46 Great Opening Lines: 15

There were 700 or 800 of them at least. Of medium height, but strong, agile, supple, framed to make prodigious bounds, they gambolled in the last rays of the sun, now setting over the mountains which formed serried ridges westward of the roadstead. Opening lines of Gil Braltar by Jules Verne, 1889, translated by I.O.… Continue reading


46 Great Opening Lines: 14

Swish! It is the wind, let loose. Swash! It is the rain, falling in torrents. Opening lines, ‘Dr Trifulgas’, Jules Verne (1884), translator unknown This story in French is called ‘Frritt-Flacc’, the sound of the hurricane and the torrential rain it brings. Dr Trifulgas is a rich old doctor who demands exorbitant fees from his… Continue reading


46 Great Opening Lines: 13

The men of the twenty-ninth century live in a perpetual fairyland, though they do not seem to realise it. Opening line, In the Twenty-Ninth Century, by Michel and Jules Verne, 1889, translated by I.O. Evans, 1965 The full title of this short story which is mostly the work of Jules Verne’s son, Michel, is In… Continue reading