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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Another little literary quiz

[Revised at 6:36 pm PST, to add a few more clues]

Okay, I'm thinking of a famous novel, as to which ALL of the following statements are true:

ONE: It was written by a very famous English female author quite a while ago.
TWO: Her novels are all famous and are as popular today as they have ever been.
THREE: The entire arc of action in the novel is triggered by an announcement of something surprising and intriguing coming to the small country town, that gets all the local gossips speculating about it.
FOUR: It has a character named Charlotte, who turns out to be the mastermind who subtly manipulates many other characters into doing what she wants, without its being traced back to her, and who is believed to have schemed for an inheritance.
FIVE: It has a character named Mrs. Lucas.
SIX: It shows a member of the Lucas family as repeatedly associated with poultry in a home garden.
SEVEN: It has been adapted into film several times between 1940 and 2005.
EIGHT: In a film made in the 21st century, one of the main characters from this novel is shown or stated to be lesbian, and that character is notably associated in the novel itself with pigs.
NINE: There was widespread shock and dismay expressed by many of the numerous lovers of this author and her novels, when a film adaptation depicted a lesbian relationship.

So, what is the title of the novel, and what is the name of its author?

HINT: Given my love of charades, riddles, and novels which have more than one "answer", you might want to think about whether there is more than one answer to this quiz....

Cheers, ARNIE

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