Monday, January 5, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane"The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors."      Published 1895 

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?


  1. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and following.

    I like this quote. I have to say that in some of the classics authors really knew how to set atmospere.

  2. I know, Crane really pulls you into the scene, and dares to use an adverb. I'm so afraid to use adverbs these days. I never would have used one in an opening sentence. Thanks for commenting!

  3. What a great opening and it all starts with the beginning sentence. If it grabs one, it takes you in.

  4. I like it too. I think it is still one of best Civil War novels around for young adults.

  5. You've picked an excellent one to crank up this adventure!
    Original, creative, and extra-crispy, I might add. (smile).

  6. Thanks, Dixie. I'm going to have fun reading and re-reading opening lines. Hard to duplicate this particular one, huh.

  7. Red Badge of Courage has long been one of my favorite books. Wonderful writing like we don't see in many modern works.

    Tossing It Out

  8. Oh, good. Glad you like it too, Arlee. Thanks for stopping by.


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