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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It was Wang Lung's marriage day.PSB
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
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.HL
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
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.DHL
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
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
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
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
All this happened, more or less.KV
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
First SentenceNovel TitleAuthor's Initials
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
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.CMcC
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an arming stretched out on the hills, resting.SC
I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.TC
They're out there.KK
The Salinas Valley is in Northern California.JS
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
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 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
The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there.'TC

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