Classics On My Bookshelf By First Sentence

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Can you name the classic novels on my bookshelf by their first sentence?

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First SentenceNovel TitleAuthor's Initials
The Salinas Valley is in Northern California.JS
When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared roundTH
We were in Big School when the Head came in, followed by a new boy in ordinary day clothes, and by one of the juniors carrying a large desk.GF
I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.TC
It was Wang Lung's marriage day.PSB
All this happened, more or less.KV
They're out there.KK
The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there.'TC
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.JA
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.HL
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station shall be held by anybody else, these pages must show.CD
First SentenceNovel TitleAuthor's Initials
In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.FH
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.CMcC
In the hospital of the orphanage--the boys' division at St Cloud's, Maine--two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing frJI
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.DHL
In the days when the spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses--and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread lace, had their toy spinning wheels of polished oak--there mGE
I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.JK
A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment.TH
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was thCD
3 May, Bistritz--Left Munich at 8:35 P.M. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.BS
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and alJDS
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an arming stretched out on the hills, resting.SC

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