suggests that there are "few tales which would not be improved by the
addition of the phrase 'suddenly, a shot rang out.'"
yourself as we alter the opening lines of . . .THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
by Margery Williams
There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen. On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of the Boy's stocking, with a sprig of holly between his paws, the effect was charming.
Suddenly, a shot rang out.