What is the first sentence from the book you are currently reading?

“When Miss Manners assumed the quixotic task of civilizing society, fake etiquette was not a problem.”

Minding Miss Manners in an Era of Fake Etiquette, by Judith Martin

“We, Seth, Emperor of Azania, Chief of the Chiefs of Sakuyu, Lord of Wanda and Tyrant of the Seas, Bachelor of the Arts of Oxford University, being in this the twenty-fourth year of our life, summoned by the wisdom of Almighty God and the unanimous voice of our people to the throne of our ancestors, do hereby proclaim…” Seth paused in his dictation and gazed out across the harbour where in the fresh breeze of early morning the last dhow was setting sail for the open seas. “Rats,” he said; “stinking curs. They are all running away.”

— Evelyn Waugh, Black Mischief, 1932

“Come on, Caitlyn.”

The Next Great Paulie Fink, by Ali Benjamin.

“Duncan Makenzie was ten years old when he found the magic number.”

Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke

“Nativism has been hard for historians to define.”

Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925, by John Higham.

Duke Maximilian of Bavaria kneeled by the side of the bier upon which his late wife’s body lay in state.

1634: The Bavarian Crisis, by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce

“The story of the current St. Albans Cathedral starts with Alban (third century) who was a citizen of the Roman city Verulamium, which we now know as St. Albans.”

Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: Cathedrals and Abbeys, by Stephen Halliday