This is the first of a series of mystery caches where knowledge of the humanities will be needed to locate and find the caches. The series is based on a similar series by The Weasel on outdoor knowledge.
During much of my childhood I was kept indoors to protect my health. I had a sibling die from the same disease I was diagnosed with and so my parents were very protective of my fragile health. So while my friends played hide and seek, I stayed indoors and read books.
Below you will find the opening line of a well-known piece of literature. You may have read many of these books in school. Most people have at least heard of most of these books. You will need to find the source of the opening line and convert the answers to numbers to find the final coordinates for the cache. (A=1, B=2, et al) The trick is that I have rewritten, summarized, or in other ways, altered the line. You will need to somehow identify the line through logic, by research, and with general knowledge. Have fun.
The cache is at N41 5A.BCD W091 3E.FGH
A. A short fictional creature dwelled in a place underground.
4th letter of the title
B. The second-born daughter lay on the floor and whined, "I want gifts for Christmas."
2nd letter of the title minus 6
C. On average, they were pretty normal times.
12th letter of the title
D. The military group was sleeping in, while the ground warmed and the fog lifted.
6th letter of the title minus the 9th letter of the title
E. The day in the fourth month was sunny but not warm, and the timepieces were broken.
6th letter of the last name of the author minus 4
F. When I wasn't so old my dad told me something I've been thinking about.
4th letter of the title minus 4
G. Everyone knows that rich bachelors want to marry.
1st letter of the last name of the author minus 1
H. In the land of Sooners, rain stopped falling in the country painted in the colors of the Buckeyes.
8th letter of the title
You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.
Permission to place the cache in its final location was given by the appropriate authority.
Congrats to The Weasel for FTF!