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Answers to the book first lines 
24th-Apr-2005 04:42 pm
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Surely these are not that obscure? Why did no-one think of googling them?

1. I am, I discover, a very untidy man. Restoration - Rose Tremain

2. The motto was 'Pax' but the word was set in a circle of thorns. In This House of Brede - Rumer Godden

3. Let the reader be introduced to Lady Carbury, upon whose character and doings much will depend of whatever interest these pages may have, as she sits at her writing-table in her own room in her own house in Welbeck Street. The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope He wrote so many good ones, it was hard to chose just the one.

4. Lest anyone should suppose I am a son of nobody, sold off by some peasant father in a drought year, I may say our line is an old one, though it ends with me. The Persian Boy - Mary Renault, correctly identified by kathyh

5.1801. - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte correctly identified by calove

6.It was a nice day. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman This is the one I re-read each year.

7. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. Middlemarch - George Eliot, correctly identified by kathyh

8. Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer thought often of Socrates while Rembrandt dressed him with paint in a white Renaissance surplice and a medieval black robe and encased him in shadows. Picture This - Joseph Heller

9. 'The Bottoms' succeeded to 'Hell Row'. Sons and Lovers - D.H.:Lawrence

10 The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen, correctly identified by kathyh>
23rd-Apr-2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Surely these are not that obscure? Why did no-one think of googling them?

I just assumed that would be cheating. :-)
23rd-Apr-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Cheating's allowed, particularly if you know you've come across something but can't quite remember it. After all, they allow children to take the texts into Literature exams nowadays.
23rd-Apr-2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
I did google Sense and Sensibility to check my guess, but didn't say anything because I was wrong.

I should have known Good Omens, as I read that over and over a lot too. Just not lately.
23rd-Apr-2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
How were you wrong?

The opening of Good Omens is not as I remembered it. Memory can be very selective sometimes.
23rd-Apr-2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
I kinda sorta thought it might be Tess of the D'Ubervilles. I fogort about Dorset.
23rd-Apr-2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
9. 'The Bottoms' succeeded to 'Hell Row'. Sons and Lovers - D.H.:Lawrence

Aagghhh...I knew I knew it. I did 'Sons and Lovers' for A Level!

It was a nice day.

And I should have got that one too.

Why did no-one think of googling them?

Because that would be cheating, she said in tones of pious virtue.
23rd-Apr-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Is not cheating if used to confirm your ideas.
23rd-Apr-2005 08:04 pm (UTC) - ...
I about fell over when I saw In This House of Brede on your list! I picked it up years ago. I'm not positive if I ever finished it, but I know there was a convent and a nun (and Mother Superior) as the characters, if I'm not mistaken. Good to see who the author was...actually, just good to see the name.
23rd-Apr-2005 08:48 pm (UTC) - Re: ...
It's worth finishing. The main character was an older woman who entered a convent. I also enjoyed Devils for a Change by Wendy Perrain which is about the reverse, it's the older woman who has been in a convent since she was very young, coming out and the culture shock that follows. It's not nearly as well written but the two books make for interesting comparison.
28th-Apr-2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
Ho Shipmates!

We read just this DHL passage in Eng Lit. But then, I'm from Cotmanhay, which just over the river from Eastwood, and through which he walked every day to get to Ilkeston, where he taught.

Which is why we read it, I suppose :)
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