Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Memes

Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More Pages. Here's what you do: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section. Include the title and author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line and if you did or did not like that sentence. Link up each week at Katy's place.

Here's mine
from Middlemarch by George Eliot:
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. Her hand and wrist were so finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters; and her profile as well as her stature and bearing seemed to gain the more dignity from her plain garments, which by the side of provincial fashion gave her the impressiveness of a fine quotation from the Bible--or from one of our elder poets--in a paragraph of to-day's newspaper.

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.

*Find any sentence that grabs you.

*Post it.

*Link up at Freda's site.
Here's mine from Middlemarch by George Eliot:

I throw her over: there was a chance, if she had married Sir James, of her becoming a sane, sensible woman.


fredamans said...

Throw her over?? Over what I wonder?
Thanks for participating, I linked you up.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Is the whole book this way? I thought I wanted to read Middlemarch, but now I'm not so sure.

My Head is Full of Books

Bev Hankins said...

@Anne: I'm not that far in....but probably.

Ann said...

What a beautiful opening - I love it. Period writing always has such beautiful prose - I sometimes wonder if we've lost it slightly these days?!