Quotes #002: Famous First Lines

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Great stories stay with us a long time after we read the last page, and close the book. But how many of these famous first lines can you identify? There’s no connection between the books, but all are considered classics in their own right. Post your guesses in the comments below, and let me know how you got on.
 
1
They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.

2
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

3
The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

4
I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.

5
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

6
Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure.

7
I am an invisible man.

8
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

9
I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.

10
All children, except one, grow up.



2 comments:

Petra said...

The first one is Wide Sargasso Sea, that's probably the only one I've read. I guess the last one is Peter Pan. And that's all I know, quite sad. :)

Matthew Selwyn said...

Hey Petra - haven't seen you round these parts for a bit :) Two is good, although I reckon you might get 5, 6, or 7 too.