Friday, September 10, 2010
I have come across a bunch of positive reviews for Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth" and I found an english copy floating around in a hoste just as I was finishing "The Fourth Hand", so I figured I would give it a whirl. Here are the opening lines:
"Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart."
We learn from this that the novel's principle characters will be Selden and Miss Bart and that at least one has a crush (physical or otherwise) on another, and about a quarter of the way through, this has proven to be the case. As an opening line, I suppose it gets the job done and I like the line "eyes had been refreshed by the sight". All in all, a decent opening but again... nothing transcendant.