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When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.Franz Kafka
It was a pleasure to burn.Ray Bradbury
My father had a small state in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons.Jonathan Swift
Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.Ernest Hemingway
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.Charlotte Brontë
The day broke grey and dull.W. Somerset Maugham
'What's it going to be then, eh?'Anthony Burgess
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.Aldous Huxley
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.John Knowles
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.F. Scott Fitzgerald
Except for the Marabar Caves - and they are twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.E. M. Forster
The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.Joseph Conrad
On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. Bridge.Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.William Faulkner
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
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.William Golding
All this happened, more or less.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.Sylvia Plath
A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.John Steinbeck
The time traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.H. G. Wells
All children, except one, grow up.J. M. Barrie
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
It was love at first sight.Joseph Heller
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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.George Orwell
Howard Roark laughed.Ayn Rand
Call me Ishmael.Herman Melville
Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.Margaret Mitchell
They're out there.Ken Kesey
They called him Moshe the Beadle, as though he had never had a surname in his life.Elie Wiesel
'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.Louisa May Alcott
For a long time, I used to go to bed early.Marcel Proust
I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up.Jack Kerouac
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.Charles Dickens
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.Stephen Crane
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.Carson McCullers
'Yes, of course, if it's fine tomorrow,' said Mrs. Ramsay.Virginia Woolf
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.Harper Lee
I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.Emily Brontë
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Leo Tolstoy
Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.Betty Smith
Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng!Richard Wright
We were in study hall when the headmaster walked in, followed by a new boy not wearing a school uniform, and by a janitor carrying a large desk.Gustave Flaubert
It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.Upton Sinclair
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune, must be in want of a wife.Jane Austen
On January 6, 1482, the people of Paris were awakened by the tumultuous clanging of all the bells in the city.Victor Hugo

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