The beginning, the end and everything in the middle – of a sentence

I am always fascinated by how a book reads, how its chapters are so well-defined and, how each paragraph contributes so heavily to the story. But what intrigues me most is a SENTENCE. A well used sentence can evoke anger, disgust, pity, love, hatred and a number of other emotions.

A sentence rightly placed in a story is like a heavily loaded cannon. It will do the intended work and will do it well.

A first sentence that is packed with meaning is a gem. Here are examples of a few gems that I found.

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

“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,….”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

If you have any first sentences that rendered you gasping for literary breath….. do share with me.