Wednesday, February 21, 2007

[lit quiz] part 1 - wednesday

All of these describe or are spoken by famous female characters. Who are the females, what was the book and who was the author? [Score half each for the literary work plus the author and one point for the character.]

1. 'For she was dead. There upon her little bed, she lay at rest. The solemn stillness was no marvel now. She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon. She seemed a creature fresh from the hand of God, and waiting for the breath of life; not one who had lived and suffered death.'

2. 'I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.'

3. 'There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot.'

4. "You have no business to take our books; you are a dependent mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not live here with gentleman's children like us, and eat the same meals as we do, and wear clothes at our mamma's expense."'

5. 'She did not go to the wood that day or the next, nor the day following. She did not go as long as she felt, or imagined she felt, the man waiting for her, wanting her. But the fourth day she was terribly unsettled and uneasy.'


1. L N in T O C S by C D
2. D B in T G G by F S F
3. T L of S in T L of S by A L T
4. J E in J E by C B
5. C C in L C's L by D H L

Answers are here. Part 2 will be tomorrow evening.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Enjoyed this very much.

james higham said...

You and Cleanthes are the only one's who seem to.

Cleanthes said...

Aw James.

Well I'm so pleased that you provide such a marvellous service simply for the benefit of the two of us (three actually, as I suspect you enjoy setting the quizes as well - we're just humouring you...)

I'm afraid my knowledge of the great works of Eng Lit is shaky. I have for instance, not read 1 (of that man's prodigious output I've only actually ever read Oliver Twist), 3 or 4 at all ever. 2 I last encountered at the age of ~15 and Gatsby rather left me cold when I first read only a few years ago.