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No. 2027: Garfield Plus Literary Pretensions

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Garfield Plus Literary Pretensions

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Strip by: Lubaf

Large Dog: All these things, and a thousand like them, came to pass in the year one-thousand seven hundred and seventy-five.
{Garfield turns to leave}
Large Dog: Hey! I'm not done yet!
Large Dog: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness—
Garfield: {Interrupting} You didn't have to go back to the beginning.

The author writes:

I tried this with The Great Gatsby, but that opening line was too long to fit in recognisable form, whereas Dicken's opening line has an obvious place for Garfield to butt in with his complaint, due to the obvious poetic pacing of the first chapter. Also of the right length, but with a less famous opening line, is The Red Badge of Courage. (While writing this, I realised Slaughterhouse Five would also fit, as it actually has two different opening lines, due to the way the first chapter is framed.)

Original strip: 2014-06-25.