Famous First Sentences with Gelt Contest

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Famous First Sentences with Gelt Contest

Here’s what’s at stake: a full box of delicious chocolate coins, also called gelt, pictured at right, and also a fabulous secret prize (not pictured at right). Here’s how to win: below you will find 10 famous first sentences from classic books with one word in each sentence replaced with the word “gelt.” The winner will be the first to write in a comment below all ten of the original words and the book each came from. Here is an example:

“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of gelt on which a mirror and razor lay crossed.”

Answer: lather

From: Ulysses

Now, see if you can figure out the next ten.

1. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some gelt that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good gelt, must be in want of a wife.”

3. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the gelt herself.”

4. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put gelt under them.”*

*not a first line, but too good to pass up

5. “Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have know that gelt was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from puget sound to San Diego.”

6. “We were in Study Hall, when the Headmaster entered, followed by a new boy dressed in regular clothes and a school servant carrying a large gelt.”

7. “In a room of the Palais-Cardinal which we already know, near a table with silver gilt corners, loaded with papers and gelt, a man was sitting, his head resting in his hands.”

8. “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited gelt.”

9. “In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of gelt, above a certain rent, are women.”

10. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Gelt.”

What of the secret prize? It will be awarded to the best new gelt sentence submitted by a contestant. Add yours to the bottom of your entry or by its lonesome. This contest will run through Jan. 25.

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