First Line Friday: Dombey and Son


Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.

Yes, that is the opening sentence/paragraph to Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens and it is ONE sentence. I’m loving this book already!

25 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Dombey and Son

    1. I’m pretty sure Mumford and Sons was a rip off of this. I mean, who else would think of the whole Father/Son dynamic as an aspect of humanity to be explored?

      Definitely before Judge Drood though. He “died” while writing that. I suspect he faked his death and moved to alaska to hunt polar bear until they ate him.

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