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Into April and still frosty here in the northeast. I think the weather gods are taking Mark Twain’s words too much to heart and passing the buck to their subordinates.

I reverently believe that the maker who made us all makes everything in New England, but the weather. I don’t know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerks factory who experiment and learn how, in
New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make weather for countries that require a good article, and will take their custom elsewhere if they don’t get it.

But all that doesn’t keep me from providing the answers to Tuesday’s literary quiz.

Group I:

  1.  Samuel Beckett               …h) Waiting for Godot
  2. John Irving                       …d) The Hotel New Hampshire
  3. Lillian Hellman                  …f) Little Foxes
  4. Stephen R. Donaldson      …j) Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
  5. Virginia Woolf                   …g) To the Lighthouse
  6. Henry James                     …i) The Europeans
  7. Anton Chekhov                …a) The Seagull
  8. Richard Adams                 …b) Watership Down
  9. Alice Walker                     …c) The Color Purple
  10. E.M.Forster                       …e) Howards End


Samuel Beckett

Group II: 

  1. Ursula K. Le Guin           …c) The Lathe of Heaven
  2. Edward Albee                 …e) A Delicate Balance
  3. Samuel Butler                …g) Erewhon
  4. Wendy Wasserstein      …a) The Sisters Rosensweig
  5. Carson McCullers          …h) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  6. Bertolt Brecht                …b) Mother Courage & Her Children
  7. Edith Wharton                …j) House of Mirth
  8. George Eliot                    …i) The Mill on the Floss
  9. D.H.Lawrence                …d) The Rainbow
  10. Luigi Pirandello              …f) Six Characters in Search of an Author

imagenursula16rs0[1]         Ursula K. Le Guin

Group III:

  1. Thomas Middleton           …f) Women Beware Women
  2. Mikhail Bulgakov             …i) The Master & the Margarita
  3. Murasaki Shikibu           …h) The Tale of Genji
  4. Jean Anouilh                 … d) Thieves’ Carnival
  5. Flannery O’Connor       … b) Everything That Rises Must Converge
  6. Michael Ondaatje           …a) The English Patient
  7. Brendan Behan              …c) The Hostage
  8. Isabel Allende                …j) House of the Spirits
  9. Jean Racine                   …e) Phèdre
  10. James Baldwin              …g) Giovanni’s Room

Thomas_Middleton_1887_etching        Thomas Middleton

How did everyone do?

Now, tomorrow I will be cooking for our seder, so nothing new until Saturday. Then we will begin questing through the forest of the performing arts – dance, music, theatre, and film. (I know, film falls into a grey area – part visual, part performance – but I relish the grey.)

Happy Pesach.