46 Great Opening Lines: 33

To rear a boy under what parents call the ‘sheltered life’ system is, if the boy must go into the world and fend for himself, not wise.

Opening line, Thrown Away, Rudyard Kipling, 1890

In this beginning there’s a hint about the ending.

The story comes in a little black Penguin book, The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows by Rudyard Kipling, a collection of six stories taken from a larger collection, Plain Tales from the Hills.

It’s a story of a Boy who “was beautifully taught in all that wins marks by a private tutor, and carried the extra weight of ‘never having given his parents an hour’s anxiety in his life’.”

Most Boys give their parents an hour’s anxiety, and countless hours of unspeakable joy.

Singing sons

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Author: Trish

Literary translator, French to English. Family history amateur.

4 thoughts on “46 Great Opening Lines: 33”

  1. I gave my parents many hours of joy mixed with a little headache. I came into this world holding a packet of headache pills. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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