First Line Friday: A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other wayโ€”in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Folks, that is ONE sentence AND the opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens needs to be classified as the 8th Wonder of the World as far as I’m concerned!

58 thoughts on “First Line Friday: A Tale of Two Cities

            1. I haven’t several of his short stories and most of his non-novels I’ve stayed away from. After my experience with his traveloges, I decided I’d go strictly with his novels for entertainment purposes.

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                    1. No, I’m MUCH handsomer and smarter and able to eat a LOT more popcorn than Caine ever was or could.
                      If you think of Caine as Bookstooge 1.0, I’m pretty much Bookstooge 100.1
                      (that .1 is because I’m so humble)

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                    2. Hah! Only someone as smart as me could make those claims AND keep them straight. No mixed messages at all. I can eat a whole bag of microwave popcorn in one sitting. Puts that hotdog eating guy to shame!

                      Caine thinks he made some bad movies? That’s probably the dementia setting in….

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                    3. Rests on its dementia laden wheel chair perhaps!

                      The defense will PROVE our Client has never made a bad movie.

                      * calls 1st witness *
                      Lawyer: Did Caine ever make a bad movie?
                      Bookstooge: On my word of honor, No.

                      Lawyer: The Defense rests.


                    4. The sign didn’t say so. It only said the bathroom was for paying customers. And as Evidence #1, I suggest you look over under that table FOR some #1.
                      This ketchup and mustard is mine, ALL MINE!!!

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    1. My guess is that it is one of his best known lines. Even if people don’t know it is from Dickens, they can quote at least “It was worst of times, it was the best of times” and know what it means.

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  1. This is a Dicken that I have not yet read and it is pretty much the only one that tempts me. And I’m not even put off by the opening sentence. It’s wonderful. I hope it continues this way for you.

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes ๐Ÿ˜€

      For you reading this, the plus is that it is one of his shortest. Doesn’t mean it isn’t any less florid though, hahaha. When I read this a couple of years ago I was blown away and I’m hoping I can read it a little deeper this time around instead of just fanboy’ing ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. That is because you aren’t Dickens and aren’t being paid by the word ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You’d be a pauper with your single “Nopes” if that was all you had to sustain you, hahahahahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I think he probably wrote that terrible song by Future called *Ef* up some commas. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Don’t bother looking it up ( I know you are tempted ). It’s eccentric, to say the least.

    Is it really a legit sentence? I mean, I know he is like mad stars, but seems like if you put periods in most of the spots he put commas it would make legit sentences by themselves. ๐Ÿค”

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    1. Dickens is known for his run-on sentences. This is pretty tame by comparison. He was paid by the word, so he’s obviously wordy, but I’m not sure of the “why” for his run-on sentences. I wonder if he was limited in some way to X number of sentences per submission but was paid by the word and so found this loophole?
      Either way, it makes for some VERY convoluted yet interesting reading ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Hrm, I’d say Dickens is on the bottom of the list for mine bending reads for me. ๐Ÿง Is there any space aliens or gun ships in this one?

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  3. Hey … sorry I have to ask this here, but … did you ever find a way to stop the 100s of Spanish language spam comments? I searched “Spanish comments” and found your old post saying that you were having them, but I seem to remember you know some clever moves to get around WordPress related problems …

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    1. Not a problem. I regularly make non-post related comments on others, so always feel free yourself.

      to get them to go straight into the trash, instead of plugging up your spam and hence hiding that one actual comment that akismet, in it’s infinite stupidity decides is spam, you have to do the following:
      copy the phrase from one of them in your spam folder.
      go to my sites – settings
      click on the Discussion tab on the right
      all the way on the bottom is a the Disallowed Comments box. Copy that execrable phrase into that box.
      Scroll up and click “save settings” and voila, any comment with that phrase in it will go straight to trash.

      Hope that helps.

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  4. I believe this is both the most famous Dickens incipit and quote – it was even used in one of the Trek movies, although I wonder if that would have made Mr. Dickens turn in his grave… ๐Ÿ˜€
    The cover with that guillotine over the red sky is very dramatic!

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