Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday, we share the first sentence (or more) of the book we are currently reading. Be sure to share your initial thoughts and impressions!
"The litigation had seemed interminable and had in face been complicated; but by the decision on the appeal to the judgement of the divorce-court was confirmed as to the assignment of the child. The father, who, though bespattered from head to foot, had made good his case, was in pursuance of this triumph, appointed to keep her: it was not so much that the mother's character had been more absolutely damaged as that the brilliancy of a lady's complexion (and this lady's, in court, was immensely remarked) might be more regarded as showing the spots."
What Maisie Knew by Henry James
These first two sentences really set the stage for the novel. It shows the character of Maisie's parents. Further, it sets up the reader to see Maisie put in the middle of a power struggle between the divorcees. Aside from disgust I felt and compassion for Maisie, I didn't have any impressions when I originally read the first sentences.