Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ten of the best riddles in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best riddles in literature.

One entry on the list:
The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare

Portia's father sets her suitors to choose from three caskets, guided only by their riddling labels. "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire," declares the gold one. "Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves," declares silver. "This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt, / 'Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath'." Guess which gets the girl?
Read about another riddle on the list.

The Merchant of Venice is a book Scott Turow wants his kids to read.

--Marshal Zeringue