Heyer and a Quiz

Anne here, announcing that Jennifer Kloester's new book,The Novels of Georgette Heyer is out as an e-book.
I'm not sure whether or when it will be published as a paper book, but when I know, you'll know.


In the meantime, I'm entertaining you (I hope) with a quiz about some of Georgette Heyer's books. The usual rules apply — note down your answers with a pen and paper and at the end, there's a link to the answers.

1) Who called his uncle a "platter-faced old fidget”?

a) Sir Tristram Shield

b) Viscount Sheringham

c) Ferdy Fakenham

d) Pelham Winwood


2) Who removed the gold tassels from some very elegant boots?

a) Ulysses the dog

b) Oswald Denny

c) Edmund Rayne

d) Phillip Jettan

3) Who was predicted to be eaten by frogs and his offspring “delivered to the caterpillar?”

a) Lord Damerel

b) The Earl of Rule

c) The Marquis of 

d) Dominic, Marquis of Vidal

4) Who called Young Lochinvar a “dashed loose screw.”

a)  Jack Carstairs

b)  Viscount Sheringham

c)  Freddy Standen

d) Jasper Damerel

5)  Which female character was said to have the countenance of a particularly well-bred horse?

a)  Eugenie Wraxton

b)  Sarah Thane

c)  Drusilla Morville

d)  Arabella Tallant


6) Whose aunt “adds invisibility to her other accomplishments!” 

a) Annis Wychwood’s

b) Mary Challoner

c) Frederica Merrivilles’s

d) Phoebe Marlowe


7)  Who is X in this quote? “I daresay X might not be a great hand at slaying dragons- but one has not the smallest need of a man who can kill dragons!” 

a)  Jack Carstairs

b) Mr Beaumaris

c) Tristan Shield

d) Freddy Standen


8)  Who said: “There’s a thing that comes after a fellow:got a name,but I forgot what it is. Creeps up behind him, and puts him in the basket when he ain't expecting it.” 

a)  Ferdy Fakenham

b)  Gervase Frant

c)  Viscount Sheringham

d) George Wrotham

 9)  Who said: “I comfort myself with the reflection that your wife will possibly be able to curb your desire–I admit, a natural one for the most part–to exterminate your fellows.” 

a)  Hugo Darracott

b)  Nick Beauvallet

c)  Capt. John Staples

d) The Duke of Avon

10)  Who offered herself as a substitute bride, despite the fact that she stammered and her eyebrows would not arch. But she did have The Family Nose.

a) Sophy Stanton-Lacy

b) Nell Stornaway

c) Horatia Winwood

d) Hero Wantage


11) Whose sleep was guarded by The Mountain?

a)  Prudence Tremaine

b)  Phoebe Marlowe

c)  Serena Carlowe

d)  Judith Taverner


12) Who kidnapped a hero and shut him in the cellar?

a)  Pelham  Winwood

b)  Kit Grantham

c)  Deb Grantham

d)  Léonie de Sainte-Vire


Now, click on this link and it will take you the page with all the answers. When you've added up your score, come back and tell us how you went. Too hard? Too easy? or Just right.

63 thoughts on “Heyer and a Quiz”

  1. Nice quiz, thanks 🙂
    I got 10 out of 12. That’s because to me Sherry and Freddy are pretty similar young men so I have trouble keeping who said what straight with them.
    The others were very characteristic of those characters – well chosen 🙂 My favorite is Avon’s quote. If he were scolding me I would be smiling too.

  2. 10 for 12…Definitely have to reread Friday’s Child and Cotillion again. The quiz was a lot of fun as usual. Freddy and Viscount Sheringham blended together in my mind. Tsk on me…Grin.

  3. Thanks, Janice. As for those similar “scatty” young men, yes, my Cunning Plan is to lure you into mixing them up. 😉
    And I love that Avon quote, too — that whole scene, in fact. Masterful writing.

  4. Thanks, Vicki — glad you enjoyed it. Interesting that both you and Janice blended Sherry and Freddy. I do try to make the questions a little bit tricky for dedicated Heyer readers. *g*

  5. I got 12/12 – many, many rereads of Heyer in my life. Small gripe. On your answers page the answer for numlber 120 gives “d) Horatia Winwood” whereas Horry (which is of course the right answer is in fact c).
    So I had to go back to check.

  6. Hi, Jennifer. You don’t put your answers in the comments (which would spoil the quiz for others) — you click on the link, add up your score and tell us how you went and whether you enjoyed it or not.

  7. I got five correct. I’ve read all the Regency novels of Heyer, the first romance novelist I found. I had to go to out-of-print bookstores to find many of them.

  8. 11/12 for me. And it gave me a good laugh. I so enjoy Freddy Standen’s practical mind and Ferdy’s ‘hidden depths’ of culture – or perhaps it’s more a gossamer web of educational memory.

  9. I got 7 correct, but I have to confess I was certain about only 3 of them, the other 4 were educated guesses. I haven’t read all of Heyer’s books, but I did remember which heroine kidnapped the hero and shut him in the cellar.

  10. Loved this quiz-it reminded me of just how much I enjoyed reading Heyer and made me want to re-read many of the books. I have to admit, No. 9 did make me smile. The Devi’s Cub was a favorite.

  11. Thanks for letting us know about Jennifer’s book. I have her others and will be downloading this. It’s a book I’d like to have in physical form so hopefully it won’t be too long until they publish it in that format.

