- The Mole had been working very hard all the morning. (The Wind in the Willows)
- The package was lying by the front door (Button, Button)
These two examples are from two different books and they are the opening sentences beginning with definite article
the. Since the words
package are being mentioned first time, they should take indefinite article
a rather than
the. As High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin says that when a singular countable noun is mentioned for the first time, it always takes indefinite article a or an. But in the above mentioned two examples both sentences are taking definite article the. How can it be justified here?