As she fell face down into the black muck of the mud- wrestling pit, her sweaty, three-hundred-pound opponent muttering soft curses in Latin on top of her, Sister Marie thought, "There is no doubt about it: the Pope has betrayed me."
- written by Richard J. Savastio of Media, Pennsylvania for the 1983 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a "write the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" contest sponsored by the English Department at San Jose State University and named for Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (the man who originally penned the line "It was a dark and stormy night" in his 1830 novel "Paul Clifford").
This line was also reprinted in "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night", compiled by Scott Rice (Penguin Books, 1984).
I'm going twenty-four hours a day...I can't seem to stop - "Turn Up The Radio", Autograph
I humbly bow to the lady from Wisconsin on the challenge. Excellent work.
"As she fell face down into the black muck of the mud-wrestling pit, her sweaty, 300-pound opponent muttering soft curses in Latin on top of her, Sister Marie thought, "There is no doubt about it; the Pope has betrayed me."
Don't you be playing with my emotions that way. I am still in my mourning garments for losing that show, so to even suggest a way that the show could return from the dead is just too good a notion to ponder.