The things Google can find.
We've learned to expect that if it's out there somewhere on the web, Google
can find it. So, if we take a string of text such as:
"sick with horror of the spectacle he had just witnessed" and
run a search on it, we can confidently say that if it's part of a book, chances
are good we'll find out which one. This, by the way, is not only the way I learned
that I was dealing with Captain Blood (chapter 18, to be exact), but also that
quoting passages from books was a means of trying to avoid Baysian filters. More
than fifty hits came up from the search, some of them links to the specific chapter
from the book, some of them no more than spam messages archived on various discussion
forum servers, and some of them either calling attention to, or even explaining,
the spamming technique in question.
Go to: My own private Oprah book club, or
to: Spamming me softly with his song