Monday, September 05, 2005

Yes, I was just about to say that.

Here're the answers for the famous first lines of books. No one tried to look up the answers, not to mention winning the secret prize. I planned to give away an iPod, yet no one attempted. Pity.

1. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,...
Charles Dickens
, A Tale of Two Cities.

2. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Douglas Adams
, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

3. It is a truth univerally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen
, Pride and Prejudice.

4. It is this day three hundred and forty eight years six months and nineteen days that the good people of Paris were awakened by a grand pealing from all the bells in the three districts of the Cite, the Universite, and the Ville.
Victor Hugo
, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

5. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis.

6. Call me, Ishmael.
Melville
, Moby Dick.

7. Once I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book about the jungle called True Stories.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
, The Little Prince.

8. It was the day my grandmother exploded.
Iain Bainks
, The Crow Road.