graphic of opening lines

QUIZ: Identify these opening lines


Can you identify the famous opening lines above?

[Warning – clue below]

To help you here is a list of titles from which the lines were extracted, in order of date published:

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
  2. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850)
  3. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864)
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871)
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878)
  6. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (1895)
  7. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911)
  8. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)

The answers will appear on Friday.


3 thoughts on “QUIZ: Identify these opening lines”

  1. Great post. I consider Jane Eyre one of my all-time favorites, but I could not pick out the first line. I had to get up…go find my copy…and find out TODAY. I couldn’t wait until Friday! (Thanks for that small bit of exercise :o)


    1. Ah, thank you. And you’ve given me an idea. Maybe I should pack my posts with things that folk have to look up. Then I could label each one with a calorie count “10 calorie post” – “50 calorie post”. Some of these Victorian novels are quite heavy, I imagine a person gets quite a workout lifting them up. ‘The Long Victorian Workout Plan’ 😉


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