Opening Lines - Novellas

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Can you name the novellas that open with these famous lines?

Featured Feb 12, 2010

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I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.Edith Wharton
Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.George Orwell
Mother died today.Albert Camus
During the winter of 1927-28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth.H. P. Lovecraft
Marley was dead: to begin with.Charles Dickens
A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hill-side bank and runs deep and green.John Steinbeck
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.Ernest Hemingway
The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.Joseph Conrad
What determined the speech that startled him in the course of their encounter scarcely matters, being probably but some words spoken by himself quite without intention...Henry James
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous vermin.Franz Kafka
As usual, at five o'clock that morning reveille was sounded by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff quarters.Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honor of Rum Alley.Stephen Crane
A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard.Philip K. Dick
It is a sin to write this.Ayn Rand
A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: 'Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!'Kate Chopin
I am a rather elderly man.Herman Melville
Gustav Aschenbach, or von Aschenbach, as his official surname had been since his fiftieth birthday, had taken another solitary walk from his apartment...Thomas Mann
I am always drawn to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.Truman Capote
Hazel Motes sat at a forward angle on the green plush train seat, looking one minute at the window as if he might want to jump out of it...Flannery O'Connor
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's...H. G. Wells

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