Is it true, as Momus
suggests, that there are "few tales which would not be improved by the addition of the phrase 'suddenly, a shot rang out'"? Decide for yourself as we alter the opening lines of . . .ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
by Lewis Carroll
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?' Suddenly, a shot rang out.