Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Quiz Tuesday part 25

Today's quiz can only work under the honor system - you promise not to Google and I promise not to giggle at your answers ;-)
Hint: the inspiration for the quiz came from this photo of the snowy egret and his reflection...

Today's question is: from which famous novel comes the following quote:

"Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me, and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life."

UPDATE: Time for another hint, another quote:

"All human beings... are commingled out of good and evil."

35 comments:

Kate said...

Hmmm. Can't place it, but the language and sentence structure sure sounds like Victorian literature to me, which was never my favorite to learn or to teach. I much prefer your lovely photo to this passage.

Moi said...

for sure, a British author....cant place the novel...havent read this one tho' am supposedly an avid reader!!! need more hints!!! :)

Steve Buser said...

This shot is dreamy... good work. Masterful.

isabella said...

Kate and Moi - I sincerely appreciate your good sportsmanship and fair play ;-)
Will drop another hint later on...

Steve - glad you enjoyed it!

Nikon said...

Sounds British & Victorian to me, too.

Olivier said...

Merci pour les francophones ;o) je passe (donc j'ai cherche et trouve sur internet , et bravo pour la photo et ce texte cela va bien ensemble - je ne donne pas la reponse , mais merci google ;o) )

Thank you for the French-speaking people ;O) I pass (thus I have seek and finds on Internet, and cheer for the photograph and this text that goes well together - I do not give the answer, but thank you google ;o) )

Nathalie said...

Moi aussi je suis allee voir mon ami G... C'est marrant, je n'aurais jamais pensé à RLS.

Merci pour cette belle photo.

Leena said...

I leave the novel, but the photo has got wonderful colours!
Good day to you!

Mandi said...

I have not idea. But that photo is just gorgeous!

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a stunning photograph and one I admire a lot.

I have no clue about the author.

I didn't do much today but...

I did write about how people used to wear long underwear over winter or until we began to stink. You can find the link at the bottom of the post today.
Brookville Daily Photo

Peter said...

So Nathalie gave the answer (but with assistance).

I would never have guessed.

The photo is a beauty with water / sky reflexion!

Frank said...

The title of the novel is, "Mirror Bird, Mirror Bird on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?", oh wait, that was a Disney movie :-(

macky said...

Wow, I'm speechless!

alice said...

Two egrets for the price of one...but too difficult for a French speaking! Does it rain in your area?

Lessie said...

Wow! Lovely shot. The blue is amazing and the reflection is so nice.

Jilly said...

Beautiful photo - no stunning. Well done, Natalie. I thought it might be Dickens - how wrong can you be?

Left a message on Monte C for you, Isabella.

Kate said...

Okay, you emphasized duplicity (doubles, two) and good and evil (two but opposites). Can't be A Tale of Two Cities because I taught that and don't recognize either quote. I'll keep thinking!!

ruth said...

It's driving me crazy, because I think I've read the quote lately. Did you post it somewhere before? It sounds like something Joseph Conrad would write.

Did you "equalize" the photo! It's great!

lv2scpbk said...

Very nice reflection photo.

Beetle said...

I don't know Isabella unless I google but i won't...
But let me say...This photograph is so,so BEAUTIFUL!

~tanty~ said...

Continuition of Kate analyse, duplicity = double, can also be two personalities. Then another quote ... good and evil, so I guess Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde?
Stunning photo by the way!

RamblingRound said...

I have no idea, but my about-to-be-a-junior-in-college son thinks it might be "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. He's an avid reader and minoring in English. Sounds good to me! And, the egret portrays a snowy goodness and darkness underneath.

Susan said...

I have no earthly idea! So...I admit, I googled it and am surprised by what I found..(I will not tell). Hey, how about some movie lines next time? I can do pretty well with those..."was you ever bit by a dead bee?"...that's one of my favorite! LOL

It has been so long since I've been to your site Isabella! What beautiful pictures you've put up the last couple of weeks! Gorgeous photos of the beach. Keep up the good work and I'll try to visit more often.

JAM said...

Is it The Death of Ivan Illyich by Tolstoy?

Love the photo of the egret. Beautiful.

Dsole said...

I really don't have any clue... I'm not used to read english books... maybe the Bible? No idea, I'm serious! ;) but the photo is gorgeous!"

Lan Nghiem-Phu said...

Googled the entire sentence and it came right up! Too easy! "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis" is # 1 hit on top. There are 29,000 hits. Now this:

"How does your oneirical conception with Kafkaic tendency coexist with the sublogical vision that you have about extrinsic life?" Where does that come from?

Bergson said...

A beautiful reflection, a very coloured photograph.
It misses that a small fish for your heron.

Nikon said...

The photo is great. RLS it is.

GMG said...

OK, it’s difficult to avoid G… I was wondering whether Prof. Julius Kelp would have said it the same way... ;))
Anyhow, the photo is perfectly outstanding!

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

My American / English literature culture it's too much poor to apply at your question but I would like to say that the photo is stunning. I love how water is mirroring a so unique sky.

Moi said...

people cheated..they googled....not fair :DDDDD

isabella said...

Congratulations to Tanty and Ramblinground's son (getting his money's worth at college)!!!

Yes, that was my thought process - a white bird with a black reflection - split personality, good and evil, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...(hey, after 25 quizzes, what do you expect ;-)

Kate - you were almost there...

Glad you all like the photo - Ruth, I did not "enhanced" it in any way, just cropped it ;-)

Thanks to all who resisted the temptation to Google and relied on their grey matter (and you know who you are ;-))

And as always,thanks for playing along...

Kala said...

this is such a beautiful photo with wonderful color combinations rarely seen! As for the novel, my guess is one of Emily Bronte's books hmmm

Kuanyin said...

Since my house guests have finally departed, I'm catching up on several weeks of photos all around DP! Of course, yours are always quite exceptional with the funniest comments. I don't mind being late because then I get to read them.:-)

Manuel Tendero Gil said...

precioso ese reflejo en el agua me gusta mucho un saludo