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Old 06-23-2018, 06:49 PM   #16
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  1. Call me Ishmael.
  2. I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
  3. A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
  4. I was sick—sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.
  5. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:01 PM   #17
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:13 PM   #18
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:15 PM   #19
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:36 PM   #20
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All 5 correct.

* A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:04 PM   #21
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A couple of my favorites:

1. It was a pleasure to burn.

2. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #22
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All 5 correct.

* A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #23
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1. It was a pleasure to burn.
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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2. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
1984 - George Orwell

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Old 06-23-2018, 10:17 PM   #24
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:29 PM   #25
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Yet another opening line. This one from one of my favourite authors:

Inspector Drayton sat, solidly planted behind the desk, and waited. He was a rawboned man with a face that looked as if it might have been hacked, by a dull hatchet, out of a block of gnarled wood.

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Old 06-23-2018, 10:33 PM   #26
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  1. Call me Ishmael.
  2. I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
  3. A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
  4. I was sick—sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.
  5. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
1 & 5 might very well be the most famous opening lines in all of literature (ignoring "It was a dark and stormy night" of course)
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:51 AM   #27
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#3 is actually from "Fletch's Fortune".

And the first 4 that "everyone knows" were of course (although "everyone" in relation to the last is a bit presumptuous):

Rebecca
Pride and Prejudice
The Bridge at San Luis Rey
Paul Clifford (by Bulwer-Lytton)
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:26 AM   #28
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Here's seven classics for you:
  1. "There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made."
  2. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”
  3. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
  4. “The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”
  5. “The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.”
  6. “Captain First Rank Marko Ramius of the Soviet Navy was dressed for the Arctic conditions normal to the Northern Fleet submarine base at Polyarnyy.”
  7. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:04 AM   #29
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