First Lines: At a village of La Mancha , whose name I do not wish to remember, there lived a little while ago one of those gentlemen who are wont to keep a lance in the rack, an old buckler, a lean horse, and a swift greyhound.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Around the turn of the century, some waggish undergraduates at Oxford learned that Rudyard Kipling got a schilling a word for his writing, so they wired him a shilling and instructed him to send them one of his very best words. Kipling wired back: “Thanks.”
This shortest of pithy replies reminds me of an anecdote about “Silent” Cal Coolidge (U.S. President).
‘A possibly apocryphal story has it that Dorothy Parker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, “Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.” His famous reply: “You lose.” It was also Parker who, upon learning that Coolidge had died, reportedly remarked, “How can they tell?”‘
A screaming comes across the sky.
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.
eyR eht ni rehctaC ehT
A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known ad Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment.
***evitaN eht fo nruteR ehT
1801. – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with.
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