Tuesday, May 3, 2016

First Lines of Famous Books Answers + A Winner!

Last week, I posted a quiz of ten first lines of famous books. The one who got the most right would win a signed copy of my Love Inspired Suspense, Under Duress.

There were many great responses, but only one got every single title correct plus the authors.

And the winner is….

~ Diane ~

Congratulations!

Here’s her comment ~

“What a fun challenge! Thanks for sharing.

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
2. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
4. Charlotte's Web, EB White (? not sure about author)
5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
6. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
7. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maude Montgomery
8. Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens)
9. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
10. Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan”

E.B. White is the correct author of Charlotte’s Web, and she even gave Mark Twain’s given name!

{An interesting side note: E.B. White was an English professor who co-wrote what writers just call “Strunk & White,” a brilliant little book actually titled The Elements of Style.}

Here are the first lines again with their matching titles and authors.

  1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. ~ Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
  2. Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. ~ Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  3. Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. ~ A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  4. "Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. ~ Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
  5. Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. ~ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  6. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. ~ Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  7. Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof. ~ Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  8. "Tom!" No answer. "Tom!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You Tom!" No answer. ~ Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  9. Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay out scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. ~ Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  10. As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a Dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a Man cloathed with Rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a Book in his hand, and a great Burden upon his back. ~ Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan


Happy reading, and thanks for entering!











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