First Lines of Texts

Can you identify these famous books and plays from their first line?
Answers must correspond to the yellow box.
If two texts share the same first line, name the one that was written first.
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Last updated: December 10, 2021
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First Line
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The Bible (Genesis)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
A Tale Of Two Cities
"Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes..."
War and Peace
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Nineteen Eighty-Four
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudgebreak to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
Romeo and Juliet
Who's there?
Call me Ishmael.
Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, in as much as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
Oliver Twist
Marley was dead: to begin with.
A Christmas Carol
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe / Prince Caspian
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy / So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
Anne of Green Gables
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
The Metamorphosis
Level 64
May 5, 2016
tried 'lion, witch and wardrobe' which didn't work, ...
Level 83
May 6, 2016
Yes, there should be more leniency when it comes to words like "the" and "and" in the titles. Good quiz though.
Level 76
May 25, 2016
It should do. Maybe you tried it before I edited it, in which case, try again.
Level 66
Dec 10, 2021
I got Anne of Green Gables, which I have not read, from the first three words. Looking at that first sentence I might never get round to it. Did not get Hamlet, that was tricky.
Level 88
Feb 25, 2022
Good quiz. Pleased that I managed to get all but one.
Level 82
Jun 3, 2024
Tried Nineteen Eighty-Two. I'm dumb.
Level 76
Jun 3, 2024
Three Dickens novels seems like a lot