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Different to a quote, I'm wondering what opening passages or favorite part of a book or short story (that's not your own) .

I just picked up a compilation of shorties from Edgar A. Poe and loved this opening to "The Business Man":


Method is the soul of business
- Old Saying



I am a business man. I am a methodical man. Method is the thing, after all. But there are no people I more heartily despise than your eccentric fools who prate about method understanding it; attending strictly to its letter, and violating its spirit. These fellows are always doing the most out-of-the-way things in what they call an orderly manner. Now here, I conceive, is a positive paradox. True method appertains to the ordinary and the obvious alone, and cannot be applied to the outre. What definite idea can a body attack to such expressions as "methodical Jack o' Dandy," or "a systematical Will o' the Wisp?"


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Were I his editor, I would have replaced the semicolon with a comma.


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I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.


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This passage is always vivid to me:

Mexico was a necropolis where the quick and the dead were inextricable linked on opposite sides of the soil, one always aware of the other.
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Were I his editor, I would have replaced the semicolon with a comma.


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haha! why, i happen to love a well placed semi-colon
music to the land of redundancies
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Originally Posted by Beesauce View Post
haha! why, i happen to love a well placed semi-colon
music to the land of redundancies


Because a semi is supposed to separate two independent clauses.

Iím not saying I donít enjoy a good shag, though.


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I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, and we walked through the streets of a Barcelona trapped beneath ashen skies as dawn poured over Rambla de Santa Monica in a wreath of liquid copper.
Carlos Ruiz Zafůn, The Shadow of the Wind, one of my all-time favorites. Ever since I have read his books set in Barcelona I wanted to go there and walk those streets. And some day I will, just need a baby sitter for my dog and some free time.
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