First Line Fridays: Little Women

11 Sep

Little Women (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Louisa May Alcott: Book CoverToday’s First Line Friday comes from one of the most popular books to ever be published. The introduction of my edition of Little Women states that the New York Times conducted a poll in 1927 of high school students, asking them which book had most influenced them. Little Women came out on top, beating the Bible which was second on the list. Pilgrim’s Progress, the book the March sisters use as their moral and social compass, came in third. If that same poll were taken today, I’d be incredibly interested to know where Alcott’s “novel for girls” comes in and what tops the list now. (My gut tells me it would be Twilight — which horrifies me — or Harry Potter — which I would be okay with.)

The first line from Little Women is this:

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”

Okay now grab the book you’re reading at the moment. What’s the first line? Leave it in the comments!


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