“Fear can't hurt you," she said. "When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”
“I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long, Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death.”
“And if we get caught, I will claim I made you go. At gunpoint. I am American. People will assume I'm armed.”
“Keep calm and carry on.
Also, stay in and hide because the Ripper is coming.”
“Welsh is an actual, currently used language and our next-door neighbors Angela and Gaenor spoke it. It sounds like Wizard.”
“Tell me what you want, what you really, really want," he said.
"Braiiinnnnssss," we said in unison.”
“Walk really, really carefully. It's not complicated, but if you mess up, you'll die, so pay attention.”
“And what else is she?" Jerome asked. Jazza didn't offer any reply so I chimed in with, "A bitchweasel?"
"A bitchweasel!" Jazza's face lit up. "She's a bitchweasel! I love my new roommate.”
“It was like the entire world was colluding to make me feel insane, and it was doing a really good job.”
“It was clearly one of those mornings when I was particularly American.”
“I had one class in the morning, the mysteriously named "Further Maths". It was two hours long and so deeply frightening that I think I went into a trance.”
“Braiiinnnnssss," we said in unison.
"It's both sad and incredibly impressive that you were all ready with that one.”
“Kissing is something that makes up for a lot of other crap you have to put up with...It can be confusing and weird and awkward, but sometimes it just makes you melt and forget everything that is going on.”
“I'm the last of the mad ones.”
“I had always assumed the weekend was a holy tradition, respected by good people everywhere. Not so at Wexford.”
“Boo: "Go talk to her."
Callum: "About what?"
Callum: "You want me to walk up to her and say, 'Are you a ghost?'"
Boo: "I do that."
Callum: "I love it when you get it wrong.”
“It was almost funny. Life seemed downright accidental in its brevity, and death a punch line to a lousy joke.”
“We Deveauxs preferred to talk you to death, rather than face you in physical combat.”
“One question," I said. "Did you tell me all that because you think I'm going to die?"
"No," he said. "It's because you're doing something brave, and I felt I should too."
"I'll take that as a yes," I said.”
“Some other facts I picked up:
Welsh is an actual, currently used language and our next-door neighbours Angela and Gaenor spoke it. It sounds like Wizard.
Baked beans are very popular in England. For breakfast. On toast. On baked potatoes. They can't get enough.
"American History" is not a subject everywhere.
England and Britain and the United Kingdom are not the same thing. England is the country. Britain is the island containing England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom is the formal designation of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as a political entity.
If you mess this up, you will be corrected. Repeatedly.”
“Hey! Jack the Wanker! Over here! I want your autograph!”
“Fear can't hurt you. When it washes over you, give it no power. it's a snake with no venom.”
“She introduced herself to my parents with one of her mighty, bunny-crushing handshakes. (I'd never seen Claudia crush a bunny, to be fair, but that's the approximate level of pressure.)”
“It was as if the news itself wanted to reassure me. Even Jack the Ripper himself had reappeared as part of the greeting committee.”
“Rory: "People are being serious."
Jazza: "There's a serial killer out there. Of course people are being serious."
Rory: "Yeah, but what are the chances?"
Jazza: "I bet all of the victims thought that."
Rory: "But still, what are the chances?"
Jazza: "Well, I imagine they are several million to one."
Jerome: "Not that high. You're only dealing with a small part of London. And while there might be a million or more people in that area, the Ripper is probably focusing on women, because all of the original victims were women. So halve that--"
Jazza: "You really need another hobby.”
“Something about her suggested that her leisure activities included wrestling large woodland animals and banging bricks together.”
“What are you?" I asked.
"I'm the Ghost of the Night Before Exams."
"And how long did it take you to come up with that?" Jazza asked.
"I'm a busy man," he replied.”
“It's us," Stephen said.
"Oh, thank God," said a voice.
Callum emerged from behind the Dumpster. Even with all that was going on, it was hard not to take notice of this: he wore only his underpants and his socks and shoes.
...I don't think I hid my staring very well either.
"Go ahead and change," Stephen said, handing me the bag. "I'll go and get the car."
"Please be quick," Callum added. "This is not as fun as it appears.”
“Probably some period thing. I go completely mental too. Period fever. It's the worst."
This effectively killed all conversation for a while.
..."Fixed that," she said.
"You told him I had period fever," I replied. "There's no such thing as period fever."
"No such thing as ghosts either."
"No, there is really no such thing as period fever. There's a difference between being a guy and being an idiot.”
“When Caroline Walker fell in love with Julian English she was a little tired of him. That was in the summer of 1926, one of the most unimportant years in the history of the United States, and the year in which Caroline Walker was sure her life had reached a pinnacle of uselessness.”
“Out of that night and day of unconditional wrath, folks would’ve expected to see any city, if it survived, all newly reborn, purified by flame, taken clear beyond greed, real-estate speculating, local politics—instead of which, here was this weeping widow, some one-woman grievance committee in black, who would go on to save up and lovingly record and mercilessly begrudge every goddamn single tear she ever had to cry, and over the years to come would make up for them all by developing into the meanest, cruelest bitch of a city, even among cities not notable for their kindness.”
“And you, you ridiculous people, you expect me to help you.”
“Don't you know a Sand-fairy when you see one?" It looked so grieved and hurt that Jane hastened to say, "Of course I see you are, now. It's quite plain now one comes to look at you." "You came to look at me, several sentences ago,”
“We wear the chains we forge in life,”
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