4-Letter Literature Chain

For each hint, enter a 4-letter word. The last letter of this word will be the first letter of the next word.
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Last updated: December 19, 2019
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First submittedSeptember 17, 2015
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Aladdin had a magic one
Body of water such as Walden
Sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert
Jane Austen novel
Captain who searched for Moby Dick
8th century English monk, author,
and translator
Brontë: Jane ____
The color black, poetically
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" captain
May the ____ be ever in your favor
Heroic story of Norse literature
Hemingway novel: A Farewell to ____
What's sold in a Faustian bargain
Shakespearean king
By any other name would smell as sweet
Steinbeck: ____ of Eden
Hardy: ____ of the d'Ubervilles
Drug from "Brave New World"
Prefix that often comes before nemesis
What gave Samson his power
Woolf: A ____ of One's Own
Othello's ethnicity
Place for David to spy on Bathsheba
An Achilles heel is a fatal this
Mitchell: Gone with the ____
Author of "Matilda" and "The BFG"
Level 20
Nov 25, 2015
There needs to be some way to skip over a word. I knew all the answers in column one except Bede. Never got to column two.

If there is a way to skip, I never found it.

Level 49
Oct 6, 2018
you can answer any question you want, in any order...then use what you have to fill the gaps, sometimes i start at the end, just for fun
Level 66
Aug 15, 2019
I think this one was a yellow box one before, then you can not just fill in the answers at random order. But you can click them or (on computer) use the tab-key
Level 89
Nov 25, 2015
Having Woolf and Othello next to each other made me smile.
Level 64
Nov 26, 2015
even better: their respective answer are mirrors of each other!
Level 89
May 19, 2016
Yes, that's why it made me smile
Level 66
Aug 15, 2019
haha this made me smile
Level 58
Jan 14, 2023
Quizzer6794 What other association between Woolf and Othello is there? What did you think plattitude was referring to? I am intrigued.
Level 76
Nov 25, 2015
Never heard of Bede, and I read Brave New World decades ago in high school and had no idea what the drug was called, even with two letters supplied. Oh, well.
Level 45
Apr 1, 2016
The only reason I remember it is because a drug called Soma was in other books I've read as well, no doubt inspired by Brave New World.
Level 71
Aug 16, 2016
And Soma is the name of a Smashing Pimpkins song!
Level 59
Feb 11, 2017
Love the Smashing Pimpkins!
Level 76
Jul 28, 2018
There's also a Strokes song called Soma
Level 43
Mar 2, 2022
soma deez nuts lmao
Level 80
Nov 26, 2015
Bede is a saint from Jarrow in the north east of England - the town next to where I grew up. He wrote an early history of England. My brother has Bede as a middle name after him.
Level 49
Oct 6, 2018
also known as the Venerable Bede
Level 66
Aug 15, 2019
bede means prayer in dutch or plea. (archaic though)

Actually I was gonna say seeing as that word is old for us it, probably means a similar word excisted in old english. But I looked it up instead:

The word bede was around in the 14th century from the old english word gebed (which is the word we stíll use for prayer).

Interesting how it is the name for a saint. Edit: ah his name was originally B(a)eda, Bede is the modern anglicised version.

Level 68
Apr 3, 2020
What do you mean "Anglicised"? He already was "Anglo". You can still hear the term "bidding-prayer" in church actually, but yes it is an archaic usage.
Level 74
Feb 13, 2018
I ended up getting "tess" and "bede" by using the two on either side and randomly filling in the middle. Whether that's cheating or clever use of mechanics, I'm not sure. I'm also amazed so few people got soma.

Great quiz regardless, some of them really made me dig through vaguely-recalled high school lit classes.

Level 20
Jul 28, 2018
glad I'm not the only one who didn't have a clue who bede was!!
Level 67
Aug 1, 2021
So my English Catholic school education was finally useful(?!) for something - we had to learn far too much about Bede and classical literature for my liking, but it's all stuck in my brain well enough that I can get 100% on a quiz website 25 years later!
Level 62
Apr 25, 2022
The Norse question was off-putting as I was trying to think of an actual title. The given answer could refer to literature from so many different places and cultures
Level 91
May 18, 2022
it's a norse term for story, still used in icelandic