Fantastic Voyage by Isaac AsimovYou know those tedious shows where they tell you to imagine youve been sent to a desert island, and what will you bring with you? For example, which book? As it happens, I have direct information to supply here. When I was about 9, we went off on an extended visit to Italy. My mother is Italian, but, for various complicated reasons, I have never learned to speak the language, even though it would probably have been the easiest thing in the world. So, I was already a book addict, and I was going to spend several months in a place where English books were almost impossible to find.
My well-meaning parents reminded me that I should pack plenty of reading material. But, with somewhat unfortunate timing, I had just discovered Isaac Asimov. Specifically, I had just discovered Fantastic Voyage. I was a geeky, junior-scientist kind of 9 year old, and I thought this book was the most amazing thing I had ever read. I mean, they - wow! - they, like, shrink this submarine down to the size of a blood corpuscle and they inject it into this guys bloodstream and they have to get into his brain and zap the clot with a laser (lasers had just been invented) before it kills him, but they take a wrong turn and need to go though his heart and then his lungs and then...
Anyway, you probably dont want all the details, but theres even a hot chick in there. I had recently noticed that the world, among many other interesting things, contained hot chicks, and Cora, whos quite appropriately played by Raquel Welch in the movie, made the book completely perfect. I decided that I was only going to take Fantastic Voyage with me. No other book was necessary. I could never get tired of this masterpiece.
Alas... Im afraid to say I was wrong. Wonderful though it was, on the third re-reading I no longer liked it as much, and I dont think I even finished it the fifth time around. So, first of all, if youre being sent to a desert island, try and bribe someone to let you bring at least half a dozen books. But, second, if you have a geeky 9 year old kid and youre stuck for birthday present ideas, consider giving them a copy of Fantastic Voyage. Even though theyll probably change their mind after a while, they may think its the greatest book theyve ever read for at least a month.
See Important Quotations Explained. This exchange leads into a conversation about whether or not Beatrice will ever get a husband, and Beatrice laughingly claims that she will not. Leonato and Antonio also remind Hero about their belief that Don Pedro plans to propose to her that evening. The other partygoers enter, and the men put on masks. Supposedly, the women now cannot tell who the men are. The music begins, and the dancers pair off and hold conversations while they dance.
Take the Character List Quick Quiz. Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry. Read an in-depth analysis of Beatrice.
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Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Act 2 Scene 1. How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can see him but I. That man always looks so sour! Just looking at him gives me heartburn.
Inside his house, Leonato runs into his elder brother, Antonio. Antonio says that a servant of his overheard Don Pedro talking with Claudio outside. Nevertheless, the only part of the conversation Antonio has intercepted is that Don Pedro will woo Hero that evening. But he declares that he will tell Hero about it, so that she may think about what she wants to say in response to Don Pedro, should this bit of information prove true. Elsewhere in the house, Don John converses with his servant, Conrad. Conrad asks Don John why he appears angry and melancholy.
Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Act 1 Scene 1. I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Aragon comes this. He is very near by this. He was not three leagues off when. He must be very near by now.