Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader. It’s really simple: Share the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and what it means to you.
My beginning this week is from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.
This sentence sets Scarlett as the center of attention and gives a sense that she knows how to use that charm to her advantage.
I am pretty sure I read GWTW before, but it was as a teenager and I think I just read it to say that I did, not absorbing the words and story properly. However, when I’m at Booktopia in Oxford, Mississippi, in two weeks I will be attending a session with Ellen F. Brown, the author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood, and I thought a proper reading of the book that started it all was in order.