Great First Lines

Last night while being a supportive mom, hanging out at Barnes & Noble with one of my daughters while she did math (I was no actual help, mind you), I decided to read first paragraphs of several novels. This was my favorite:

“To take an interest in the affairs of others is entirely natural; so natural, in fact, that even a cat, lying cat-napping on top of a wall, will watch with half an eye the people walking by below. But between such curiosity, which is permissable, and nosiness, which is not, there lies a dividing line that is painted red and marked by the very clearest of warning signs.” –Alexander McCall Smith, The Right Attitude to Rainrain smith

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