November 21st, 2009

thinking

Short first and last lines quiz

I posted this little quiz on a mailing list this morning to brighten a miserable day. The booklovers there got all but one in no time so I’ll now open it to all comers. Mostly from children’s or Girlsown-type books. Give the title and author.
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1. ‘Oh, dulling,’ said my mother, sadly. ‘One always thinks that. Every, every time.’
The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
2. Gay Street, so J always thought, did not live up to its name.
Jane of Lantern Hill, L M Montgomery
3. Once on a dark winter’s day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted…an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father…
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
4. ‘but, you know, he put his arms round her and he hugged her good-bye as if she were a little girl.’
5. It all began on my twelfth birthday. Mummy was pouring coffee, Daddy was buried in the Financial Times, and I was thinking how awkward it is when grown-up people will persist in giving you the sort of presents they’d have liked when they were your age…
Masquerade at the Wells, Lorna Hill
6. ‘It’s not what I call homely,’ said the old Cook, standing in the doorway of the spare bedroom at B and looking at an enormous skull and crossbones…’
The Picts and the Martyrs, Arthur Ransome
7. The parcel came while the family were having breakfast.
Party Frock, Noel Streatfeild
8. When S was eight, and had at last learned to read, she hunted slowly through the colour chart pinned to the kitchen wall.
Saffy's Angel, Hilary McKay
9. ‘Nothing ever happens to me,’ said RA, putting down the book that she had just finished and sighing gustily.
10. ‘Dance to us, Damson.’ The whisper came from every corner of the dormitory.
Damaris Dances, Elsie J Oxenham

ETA Girlsowners 10/10, LJ Users 78/10. Any more?