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BOOKS (FIRST LINES)
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"Look at 'em come, Jesse! More and more! Must be forty or fifty families."
      - Emerson Hough, The Covered Wagon [1922]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

"Gentleman, this is America!"
      - Emerson Hough, The Mississippi Bubble [1902]
         (book 1, ch. 1)

Now that we are cool, he said, and regret that we hurt each other, I am not sorry that it happened.
      - William Henry Hudson, Green Mansions [1904]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

One of the fruits of Emancipation in the West Indian islands is the number of the ruins, either attached to the houses that remain or within a stone's throw of them: ruined slaves' quarters, ruined sugar-grinding houses, ruined boiling houses; often ruined mansions that were too expensive to maintain.
      - Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica [1929]

The Browns have become illustrious by the pen of Thackeray and the pencil of Doyle, within the memory of the young gentlemen who are now matriculating at the Universities.
      - Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days [1857]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

In 1815, M. Charles Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-----. He was a man of seventy-five, and had occupied the bishopric of D----- since 1806. Although it in no manner concerns, even in the remotest degree, what we have to relate, it may not be useless, were it only for the sake of exactness in all things, to notice here the reports and gossip which had arisen on his account from the time of his arrival in the diocese.
      - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
         (Fantine, bk. 1, ch. 1),
        (Charles E. Wilbour translation)

It is this day three hundred and forty-eight years six months and nineteen days that the good people of Paris were awakened by a grand pealing from all the bells in the three districts of the Cite, the Universite, and the Ville.
      - Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame [1831]
         (bk. 1, ch. 1)

Ursus and Home were fast firends. Ursus was a man, Homo a wolf. Their dispositions tallied.
      - Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs [1869]
         (pt. 1, ch. 1),
        (also titled l'Homme Qui Rit) (Joseph L. Blamire translation)

Christmas day in the year 182- was somewhat remarkable in the island of Guernsey. Snow fell on that day. In the Channel Islands, a frosty winter is remarkable, and a fall of snow is an event.
      - Victor Hugo, Toilers of the Sea [1866]
         (first part, book I)

"Are you coming in to watch the dancing, Lady Conway?"
      - Edith Maude Hull, The Sheik [1921] (ch. 1)

One evening in one of those Over-the-Rhine cafes which were plentiful along Vine Street of the Cincinnati of the nineties, a traveling salesman leaned across his stein of Moerlein's Extra Light and openly accused Ray Schmidt of being innocent.
      - Fannie Hurst, Back Street [1930] (ch. 1)

Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
      - Zora Neale Hurston,
        Their Eyes Were Watching God [1937]

To take Mark Sabre at the age of thirty-four, and in the year 1912, and at the place Penny Green is to necessitate looking back a little towards the time of his marriage in 1904, but happens to find him in good light for observation.
      - Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson,
        If Winter Comes [1921] (pt. 1, ch. 1)

There were three brothers Paris: Andrew, Charles, Simon.
      - Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson,
        One Increasing Purpose [1925] (pt. 1, ch. 1)

Rosalie's earliest apprehension of the world was of a mysterious and extraordinary world that revolved entirely about her father and that entirely and completely belonged to her father. Under her father, all males had proprietory rights in the world and dominion over it; no females owned any part of the world or could do anything with it.
      - Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson,
        This Freedom [1922] (part I, ch. I)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

It had all been arranged by telegram, Jeremy Pordage was to look out for a coloured chauffeur in a grey uniform with a carnation in his button-hole; and the coloured chauffeur was to look out for a middle-aged Englishman carrying the Poetical Works of Wordsworth. In spite of the crowds at the station, they found one another without difficulty.
      - Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer [1939],
        later editions titled as After Many a Summer Dies the Swan

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
      - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World [1932]

Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains--the few that there were--stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet-on-the-Water.
      - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow [1921]

The snapshots had become almost as dim as memories.
      - Aldous Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza [1936]

"You won't be late?" There was anxiety in Marjorie Carling's voice, there was something like entreaty.
      - Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point [1928]

They were to have met in the garden of the Chapelle Expiatoire at five o'clock in the afternoon, but Julio Desnoyers with the impatience of a lover who hopes to advance the moment of meeting by presenting himself before the appointed time, arrived an half hour earlier. The change of the seasons was at this time greatly confused in his mind, and evidently demanded some readjustment.
      - Vicente Blasco Ibanez,
        The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse [1918]
         (pt. 1, ch. 1),
        (Charlotte Brewster Jordan translation)

[The following Tale was found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker, an old gentleman of New York, who was curious in the Dutch history of the province, and the manners of the descendants from its primitive settlers. His historical researches, however, did not lie so much among books as among men; for the former are lamentably scanty on his favorite topics; whereas he found the old burghers, and still more their wives, rich in that legendary lore, so invaluable to true history. . . .]
      - Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle [1819],
        (from The Sketch Book)

In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.
      - Washington Irving,
        The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [1819],
        (from The Sketch Book)

I was always fond of visiting new scenes, and observing strange characters and manners. Even when a mere child I began my travels, and made many tours of discovery into foreign parts and unknown regions of my native city, to the frequent alarm of my parents, and the emolument of the town-crier.
      - Washington Irving,
        The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. [1819]

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.
      - Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin [1939],
        first sentence of second paragraph


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