January 29, 2020

"Paul Clifford"
Literary Pearls

This book''s opening line is very famous.

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of
wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Through one of the obscurest quarters of London, and among haunts little loved by the gentlemen of the police, a man, evidently of the lowest orders, was wending his solitary way. He stopped twice or thrice at different shops and houses of a description correspondent with the appearance of the quartier in which they were situated, and tended inquiry for some article or another which did not seem easily to be met with."
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

This is an excerpt from English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 novel, "Paul Clifford"
It is the story of a man who leads a double life of aristocrat and highwayman. He is caught only to realize that the judge, who sentences him to death, is his long lost father.
You can find the book at Project Gutenberg Here. The book is considered a very culturally important work .


  1. As always, you leave me with great thoughts. P.S. I love the new header and the graphic you used. smiles.

  2. Sounds like a good book, I don't read much anymore but this has really caught my interest. I might give it a try. Hope all is well with you!

  3. Wow, that has me intrigued and wanting to read more. That first sentence was rather long, but it got our attention! Good one, Annie! Thanks for sharing!.


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