From The Bible as written by famous authors

Genesis 29 by Jane Austen

Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man on the run from his kin must be in want of a couple of wives.   “My dear Mr Laban,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that the shepherd shed is let at last?” Mr Laban made no answer. This was encouragement enough for Mrs Laban to inform him that a young man of large fortune from the region of Canaan had come up last week to see the shed and had been so much delighted with it that he was to take possession of…

The Book of Jonah by Herman Melville

Chapter 1: The Command Call me Jonah. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having had little or nothing to do with the Lord, I found myself appointed prophet. The Lord commanded me to go to the city of Nineveh, a desolate place, cursed by God and condemned to fiery doom, to call them to repentance. He gave me the task of stilling the rebellious heart of their king. It seemed an absurdly hopeless mission, and as I had money in my purse, and nothing else to interest me on shore, I thought I would flee from the face of the…