#FirstLineFriday – #FreeDownloads – #GiveawayContest

Time for another #FirstLineFriday folks, and fair warning: I’ve about run out of lines on my list that would be easily recognizable, so I’m now choosing them because I find them remarkable in one way or the other. They are the kinds of lines we should all take a look at and learn something from. And if YOU are lucky enough to recognize this one, which I find extremely amusing, then YAY! I will be delighted to declare you a winner, and will compliment you on being so well-read! 

PLEASE READ these simple rules, just to refresh yourself on how this should be done. Thanks.

  1. Be one of the first five people to email me before the game ends at 4:00pm, with the title and author of the correct book. 
  2. Do not reply here on the blog. Email only: marciameara16@gmail.com
  3. Honor System applies. No Googling, please.
  4. Submissions end at 4:00 P.M. EST, or when I receive 5 correct answerswhichever comes first.
  5. Winners who live in the U.S. may request a free download of any one of my books for themselves, or for someone of their choice. OR, if they’ve read all of the offered books, they may request a free download of my next publication.
  6. Winners who live elsewhere may request a mobi or PDF file of the same books, since, sadly, Amazon won’t let me gift you from the site.

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Put on your thinking caps, because here is today’s opening line:

“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes, there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.”

Remember, email answers only, please. Thanks! And now off I go to await your guesses. 





32 thoughts on “#FirstLineFriday – #FreeDownloads – #GiveawayContest

    • I just LOVE this one, Denise, but I’ll be astonished if anyone gets it. I am, however, adding this to my TBR pile, because I’ve GOT to read the rest of this story! 😀


    • Just answered your email, Darlene. I wish I had good news, but alas, THIS one is going to be a tough one. I’m glad you were brave enough to guess, though. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. We’ve got some tricky ones ahead, for sure, but they are ALL on the list. And this one deserved to be, IMO. 😀 Thanks for playing. 🙂


    • And a brilliant theory, Trish. I’ve been laughing at this line every week, as I’ve gone looking for ones that I hoped folks would be able to guess. Finally, I’m out of ones that I think might be recognized, so I finally went with it. I just love it! 🙂

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    • I agree. It’s wonderful, isn’t it? I would never have known it, either, but now that I’m down to the last few ( on THIS list, I had to share it. It makes me laugh every time I read it. 🙂


    • I’ve read a TON of things published before 1970. In fact, I probably read more books between 1956 and 1970 than in the whole rest of my life put together. Okay, maybe not, but I sure was reading ALL the time, and my favorite book in the world was written in 1938 (Rebecca), and yet somehow, I never read this. I plan to make up for it, though, as I think it will be very enjoyable. 😀 Glad you stopped by, anyway. The main focus of this quiz is to share (and study) some wonderful first lines, in the hopes of improving our own. (Maybe we’ll make a top 100 list one day, too.) 😀

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    • I think it’s absolutely wonderful, Priscilla. Makes me want to start a new book right now, and try to come up with something HALF as funny. 😀 As I warned at the start, the easy lines are all gone now, so the next ones will be pretty challenging, but still well worth studying. And I’ll be super happy if anyone recognizes them, too! 🙂


    • Great to know you rocked your Zoom quiz, Janet, but sadly, I don’t even know what P&P and AT of T Cities refers to. Help? (Don’t let me blunder around ignorant over here. 😀 ) And I wish you’d recognized this one. Would love to have a winner today, but honestly, I’ll be very surprised if we do. THIS line is a tough one, I think. 🙂

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    • It is, but it’s definitely a hard one, and I’m guessing we’ll not likely have a winner today. But oh, how I’d love to come up with something this clever and amusing, myself! I just love it! 🙂

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    • Well, in one way, I’m glad your guess isn’t right, because you forgot to email me with it. 😯 But no harm done this time. 😀 And nope. Not Hemingway. And in fact, if it had been, I’d probably have enjoyed his books a lot more. I found the ones I read to be utterly without humor, and, shockingly, was never a Hemingway fan. (There. I said it out loud and in public. Eeep.)

      Thanks for stopping by today Jan. It’s always great to see you.


  1. A great first line and reminds me of the time I was visiting Avignon, France. I said Bon Jour to the waiter, and he looked at me as if I had insulted his mother. Sadly I don’t know where this terrific line came from, but it doesn’t matter. It brought up a super memory.

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    • Don’t feel bad, Mae! None of the rest of us knew it, either. But isn’t it a GREAT line! I just love it more every time I read it! 😀 And the answer will be coming in about 20 minutes, so stay tuned! 😀


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