~ 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