Monday, May 25, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


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I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
(published 1911)


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?

22 comments:

  1. Hey Sharon,

    Nothing like some classic opening lines. I remember trying some classic opening lines to this particular lady and um....Oh, you meant books! :)

    Gary

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    1. ha-ha.....I see you are in a chipper mood today, Gary :)

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  2. So much said in so few words! Thank you. I haven't read Ethan Frome. Not so long ago I read The Age of Innocence which I so enjoyed.

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    1. Honestly, it's been so long, I don't even remember the story! But I do know it's a classic :)

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  3. The article lighten my heart. Thank you. http://www.bellofpeace.org

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  4. I read Ethan Frome years and years ago and again more recently. Both times I found it a little masterpiece, a small gem, capturing such a poignant story in such a small frame.

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    1. I really need to reread this myself. I don't remember it!!

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  5. I had never read this story. It seems he hears different versions of an event...or am I wrong?

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  6. Ethan Frome is such a great book - I love it. I miss tales with true depth sometimes!

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    1. Good to hear, and one more reason to read. I'm adding this to my TBR list.

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  7. I love the phrasing of the sentence: never have read anything by Wharton. The sentence is true and I try to be very careful about the principle it lays down.

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  8. Yes, so true of gossip and easier than we think to do. Thanks for commenting, Dennis!

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  9. Edith Wharton had her way with words, didn't she? Loved her short story,Descent of Man.

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    1. Thanks Lee. I confess I have not read this author's works. Need to do that!

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  10. That opening line seems like a hint that things are going to get more complicated. I would want to know more.

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    1. That's the trick too, isn't it? Enticing the reader from the very first line!

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  11. The way lines were written back then was often different, but the message holds true today, as well. It's interesting to see how different things were but people dealt with many of the same things we deal with today.

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    1. I agree. I think we can learn a lot from the old school authors :)

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  12. Wonderful blogpost. These lines would be enough to grab me even today if this were a current book. :-)

    Sometimes I go to Amazon, and using the "look inside" feature, I'll read the opening lines of a dozen novels to see what works and what doesn't. :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. I sometimes do the same. You can learn a lot from the first page and it makes me realize how important that first line (and first page) really is!

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