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On rocky islands gulls woke. Time to be about their business. Silently they floated in on the town...Esther Forbes
Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it means a lot to Cohn. Ernest Hemingway
You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.Mary Shelley
Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.Kurt Vonnegut
I am an American, Chicago born—Chicago, that somber city—and go at things as I have taught myself...Saul Bellow
My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name being Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.Charles Dickens
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
On February 24, 1815, the lookout at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.Alexandre Dumas
This book is largely concerned with Hobbits, and from its pages a reader may discover much of their character and a little of their history.J.R.R. Tolkien
The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods.Sinclair Lewis
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.Douglas Adams
One summer evening in the year 1848, three Cardinals and a missionary Bishop from America were dining together in the gardens of a villa in the Sabine hills, overlooking Rome.Willa Cather
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. This story...C.S. Lewis
To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.John Steinbeck
He rode into the dark of the woods and dismounted. He crawled upward on his belly over cool rocks out into the sunlight, and suddenly he was in the open and he could see for miles.Michael Shaara
It was five o'clock on a winter's morning in Syria. Alongside the platform at Aleppo stood the train grandly designated in railway guides as the Taurus Express.Agatha Christie
I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice -- not because of his voice...John Irving
The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome...Henry James
Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.James Joyce
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely...H.G. Wells

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