Since this is a history blog I'll do just that except with a twist or two. I'll quote from a history book that fascinates me and, since I'm fascinated, I won't limit myself to 2 sentences. And quite frankly, since this is supposed to be a teaser, I'll probably dish up something I really like instead of something totally random. (Really twisted I know!)
I've just begun reading a biography (oops! - make that a novel ) of Emily Dickinson. So, let's see what random words I can find therein.
"He holds us in a viselike grip, tells us to appreciate fine books but not to read them, to think for ourselves but to follow his rules. He wants his daughters to get an education but not to use it. He treasures his family but is seldom at home. He wants us to think of him only but can't be found; has a sense of humor but rarely smiles; wants to be loved but will not admit it." (p. 206)
Wow! I could learn a thing or do about creating characters from that paragraph!
I'm just getting started in this book but I cheated and looked ahead to the author's note at the end and I'm enthralled. I'll come back to the author's note another day though.