"One summer evening in the year 1848, three Cardinals and a missionary Bishop from America were dining together in the gardens of a villa in the Sabine hills, overlooking Rome."
"The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of ---; let us call it Barchester."
"Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork.Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the..."
"To be born again " sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
"Mr. Tench went out to look for his ether cylinder, into the blazing Mexican sun and the bleaching dust."
"I never put up a barber pole or a sign or even gave my shop a name."
"This book would never have been written had I not been honored with an appointment as Gifford Lecturer on Natural Religion at the University of Edinburgh.It is with no small amount of trepidation..."