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The best opening lines in literature

 
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 09:36 am
@OmSigDAVID,
OmSigDAVID wrote:

spendius wrote:

As I understand it Darwin and Fitzroy were not always on the friendliest of terms
and the crew had much fun taking the piss out of Darwin
This was done surgically ?
Was it a prostate problem ?
Explain ?





David



PLEASE tell me this is a joke.
spendius
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 09:42 am
@dlowan,
It was meant to be I think but it isn't really. Chopping quotes in half is a very easy way of distorting them.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 09:46 am
@dlowan,
Yeah... wouldn't that be a bladderectomy rather then a prostatectomy... the medical procedure that would "taking the piss out of Darwin"?
Those are the appropriate jocular approved surgical procedures... Laughing .
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George
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 09:54 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
PLEASE tell me this is a joke.

I think it's David's attempt at taking the piss.
George
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 09:58 am
"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Anna Karenina
My apologies if this has already been given.
spendius
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 10:00 am
@George,
True--it's boring and common being happy.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 10:52 am
Quote:
This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain, and the electric chair was there too.
The inmates made jokes about the chair, the way people always make jokes about things that frighten them but cant be gotten away from.THey called it Old SParky, or the Big Juicy. They would make cracks about the power bill...


One of the purposes of good opening lines is to draw attention to the story that will soon unfold. The Green Mile, does it real good.
spendius
 
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2009 01:54 pm
@farmerman,
Quote:
One of the purposes of good opening lines is to draw attention to the story that will soon unfold. The Green Mile, does it real good.


The first part of that is true. The second is only true for those they do it for. In the case quoted they don't do it for me. They show me to the door.
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jrdanny
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 10:42 am
from my book "Teardrops of the Moon"-----Preacher Carl and the holy rollers at Christ Fundamentalist Church were right after all, I was headed to Hell...
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 11:59 am
Quote:
First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack.


The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 06:41 pm
@George,
dlowan wrote:
PLEASE tell me this is a joke.
George wrote:
I think it's David's attempt at taking the piss.
No; I never do that, for sanitary reasons.
I seldom discuss urine, other than with health care professionals,
but my urologist has advised me to drink large amounts of water
for several different health-based reasons, some of which
have been published on this forum. I have taken his advice.
I 've been using Flomax for some years. Its pretty good.

In ANY case,
I believe in RIDDING myself of it, never acquiring it.
With me, its always been a one-way street, in the other direction; that 's important.

There has NEVER been any person who ever existed that I have loved nor honored so much
as to do what George has suggested.





David
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 06:44 pm
@spendius,
spendius wrote:
True--it's boring and common being happy.
No; happiness is incompatible with boredom.

It woud be better if happiness were MORE common.





David
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demirp91
 
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Reply Wed 27 Oct, 2010 05:56 pm
Howard Roark laughed.

Ayn Rand- Fountainhead
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