"When I was a small boy at the beginning of the century I remember an old man who wore knee-breeches and worsted stockings, and who used to hobble about the street of our village with the help of a..."
"I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves."
"I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently above history to leave, of that..."
"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..."
"In the first part of Robinson Crusoe, at page one hundred and twenty-nine, you will find it thus written: 'Now I saw, though too late, The Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost, and..."
"Let the reader be introduced to Lady Carbury, upon whose character and doings much will depend of whatever interest these pages may have, as she sits at her writing-table in her own room in her own..."
"In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women."
"Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance?"
"I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began."
"The education bestowed upon Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of influenza or..."