I just (re-)learned that the first sentence of A Wrinkle in Time is "It was a dark and stormy night."

I'm not as disappointed as I was when I learned that Sputnik is literally the Russian word for satellite, but I'm pretty disappointed.


I mean, it's originally the opening of "The Coming Race" by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, for whom the prize for grotesquely tortured prose is named. So I should think that L'Engle used it knowing that!

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