i am perpetuating this meme which i caught from meta. the point is to write down ten opening lines of books and see if you can guess them. so, cmon, guess. to be fair [fair?], i did not include any poetry :]
- Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
- In February 1948, the Communist leader Klement Gottwald stepped out on the balcony of a Baroque palace in Prague to harangue hundreds of thousands of citizens massed in Old Town Square.
- Early in the morning, late in the century, Cricklewood Broadway.
- "I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in June, when the ditches were white with fool's-parsley and meadowsweet and the air heavy with all the scents of summer; it was a day of peculiar splednour, such as our climate affords once or twice a year, when leaf and flower and bird and sun-lit stone and shadow seem all to proclaim the glory of God, and though I had been there so often, in so many moods, it was to that first visit that my heart returned on this, my latest.
- Tao called Tao is not Tao.
- Die Welt ist alles was der Fall ist. [The world is all that is the case.]
- It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
- Make it fast.
- Though brilliantly sunny, Saturday morning was overcoat weather again, not just topcoat weather, as it had been all week and as everyone hoped it would stay for the big weekend--the weekend of the Yale game.
- Gustave Aschenbach--or von Aschenbach, as he had been known officially since his fiftieth birthday--had set out alone from his house in Prince Regent Street, Munich, for an extended walk.
the answers are hidden in white in the extended version...