Two Orphan Protagonists Begin Their Narratives

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.  To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously."  Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing youíll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I donít feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."  J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (19510