First Line Friday: Dombey and Son


Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.

Yes, that is the opening sentence/paragraph to Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens and it is ONE sentence. I’m loving this book already!

25 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Dombey and Son

  1. Is this the sequel to Mumford and Sons? Did he write it after The Mystery of Edwin ‘Judge’ Dredd?

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    You guys are seriously hilarious…I keep saying that, but eh it’s true😂
    Can’t wrong with Dickens, his words and books are just simply put: topnotch😀

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  3. It is a very evocative opening sentence. I think my constitution is analogous to that of a chilli flavoured sausage.

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  4. I think I shall have to incorporate “his constitution [is] analogous to that of a muffin” as a new insult.

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  5. S.D. McKinley says:

    I think he got this cover made first, then took some scribbles off of it to form that sentence. It’s called extrapolation, people. 😎

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  6. Of course, that’s one sentence. It’s Dickens. It’s actually a very short sentence for Dickens …… I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I really liked it as well.

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  7. One of the many things I like about Dickens is the problem he causes for strict grammarians.

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  8. Sounds like an upcoming 5-star review already! 🙂

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