First line of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ by Zora Neale Hurston

One of my colleagues sent this to me as an example of a wonderful first line, I wanted to share as it is both literary and an allusion to the nautical “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” The opening paragraph continues with, “For some they come in with tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.”

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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