Ishmael. In high-school that was the answer to the question, ‘What is the first sentence in Moby Dick?’ on my quiz. I got it wrong, I had no idea and thought the teacher was crazy to ask such a question. Who pays attention to the first sentence of a book? Well I have never forgotten the answer and since paid more attention to opening lines to novels. Here is my M for Herman Melville’s classic tale. Next up are the letters S, G, B, and H.