Happy New Year!

3D front cover of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy… and here are the answers to the Christmas quiz:

(1) ‘Think of having a cup and a cake and a stick of candy and a penny.’: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

(2) ‘This is Christmas Day, it’s Christmas Day, it won’t come again for a whole year.’: Alison Uttley, The Country Child 

(3) ‘Now they are all on their knees’:  Thomas Hardy, ‘The Oxen’

(4) ‘Hark the erol angils sing’: George EliotSilas Marner 

(5) ‘”I wouldn’t tie another twig,” said the elder girl, “for all the Christmas pudding that was ever boiled.”’: Anthony TrollopeThe Last Chronicle of Barset

(6) ‘A most unimpeachable Christmas goose’: Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle’, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

(7) ‘The cattle that are in the sheds fattening for Christmas have cake as well’: Richard Jefferies, Hodge and His Masters

(8) ‘At Christmas I no more desire a rose/Than miss a snow in May’s new-fangled shows’ William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

(9) ‘Lord, keep my memory green!’ Charles Dickens, The Haunted Man

(10) ‘‘I’m rather partial to carols, myself, and that’s the best of reasons for my never hearing any.’: Charles Dickens (again), Great Expectations

And the tie-breaker: the odd one out is question 1. Laura Ingalls Wilder is the only author on the list either not published in CLC or not blogged about by us. You can see the works and the contexts in the links above. In fact, the tie-breaker was not needed: nobody got all ten answers correct – the stumbling block was Richard Jefferies – but the two people who got nine out of ten right have been emailed to find out which of our fiction and poetry books they want as a prize.


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