It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.
Today I'm featuring the opening from a book I borrowed from the library . . .
To find oneself connected with a wrong number on the automatic exchange is so inevitable as not to be at all funny. So, lightly passing over the anger and the politeness of the two subscribers with whom the exchange chose to connect her, and equally passing over the few blasting words which passed between Fanny Turner and the operator whom she had summoned to her assistance, we shall choose to cut in at the moment when Mrs. Howard's parlormaid had gone to tell Mrs. Howard, in a form of speech of which her mistress found it impossible to cure her, that Mrs. Arthur Turner wanted her on the phone.
"Is that you, Fanny?" said a nice voice.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph informs the reader that the story takes place in a time when telephone exchanges and parlormaids were common occurrences in Great Britain. British society and manners are front and center in this tale of family and friendships set in the English countryside.
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