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Throw me another line

Okay, so some of those in my last post were a wee bit obscure, though I would have thought my fellow geeks were more into them. So here are some more famous first lines of books. See how many Titles and Authors you can identify. Answers below the cut.


1. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

2. Call me Ishmael.

3. I sing of arms and the man who first from the shores of Troy came destined an exile to Italy and the Lavinian beaches, much buffeted he on land and on the deep by force of the gods because of fierce Juno’s never-forgetting anger.

4. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all doing direct the other way.

5. It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

6. All of Gaul is divided into three parts.

7. “That’s torn it!” said Lord Peter Wimsey.

8. In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army.

9. You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” but that ain’t no matter.

10. It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee Hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.


1. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Moby-Dick, or The White Whale, Herman Melville
3. The Aeneid, Virgil
4. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
5. Paul Clifford, Edward Bulwer-Lytton
6. Commentary on the Gallic Wars, Julius Caesar
7. The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers
8. A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)
10. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
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