Famous first words

Looking for private-school reading lists, I’ve just come across a series of “Great First Lines” posted by St. Ann’s School, in Brooklyn. (I think one of Katharine’s close friends teaches there … and a friend of mine sent her son to the school … )

I love this one:

“All this happened more or less.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

This, too:

“Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Book ends.