“I’d spent so long pretending to be Scarlet that maybe the old Ivy had faded away.”
“Some of the trees hung their branches down almost as far as the surface, as if they were trying to stroke it with long bony fingers.”
“My name is Scarlet Grey, and until today I thought I would be lost forever.”
“And we have another student who has returned from spending some time abroad as well... Miss Adams, please stand up as well."
I couldn't believe it.
She was back.”
“It fell, and then the words came."
"We are the Whispers in the Walls.”
"Ivy, you need to look at this."
Our mother? At Rookwood?”
“Rose, what are you-" Violet started.
We all turned.
Someone was there.
It was Penny.”
“The food was slices of some kind of roast meat in a watery gravy,”
“Without a word, I walked over to the door and opened it. And when the policeman stepped in, the look on Mr Bartholomew’s face was priceless.”
“a cupboard, but there seemed to be … stairs? Ivy had brought a candle stub, which she lit with a”
“Better for real things to be uncontrollable, better for one's life to be undecipherable and intellectually impenetrable than to attempt to make casual sense of what is unknown with a fantasy that is mad. Better, I thought, that the events of these past three days should remain incomprehensible to me forever than to posit, as I had just been doing, a conspiracy of foreign intelligence agents who are determined to control my mind. We've all heard that one before.”
“as he reached the door. Out in front of”
“He couldn't remember at first where he was, just knew by the fragile fog of the summer light that it was early, that his alarm clock would sleep longer than he had.”
“....Lived in curious but not unhappy isolation…subscribing to magazines nobody around them read, listening to programs on the national radio network which nobody around them listened to…”
“Is this normal, I wonder? But then, what is normal?”
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