Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Opening line:

Now what I want is Facts.

And all Scully wanted was the Answers.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Opening line:

Marley is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Opening line:

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

(Famous) opening lines:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

(Famous) opening line:

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.