Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day #7

This one is a classic riddle about two actual historial people.

George and Evelyn never met but they carried on writing until late in life. It has been said that Evelyn loved George, but she was too old for him. George married in 1880. He converted to Catholicism in 1930. During World War II, he served with the Royal Marines. Partly in recognition of this, Evelyn's subsequent writings analyzed the character of that war.

Evelyn died in 1966 in Somerset. Her first full-length novel had been published in 1859. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery. He died at age 62, after having published his autobiography in 1964. He lived one year longer than she did.

How could these statements all be true? First correct answer wins :)


  1. Okay, I kind of cheated and used the interenet because I'm not good at riddles (shrug) Hope you don't mind.... I did get the answer afterall :)
    George was George Elliot, who used the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, and lived from 1819-1880. Evelyn was Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), a man who was an English author known for his satirical about wealthy London society. They both kept writing books until late in life (not letters to each other). Evelyn loved George means that he loved her books.
    And when you read it again realizing when they talk about He they mean what Evelyn did and when they talk about She they mean what George did than it all makes more sense

    My source for solving this was:

  2. And when it says that he lived one year longer than she did it's saying that he, Evelyn, died at age 62, and she, George a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans was 61 when she died :)

  3. Ha! You got it! CONGRATS!!!!

    And you should stay on johnpratt.com and poke around. He's got great articles :D

    YOU WIN! Pick your prize :)

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