Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What do you say, we contend for the truth of it

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumours.

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
Opening sentences -
The Red Badge of Courage
D. Appleton & Company, 1895

The Red Badge of Courage
  and Other Stories
Gary Scharnhorst, editor
Penguin Books, 2005