Favorite First Lines


Via Dave Coote

We sat around last night doing what book nerds do when they’re married: eating soup and discussing our favorite first lines.  Angus likes the classics, like “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself” and “A screaming comes across the sky” (Gravity’s Rainbow).

Two I love:

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman, and a ride home.”

Do you know it?  The Outsiders.


‘”Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.’  Charlotte’s Web.

How could you not keep reading?

Flipping through that last, I discovered E.B. White ended Charlotte’s story with the most beautiful final sentence:

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Did your heart just break a little?

Wishing you a happy November full of foliage, fires, great reads and good friends.

Tomorrow, a recipe for apple pancakes.



2 Comments on Favorite First Lines

  1. applesandonions
    November 1, 2011 at 11:15 am (7 years ago)

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice xo, LEH

  2. joanna
    November 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Too distracted to think of good first lines, when all I can think is: I WANT THAT LIVING ROOM!!!

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