Classics Characters’ Guess Who Answers

Let’s see how your answers stacked up with the correct ones from the previous blog. Ready?

How many of these did you get right? On to the next section!

What about the next section? Did you guess the owners of the quotes?

How did you do? How many of these classics have you read? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

Classics Characters’ Guess Who

This could be fun! Here are some clues about several characters from classic works of fiction.

Can you guess who they are?

Let’s start off with some easy ones:

  • A fiery redhead with a temper and a penchant for daydreaming and romance. She resides on Prince Edward Island.
  • A “counseling detective” residing at 221B Baker Street, London. He is most often accompanied by his biographer and friend, Dr. Watson.
  • A character first appearing in another work of his titular best friend, he was among the poorest of the poor in town before being adopted by a wealthy widow. After faking his own death, he sailed down the Mississippi River with a fugitive slave on a raft.
  • The second eldest of five sisters, this character is intelligent and witty, with a desire to marry for love rather than convenience. She is her father’s favorite.

Did you guess any of these? Let’s try a few more:

  • One of two migrant ranch workers searching for work during the Great Depression, this character loves petting soft animals — especially rabbits. However, he does not know his own strength.
  • An anthropomorphic character who is bounced around from owner to owner, he learns all sorts of trades, from sledding, to mining, to panning for gold. He learns how to work with others and eventually becomes the leader of a pack.
  • This character is caught up in the middle of a pirate adventure while working at his family’s inn. Deciding to hunt for coveted buried treasure, he sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, filled with pirates, murder, intrigue, violence, and treasure.
  • This character was only six years old when her story began during the Great Depression in the South. Fascinated with her recluse neighbor, she lives with her brother and their widowed, lawyer father who takes on an extremely controversial case.

Do you think you could guess the character based only on one of their quotes? Test your knowledge!

  • “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everyone.” 
  • “Reader, I married him.” 
  • “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
  • “I don’t understand it. What can there be in a simple story like that to make people praise it so?”

Let us know what you guessed! Look for a subsequent blog post with the answers!

Happy Reading!

Jane Austen’s 200th Death Day

One of the pioneers of women’s authorship, Jane Austen’s 200th death day will be celebrated on July 18, 2017. One of the most renown authors of all time, Austen did not gain fame until after her death in 1817, at 41 years of age.

Born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, England, Jane Austen was the seventh child and second daughter of well-respected Cassandra and George Austen. Jane was close with all of her siblings, but especially her only sister, Cassandra, and grew up in a home where creativity and learning were cherished. Jane and Cassandra were eventually sent to boarding school for a formal education, but were sent home when both of them caught typhus and Jane nearly died. The rest of her education came from her father and reading whatever she could, including books that belonged to the boys her father tutored.

Jane began writing poems and stories for herself and her family when she was around eleven years old. Twenty-nine works written from 1787 to 1793 are referred to as the Juvenelia of Jane Austen. Many of the works are written as parodies and satire of popular novels of the time. Most of the works were accompanied by watercolors done by Cassandra. Jane also attended church regularly and social functions, where she became an excellent dancer.

Jane’s first publication was Sense and Sensibility, which was published in 1811 by “A Lady” and was well-received. Pride and Prejudice was then published in 1813, followed by Mansfield Park in 1814. By now, Jane was earning enough money to support herself as a professional writer although she never revealed herself except to those in her immediate family. Emma was published in 1815 and Jane dedicated the novel to the Prince Regent, George IV, who admired her novels. Jane completed the first draft of Persuasion in July 1816. Jane was also able to repurchase her copyright to an earlier novel, Lady Susan, an epistolary novella that differs greatly from her other work, for publication.

In 1816, Jane’s health began deteriorating slowly and irregularly with which most scholars have determined to be Addison’s disease and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She continued to write when she could through her decline, finishing the drafts of novels. Jane died on July 18, 1817 at the age of 41 and is buried at Winchester Cathedral.

After her death, Jane’s siblings and publisher arranged for the publication of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, revealing that she was the author all along. She was known for her critique of novels from the Regency period, often parodying or mocking plots and characters. She is also known for her strong female characters in a time when girls were meant to be meek. It was not until after her death that her novels became popular and appreciated for how progressive they are.

Join the Aurora Public Library District during the week of July 18 as we celebrate Jane Austen and the great contribution she made to literature. Look for a display during the week of July 18! What is your favorite novel by Jane Austen? How has she impacted how you read or write?

Happy Reading!

Coming Up: Jane Austen’s 200th Death Day

Did you know Jane Austen’s 200th death day is coming up? Check the website for a blog about one of the most influential writers of all time, as well as the Library for a special Jane Austen book display. Here a few books by Jane Austen you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District today to celebrate her life and death:

Pride and Prejudice                       Persuasion

Sense and Sensibility                    Lady Susan

      Emma                                             Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

We also have several movies based on the novels of Jane Austen that you can check out as well.