Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Opening line:

The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.

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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Opening line:

He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull.