First lines are arguably the most important words in writing. Unless a reader has some other reason for reading, the first line leads her or him into the text filled with a sense of anticipation about what will come next. The first line is the cusp on which the reader teeters, judging what will follow by the calibre of that initial sentence.
Here’s a list of brilliant first lines. From Jane Austen’s “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”, through Daphne Du Maurier’s “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again“, to J.K Rowling’s “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much”, each is so enticing it’s impossible to stop reading.
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