issue 50: October - December 2005 

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'Marys' in Literature Quiz

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Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

1. In this novel, a pretty Mary first appears as the housemaid of one Nupkins, mayor of Ipswich.

Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

2. Set in Manchester in the 1840s, this Mary, the novel’s protagonist, is the daughter of an active and embittered trade unionist.

Mary Barton by Elisabeth Caskell

3.In this book, a cultured Mary, along with her sister Diana and their brother, offers the destitute "Jane Elliot" food and shelter.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

4. This America Mary appears here as the fiancée of an amateur sculptor studying in Rome, a stay financed by a wealthy connoisseur who is struck by the artist’s genius and smitten by Mary.

Roderick Hudson bt Henry James

5. This Mary struggles from a morphine addiction that has lasted over two decades. Although she loves her husband, she often regrets marrying him because of the dreams she had to sacrifice of becoming a nun or a concert pianist.

Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neil

6. Also known as "the Monkey," the Mary (Mary Jane) in this novel has a neurotic need to submerge herself in her boyfriend’s Jewish identity in order to reap some of the same family love that was missing from her life.

Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

7. This Mary (Mary Frances) appears in the novel as the wife of Win, a CIA agent bent on creating an "electrifying event" that will bring the anti-Castro movement back to life.

Libra by Don DeLillo

8. In this British work, protagonist Mary, who suffers from amnesia, awakens in what seems to be a hospital and does not know who, where, or even what she is. Released into the world, she gradually begins to believe that she had been murdered in her prior (i.e., pre-amnesia) life.

Other People, A Mystery Story by Martin Amis

9. The Mary in this novel is dead, but may possess the spirit of her fellow servant, imprisoned for murder, to whom she was a confidante.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

10. Constantine and the Vatican demonized this Mary and sought to degrade her, as recounted in this recent internationally best-selling novel.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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issue 50: October - December 2005 


    Donald Hays: Why He Did It
    Beth Ann Bauman:
    Robert Lopez:
Shall We Run for Our Lives
    Paul Mandelbaum:
Adriane and the Court-Appointed Psychiatrist
    Laura Marney:
And the Winner Is

picks from back issues
    Jesse Shepard:
First Day She’d Never See
    Cheryl Alu:
Whoever You Want Me To Be


    Scottish writer Laura Marney


    Harry Potter
    answers to last issue’s quiz, Marys in Literature

book reviews

    Blinding Light by Paul Theroux

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