So, here are the lines for Anthony Trollope's The Warden:
1. Though they seemed portentious at the time, political machinations at the Synod would be the least of Septimus Harding's worries.
2. Evensong had been particularly fine, and Septimus Harding hummed the Bach Magnificat as he exited the cathedral.
3. The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of ______; let us call it Barchester.
4. The citizens of Barchester had always shown a great concern for their poor; a concern that they should not be seen by any visitor to the town in their unfortunate state.
5. It was a cold day in the town of Barchester when the events of this story first stirred to motion.
6. It was, like most evenings in Barchester, the place in which this story is set, an evening as calm and reserved as the residents of that selfsame locality.
What is the real first line?
Deadline is Monday.