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First Line Answers

How did you do with the famous opening lines quiz? Answers here...

How many famous first lines from fiction did you know?


 1. “You better not tell nobody but God.”

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker




 2. “When he was thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”

To Kill an Mockingbird by Harper Lee




3. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald



 4. “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”

Life of Pi by Yann Martell



 5. “It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

1984 by George Orwell




 6. “124 was spiteful.”

Beloved by Toni Morrison




 7. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think he or she is wonderful.”  

Matilda by Roald Dahl



 8. “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte




 9. “The morning dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.”

A Song of Ice of Fire by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones)




 10. “I still remember the time my father took me to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.”

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon