To continue with my recent theme, I decided to put together a quiz about endings for all you Janeites. You might recognize most if not all the first lines, but how well do you know the last lines of Austen’s novels? Let’s find out. I’ve done my best to neutralize the obvious give-aways. For example, some names have been changed to protect the innocent, and I’ve added the last lines from The Darcys of Pemberley and For Myself Alone to the mix, to make it a little more challenging. I’ll post the answers in comments. Good luck, and no fair peeking!
1 – On that event they removed to Lalaland, and the Motel 6 there, which under each of its two former owners, Kiki had never been able to approach but with some painful sensation of restraint or alarm, soon grew as dear to her heart, and as thoroughly perfect in her eyes, as everything else within the view and patronage of Lalaland had long been.
2 – The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade … But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.
3 – After a little more time had gone by, they were able to look back over the year just past and see only the good it had brought them, and reasons to face the future with hope … Desi and Lucy could easily have been forgiven for thinking themselves blessed above all other creatures in England.
4 – Between Manor A and Manor B, there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate … and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.
5 – With the Abernathys, they were always on the most intimate terms. Micky, as well as Minnie, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Disneyland, had been the means of uniting them.
6 – I leave it to be settled by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.
7 – Yet, according to the direction of providence, they were now both honorably free of their former encumbrances to be forever attached to one another. Of all the varied fates that might have been hers, this was the finest.
8 – She gloried in being a butcher’s wife, but she must pay the tax of quick alarm for belonging to that profession which is, if possible, more distinguished in its domestic virtues than in its national importance.
Here are your answers: 1 Mansfield Park, 2 Emma, 3 The Darcys of Pemberley, 4 Sense and Sensibility, 5 Pride and Prejudice, 6 Northanger Abbey, 7 For Myself Alone, 8 Persuasion
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