Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, wonders if you know your names? Sometimes the "title character" isn't named in the title. What are the actual names for these "title characters?"

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo.

A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt.

The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. (Bonus question - what was the fourth musketeer's name?)

Here's the answer to last week's trivia question:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)

What is the folly in Joseph Conrad's Almayer's Folly?
Here the folly is the house. In architecture, a folly is often used to indicate "An extravagant, frivolous or fanciful building, designed more for artistic expression than for practicality."

What does wuthering mean in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights?
Wuthering is the sound that wind makes in trees.

In Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Pied Beauty", what does pied mean?
In this context, pied means "multicolored" or "blotched". It can indicate "motley", like the brightly colored clothing jesters wear, or similar to calico.

In Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Five Orange Pips," what are pips?
Pip can mean a lot of different things, but in this context, it means Seeds.

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