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Call me Ishmael.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....
A Tale of Two Cities
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Marley was dead, to begin with.
A Christmas Carol
Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
The Old Man and the Sea
You better not never tell nobody but God.
The Color Purple
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.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
All children, except one, grow up.
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.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.
A River Runs Through It
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
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.
The Secret Garden
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
The Hunger Games
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
What's it going to be then, eh?
A Clockwork Orange
"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.