Final Jeopardy: British Novels

The Final Jeopardy question (3/11/2013) in the category “British Novels” was:

Fittingly, this Thomas Hardy character is introduced near the Pure Drop Inn.

4-day champ Drew Horwood was with us most of last week and has $70,798 to show for it. Today he takes on these two players: Lindsey Chismark, from Madison Heights, MI and Ben Dwertman, from Cincinnati, OH. Let’s see how they all make out.

Lindsey found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Tony Winners for Best Musical.” It was before the first commercial break and she was in the lead with $2,400, $1,000 more than Ben in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

1949: Based on a Shakespearean romantic comedy.

Drew finished in the lead with $5,600. Lindsey was second with $4,400 and Ben was last with $3,600.

Ben found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Newspaper Moguls.” He was in third place with $5,200, $3,200 behind Drew’s lead. He bet $4,000 and thought it was Johnson, but that was WRONG.

In 1894, this man whose company later partnered with Roy Howard founded the USA’s 1st major newspaper chain.

Drew found the last Daily Double in “The Hittites.” He had the lead with $6,800, $1,200 more than Lindsey. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Most knowledge of the Hittites comes from clay tablets with writing in this wedge-shaped system.

Drew finished in the lead with $11,800. Lindsey was next with $7,600 and Ben was in third place with $5,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


We’ll assume TESS DURBEYFIELD would have been an acceptable answer as well, since that was the last name the character started out with. The novel’s subtitle is given in full as “A pure woman faithfully presented” or shortened to just “A pure woman.” Sometimes it is entirely left off and sometimes the novel is referred to simply as “Tess.” Interestingly, the original manuscript (at the British Library) shows the original title as “Daughter of the d’Urbervilles.”

Read this 1891 classic online: “This novel is generally regarded as Hardy’s finest. A brilliant tale of seduction, love, betrayal, and murder, Tess of the d’Ubervilles yields to narrative convention by punishing Tess’s sin, but boldly exposes this standard denouement of unforgiving morality as cruelly unjust. Throughout, Hardy’s most lyrical and atmospheric language frames his shattering narrative.”

Ben wrote down “Jude the Obscure.” (Jude Fawley first appears at school). Ben bet his whole $5,600 and wound up with zero.

Lindsey wrote down “Clearwater.” We don’t know who she meant. We just know she bet $6,600 on it. That left her with $1,000.

Drew just had a question mark so he lost his $3,401 bet. But that left him $8,399 and he remained the Jeopardy champ once again. His 5-day total is $79,197.

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