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- M -
  1. Ryder opened his tired eyelids and reached for the telephone without enthusiasm.
      --Goodbye California, by Alistair MacLean, 1978

  2. A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air.
      --Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, 1995

  3. My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
      --The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, 2001

  4. "I have to stop again, hon," Sam'grandmother says, tapping her on the shoulder.
      --In Country, by Bobbie Ann Mason, 1985

  5. The day broke gray and dull.
      --Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham, 1915

  6. In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.
      The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, 1940

  7. Call me Ishmael.
      --Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, 1851

  8. I am a rather elderly man.
      --Bartleby, the Scrivener , by Herman Melville, 1856

  9. In the time before steamships, or then more frequently than now, a stroller along the docks of any considerable sea-port would occasionally have his attention arrested by a group of bronzed mariners, man-of-war's men or merchant-sailors in holiday attire ashore on liberty.
      --Billy Budd , by Herman Melvile, 1924

  10. It was the middle of a bright tropical afternoon that we made good our escape from the bay.
      --Omoo, by Herman Melville, 1847

  11. Six months at sea!
      --Typee, by Herman Melville, 1846

  12. Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.
      --Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, 1936

  13. I wonder if there isn't a lot of bunkum in higher education?
      --Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley, 1917

  14. I live in three time zones simultaneously, and I don't mean Eastern, Central and Pacific.
      --The Holder of the World, by Bharati Mukherjee, 1993

  15. Ferguson, the groom, stands outside the chapel in a rented bell bottom tuxedo and patent leather shoes, waiting for the ceremony to begin.
      --The Kite, by Les Myers, 1991

- N -
  1. The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
      --A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul, 1979

  2. The moon is particularly bright this evening.
      --Conversations with the Moon, by Amy Neftzinger, 2003

  3. It was little more than three miles from the Wall into the Old Kingdom, but that was enough.
      --Sabriel, by Garth Nix, 1995

  4. Fog rose from the river, great billows of white weaving into the soot and smoke of the city of Corvere, to become the popular hybrid thing that the more popular newspapers called smog and the Times "miasmic fog."
      --Abhorsen, by Garth Nix, 2003

  5. It was a hot, steamy summer, and the mosquitos swarmed everywhere, from their breeding grounds in the rotten, reedy shores of the Red Lake up to the foothills of Mount Abed.
      --Lirael, by Garth Nix, 2001

  6. The British are frequently criticized by other nations for their dislike of change, and indeed we love England for those aspects of nature and life that change least.
      --Mutiny on the Bounty, by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, 1932

- O -
  1. Innocently it began.
      --A Fair Maiden, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2010

  2. The yearning in my heart!
      --Little Bird of Heaven, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2009

  3. One afternoon in September 1919 a young woman factory worker was walking home on the towpath of the Erie barge Canal, east of the small city of Chautauqua Falls, when she began to notice that she was being followed, at a distance of about thirty feet, by a man in a panama hat.
      --The Grave Digger's Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2007

  4. Ohhh God.
      --Black Girl/White Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2006

  5. At the time unknown, unnamed, the individual who was to throw himself into the Horseshoe Falls appeared to be the gatekeeper of the Goat Island Suspension Bridge at approximately 6:15 A.M.
      --The Falls, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2004

  6. He had known it must happen soon.
      --The Tattooed Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2003

  7. Where she'd died wasn't where she would be found.
      --The Barrens, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2001

  8. How death enters your life.
      -- Middle Age: A Romance, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2001

  9. This movie I've been seeing all my life, yet never to its completion.
      --Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates, 2000

  10. There was a time in the village of Willowsville, New York, population 5,640, eleven miles east of Buffalo, when every girl between the ages of twelve and twenty (and many unacknowledged others besides) was in love with John Reddy Heart.
      --Broke Heart Blues, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1999

  11. We were the Mulvaneys, remember us?
      --We were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1996

  12. God erupted in thunder and shattering glass.
      --What I Lived For, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1994

  13. The rented Toyota, driven with such impatient exuberance by The Senator, was speeding along the unpaved unnamed road, taking the turns in giddy, skidding slides, and then, with no warning, somehow the car had gone off the road and had overturned in black rushing water, listing to its passenger's side, rapidly sinking.
      --Black Water, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1992

  14. She wanted very much to know why, yet she dreaded knowing why, her son, newly home after four months away, was avoiding her.
      -- Goose-Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1991

  15. The other day, it was a sunswept windy March morning, I saw my grandmother staring at me, those deep-socketed eyes, that translucent skin, a youngish woman with very dark hair as I hadn't quite remembered her who had died while I was in college, years ago, in 1966.
      --Why Don't You Come Live With Me It's Time, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1991

