I've seen this page123 meme floating around the web a bit (most recently over at Pedagogical Gregory), and I figured "hey, I like doing stuff," so here we go.

First, the rules:

  • Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
  • Find page 123.
  • Find the first 5 sentences and read them.
  • Post the next 3 sentences.

From Ong's Orality and Literacy:

Rhetoric had provided the various loci or "place" — headings we would style them — under which various "arguments" could be found, headings such as cause, effect, related things, unlike things, and so on. Coming with this orally based, formulary equipment to the text, the indexer of 400 years ago simply noted on what pages in the text one or another locus was exploited, listing there the locus and the corresponding pages in the index locorum. The loci had originally been thought of as, vaguely, "places" in the mind where ideas were stored.

And, oddly enough, this is post 124 on Insignificant Wranglings. Whatever.

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