Novels First Lines Quiz

1. I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
2. The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis.
3. The year 1866 was marked by a bizarre development, an unexplained and downright inexplicable phenomenon that surely no one has forgotten.
4. If anybody cares to read a simple tale told simply, I, John Ridd, of the parish of Oare, in the county of Somerset, yeoman and churchwarden, have seen and had a share in some doings of this neighborhood, which I will try to set down in order, God sparing my life and memory.
5. The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox he was drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of the Dancers.
6. On the 24th of February, 1815, the lookout of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
7. James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him, sat back in the final departure lounge of Miami Airport and thought about life and death.
8. At half-past six on a Friday evening in January, Lincoln International Airport, Illinois, was functioning, though with difficulty.
9.  The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home.
10. Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while.
11.  It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid-October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
12. Claude Wheeler opened his eyes before the sun was up and vigorously shook his younger brother, who lay in the other half of the same bed.
13. —Money . . . in a voice that rustled.
14. The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as “The Styles Case” has now somewhat subsided.
15. Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.
16. We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a “new fellow,” not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk.
17. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

Answers:
1. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
2. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
3. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
4. Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor by R.D. Blackmore
5. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
7. Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
8. Airport by Arthur Hailey
9. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
10. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
12. One of Ours by Willa Cather
13. J.R. by William Gaddis
14. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
15. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
16. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
17. Middlemarch by George Eliot

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