First Lines Friday-December 24, 2021

Happy Christmas! How is your holiday eve going! Me, well, I’m going to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol 16 times. That movie is perfect.

But hey, it just so happens to be First Lines Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Lines:

” Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was a dead as a door-nail.”

That’s a pretty famous opening line. Do we even need arrows?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

I just couldn’t help myself. It is Christmas after all! Besides, I couldn’t mention the superior adaptation of A Christmas Carol and not use the original for my First Lines Friday post.


But in all seriousness. I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays. May you know both comfort and joy this Christmas and may all your bookish wishes come true!

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