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Favorite First Sentences

Today's Top Five Wednesday topic is Favorite First Sentences. This one was pretty easy. The hard part was narrowing it down to five. My choices are pretty pedestrian, but here we go.

  1. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife." - Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -- Again, getting the most obvious one out of the way first.

  2. "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling -- I always read the last part as "thankyouverymuch".

  3. "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink." I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith -- Even before I had read this book for the first time, I knew this line. It made me really excited about reading it. It didn't disappoint.

  4. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." 1984 - George Orwell -- I am not a huge fan of this book, but the first line certainly grabbed my attention when I first read it.

  5. "Marley was dead, to begin with" A Christams Carol - Charles Dickens -- Mostly I love this one because I made Christopher read it in middle school when we were homeschooling. He read the first sentence and laughed out loud. It makes me really happy to remember that.

So okay. Those are some of my favorite first lines. What are yours?

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