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18 More Classic Novels Summed Up in Satirical Headlines

I once took a class called “Satire in Society,” except the class was conducted entirely in French so I had no idea what was happening at any given time. (Before you ask, yes! I do technically “speak French,” but I speak French in the same way I “understand the stock market,” which is to say I can make up impressive-sounding phrases I gleaned from a quick Wikipedia skim-read if called upon to do so, but I would rather you didn’t ask me at all about anything, please and thank you.)

Anyway, if there’s one thing I learned, it’s that satire is the backbone of civilized society. (My professor might have been a bit biased, I don’t know. Suffice it to say the man really love satire.) Also, everything sounds better in French. And while I may not be able say French stuff, what I CAN do is sum up a bunch of classic novels with headlines that wouldn’t be out of place on everyone’s favorite satirical news site, The Onion.