“I sniffed and dabbed at my eyes fiercely. I told myself I was only tearful because I was tired.”
“Could he be my Bertie, the cheeky butcher’s boy? I had walked out with him when I was a reluctant servant in Mr Buchanan’s household. Dear funny Bertie, who had been so self-conscious about reeking of meat. Bertie, the boy who had taken me to the fair and won me the little black-and-white china dog that was in my suitcase now, carefully wrapped in my nightgown to prevent any chips.”
“Bertie’s my name and flirting’s my game, I’ve an eye for every girl. Don’t give a fig! I have a little chat, then give ’em a pat,”
“I WOKE WITH a start, my head hurting, aching all over. For a moment I didn’t know where I was. Indeed, I felt so fuddled I didn’t even know who I was. Hetty Feather, Sapphire Battersea, Emerald Star? I had three names now.”
“Yes indeed,’ said Miss Gibson. ‘I’m starting to be very glad my last girl flounced off!’ I”
“She was trying to whisper, but she might as well have yelled under an echoing bridge.”
“You’ve got more courage in your little finger than most folks have in their entire bodies, my own child. I”
“in police work ninety-nine percent of the effort is routine, unspectacular enquiry, checking and double-checking, laboriously building up a web of parts until the parts become a whole, the whole becomes a net, and the net finally encloses the criminal with a case that will not just make headlines but stand up in court. He”
“All my life I have studies the peculiar powers of music. It has a force of its own that few would deny.”
“We train in strategy, geography, horsemanship, weaponry, that sort of thing. We study great battles in history and analyze the outcome. The”
“didn’t seem to be the nickname sort. Beautiful people rarely were. ‘Let’s”
“ You just promised me eternity, you know. I can make you live to regret it.”
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