  12. Fun quiz as always, Anne, but what I got was … the feeling I need a fresh glom of Heyer! For me, it was like a 50th high school reunion where everyone looks familiar, but I can’t match them to the memories. One takeaway: Heyer had a great sense for naming her characters. Like I said, fun. Thanks!

  13. Well, not that many right, several of the right ones were pure guesses! But the quote about the wife curbing the urge to kill your fellow man—I knew that one immediately because that book was one of the first Heyer’s I ever read & it is still my favorite! Esp. when she shot him! I laughed so hard at that point! Ah well, I want to reread the Heyers but I get so many urges to reread so many books & yet there are new ones out there–not enough reading time in life! But a good quiz, Anne!

  14. What a lovely way to describe Ferdy’s grasp of his lessons in Greek mythology, Beth. Brilliant. And yes, Freddy is so beautifully down to earth about the romance of Young Lochinvar — and thinking about it, h’s right, isn’t he? Well done on your score.

  15. Yes, as I said, Teresa, as soon as I know what’s happening about a physical book, I’ll let people know. I also prefer reference books to be in physical form. It makes it so much easier to find things. Also I don’t tend to read reference books from cover to cover but browse, and flip back and forth, and you can’t do that as easily on an e-book.

  16. Thanks, kc, and yes, that’s one of my all time favorite Heyer quotes too. In fact quite a few of my faves made it into this quiz. I reread Heyer every now and then — generally when I’m in the mood for a historical romance but can’t find anything new to hit the spot.

  17. I agree completely about what you said about ebook vs print books. So much easier to flip through a physical book to find what you are looking for! I hope jen’s book comes out in print form soon!

  18. That was fun, Anne. Even though I didn’t do very well. I got a firm 2. And another 2 where I knew which book they were in but couldn’t remember the character’s names. I’m rubbish at remembering names, even right after I’ve read a book. I love Heyer, yet when I get the urge for a Heyer fix I tend to reread my favorite few. I try to read a new one occasionally. From the quiz, the ones I missed which frustrated me the most were from books I have read and reread and didn’t recognize the phrase or scene at all.
    I’m looking forward to reading Jennifer Kloester’s new book, although I’ve been meaning to reread her biography of Heyer again.
    It’s great being a reader who has a memory like a steel trap (koff koff) because when I choose a book to reread I know I’ll love it but have forgotten so much it’s almost like a new discovery.

  19. A somewhat belated comment, so I’m not going to boast about my score, though I thought they were mostly fairly easy, especially 9 & 12. Maybe I’ve got a thing for heroines who shoot of kidnap the hero?
    I actually invented my own version of the quiz: link each name to a book (or books), which was a bit harder.
    I’m currently on page 128 of the e-book (so just about to start on “Regency Buck”) and, so far, am finding it very, very good, in fact better than I expected as I’d envisaged just getting a critical essay on each book, whilst it is actually much more than that.
    I have noticed a few minor formatting problems on my Kindle – none of real significance, but I’ll drop a note to the author when I’ve got to the end. The only problem with it being an e-book rather than on paper is that the illustrations do not fare very well on the small black and white e-ink screen of my Paperwhite. It’s not so convenient, but there is a lot to say for reading on a PC where the images are bigger and you get the book covers in colour. Or maybe use a large tablet?
    I hope that there will be a POD version as I will definitely buy it, though I suspect that the length would make it quite expensive.

  20. 12 of 12 correct — sign of a misspent youth? I did hesitate about a few answers, but ended up with the right choices. I do reread Heyer a lot.

  21. I can’t believe it. I missed one! I would have wagered cash money I’d get them all, so kudos to the questioners. (I’ve been reading Georgette’s romances since high school (1971 graduate), and I didn’t think anybody could stump me.) Great fun. I named my beloved fur daughter (grey kitty with lime green eyes) Sophy. Guess which of her books is my favorite? Thanks for making my day!

  22. Michelle, the whole point of these quizzes if FUN, so I;ma glad you enjoyed it. I laughed at your comment about steel trap memory — I suspect a lot of us are like that. I love it when I come to a favourite scene, but I also enjoy it when I read a scene I’d forgotten but that delights me. That happened to me when I reread The Talisman Ring after years of thinking it wasn’t a fave — but it was brilliant!

  23. Mike, I’m not sure what the printing plans are — I’ll shoot an email to Jen Kloester and see if I can find out. I definitely hear you on illustrations on an e-reader — almost impossible, I find.
    But I’m so glad you’re enjoying it more than you expected. Yes, it’s not just a critical essay on each book. I love hearing the background to the writing as well.
    As for naming the book — I did suggest to people that if they could name the book as well as the character, they could double their points but very few seem to have done that. I think our version of the quiz, with several books to name for each question would be fun for the dedicated Heyerites.

  24. Thanks, Lyn — I do try to make the questions a little bit tricky, and enjoyed thinking up possible answers that might entice some people to choose a wrong ‘un. *g* That’s part of the fun for me in crating these quizzes. And I don’t want them to be too easy, even for those who know the topic well.
    Your cat sounds lovely — and yes, I can tell what your favourite Heyer is.

  25. That is so kind of you to say such nice things about the new book, Mike, and I’m delighted you’re enjoying it. I’d be very grateful you know about any formatting issues, no matter how small. Thank you. And the book is coming out in hardcover on 29 September and in paperback next year. Happy reading!

  26. Got them all right. Although I have to admit, one was a guess – I knew it was between two characters and thankfully I picked the right one!

  27. 24/24! Most of the books mentioned in the quiz I could almost quote by heart! i must be a Heyer fan! I need to get hold of Jennifer’s new book.


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