Monday, May 4, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: "The Marry Month of May" by O. Henry"Prithee, smite the poet in the eye when he would sing to you praises of the month of May. It is a month presided over by the spirits of mischief and madness. Pixies and flibbertigibbets haunt the budding woods; Puck and his train of midgets are busy in town and country."    (Published 1905)

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. I look forward to reading some of your classic openings during the next months.

  2. What a great opening line. I have never read this book but it sounds enchanting

    1. Actually a short story....kind of flowery, but O Henry's stories are true classics.

  3. What a fun idea! I might try it on my own blog.

  4. That's a fantastic first line. Love it!! Flibbertigibbets!

  5. Yes please - more opening lines. Lovely idea, I look forward to this.
    I just randomly picked a book off my bookshelf - this is from Anita Brookner: A Start in Life (I know it doesn't fall under the rubric of classic) -
    "Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature'.


"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary
(A.B. Alcott). Stay and visit awhile. Your comments mean a lot to me.