Friday, June 07, 2019

Another Good Opening Line

The story "The Last of the Legions" from Tales Before Midnight was first published in 1928 by Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), and here begins that opening:
The governor wanted to have everything go off as quietly as possible, but he couldn't keep the people from the windows or off the streets.
Valiant and Victorious (Valeria Victrix), that's how the legion proved itself. The legion's absence would be deeply felt.

You've probably determined that this story concerns the last Roman legion to leave Britain, and you should click here for the entire story.



At 11:20 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Rather than read the entire story, I'd rather hear your version?

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

My version is word-for-word the same.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:36 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Is this a coincidence, or was that your plan from the beginning of the re-telling?

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

My plan was for it to be a coincidence.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:43 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I should have thought so.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

From is to ought.

Jeffery Hodges

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