issue 49: July - August 2005 

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'Marys' in Literature Quiz

From the virgin mom to Mary Poppins, there have been a slew of Marys in literature. Read the following and name the novel or play in which each Mary appears. The winner will receive a 30-euro (£20 / $30) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: Sept. 15, 2005

The prize is now taken and the code to send the quiz removed but if you want a go please feel free and then check your answers HERE

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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issue 49: July - August 2005 



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Suhayl Saadi:
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Cyan James:
Lewis and Clark, Bryce and Tony


Josh Capps: Soldier of...

picks from back issues

Ann Cummins: Where I Work
Todd Sandvik: The Note


‘Marys’ in Literature
answers to last issue’s quiz, Food and Drink in Literature

book reviews

Antwerp by Nicholas Royle
The Not Knowing by Cathi Unsworth

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