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People Are Adding And Then The Murders Began To Famous Book Openings, And Its Impossible Not To Laugh

The opening line of a book is extremely important, as it has to be intriguing and powerful enough to capture the reader’s imagination. Then, the second line has to intensify the intrigue. Coming up with these lines can be pretty difficult, yet one writer came up with a second line that would almost always heighten the intrigue to its peak, and the Internet is going crazy.

“And then the murders began” – that’s the clever line Marc Laidlaw came up with. Add it to almost any opening line and you’ve got yourself a hell of an intriguing book opening. Now people are tweeting famous first lines of books followed by Marc’s second line, with the hashtag #LaidlawsRule. The results are absolutely hilarious! See for yourselves below, and feel free to add your own intriguing openings to the list.

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#1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began. (The holy bible)

#2

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. And then the murders began. (Nursery Rhymes, Dorling Kindersley)

#3

Mr & Mrs Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling )

#4

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle)

#5

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table. And then the murders began. (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White)

#6

I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. And then the murders began. (Winnie The Pooh , A.A. Milne)

#7

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world. And then the murders began. (The Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey)

#8

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. And then the murders began. (Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell)

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. And then the murders began.

#10

One evening, after thinking it over some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. And then the murders began. (Harold And The Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson)

#11

Every Who down in Whoville liked Xmas a lot but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not. And then the murders began. (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss)

#12

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. And then the murders began. (A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)

#13

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. And then the murders began. (The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#14

I am the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. And then the murders began. (D. Trump – How to Get Rich)

#15

For a long time, I went to bed early. And then the murders began. (Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust)

#16

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. And then the murders began. (The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

And then the murders began

#18

ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘T is some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;Only this and nothing more.”

And then the murders began.

#19

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. And then the murders began. (The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka)

#20

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything… and then the murders began” (Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak)

#21

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and what is the use of a book, thought Alice without pictures or conversations?. And then the murders began. (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

#22

All children, except one, grow up. And then the murders began. (Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie)

#23

Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn. And then the murders began. (Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer)

#24

The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn. And then the murders began. (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde)

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. And then the murders began ..

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

#26

Daddy said, “Let mom go first.” And then the murders began. (Across the Universe, Beth Revis)

#27

“Horn went ‘Beep!’ Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard. And then then murders began.” (Little blue truck, Alice Schertle)

#28

It was a pleasure to burn. And then the murders began. (Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury)

#29

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents” grumbled Jo lying on the rug and then the murders began (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

#30

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. And then the murders began. (The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett)

#31

I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family. And then the murders began. (Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe)

#32

“I’m going shopping in the village,” George’s mother said to George on Saturday morning. “So be a good boy and don’t get into mischief.”
This was a silly thing to say to a small boy at any time. It immediately made him wonder what sort of mischief he might get into.

And then the murders began.
(Roald Dahl. George’s Marvelous Medicine)

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. And then the murders began. (The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath)

#34

“Yes, it’s red,” she said resignedly. And then the murders began. (Anne Of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery)

#35

It was the day my grandmother exploded. And then the murders began. (The Crow Road, Iain Banks)

#36

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. And then the murders began.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson

#37

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation…and then the murders began. (Gettysburg Address. A. Lincoln)

#38

When on board the H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, l was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America…..And then the murders began.
(The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin)

#39

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. And then the murders began. (The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton)

#40

On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut Public Library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable. And then the murders began. (I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb)

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon. And then the murders began.

William Goldman, Lord of the Flies

#42

I am Sam
Sam I am

That Sam I am
That Sam I am

I do not like that Sam I am

And then the murders began.

#43

The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. And then, the murders began. – The Gunslinger, Stephen king

#44

Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
And then the murders began.
(The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

#45

On the 15th of May,
In the Jungle of Nool,
In the heat of the day,
In the cool of the pool,
He sat splashing,
Enjoying the jungle’s great joys,
When Horton the elephant
Heard a small noise…

And then the murders began.

(Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss)

#46

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.

And then the murders began.

#47

I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their
neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment. …and then the murders began.
(Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote)

#48

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. And then the murders began.

There was a little girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good but when she was bad, she was horrid… and then the murders began

#50

”’Twas the night before Christmas…. and then the murders began.”

#51

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow lane. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter ant the deathly hallows, J.K. Rowling

#52

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. And then the murders began. (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)

#53

There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning, he was really splendid. And then the murders began. (The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams )

#54

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. And then the murders began. (The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien)

#55

“The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day.” And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss)

#56

Artemis Fowl grew impatient. Dr Argon was late again. And then the murders began. (Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer

Bitter and drunk, Earl Blandon, a former United States senator, got home at 2:15 a.m. that Thursday with a new tattoo: a two-word obscenity in blue block letters between the knuckles of the middle finger of his right hand. And then the murders began… Dean Koontz- 77 Shadow Street

#58

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. And then the murders began.