  16. In the unmarked government sedan with the olive-tinted windows, en route to the consul-general's residence in a leafier, less traffice- and bicycle-clogged part of the city, the cultural attache's wife leaned forward to tell Caroline Carmichael, in a lowered voice, "You won't mention this to anyone tonight, of course, Miss Carmichael--but Mr. Price has been under a good deal of pressure lately."
      --American, Abroad, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1991

  17. "Little Red" Garlock, sixteen years old, skull smashed soft as a rotten pumpkin and body dumped into the Cassadaga River near the foot of Pitt Street, must not have sunk as he'd been intended to sink, or floated as far.
      --Because It Is Bitter, and Becaue It Is My Heart, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1990

  18. There are stories that go unaccountably wrong and become impermeable to the imagination.
      -->The Swimmers, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1989

  19. How subtly the season of mourning shaded into a season of envy.
      --House Hunting, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1988

  20. Not once upon a time, but a few years ago.
      --You Must Remember This, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1957

  21. It was a mild, fragrant evening in late September, several weeks after he had moved to Glenkill, Pennsylvania, to begin teaching at the Glenkill Academy for Boys, that Monica Jensen was introduced to Sheila Trask at a crowded reception in the head-master's residence.
      --Solstice, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1985

  22. They are sitting at opposite ends of the old horsehair sofa waiting for something to happen.
      --The Assignation: A Book of Hours, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1975

  23. Jesse wakes, startled.
      --Wonderland, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1971

  24. One warm evening in August 1969 a girl in love stood before a mirror.
      --Them, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1969

  25. I was a child murderer.
      --Expensive People, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1968

  26. On that day many years ago a rattling Ford truck carrying twenty-nine farmworkers and their children sideswiped a local truck carrying hogs to Little Rock on a rain-slick country highway.
      --A Garden of Earthly Delights, by Joyce Carol Oates, 1967

  27. First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a Junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey.
      --The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, 1990

  28. She stands up in the garden where she has been working and looks into the distance.
      --The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje, 1992

  29. Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the henhouses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
      --Animal Farm, by George Orwell, 1946

  30. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
      --1984, by George Orwell, 1949

  31. The idea really came to me the day I got my false teeth.
      --Coming Up for Air, by George Orwell, 1939

- P -
  1. There is a lovely road that runs from Ixapo into the hills.
      --Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

  2. On they went, singing "Rest Eternal," and whenever they stopped, their feet, the horses, and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.
      --Dr Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak, 1957

  3. When I first set eyes on Evelyn Barton-Forbes she was on the streets of Rome--
      --Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters, 1975

  4. "What is it you find so amusing, dear?"
      --The Falcon at the Portal, by Elizabeth Peters, 1999

  5. I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning.
      --Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig, 1974

  6. August, 1931 - The port town of Veracruz is a purgatory between land and sea for the traveler, but the people who live there are very fond of themselves and the town they have helped to make.
      --Ship of Fools, by Katherine Anne Porter, 1962

  7. She was a spirited-looking young woman, with dark curly hair cropped and parted on the side, a short oval face with straight eyebrows, and a large curved mouth.
      --Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter, 1939

  8. For the first fifteen years of our lives, Danny and I lived within five blocks of each other and neither of us knew of the other's existence.
      --The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, 1967

  9. All beginnings are hard.
      --In the Beginning, by Chaim Potok, 1975

  10. Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns.
      --The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx, 1993

  11. For a long time I used to go to bed early.
      --Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust, 1924

  12. --Something a little strange, that's what you notice, she's not a woman like all the others.
      --Kiss of the Spider Woman, by Manuel Puig, 1978

  13. Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.
      --The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, 1969

- R -
  1. Howard Roark laughed.
      --The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, 1943

  2. We are five miles behind the front.
      --All quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, 1928

  3. The Citadel of Troizen, where the Palace stands, was built by giants before anyone remembers.
      --The King Must Die, by Mary Renault, 1958

  4. It was dolphin weather when I sailed into Piraeus with my comrades of the Cretan bull ring.
      --The Bull from the Sea, by Mary Renault, 1962

  5. The child was wakened by the knotting of the snake's coils about his waist.
      --Fire from Heaven , by Mary Renault, 1969

  6. They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.
      --Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys, 1966

  7. I see . . ." said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room toward the window.
      --Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice, 1976

  8. The girl in the gray deerskins was fifteen, perhaps older, she wasn't exactly sure.
      --A Country of Strangers, by Conrad Richter, 1966

