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December 2017



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Literary quiz answers

1. Lamech, if thou wishest to know the reason wherefore I give unto thee this book, it is that if thou considerest thy condition, which is that of being a last-born son, thou shalt know wherefore it appertaineth unto thee; and I should commit a great error should I deprive thee of that grace which God hath given unto me with so much profusion and liberality.
This is, of course, The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

2. A man is a bubble, (said the Greek proverb,) which Lucian represents with advantages and its proper circumstances, to this purpose; saying, that all the world is a storm, and men rise up in their several generations, like bubbles descending a Jove pluvio, from God and the dew of heaven, from a tear and drop of rain, from nature and Providence; and some of these instantly sink into the deluge of their first parent, and are hidden in a sheet of water, having had no other business in the world, but to be born, that they might be able to die: others float up and down two or three turns, and suddenly disappear, and give their place to others: and they that live longest upon the face of the waters are in perpetual motion, restless and uneasy; and, being crushed with a great drop of a cloud, sink into flatness and a froth; the change not being great, it being hardly possible it should be more a nothing that it was before.
This is from Rules and Exercises for Holy Dying by Jeremy Taylor.

3. Gentle reader, I presume thou wilt be very inquisitive to know what antic or personate actor this is, that so insolently intrudes upon this common theatre, to the world's view, arrogating another man's name; whence he is, why he doth it, and what he hath to say; although, as he said, Primum si noluero, non respondebo, quis coacturus est?
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton.

4. Madam, I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders.
This, of course, is Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure ("Fanny Hill") by John Cleland.

5. Scarcely had the abbey-bell tolled for five minutes, and already was the church of the Capuchins thronged with auditors.
This is The Monk by Matthew Lewis.

6. It appears from tradition, as well as some parish registers still extant, that the lands of Dalcastle (or Dalchastel, as it is often spelled) were possessed by a family of the name of Colwan, about one hundred and fifty years ago, and for at least a century previous to that period.
This is the opening of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg.

7. My parents were both from Scotland, but had been resident in Lower Canada some time before their marriage, which took place in Montreal; and in that city I spent most of my life.
This is the opening of Awful Disclosures of the Hôtel-Dieu Nunnery by Maria Monk (and no doubt several other amanuenses).


Gah, that "Justified Sinner" thing was in one of our college literature textbooks...
As well it should be: it is perhaps the first story told in English to create ambiguity about what actually happens in the tale by having two narrators with separate perspectives.
.. the answers for which comprise a nice new reading list for me. [casually drops it into her kangaroo pocket, walks away whistling like nothing happened. ]