I don’t often have the time to complete many of the memes hosted by The Classics Club, however I decided to complete the June one as I think it is quite interesting.
The question for this month centres on favourite opening lines and I have chosen two that I knew long before I read either book.
The first is from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and is a line I have seen quoted by many so far.
‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’.
It is straight to the point and yet it still offers a sense of mystery from the very beginning.
The second line is from L.P.Hartley’s The Go Between.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’
What a perfect, mysterious, nostalgia-filled opening! Like the opening line of Rebecca it offers a sense of intrigue, however it also alludes to feelings of regret which reinforces the main theme of the novel.
I wonder if I will discover some more opening lines that will push me into picking up the novel!