  9. Amoebas leave no fossils.
      --Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins, 1976

  10. The first time I saw Brenda she asked me to hold her glasses.
      --Goodbye, Columbus, by Philip Roth, 1959

  11. 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, by J.K. Rowling, 1997

- S -
  1. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
      --Holes, by Louis Sachar, 1998

  2. When they pulled her out, she was not crying at all.
      --Contact, by Carl Sagan, 1985

  3. A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.
      --Southern mail, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1929

  4. Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called Stories From Nature, about the primeval forest.
      --The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943

  5. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
      --The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, 1951

  6. The night that Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one sort or another, his mother called him wild thing.
      --Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

  7. The President of the United States awoke that Monday morning with his usual hangover--fashioned not of liquor but of tensions and worries that sleep had failed to dissolve.
      --The President's Plane is Missing, by Robert J. Serling, 1967

  8. The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.
      --Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, 1877

  9. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.
      --Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, 1816

  10. Petronius woke only about midday. and as usual greatly worried.
      --Quo Vadis, by Henryk Sienkiewicz, 1896 (translated from Polish)

  11. Here begins a happy day in 2381.
      --The World Inside, Robert Silverberg, 1971

  12. I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.
      --A Time of Changes, Robert Silverberg, 1971

  13. And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered around him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the city of Pidruid.
      --Lord Valentine's Castle, by Robert Silverberg, 19XX

  14. It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
      --The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, 1906

  15. Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale hill.
      --The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith, 1998

  16. Mma Ramotswe, the daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe of Mochudi, near Gaborone, Botswana, Africa, was the announced fiancee of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, son of the late Pumphamiliste Matekoni, of Tlokweg, peasant farmer and latterly chief caretaker of the Railway Head Office.
      --Morality for beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith, 2001

  17. Isabel Dalhousie saw the young man fall from the edge of the upper circle, from the gods.
      --The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith, 2004

  18. All nights should be so dark, all winters so warm, all headlights so dazzling.
      --Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith, 1981

  19. Not long ago, there lived in London a young married couple of dalmation dogs named Pongo and Missis Pongo.
      --101 Dalmations, by Dodie Smith, 1956

  20. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
      --The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket, 1999

  21. 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

  22. I shook the rain from my hat and walked into the room.
      --I, the Jury, by Mickey Spillane, 1947

  23. Kino awakened in the near dark.
      --The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, 1945

  24. A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.
      --Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, 1937

  25. This is the story of Danny and of Danny's friends and of Danny's house.
      --Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck, 1935

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

  27. The Salinas Valley is in Northern California.
      --East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, 1952

  28. The little town of Verieres is one of the prettiest in Franche-Comte.
      --The Red and the Black, by Stendhal, 1830

  29. I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of june, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
      --Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

  30. 3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Dracula, Bram Stoker, 1897

  31. Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well-furnished parlor, in the town of P---, in Kentucky.
      --Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852

  32. Sitting in the waiting room at Planned Parenthood, Jonathan and his mother made an odd couple.
      --Moscow Nights by Marly Swick, 1991

- T -
  1. My father has asked me to be the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club.
      --The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, 1989

  2. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
      --The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937

  3. When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
      --The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954

  4. Hador Goldenhead was a lord of the Edain and well-loved by the Eldar. The Children of Hurin, J.R.R. Tolkien, 2007
      -- , by , 1917

  5. All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.
      --Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, 1878

  6. You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.
      --The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, 1885

  7. In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of Canty, who did not want him.
      --The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, 1881

  8. For months the great pleasure excursion to Europe and the Holy Land was chatted about in the newspapers everywhere in America and and discussed at countless firesides.
      --The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain, 1869

  9. It was in 1590—winter.
      --The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain, 1916

- U -
  1. Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.
      --Rabbit, Run, by John Updike, 1970

  2. Joey's first glimpse of the house was cloudy in his memory, like an old photo mottled by mildew.
      --A Sandstone Farmhouse, by John Updike, 1991

  3. "And oh yes," Jane Smart said in her hasty yet purposeful way: each s seemed the black tip of a just-extinguished match held in playful hurt, as children do, against the skin.
      --The Witches of Eastwick, by John Updike, 1984

  4. Black is a shade of brown.
      --Brazil, by John Updike, 1994

  5. In those hot last days of the spring of 1910, on the spacious, elevated grounds of Belle Vista Castle in Paterson, New Jersey, a motion picture was being made.
      --In the Beauty of the Lilies, by John Updike, 1996

  6. Caldwell turned and as he turned his ankle received an arrow.
      --The Centaur, by John Updike, 1963

  7. Devils, Ahmad thinks.
      --Terrorist: A Novel, by John Updike, 2006

  8. Men emerge pale from the little printing plant at four sharp, ghosts for an instant, blinking, until the outdoor light overcomes the look of constant indoor light clinging to them.
      --Rabbit Redux, by John Updike, 1971

