Prologue: When I was seventeen, my life changed forever.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
In God ’tis glory: And when men aspire, ’tis but a spark too much of heavenly fire. —John Dryden "Absalom and Achitophel" PROLOGUE: FALL LIKE RAIN
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
PROLOGUE — A Silence of Three Parts
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Prologue — 2007
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
Eleanor Coerr -- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
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Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
Prologue — HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY
Phil Robertson -- Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
The previous February, during my first few days at the University Residence Club, before starting work at McGraw-Hill, I had written a dozen pages of what I planned to be the prologue of the novel—a description of a ride on a railroad train to the small Virginia city which was to provide the book’s locale.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
PROLOGUE — LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE — NOVEMBER 1565
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
Bella Forrest -- A Shade of Vampire
Prologue – INSPECTOR LINDSAY BOXER
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
Maybe he sees it now as a prologue to these tapes.
Jay Asher -- Thirteen Reasons Why
Lechery, by this hand; an index and obscure prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
But Father Martin made me understand that the stories that came before it—and there were many—were simply prologue to the Christians.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
This prologue pleased him, and Blachevelle fell in love.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
That was the prologue, I think.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
QUINCE Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be written in eight and six.
William Shakespeare -- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
It is a sort of prologue to the play, a motto to the chapter; and will be soon followed by matter-of-fact prose.
Jane Austen -- Emma
All of it, at this instant, is meaningless prologue.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
The darkness had prologued the pain and the storm-cloud; he began to remember what had prologued the darkness as she told him what had happened to him.
Stephen King -- Misery
To him she hasted; in her face excuse Came prologue, and apology too prompt; Which, with bland words at will, she thus addressed.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
Alldressed up and mooningaround like the prologue to a suttee.
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
The four personages, after having reaped a rich reward of applause for their reverences, began, in the midst of profound silence, a prologue, which we gladly spare the reader.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Shall we clap into’t roundly, without hawking, or spitting, or saying we are hoarse, which are the only prologues to a bad voice?
William Shakespeare -- As You Like It
It appeared that the narrative he had promised to read us really required for a proper intelligence a few words of prologue.
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw
The greyeyed goddess who bends over the boy Adonis, stooping to conquer, as prologue to the swelling act, is a boldfaced Stratford wench who tumbles in a cornfield a lover younger than herself.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Even the custom of ransoming a warrior’s body is refused, and the horror announced in Homer’s prologue is realized, "leaving so many dead men—carrion / for dogs and birds."
Homer -- The Iliad
If you tell a secret about a friend, other people want to hear all of it, prologue to epilogue.
Ellen Hopkins -- Identical
She that is Queen of Tunis; she that dwells Ten leagues beyond man’s life; she that from Naples Can have no note, unless the sun were post— The Man i’ th’ Moon’s too slow—till newborn chins Be rough and razorable: she that from whom We all were sea-swallow’d, though some cast again, And by that destiny, to perform an act Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come In yours and my discharge.
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
In the case of Carrie White, the only witness to any possible prologue to the final climactic events was Margaret White, and she, of course is dead Henry Grayle, principal of Ewen High School, had been expecting him all week, but Chris Hargensen’s father didn’t show up until Friday-the day after Chris had skipped her detention period with the formidable Miss Desjardin.
Stephen King -- Carrie
Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
When the time comes to perform the act, I will do it without any prelude or prologue, and may simply walk up River Road one afternoon, arrive at Brimmler’s Bridge, calmly climb the parapet or whatever it’s called, and let myself plummet to the riverbed below.
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
Lola was pacing the floorboards, one hand to her brow as she skimmed through the first pages of the play, muttering the lines from the prologue.
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
Chapter i. Of prologues.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
The fire soon flared up the chimney, giving the room an appearance of comfort that was doubled by contrast with the drumming of the storm without, which snapped at the window-panes and breathed into the chimney strange low utterances that seemed to be the prologue to some tragedy.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
Thus he his special nothing ever prologues.
William Shakespeare -- All’s Well That Ends Well
No, by my troth; not so much as will serve to be prologue to an egg and butter.
William Shakespeare -- Henry IV, Part 1
If a King or a Cardinal had done the prologue he’d have had the right materials.
Robert Bolt -- A Man for All Seasons
Those thirty minutes can be regarded as a prologue to the full hour from three till four and that takes care of them.
Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
What’s past is prologue.
J.D. Robb -- Naked in Death
They were another week before they reached the end of the beginning-for the gunslinger, a twisted prologue of twelve years, from the final crash of his native place and the gathering of the other three.
Stephen King -- The Gunslinger
Chaucer used /growed/ for /grew/ in the prologue to "The Wife of Bath’s Tale," and /rised/ for /rose/ and /smited/ for /smote/ are in John Purvey’s edition of the Bible, /circa/ 1385.
Henry L. Mencken -- The American Language
Let us complain to them what fools were here, Disguis’d like Muscovites, in shapeless gear; And wonder what they were, and to what end Their shallow shows and prologue vilely penn’d, And their rough carriage so ridiculous, Should be presented at our tent to us.