First lines quiz #8 – Classics Edition


~ I will post the first sentences of ten books. (I skip any beginning quotations or prefaces. If I think more than one sentence is necessary, I’ll post two.)
~ You guess the titles and authors and leave your guesses in the comments.
~ You don’t have to guess on all ten; guess on the ones you know.
~ I’ll update the post by putting the lines in bold and adding titles and authors when someone gets one correct.
~ Have fun!

1. To Mrs. Saville, England; St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17- You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – guessed by Rebecca

2. ‘Edith!’ said Margaret, gently, ‘Edith!’North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell – guessed by Susi.

3. In 1815 Monsieur Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne.Les Miserables, Victor Hugo – guessed by Raidergirl.

4. Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born: on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events: the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens – guessed by Shelley.

5. A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment.Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy – guessed by Shelley.

6. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the Organon, Repetition and Astrology.The Once and Future King, T.H. White – guessed by Shelley.

7. A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – guessed by Susi and Shelley.

8. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – guessed by Rebecca

9. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte – guessed by Susi and Julie and Shelley.

10. A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck – guessed by JoAnn

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12 Responses to First lines quiz #8 – Classics Edition

  1. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    10 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  2. Kathy says:

    When I saw classics in the title, I figured I wouldn’t know any of the answers, and I was right. :(

  3. Rebecca says:

    #8 is The Great Gatsby! One of my favorite books!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Oh, and #1 is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Creepy story!

  5. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    JoAnn – you’re correct!

    Kathy – I’m sorry! I’ll do modern classics next week – maybe that’s more your genre?

    Rebecca – you’re reight on both #1 and #8.

  6. Susi says:

    #2 should be ‘North and South’ – at least guessing by the character’s names.
    #3 could be ‘Oliver Twist’
    #7 has to be ‘Brave New World’
    #9 is ‘Wuthering Heights’ – just had to read it for class.

    With all of the other ones, I’m drawing a blank. When someone else guesses it, I bet I’ll be all ‘of course’, but right now, I have no idea. And I hope I haven’t guess to many and ruined all of the fun – if I have, feel free to delete the comment and let others join the fun! :)

    Btw, I’m new to the blog and I totally love what you’re doing here!

  7. Julie says:

    I look forward to this post every week and once again you did not disappoint although sadly (and more embarassingly) I only knew one answer.

    9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

  8. raidergirl3 says:

    I guess #3 is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I started reading that one time, but never completely got finished.

  9. Shelley says:

    These are all pretty much guesses:
    4. Oliver Twist by Dickens
    5. Return of the Native by Hardy
    6. The Once and Future KIng by White
    7. Brave New World by Huxley
    9. Wuthering Heights By Bronte

  10. Shelley says:

    The anti-spam words are evidently on a Austen kick: the first one was “persuasion”, and this one says “prejudice.”

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Susi – you got #2, #7, and #9 – but #3 isn’t Oliver Twist, #4 is, as guessed by Shelley. :)

    Julie – yes, it’s Wuthering Heights! Good guess. I don’t know how many of these I would have recognized going in cold, either. In fact, I’ve only read four of them. Sshhh, don’t tell anyone….

    Raidergirl – yes, it’s Les Mis. I’ve seen the musical, but haven’t been brave enough to attempt the book – it’s monstrously long!

    Shelley – you’re five for five – cool! And I get to pick my own anti-spam words, and I change them every once in a while. Yes, there are a lot of Austen words – I was on a Victorian lit theme.

  12. Shelley says:

    I had no idea that you could pick you own words! I wondered if that was so when the next one I saw was “Lawrence.” Very cool!