“For some books I use a kind of divination before starting to read. It is a very old procedure well known in the fifteenth century and earlier. You open the book by putting your fingernail inside and count down the number of lines on the opened page equal to the day (date) of your birth. This is your own life line. Read it and it could have some specific meaning to you personally. Never repeat this ritual in the same book.”
So, from the book I'm currently reading, Iron Council by China Miéville:
"Jacobs had told him, in Lichford, beneath signs to Crawfoot and"