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A Little Less Conversation
"Ten questions on well-known literary characters of whom it could be said 'a little less conversation' might sometimes have been useful, but had that been the case they would have lost much of their impact. See if you can identify them all!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Our first chatty literary character is Mrs Malaprop, known for using the wrong words, often to hilarious effect. We know her from the late 18th century play 'The Rivals'. Which celebrated playwright brought us this entertaining character?
George Bernard Shaw
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The snobbish, wonderfully garrulous and oft irritating Mrs Bennett in the 1813 novel 'Pride and Prejudice' is determined to make sure her five daughters marry well. Which author brought us this memorable character?
Another talkative character belongs to children's literature but remains popular with adults and children alike. The eponymous heroine, who found it necessary to ask a lot of questions, is a little girl who visits a fantasy place called Wonderland and also goes 'Through the Looking Glass'. What is her name?
(Five letters, (first name))
Moving forward in time to Agatha Christie's famous private detective Hercule Poirot, another talkative soul and master of the denouement at the end of each of his cases, do you know which country Poirot came from before settling in England?
Shakespeare's Falstaff appears in three of his plays and overall has the most dialogue of any of his characters. The honours for most dialogue in any *ONE* Shakespearean play however, goes to the character of the title in what is, coincidentally, also Shakespeare's longest play?
In Oscar Wilde's 1895 play 'The Importance of Being Earnest', which indomitable lady utters the famous 'a handbag?' line upon the unwelcome discovery that 'Ernest Worthing' was found abandoned in one at Victoria Station as a baby?
The tales of this fictional detective first graced our bookshelves in 1887 in 'A Study in Scarlet'. Living at 221B Baker Street, London, he was fond of expounding on his theories at length to his friend Dr John Watson, and was generally of a chatty disposition except when indulging his drug habit or playing his violin. Elementary, my dear reader, but can you name him?
(Two Words 8, 6 or surname only)
American writer Nora Roberts writes the bestselling 'In Death' series under the pseudonym J D Robb. Can you name Lieutenant Eve Dallas's chatty Detective partner?
Another unusually loquacious soul was Jeeves, valet to Bertie Wooster, who was often getting himself into trouble. Fortunately for him, however, Jeeves was always on hand to smooth things over. Which English author brought this comic pairing to life in his books?
E M Forster
C S Forester
D H Lawrence
P G Wodehouse
Charles Dickens had so many wonderful characters to choose from, but for my last question I have chosen the rich dialogue of the ever-optimistic Wilkins Micawber. In which of Dickens's novels do we meet this memorable character?
The Old Curiosity Shop
Dombey and Son
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