From Venice to Cathay, from Seville to the Gold Coast of Africa, men anchored their ships and opened their ledgers and weighed one thing against another as if nothing would change.
- Dorothy Dunnett, Niccolo Rising
Except for the Marabor Caves - and they were twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.
- E.M. Forster, Passage to India
Barabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy.
- Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
I did it - I should have known better.
- Saki, 'Barabas', first of The Complete Stories of Saki
The carriage gave another lurch and Maria Merryweather, Miss Heliotrope, and Wiggins once more fell into each other's arms, sighed, gasped, righted themselves, and fixed their attention upon those objects which were for each of them at this trying moment the source of courage and strength.
- Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse
Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
- Lloyd Alexander, The book of three
I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
High up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock.
- Henrik Willem van Loon, The History of Mankind
Once there were four children, whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
- C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
When the year one thousand came Thorkel Amundason was five years old and hardly noticed how frightened everyone was.
- Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter