Hope you enjoyed that, and well done ramblingfancy, who more or less got the right answer – Return of the Native is the odd one out, for reasons which will become clear when you see the books’ opening lines…

‘Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote’ – The Canterbury Tales

‘A Saturday afternoon in November[…]’ – The Return of the Native

‘April is the cruellest month’ – The Waste Land

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen’ – Ninety Eighty-Four

Thanks for all your ingenious guesses!

7 thoughts on “Answer!

  • February 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Oh wow it was that, and I did actually *know* they were first lines. Thanks for sharing the question Simon!

  • February 4, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Ugh, that is obvious XD I think I need to read a few more books to get these questions in the future.

  • February 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Yes, perhaps 'obvious' wasn't the right word – I meant it's an obvious thing to look for, rather than it's something we all know off by heart!

  • February 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Well, I was totally off! I was going with the "there's 'the' in the title," but such was not the case.

    That was fun, though!


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