"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."
"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth."
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they...
"Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting."
"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."
"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—...
"I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up."
"A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green."
"Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see..."
"Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng! An alarm clock clanged in the dark and silent room."