(Daylily thrown in just for color. . .)
A couple of weeks ago, I got a catalog in the mail -- Bas Bleu, a book catalog for readers. On the front, there was a cute little quiz with the title "Can you identify these famous first lines?" I held on to it, because I thought it would be a fun little Blog Quiz (and I was feeling especially smug. . . because I correctly identified 7 of the 9 first lines.)
Anyway. I can't seem to get my scanner to talk with my new computer. . . so this idea has languished for a couple of weeks. At this point, I'm tiring of the squabble between my iMac and my HP scanner (the printer is working. . . it's just the scanner that's feeling pissy), so here goes. Same quiz. . . just not so cute as the one on the cover of the catalog.
See how many of these famous first lines you can identify. (Answers later this week.)
- Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
- Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
- Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Call me Ishmael.
- 1. Nihilism stands at the door: whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?
- Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
- I am a sick man. . . I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man.
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
- In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
How'd you do?