Speaking of Tintin, Bianca Castafiore continues to make Worlde puzzles of First Lines of Novels, a couple of which I could solve, most of which I couldn't. I love literary games--the only kind I do.
I'm not going to make a Worlde of it, but here's my favorite first line from a novel (not my favorite novel, though I am very fond of bits of it):
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
Does anybody/everybody know which novel it is from?
Update: We have a winner! That was fast. The fabulous operatic signora herself has supplied the correct answer, but she kindly offered it in initials, so if anyone else cares to give it a go, feel free. There can be many winners!(But what shall be the prize?)
[David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens, 1850]