Monday, February 6, 2017
A few of my favorite first lines.
They threw me off the hay truck about noon.
The Postman Always Rings Twice
James M. Cain
I first heard Personville called Poisonville by a red-haired mucker named Hickey Dewey in the Big Ship in Butte.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out in the hills, resting.
The Red Badge of Courage
Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.
The Luck of the Bodkins
P. G. Wodehouse
The train tore along with an angry, irregular rhythm.
Strangers on a Train
When the knock came at the door, Parker was just turning to the obituary page.