"On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel. Deferential palms cool its flushed façade, and before it stretches a short dazzling beach."
Tender is The Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1933
"In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul."
Dune, Frank Herbert, 1965
“When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventyifirst birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”
The Fellowship of The Ring, Tolkien, 1954
"THE SNOW in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation."
The Secret History, Donna Tartt, 1992
"The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended."
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clark 1968