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    Oddly enough, the first time I saw a version of this thread was in 2005.

    And it points to Bright Lights, Big City by Jay MacInerney.

    This is a tricky example, because while the pronouns suggest "dialogue" between two speakers/2nd person, it's not, exactly.

    “You’re not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning.”
    There's a possibly better definition of dialogue in the [sacred] AHD.

    a. A conversation between two or more people.
    b. A discussion of positions or beliefs, especially between groups to resolve a disagreement.
    a. Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative.
    b. The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.
    Where it gets tricky in terms of fiction is in the determination of whether the narrator is a character or not, and if dialogue means written speech or speech between two characters.

    This page on openings in a variety of novels may be of interest; see especially exhibit 4.
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