Monday, February 9, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back." 
(First Published 1678)


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?
 

12 comments:

  1. That's funny. I read the book in high school, and was thinking about a reread. Maybe I should.

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    1. Oh, that is funny. Now you have to read it!

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  2. What a great opening sentence. This is why there are great books! It all starts with the beginning

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    1. That is so true. I'm really enjoying this series, and hope to improve some of my own opening lines!

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  3. Wow, I don't think I've ever heard of this book before. *shameface* What a great opening line, though! There's such a lovely eloquence to it...

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  4. Oh, you're kidding. It used to be required reading, but times changed.....Still, no time like the present!

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  5. Can't wait for the rest to be posted. If only my first sentences could be 10 percent as good!

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  6. I'm inspired too--many of which I've never read, but now am thinking out. Thanks for stopping by Catherine!

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  7. I do like the opening line of that book!
    By the way, you have a Liebster Award waiting for you at my blog! http://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/2015/02/wow-very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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  8. I love reading opening lines of books. I've done a couple of posts on the topic as well. Sometimes, I will pull a few of my favorite books off my shelf and re-read those opening lines. :) I find it very refreshing and inspiring! Thanks for sharing this one.

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  9. Oh, I do too, I really agree. Nice to hear from you, Margo. I need to visit your blog and see what you've been up to. It's a while :) Life gets so busy, it's hard to keep up with everyone's fabulous blogs. Thanks!

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