I don't believe I've done any kind of quiz or contest since I started this blog, and I thought it would be a fun summer amusement. So how about a little game? Test your knowledge of literature by identifying the books that these quotes come from. They're all from classics or fairly well-known novels—don't worry, I'm not tricking you with bits of my favorite obscurities!
Scoring is ten points for every correct answer, with a highest possible score of a perfect 100. Don't peek at the guesses in any comments before yours! I'll announce who got the highest score sometime next week.
1) He said to him with an emphasis that went beyond words:
"I drag one leg a little. Now you understand why."
2) I wonder what my life would be to-day, if Mrs. Van Hopper had not been a snob.
3) In the days before deathly contrivances hustled them through their lives, and when they had no telephones—another ancient vacancy profoundly responsible for leisure—they had time for everything: time to think, to talk, time to read, time to wait for a lady!
4) "When you call me that, smile."
5) We beat it out flat; we beat it back square; we battered it into every form known to geometry—but we could not make a hole in it. Then George went at it, and knocked it into a shape, so strange, so weird, so unearthly in its wild hideousness, that he got frightened and threw away the mast. Then we all three sat round it on the grass and looked at it.
6) She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older,—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
7) "Someone's been coercing him," thought Cheyne. "Now Constance would never have allowed that. Don't see as Europe could have done it any better."
8) How the two poor relations ever reached London—whether they walked, or got behind coaches, or procured lifts in wagons, or carried each other—is uncertain, but there they were.
9) As she watched, the boy's knees buckled slowly and he went down in the dust. Without a word, two men fell out of the last rank and walked back to him. One, a tall spare man with a black beard that hung to his belt, silently handed his own rifle and that of the boy to the other. Then, stooping, he jerked the boy to his shoulders with an ease that looked like sleight of hand. He started off after the retreating column, his shoulders bowed under the weight...
10) Hubert had but one set speech for all occasions. "An your highness were to hang me," he said, "a man can but do his best. Nevertheless, my grandsire drew a good bow—"
So how many can you guess?