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When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.Harper Lee
Except for the Marabar Caves - and they are twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.E. M. Forster
The day broke grey and dull.W. Somerset Maugham
A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.John Steinbeck
'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.Louisa May Alcott
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
Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.Betty Smith
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
Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng!Richard Wright
'What's it going to be then, eh?'Anthony Burgess
It was love at first sight.Joseph Heller
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Leo Tolstoy
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.George Orwell
For a long time, I used to go to bed early.Marcel Proust
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
Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.Margaret Mitchell
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
I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.Emily Brontë
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.William Faulkner
It was a pleasure to burn.Ray Bradbury
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.Charlotte Brontë
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
Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.Ernest Hemingway
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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
'Yes, of course, if it's fine tomorrow,' said Mrs. Ramsay.Virginia Woolf
The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.Joseph Conrad
On January 6, 1482, the people of Paris were awakened by the tumultuous clanging of all the bells in the city.Victor Hugo
When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.Franz Kafka
All children, except one, grow up.J. M. Barrie
Call me Ishmael.Herman Melville
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.Stephen Crane
All this happened, more or less.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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
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
I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up.Jack Kerouac
In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.Carson McCullers
Howard Roark laughed.Ayn Rand
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
The time traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.H. G. Wells
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
They called him Moshe the Beadle, as though he had never had a surname in his life.Elie Wiesel
They're out there.Ken Kesey
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.Aldous Huxley
It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.Upton Sinclair
My father had a small state in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons.Jonathan Swift

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