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Answers to Misheard First Lines

Here are the answers to the Misheard First Lines quiz. The misheard part of the line is marked in orange, the correct substitution in green. If you haven’t looked at the quiz yet, jump here first.

1. Many years ago, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to Disney on Ice discover ice.  (from One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez)

2. It was a pleasure to burn marshmallows.  (from Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury)

3. Mother fried died today. (from The Stranger, by Albert Camus)

4. In the town, there were two mutes and they were always talking together. (from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers)

5. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of wine a wife. (from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen)

6. They choose shoot the white girl first. (from Paradise, by Toni Morrison)

7. Someone must have slathered buttered on slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having truly done anything wrong, he was digested arrested. (from The Trial, by Franz Kafka)

8. You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ but that ain’t no matter. (from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain)

9. Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. (from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens)

10. Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car on off a bridge. (from The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood)



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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  1.' Shelley says:

    Enjoyed the humor!

    Just wanted to mention, since I know there are many To Kill A Mockingbird fans here, that the new book titled Scout, Atticus, and Boo, has tributes from a number of writers (not me, sigh), some famous, who talk about how Harper Lee changed their lives.

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