Ernest Hemingway: a fish scaler

Arthur Conan Doyle: tobacco pipe and matches

Charles Dickens: a stiff chimney brush

Charlotte Brontë: a child’s toy from the 1800s

Emily Brontë: brambles

Anne Brontë: a child’s toy and brambles

Edgar Allan Poe: feathers (black)

Roald Dahl: a wrapped chocolate bar

F. Scott Fitzgerald: champagne and coupe glass

Nathaniel Hawthorne: needle and thread (red)

Mary Shelley: needle and thread, and a hunk of unidentified flesh

Agatha Christie: fossil and feather duster

Herman Melville: blubber

Jane Austen: a party invitation (amiable)

Gabriel García Márquez: a plant that’s growing at an unnatural rate

Vladimir Nabokov: cork board and insect pins

Leo Tolstoy: a chess set

Toni Morrison: the ghost of a child who’s holding a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize and rattling them together

A. A. Milne: honeycomb

James Joyce: no prop, but he tells you about his day in great detail

David Foster Wallace: no prop, but the video goes on FOREVER

Murasaki Shikibu: Buddhist nun costume and you’re the emperor who’s dying from venereal disease

Alexandre Dumas: prisoner costume and you’re the confidant he whispers to through iron bars

Maya Angelou: calypso dancer costume, and she’s about to go onstage and show these kids how it’s done

John Steinbeck: tumbleweed

Virginia Woolf: a letter to Vita

J.R.R. Tolkien: lembas bread, plus the whole video is in elvish

Fyodor Dostoevsky: hatchet and whetstone

Don DeLillo: a noise machine

Marquis De Sade: honestly, you don’t want to know

Sylvia Plath: bees