Today’s post is the answers to the quiz I posted earlier this week.
- “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- “I would prefer not to.” “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville
- “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- “Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.” The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- “Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world?” Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.” Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen)
- “Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill.” The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
- “The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States.” The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
- “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
- “What really interests me is how two such unlike particles clung together, and under what strains, rolling downhill into their future until they reached the angle of repose where I knew them.” Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
- “Madness were easy to bear compared with truth like this.” Dracula by Bram Stoker
- “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.” The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- “On some upland farm, a plough had been left standing in the field. The sun was sinking just behind it. . . . There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.” My Antonia by Willa Cather
- “And Wang Lung, hearing this, felt his mouth suddenly dry and parched and his voice came from him in a whisper; ‘Silver, then! Silver and gold! Anything to the very price of my land!’” The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- “I dont [sic] hate it . . . I dont hate it. I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!” (303). Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
- “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” Hamlet by William Shakespeare
I hope you had fun with this. I also hope that you noticed a particular similarity between number 10 and number 11. Number 10 is Out of Africa, and when Alexander McCall Smith wrote number 11, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, he purposefully imitated the opening lines of Out of Africa. I learned this from him when I heard him speak. You can read about that experience and see my pictures with him here. I’ve also written about several of these novels, so I’ve linked them in case you missed those posts and would like to read them.
Now, it’s time for a winner! Everybody who commented is entered, and I have used random.org to select the winner. The random winner is The Wicked Queen’s Mirror! You now have the opportunity to write a guest blog post on your favorite book or a book you’ve recently read. Please email that post to me by next Thursday, September 13 at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post it by the following Monday, September 17. Congratulations! Please contact me through email if you have any questions.
Thank you to everybody who participated! I wanted all of you to win. I really did. So, if you have a really great post on a book that you’d like me to use as a guest post, please email it to me and I’ll give it some consideration.