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


The contents of this book need little introduction; they stand on their own as helpful instructions and enjoyable reading.

The Foxfire Book: Hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain craft and foods, planting by signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, moonshining, and other affairs of plain living, ed. Eliot Wigginton (1972)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


There is a dragon in each of us.

American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices ed. Laurence Yep (1993)