#59

Weaving down the hall, Cole avoided a ninja, a witch, and a pirate. He paused when a sad clown waved at him. And then the murders began. (Five kingdoms, Brandon Mull)

#60

Sam Vimes sighed when he heard the scream, but he finished shaving before he did anything about it. And then the murders began
Terry Pratchett – Night Watch

#61

‘It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. And then the murders began.’
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garca Mrquez

#62

Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura traveled in a covered wagon across the giant prairie. And then the murders began. (Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

#63

It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and then the murders began. (The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling)

#64

At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky. And then the murders began. (The Red Pony, John Steinbeck)

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: And then the murders began. (Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

#66

I sat by the lake, I looked at the sky, and as i looked, a fly went by. And then the murders began. (A Fly Went By, Mike McCintock)

#67

It was love at first sight. And then the murders began. (Catch-22, 1961 Joseph Heller)

#68

“Hello Dad”, said Bernard.
“Not now, Bernard”, said his father.
And then the murders began.
Not Now Bernard by David Mckee

#69

A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the winds forward edge, as if she were a green
fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. And then the murders began.

– “Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire

#70

“Do you like my hat?”
“I do not.”
And then the murders began.

~Go, Dog, Go – P. D. Eastman

#71

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. And then the murders began. (Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy)

#72

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. And then the murders began. (Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen)

All this happened, more or less. And then the murders began. (Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut)

#74

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. And then the murders began. (Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier)

#75

The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. (A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin)

#76

An abandoned auto court in the San Berdoo foothills; Buzz Meeks checked in with ninetyfour thousand dollars, eighteen pounds of high-grade heroin, a 10-gauge pump, a.38 special, a.45 automatic and a switchblade he’d bought off a pachuco at the border-right before he spotted the car parked across the line: Mickey Cohen goons in an LAPD unmarked, Tijuana cops standing by to bootjack a piece of his goodies, dump his body in the San Ysidro River.

And then the murders began.

(L.A. Confidential, *)

#77

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. And then the murders began. (US Constitution)

#78

Clad in a fragile but frolicsome nightgown which disclosed some rather interesting feminine topography, Sally Willows sat on the edge of her bed and bent a pair of large brown eyes on her husband. And then the murders began. (Turnabout ~ Thorne Smith)

#79

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. And then the murders began.

Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

#80

Everyone poops… And then the murders began. (Everyone Poops, Taro Gomi)

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. And then the murders began. (The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis)

#82

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began. (Ulysses, 1922 – James Joyce)

#83

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. And then the murders began.

#84

Pray my Dear, quoth my mother, have you not forgot to wind up the clock?Good G..! cried my father, making an exclamation.
And then the murders began. (Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy)

#85

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. And then the murders began. (Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney)

#86

Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith. And then the murders began. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein.

#87

That doesnt sound like a school trivia night, said Mrs. Patty

Ponder to Marie Antoinette. That sounds like a riot. And then the murders began.

Big little lies – Liane Moriarty

#88

In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began.

“Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophies mummy said ‘I wonder who that could be?'” And then the murders began. ” (The Tiger who came to tea; Judith Kerr)

#90

Marley was dead; to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. And then the murders began. (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)

#91

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. And then the murders began. (A Bad Beginning – A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket)

#92

Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking. She was nine years old, and she lived there all alone. And then the murders began.
(Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren)

#93

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And then the murders began.

#94

“One day Danny went to the museum. He wanted to see what was inside. He saw Indians. He saw bears. He saw Eskimos. He saw guns. He saw swords. And he saw… Dinosaurs! And then the murders began.” (Danny and the Dinosaur, Syd Hoff)

#95

I think it started with the bees. I was about seven years old, and I watched them… all day. And then the murders began.

#96

I wasnt born a first lady or a senator. I wasnt born a Democrat. I wasnt born a lawyer or an advocate for womens rights and human rights. I wasnt born a wife or mother. I was born an American in the middle of the twentieth century, a fortunate time and place. And then the murders began. (Living History, Hillary Clinton)

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don’t let New Jersey be too horrible. And then the murders began. (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume)

#98

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. And then the murders began.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Rich

#99

In life, Elizabeth Adora Holland was not only known for her loveliness but also for her moral of character, so it was fair to assume that in the afterlife she would occupy a lofty seat with an especially good view. And then the murders began. (The Luxe, Anna Godbersen)

#100

In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. And then the murders began. (A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

#101

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ “And then the murders began.

#102

I don’t do it for the money.

Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

#103

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#104

Today, I am pleased that Fate chose the city of Branau on the Inn of Northern Austria as my birthplace. And then the murders began. (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler).

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then the murders began.

#106

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. And then the murders began.

#107

It was thirteen minutes after midnight when i woke up, drenched in persperation and having short intermitent breath. And then the murders began.

#108

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began. (Ulysses, James Joyce)

#109

Youve got to be kidding me, the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket
and shook his shaved head. You cant bring that thing in here. And then the murders began.

– “City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)” by Cassandra Clare

#110

It is night: imagine, if you will, a path leading to a hut lost in a wildly growing arbour, shaded by the basho, a wide-leafed banana tree rare to Japan. A sliding doors opens: an eager-eyed man in monk’s robe steps out, surveys his shadowy thicket and the purple outline of a distant mountain, bends his head to catch the rush of river just beyond; then, looking up at the sky, pauses a while, and claps his hands. And then the murders began. (On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho; introduction by L.S

#111

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And then the murders began. (A Visit from St. Nicholas; Clement ClarkeMoore)

#112

Early one dark April morning a few years ago I was sitting in my living room in central Copenhagen wrapped in a blanket and yearning for spring when I opened that day’s newspaper to discover that my adopted countrymen had been anointed 5hen happiest of their species ….. and then the murders began
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

ID NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO DYINGTHOUGH ID HAD REASON enough in the last few monthsbut even if I had, I wouldnt have imagined it like this.
And then the murders began.

(Twilight)

#114

Goldilocks entered the Three Bears house and then the murders began.

#115

On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond,
Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.
A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat.
The water was warm. There was plenty to eat.
The turtles had everything turtles might need.
And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed.
And then the murders began.
(Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss)

#116

THE Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. And then the murders began. (Wind in the Willows; Kenneth Grahame).

#117

One evening at supper, Pa asked, “How would you like to work in town, Laura?”. And then the murders began.

#118

“On Friday Miss Nelson told her class that she was going to have her tonsils out….and then the murders began.” (Miss Nelson is Back, James Marshall)

#119

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”. And then the murders began. (Not a book. The Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln)

#120

The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. And then the murders began.

When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. And then the murders began. (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee).

#122

We were somewhere near Barstow when the drugs began to take hold. And then the murders began.

#123

It is often said that America “invented” democracy. And then the murders began.

– America, by Jon Stewart

#124

When i stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home… and then the murders began.
S.E. Hinton ” the outsiders”

#125

Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest. And then the murders began. (The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

#126

We were in class when the headmaster came in, followed by a ‘new fellow,’ not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk.

And the murders began.

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

#127

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain. And then the murders began.

#128

Although not everyone may realize it, the origin of the English language can be dated with relative precision. And then the murders began.

(Websters Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language – 1989)

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. And then the murders began.” – Emma by Jane Austen

#130

Yes! The horse agreed enthusiastically. Posideon can come in too! We will eat you both! Seafood! Seafood!

And then the murders began…

(Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth)

#131

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, its never good news. And then the murders began. (Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz)

#132

In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And then the murders began. (Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown)

#133

It began as a mistake. And then the murders began.

#134

“A spectre is haunting Europe the spectre of communism. And then the murders began”

#135

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’ And then the murders began..

#136

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And then the murders began.

From the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

There once was a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself–not just sometimes, but always. And then the murders began.
(The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster)

#138

Scuffy was sad.
Scuffy was cross.
And then the murders began.
(Scuffy the Tugboat, Gertrude Crampton)

#139

Once there was a tree…. and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples, and then the murders began.

#140

I am Sam. Sam I am. And then the murders began

#141

Beatrice’s Quimby’s biggest problem was her little sister, Ramona. And then the murders began.

#142

Who’s there?…. and then the murders began

Hamlet

#143

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said ‘How we wish we had something to do. And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#144

Thomas: I spend my time pulling coaches about, ready for you to take out on journeys!
Narrator: The other engines laughed.
Thomas: Why can’t I pull passenger trains, too?!
Henry, Edward, and Gordon: You’re too impatient. You’d be sure to leave something behind.
Thomas: Rubbish! I’ll show you!……..and then the murders began.

Thomas’ Train/A Big Day for Thomas

This morning I was awakened by Pump coming over to the bed and sniffing emphatically at me, millimeters away, her whiskers grazing my lips, to see if I was awake or alive or me. And then the murders began.

(Inside of a dog, Alexandra Horowitz)

#146

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And the the murders began.

#147

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. And then the murders began.

#148

In the beginning, Bartholomew Cubbins didn’t have five hundred hats. And then the murders began.

(The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss)

#149

A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. And then the murders began.

#150

Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the 2016 United States presidential election. And then the murders beg

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