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Novel First Opening lines

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11 hours ago, suspensewriter said:

Wait a minute, Claire, you can read Melville's Moby Dick in an hour- I'm impressed!!😀

Lol, no, that was @Zee. I still have to get my hands on a copy of Moby Dick 

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This isn't from a novel.  It's a drama.  The first line from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

"Double, double toil and trouble.  Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

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I remember reading that in my 12th Grade English Class literature textbook.

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I was incorrect about that last quote.  Shakespeare's play MacBeth actually begins with a different scene in which the witches appear.  The actual opening line is:

                                   "When shall we three meet again

                                     In thunder, lightning or in rain?"

The scene ends with the words:

                                   "Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
                                     Hover through the fog and filthy air."

I think that's a real grabber.

Edited by William D'Andrea
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This is actually two sentences from my waiting-in-the-computer book.

 

“I'm gone.” The note on the table was all she could write, and it told Chance nothing. 

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"It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up."

 

Okay, just kidding with that one. Anybody who's a Snoopy fan (yes, I'm looking at you, Lynn! :D) will recognize that immediately! I honestly don't really have a real favorite first line; most of the time I'm TERRIBLE at choosing favorites because I have so many things I enjoy! But my favorite Scripture is Psalm 103, aaaaannnnndddd...hmm...what else do I have an absolute favorite of? Well, one of my favorite movies is Moms' Night Out, but I digress...:D

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The two Biblical opening lines that I think are most memorable are Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1.

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4 hours ago, Entoman said:

The two Biblical opening lines that I think are most memorable are Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1.

Oh, yeah, those are good too!

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"Invisible flying rats."

 

That's the first line of Drift: Expanding Universes. Forty- nine thousand nine hundred ninety-seven to go!

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13 hours ago, EClayRowe said:

"Invisible flying rats."

Oh that's good! You got me going "Wait, What?" and desperate to know what that means.

 

Makes me think of another, from George Bryan Polivka's Blaggards Moon:

 

"On a pole. In a pond." 

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