1.5 Dialogue Lead

The story begins with characters speaking about something designed to get the reader’s attention. I love the opening from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White:

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

“Out to the hoghouse,” replied Mrs. Arable. “Some pigs were born last night.”

“I don’t see why he needs an ax,” continued Fern, who was only eight.

“Well,” said her mother, “one of the pigs is a runt.  It’s a very small and weak, and it will never amount to anything. So your father has decided to do away with it.”

“Do away with it?” shrieked Fern. “You mean kill it?  Just because it’s smaller than the others?”

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