity: Snowbound]]'', she is excessively optimistic:
11th Feb '17 3:48:07 PM luiz4200
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* ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'': Upon noticing Agent Trigger spotted the journal, Dipper writes "I hope he doesn't ta..." The next page features Trigger's notes. Trigger's last note is about how people will never forget about the arrest they're about to make in "A Tale of Two Stans". Ford uses Fiddleford's memory-erasing ray to make the agents forget.
11th Jan '17 7:10:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[LordPeterWimsey Busman's Honeymoon]]'', the detective Lord Peter has reconstructed the trap that he believed killed the murder victim. His wife is dubious, thinking that it might have been noticed. This is followed by someone walking in and setting off the trap. [[spoiler:The murderer, no less.]]

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* In ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Busman's Honeymoon]]'', the detective Lord Peter has reconstructed the trap that he believed killed the murder victim. His wife is dubious, thinking that it might have been noticed. This is followed by someone walking in and setting off the trap. [[spoiler:The murderer, no less.]]
3rd Nov '16 9:56:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]]'', after an encounter with a camouflaged predator that mimics a gap in the forest canopy, one of the skypeople makes a snide remark about how, at this rate, they'll run into something that "imitates ''nothing''" next. Three days later, they encounter something called the palinglass...

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* In ''[[HumanxCommonwealth ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]]'', after an encounter with a camouflaged predator that mimics a gap in the forest canopy, one of the skypeople makes a snide remark about how, at this rate, they'll run into something that "imitates ''nothing''" next. Three days later, they encounter something called the palinglass...
23rd Oct '16 12:28:35 PM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''[[Literature/HomecomingDrizzt Homecoming]]'' Quenthel has a vision of the founding days of Menzoberranzan, when drow were united under one cause by the presence of demons in their midst. Well, Quenthel could use some unification after the disastrous assault on the Silver Marches in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex''. So she decrees that all drow that can summon demons in the city do so, since that will totally not cause uncontrollable problems in the future.
21st Oct '16 4:28:09 AM SimiOfDoom
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* Clip from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' tells Nimander and his group to wait in their room while he goes out to the town's tavern to see what the obviously drugged townspeople are up to. Everyone thinks it's a bad idea. It isn't disclosed what exactly happened, but the group finds him the next morning on the tavern's terrace curled into fetal position and comatose.
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