Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Classics - Opening Lines: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master's house, which stood by the roadside;" 

(Published 1877) 

I love the classics and plan to share more "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'm so pleased you're back with this Sharon and we can comment! I love these opening lines - there's something so expansive and inviting about them!

    1. Thank you. And so pleased to see you back, Susan!

  2. I read this book more than once when I was a kid and you brought back fond memories

    1. I may have too. Reading this feels like home to me. I was such a horse nut back then :) Thanks, Birgit!


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