"Your solution is a very plausible one, Miss Marple," he said. "But you will allow me to point out that there is not a shadow of proof."
"I know," said Miss Marple. "But you believe it to be true, don't you?"
There was a pause, then the colonel said almost reluctantly: "Yes, I do. Dash it all, it's the only way the thing could have happened. But there's no proof—not an atom."
Miss Marple coughed. "That is why I thought perhaps—under the circumstances—"
"A little trap might be permissible."
-The Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This morning I told him how Dad had rescued Mum from a castle tower and whisked her away to safety.
"So that's how it was," Haggarty said. "Sure beats what I've heard."
What did he mean by that? I asked him to tell me, several times I asked, even begged, but he wouldn't budge. "Can't tell you," he said, " 'cause it's not my story to tell."
-No Safe Harbor, Julie Lawson
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
I said, "Yes, ma'am, my spirit's a lot stronger than it looks, too, most folks are really surprised by that."
She smiled and said, "Very good, but you know what, Bud?"
"I knew you were an old toughie the minute I saw you."
-Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
'How shall we divide them?' asked the lion in a whisper to the hyena.
'Oh, it is easily done,' replied the hyena. 'The lamb for me, the sheep for the jackal, and the ram for the lion.'
'So I am to have that lean creature, which is nothing but horns, am I?' cried the lion in a rage. 'I will teach you to divide things in that manner!' And he gave the hyena two great blows, which stretched him dead in a moment. Then he turned to the jackal and said: 'How would you divide them?'
'Quite differently from the hyena,' replied the jackal. 'You will breakfast off the lamb, you will dine off the sheep, and you will sup off the ram.'
'Dear me, how clever you are! Who taught you such wisdom?' exclaimed the lion, looking at him admiringly.
'The fate of the hyena,' answered the jackal, laughing, and running off at his best speed; for he saw two men armed with spears coming close behind the lion!
-The Adventures of the Jackal's Eldest Son, The Orange Fairy Book, Andrew Lang
Saturday, August 06, 2011
"If you're thinking about torturing me," he said, "you're welcome to try it. It would be interesting to see how much you could find out, since I myself haven't the first idea where the Pelydryn is." He took a deep breath and shut his eyes tightly. "So there you are. Go ahead."
-The Castle of Llyr, Lloyd Alexander
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
"This is too creepy," Sticky said, glancing nervously behind him. "It's like...like..."
"Like having a strange person whisper in your ear while you sleep?" Mr. Benedict suggested.
"Okay, that just made it creepier," Sticky said.
-The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart