Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


On the 15th of September, 1840, about six o’clock in the morning, the Ville de Montereau, just about to sail, was sending forth great whirlwinds of smoke, in front of the Quai St. Bernard.

Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert (1869)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Towards the end of November, during a thaw, at nine o’clock one morning, a train on the Warsaw and Petersburg railway was approaching the latter city at full speed.

The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1869)