Monday, December 14, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

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"The little old town of Mayenfeld is charmingly situated. From it a footpath leads through green, well-wooded stretches to the foot of the heights which look down imposingly upon the valley." 
(Published 1881; translated into English 1899)


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?
 

10 comments:

  1. Heidi is such a good story-love the opening line so much

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    1. Shirley Temple was a darling Heidi. I know there are other movie versions. Never read the book.

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  2. Thanks for another excellent opening lines.
    Yvonne.

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  3. '"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.' (Little Women)

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    1. Oh, yes....another great line. Books plant memories that come back to us like old friends. Jo always spoke her mind too, which I loved about her. Thanks Julia.

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  4. Hi Sharon,

    That's a brilliant opening line that encapsulates the ambience.

    Take care.

    Gary :)

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    1. Ooh, ambiance. One of my favorite words. Thanks Gary.

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  5. Thanks Sharon - I never knew who was the author of Heidi - or that it was written so long ago. Great opening lines!

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    1. Hi Susan. I didn't either :( Good to know though. Authors often get lost in the shuffle of time.

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