(This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States
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Have Gun -- Will Travel was one of the few television shows to spawn a successful radio version.
Did you know that?
I remember watching the re-runs on TV in the late nights when just a boy.
Each episode opened with the same visual:
Paladin drawing his gun
while delivering a line of dialogue from the coming episode,
after which the pistol is uncocked and holstered briskly.
Some have seen a bit of Paladin in my Samuel McCord,
though both are quite different, they both wear black and are educated.
Those of you who have read my books know that I like to start each chapter
with a tantalizing title and a quote to tease what is to come.
Take two chapters from my latest WIP:
THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS AT LARGE
TREACHERY IS LIKE DIAMONDS
“Men, like musical instruments, seem made to be played upon.”
– Qing Long, the Azure Dragon
A GRAVE OF DEAD GODS
“Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What of Huitzilopochtli?
In one year - and it is no more than five hundred years ago - 50,000 youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him.
Today, he is not revered at all. Such a waste of life, but that is the way of humans to waste the precious to serve the useless.”
- Lady Meilori Shinseen
What do you think?
Do beginning chapter quotes add to the book? You know what I think by my use of them.
Starting a chapter with a quote is known as an Epigraph.
See? Don't you feel more informed now?