Friday First Lines

OK, here are set 2 of the Friday First lines. The challenge here is to see if you recognize them, so no looking them up on the internet!

In addition, the ones that are italicized are translated from another language (which means, among other things, that they may slightly differ from your copy.)

Good luck!

  1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.


  1. Eh bien, mon prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now no more than family estates of the Bonapartes.


  1. The first place that I can remember well was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.


  1. Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well furnished dining parlor, in the town of P_______.


  1. Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.


  1. The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended.


  1. The year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten.



  1. In that place the wind prevailed.


  1. Mrs. May lived in two rooms in Kate’s parents’ house in London.


  1. Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen have asked me to write down the whole particulars about….


ETA: I don’t know what 18 and 19 are. So if you know those, I’ll probably end up taking your word for it ;o)

Friday First Lines

Years and years ago I was given a First Line Challenge: Basically to identify the title and author of each of these books/stories. Some of them, I have to admit, I still haven’t identified.

So here are the first 10. If you know the book and author, leave it in the comments*

1. A column of smoke rose thin and straight from the cabin chimney.

2. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and having nothing to do…

3. It was a dark and stormy night.

4. 1801-I have just returned from a visit to my landlord…

5. Mr. Jones of Manor Farm had hocked the henhouses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.

6. Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.

7. The Mole had been working hard all morning, spring-cleaning his little home.

8. He came into the world in the middle of the thicket…

9. When I left my office that beautiful spring day, I had no idea what was in store for me.

10. The primroses were over.

(FWIW, for two of these I don’t know the correct answer. Seriously. But I’m not going to tell you which two to keep you honest.)

Have fun. It’s Friday…

*I’m trying to think of some sort of prize for the person who gets the most first, but that would be really hard to judge, and I don’t have much to give away other than copies of my books, and I don’t know if you’d want that as a prize anyway….