“It’s Cold Outside. We Need to Think.”

The title of my posting today is borrowed from blog contributor CICvet,  who has challenged me to bring forward some quotations from well-known (well, perhaps in some cases, “ought to be well-known”) writers and see who is at present the most alert and informed reader.

SO:  let’s try this format.  I will give you first three opening lines from famous works which all mention “April.” The second part will consist of four quotations from “contemporary” (within my lifetime)  fiction writers.  A final quotation will be from a speech made by such a writer.  So there at eight problems total and 16 parts (author + title for each) in all.

QUOTATIONS MENTIONING “APRIL” IN FIRST LINES:  1.   “Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote/The drogthe of March hath perced to the rote/[several lines omitted] Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.”                      Author:                             Title:

2.  “April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.”    Author:                     Title:

3.  “It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. ”  Author:                    Title:


4. “I’ll think of some way to get him back.  After all, tomorrow is another day.”  Author:                   Title:

5. “Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma.  Now it means you’re scum.  Don’t mean nothing itself, it’s the way they say it.”     Author:                         Title:

6.   “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.”    Title:                         Author:

7.  “It was like saying good-bye to a statue.  After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain.”    Author:                        Title:

8.  A famous “contemporary fiction writer” said this in a speech:  “I decline to accept the end of man . . . . I believe that man will not merely endure;  he will prevail.                      Author:                                Title:

If you decide to “do research” by consulting, let’s say,  Wikipedia,  please classify your answers into these categories:  (1)  Knew already   (2)  Did research.

Good luck,  and may your “little gray cells” increase.



11 Responses to ““It’s Cold Outside. We Need to Think.””

  1. Gregory Phillips Says:

    Research? Pshaw.

    However, without research, all I can say for sure is that (1) has to be Chaucer, but I don’t know which work, I suspect (3) is from George Orwell’s 1984, (4) is from Gone With the Wind, the author of which escapes me, and (6) must be from Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

  2. AMD Says:

    Forgot to mention this in my last post, but you’ll notice that I have changed my identifier to just my initials, rather than my full name. There was something about having my full name out there in cyberspace that just didn’t settle right.
    Ann Marie

    Anyway…………on to the subject at hand.
    1. Did not know this one at all, and was surprised that I couldn’t find a reference on either Google or Wiki. I’ll venture a guess, given the language, that it’s Shakespeare, but I’m stumped by this one.
    2. I knew the quote, but not the source, so I looked this one up — T.S Eliot, “The Waste Land”.
    3. I knew this was George Orwell. I kept thinking “Animal Farm”, but I knew that wasn’t right, took me a few minutes to think of “1984”, but it finally came to me.
    4. This one was easy — one of my favorite books — “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. I believe that’s the last line in the book, spoken by Scarlett.
    5. I just heard this quote someplace recently — not sure why or where — but it’s from “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. I looked that one up too.
    6. Another easy one — “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
    7. I looked this one up also — it’s Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms”.
    8. And I looked this one up as well — William Faulkner. This is from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

    So, not a great record — I give myself about a 2.5. Guess I get a better mark for research than knowledge !! 🙂

  3. IW Says:

    1. Prologue to Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

    the rest have already been answered…

  4. pen Says:

    I don’t know many.

    1. Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
    5. Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
    6. Catch-22, don’t know the author
    8. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr?

    poor showing.

  5. pen Says:

    Ack — 7 is Hemingway, I knew that!
    8 is Faulkner? He’s contemporary?

  6. Raymond Rundus Says:

    So far so good.

    You shouldn’t look at other’s answers before you do your best on your own. And who knows, some of the early ones could be wrong.

    And how did I define “contemporary”? Anybody that was alive during my lifetime. That would be (GASP! UGH!) 1934 or later. . . .

    I’ll keep checking. . . .


  7. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Oh, yes! And AMD you are right to be careful about exposing your full name to the hordes of possible victimizers out there. I’m ready to take it all for the team. . . .


  8. Catherine Pritchard Says:

    The first is certainly the prologue to the Canterbury Tales, by Chaucer. I learned that for extra credit in college and can still recite most of it — in old English!

    I also knew 2, 4, 5 and 6.

  9. Warren Baker Says:

    #8: Nobel Prize Speech–William Faulkner

    #7: A Farewell to Arms–Ernest Hemingway

    #6: Catch-22–Joseph Heller

    #5: The Grapes of Wrath–J.E. Steinbeck

    #4: Gone With the Wind–Margaret Mitchell

    #3: 1984–George Orwell

    #2: The Waste Land — T.S. Eliot

    #1: Cantebury Tales (The Knight’s Tale)–Geoffrey Chaucer (??)

  10. CICvet Says:

    I didn’t know #’s 1, 2, and 8. I couldn’t get through #1 with the aid of a six-pack — and I made a few attempts, years ago (w/o a six-pack). Thanx for the challenge.

  11. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Been to busy to “think”, lol, but dropping in to say hello.

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