How Well Do You Know Your Classic Literature?

Okay, lit majors: name this classic:

The queen of a city-state rules with a fair but firm first, along with her sons, the princes.

One day, a minion breaks one of the kingdom’s rules and the queen has the minion killed. That leaves an orphaned daughter, whom the queen adopts. She tells the girl that her father is away on a quest.

One day a knight comes along and saves the girl’s life. He also plants the seeds of doubt about the queen’s motives. The girl begins asking about her father and his mysterious quest.

The queen’s love for the adopted girl grows, and she grooms the girl to become heir to all the land. That draws the jealousy of the two princes. The younger prince’s hatred rises and he begins plotting against his stepsister.

Question: Is this:

a) A Shakespearean tale?

b) Part of the Arthurian saga?

c) A theme of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle?”

c) Translated from “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights?”

The answer?

Season two of FX’s television series, “Justified.” I kid you not.

Are you watching it? Why the hell not?

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 2, 2012, in Blog and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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