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Getting off to a Good Start

Quotations # 26: Good Starts

I've begun the incredibly laborious process of updating the quotations collections (all 30 of them). I decided to start with #26 (don't ask me why).

 This is an interesting assortment of the opening lines from various stories, with the title, author and date information. It is a great study in contrasts, and an amusing read if you are familiar with the styles of some of the authors.

 I've added another 64 to bring the total to 255. some samples are included below:

 -- Steve

The storm came up out of the southwest like a fiend, stalking its prey on legs of lightning.
  --Abarat, by Clive Barker, 2002

The customs agent spent more time than usual examining the sword that my wife had brought into the country and then asked what we intended to do with it.
  --The Pilgrimage, by Paul Coelho (English Translation), 1992

In the end, write it down.
  --Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher, 2001

"The cow is there," said Ansell, lighting a match and holding it out over the carpet.
  --The Longest Journey, by E.M. Forster, 1907

I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.
  --The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin, 1969

It happened many years ago, before the traders and missionaries first came into the South Seas, while the Polynesians were still great in numbers and fierce of heart.
  --Call it Courage, by Armstrong Sperry, 1940

Lee Chong's grocery, while not a model of neatness, was a miracle of supply.
  --Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck, 1945

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