(Question: What makes a good first sentence?)
1. A Matter of Vocabulary -- "Thomas Brown stopped going to church at twelve after one Sunday morning when he had been caught playing behind the minister's pulpit by several deacons who had come up into the room early to count the money they had collected from the other children in the Sunday school downstairs."
2. On Trains -- "The waiters say she got on the train in Chicago, after transferring from Dearborn Station."
3. A Solo Song: For Doc -- " 'So you want to know this business, young-blood? So you want to be a Waiter's Waiter?' "
4. Gold Coast -- "That Spring, when I had a great deal of potential and no money at all, I took a job as a janitor."
5. Of Cabbages and Kings -- "Claude Sheets had been in the Brotherhood all his life and then he had tried to get out."
6. All the Lonely People -- " 'Why do they always fail me, Dennis?' "
7. An act of prostitution -- "When he saw the woman, the lawyer put down his pencil and legal pad and took out his pipe."
8. Private Domain -- "Rodney finished his beer in slow, deliberate swallows, peering over the rim of his mug at the other black who, having polished off three previous mugs of draft, now sat watching Rodney expectantly, being quite obvious with his eyes that he held no doubt that more beer was forthcoming."
9. A New Place -- "At first all we had growing was a potted plant that Ellen had brought over and put in the window."
10. Hue and Cry -- " 'But what if that is all there is, what is left of life and why we are alive?' "
1. Which one is the best and why?