Quiz: First Lines of Classic Novels


How well do you know these first lines of classic novels?

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
"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."*
"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
"It was a pleasure to burn."
"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day."
"All this happened, more or less."
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
"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."
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
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