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Prologues count as the first chapter; forewords or introductions do not.
I'd never given much thought to how I would die--though I'd had reason enough in the last few months--but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.
I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster.
I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet after screaming down an Alpine descent at 75 miles per hour.
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.
They called him Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname.
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.
It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.
James Fenimore Cooper
It happened every year, was almost a ritual.
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery.
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