  9. The seacoast road went smoothly up and down, but compared with an American highway it was eerily empty.
      --Morocco, by John Updike, 2009

  10. In his increasing isolation--elderly golfing buddies dead or dying, his old business contacts fraying, no office to go to, his wife always off at her bridge or committees, his children as busy and preoccupied as he himself had been in middle age--Craig Martin took an interest in the traces left by prior owners of his land.
      --Personal Archaeology, by John Updike, 2009

  11. The Billingses, so settled in their ways, found in their fifties that their friends were doing sudden, surprising things.
      --The Afterlife, by John Updike, 1994

  12. "Let me begin by reading to you," says the young woman, her slender, black-clad figure jackknifed on the edge of the easy chair, with its faded coarse plaid and broad arms of orangish varnished oak, which Hope first knew in the Germantown sunroom, her grandfather posed in it reading the newspaper, his head tilted back to gain the benefit of his thick bifocals, more than, yes, seventy years ago, "a statement of yours from the catalogue of your last show, back in 1996."
      --Seek My Face, by John Updike, 2003

  13. Those of us acquainted with their sordid and scandalous story were not surprised to hear, by way of rumours from the various localities where the sorceresses had settled after fleeing our pleasant town of Eastwick, Rhode Island, that the husbands that the three Godforsaken women had by thier dark arts concocted for themselves did not prove durable.
      --The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike, 2008

- V -
  1. She was born the way we're all born, complaining against her/our bitch of fate.
      --He Who Searches, by Luisa Valenzuela, 1986

  2. Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7 Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814.
      --Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne, 1872

  3. When a journey begins badly it rarely ends well.
      --The Floating Island, by Jules Verne, 1895

  4. Looking back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day. I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures.
      --A Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, 1864

  5. This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.
      --Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut, 1973

  6. All this happened, more or less..
      --Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, 1968

  7. Ilium, New York, is divided into three parts.
      --Player Pianoe, by Kurt Vonnegut, 1952

- W -
  1. Its the day after payday, and all over the city people are overdosing.
      --Acts of Kindness, by Mary Michael Wagner, 1991

  2. You better not never tell nobody but God.
      --The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, 1982

  3. In the old country in South America, Carlotta's grandmother, Zede, had been a seamstress, but really more of a sewing magician.
      --The Temple of My Familiar, by Alice Walker, 1989

  4. "I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in June, when the ditches were white with fool's parsley and meadowsweet, and the air heavy with all the scents of summer; it was a day of peculiar splendour, such as our climate affords once or twice a year, when leaf and flower and bird and sun-lt stone and shadow all seem to proclaim the glory of God; and though I had been there so often, and in so many moods, it wa to that first visit that my heart returned on this, my latest.
      --Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh, 1945

  5. All day the heat had been barely supportable but at evening a breeze arose in the West, blowing from the heart of the setting sun and from the ocean, which lay unseen, unheard behind the scrubby foothills.
      --The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh, 1947

  6. It was clearly going to be a bad crossing.
      --Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh, 1930

  7. Just after he entered John F. Kennedy Airport, and as he was having his ticket to Chicago verified, he was handed the urgent message by the attendant at the airline's desk.
      --The Word, by Irving Wallace, 1972

  8. There are songs that come from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads.
      --The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller, 1992

  9. I saw a grey-haired man, a figure of hale age, sitting at a desk and writing.
      --In the Days of the Comet, by H.G. Wells, 1906

  10. The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.
      --The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells, 1897

  11. A nurse held the door open for them.
      --The Optimist, by Eudora Welty, 1972

  12. That was Miss Snowdie MacLain.
      --The Golden Apples, by Eudora Welty, 1949

  13. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
      --Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, 1911

  14. Selden paused in suprise.
      --The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

  15. One January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
      --The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, 1920

  16. "Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
      --Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White, 1952

  17. On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below.
      --The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thorton Wilder, 1928

  18. There's a divinity that shapes our ends.
      --The Man with Two Left Feet, by P.G. Wodehouse, 1917

  19. Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng! An alarm clock clanged in the dark and silent room.
      --Native Son, by Richard Wright, 1940

  20. Johnny slouched down behind his desk, clutching his battered reading book, his mind winging away.
      --Rite of Passage, by Richard Wright, 1994

  21. From an invisible February sky a shimmering curtain of snowflakes fluttered down upon Chicago.
      --The Outsider, by Richard Wright, 1953

  22. When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
      --The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, 1951

  23. For many days we had been tempest-tossed..
      --The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss, 1814

- Z -
  1. It was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me.
      --Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny, 1970

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