Quick post to say that I'm at home with Colin and my parents and Sherpa at the moment - so posts might slow down for a few days.
But wanted to put you out of your misery, for the little test. I realised after I made it that it was basically impossible - I should have included more quotations, or synopses, or similar - but never mind! Hope you still had a bit of fun. Here are the answers:
a.) Mary sometimes heard people say: "I can't bear to be alone." She could never understand this.
1940: Mariana by Monica Dickens
b.) It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
1970: Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach
c.) "Get away from here, you dirty swine," she said.
"There's a dirty swine in every man," he said.
1960: The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark
d.) One may as well begin with Helen's letters to her sister.
1910: Howards End by E.M. Forster
e.) On a March evening, at eight o'clock, Backhouse, the medium - a fast-rising star in the psychic world - was ushered into the study at 'Proland,' the Hampstead residence of Montague Faull.
1920: The Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
f.) Jem was a joyful mystery to Alice. She was something to give thanks for.
1990: Temples of Delight by Barbara Trapido
g.) I have noticed that when someone asks for you on the telephone and, finding you out, leaves a message begging you to call him up the moment you come in, as it's important, the matter is more often important to him than to you.
1930: Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
h.) A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.
1980: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
i.) It is highly probable that the tea shop would never have started at all if Commander David Tompkins hadn't fancied himself at being something of a dab-hand at cooking.
1950: Tea Is So Intoxicating by Mary Essex
j.) The opening chapter does not concern itself with Love—indeed that antagonist does not certainly appear until the third -
1900: Love and Mr. Lewisham by H.G. Wells
I do enjoy quoting opening lines, to see whether or not they capture people's interest. Perhaps next time I'll just give you some, and let you decide whether or not they sound worth pursuing...
Happy Weekend, one and all!