The Key

I was born in a house my father built. (RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. (A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens)

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy)

True! – nervous – very, very nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? (The Tell-Tale Heart: Edgar Allan Poe)

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife. (The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: L. Frank Baum)

I am the vampire Lestat. I’m immortal. More or less. (The Vampire Lestat: Anne Rice)

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. (2001: A Space Odyssey: Arthur C. Clarke)

All this happened, more or less. (Slaughterhouse-Five: Kurt Vonnegut)

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York. (Richard III: William Shakespeare)

The story so far: In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Douglas Adams)

All children, except one, grow up. (Peter Pan: James M. Barrie)

Call me Ishmael. (Moby-Dick: Herman Melville)

As Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of uneasy dreaming, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. (The Metamorphosis: Franz Kafka)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (The Gospel According to John: The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved)

Once upon a time there was little girl, pretty and dainty. But in summer time she was obliged to go barefooted because she was poor, and in winter she had to wear large wooden shoes, so that her little instep grew quite red. (The Red Shoes: Hans Christian Anderson)

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. (The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (The Book of Genesis: Moses)

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. (The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger)

You better not never tell nobody but God. (The Color Purple: Alice Walker)

How many did you get???