Nine things

Great first words


“Take my camel, dear,’ said my aunt Dot, climbing down from that animal on her return from high Mass.” Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. LP Hartley, The Go-Between

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Shakespeare’s Henry V, Prologue

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye To Berlin

Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeble than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady.

All children, except one, grow up. JM Barrie, Peter Pan

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis