Immortal Openings, 11: Robertson Davies, Leaven of Malice

I’m reading this book with pleasure.  I always read Davies with pleasure.  And while this is not the first sentence that occurs in the novel, it is the first in the novel proper.

When Fortune decides to afflict a good man and rob him of his peace, she often chooses a fine day to begin.

A Long Decline from a Glorious Past (Davies)

Robertson Davies (from Leaven of Malice):

Life, as he conceived of it, was a long decline from a glorious past, and if a reader approaches a newspaper in that spirit, he can find much to confirm him in his belief, particularly if he has never examined any short period of the past in day-to-day detail.

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