Monday, February 29, 2016

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgens Burnett

"When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too." (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?

Sharon M. Himsl

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  1. Love that opening. Makes me want to see that child.

    1. I like the contrast too. Her name sounds pretty drab next to "Misselthwaite Manor."

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    1. A character to root for right from the start. Kids love this book :)

  3. I love this! I don't know why but she reminds me of my mom. I love the movie

    1. Don't you just love how a book can do that? When it touches the heart, we've found a gem.

  4. Hey, that's a strong opening :-)
    The Secret Garden is one of my longest sitting title in my TBR list. One day I will read it.

  5. Hi Sharon,

    An intriguing opening sentence. I'm very aware of that book. Just never got around to reading it.

    I think there should be a comma after the word, "uncle".

    Take care,

    Gary :)

    1. Comma placement is so subjective these days, it's hard to know anymore!


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