Every Tuesday Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where one shares the first paragraph or (2) of a book one is reading or thinking about reading soon.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week round both the opening and the Teaser is from Anthony Gilbert’s The Musical Comedy Crime.
Opening: For the last time that evening the weary chorus swooped on to the stage. “Like a flock of birds, you ought to be,” the producer had told them – “that’s the reaction you should arouse in your audience – a flock of birds.” Pretty birds, indeed, thought the exhausted, underpaid chorus, joining their hands above their heads, twirling on toes encased in shoes that wouldn’t bear a very close inspection, noticing drearily how tarnished the other girls’ spangles were and wondering if their own were as bad, how rents had been mended in the short pink frills that stood out – like a flower, of course, that was the producer again from their tired bodies. (7)
Teaser: That explained, too, those payments of large sums in bank-notes from people who perhaps wouldn’t care to put their signatures to cheques to be paid into his account. Women, possibly, who weren’t going to take any risk of their husbands learning what they did with their money. (163)