Below is a list of sentences, each being the first of some book or story. The goal is to identify the title and author of each. Obviously, this could be done by brute force using a search engine, so you are all on you honor (or, in Jonathan’s case, honour) not to do that. No need to ROT13: if you think you know one, say so, and let anyone who might disagree say that. The rules are:
- One point for the first correct answer.
- Both title and author are required: No partial credit.
- The game ends when all are answered.
- Whoever has the most right answers wins.
Note that to avoid giving anything away, most proper nouns have been Warner-Brothers-ized, e.g. the first line of Huck Finn might become
You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Daffy Duck.
Everybody ready? Here we go:
- In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of Tasmania, and proceeded to Albuquerque to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.
- Babs Bunny, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
- Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
- 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.
- It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
- Someone must have slandered Wile E. Coyote, for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
- If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
- This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
- Stately, plump Porky Pig came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
- In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
- It was a pleasure to burn.
- It was love at first sight.
- He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
- Call me Sylvester
- All children, except one, grow up.
- A green hunting cap squeezed the top of a fleshy balloon of a head.
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
- Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.
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