Sunday, February 26, 2012
Which places in Jane Shaw's stories are based on the Cornish village of Crackington Haven?
The answer to Quiz 26: The famous, albeit fictional, famous film star whose house is invaded by Ricky, Julie and Fay is Larry Payne.
Sara was being reluctantly forced to the conclusion that the infant had taken a dislike to her on sight when she saw a gleam of hope. Scrabbling in her bag she brought out a piece of Toblerone, rather tattered as to its wrappings but still recognizable. The crying stopped as suddenly as if a tap had been turned off. Sara broke a piece and handed it to the child, now turned towards her and solemnly watching her with wet, black eyes. Having swallowed it the child smiled, a very small watery one, but still a smile. Sara was enormously gratified to see it, and grinned at her.
From BRETON ADVENTURE, Chapter 13, Sara Does Some Rescue Work.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
"A nice writing-pad, yes, please?" murmured a soft sing-song voice.
And for an awful moment Sara thought that her recent struggles with the stove, not to mention being practically burned to death, had turned her brain. She looked away, then back again, but the apparition didn't vanish, but stood there, a smile on its black face, clutching a writing-pad of hideous violet in its black hands.
With unwonted strength of mind Sara said, "Oh, no, thanks - not to-day," and the poor little Indian, for after all he was only coffee-coloured, and not even black coffee, as he had seemed to Sara, said:
"Nice hairpeens? Nice safety-peens, please?"
Sara, who was frightened half out of her wits, said again, "Oh, no, thank you, I have a lot of nice safety-pins," and longed for Mrs. Macalister to come to her rescue, and prepared to shut the door. To her dismay the little man looked ready to cry, so gaining more confidence she suddenly said, "Look here - I'll buy a writing-pad if you'll light my Primus for me-"
From HIGHLAND HOLIDAY, Chapter 4, Tribulations of a Cook. It's hard to imagine an episode like this making it into print today.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
But the embarrassments of the evening were not yet over. After the next group of yodelling songs Peregrine left their table and went and spoke to the leader of the band; and the next thing that Susan and the Carmichaels knew, Peregrine was standing up on the front of the platform reciting! As bold as brass, standing there reciting in German! And the strange thing was, everybody seemed to be enjoying it! Not only the ghastly Gascoignes, who were nearly doubled up with laughter, but lots of other people were laughing like anything too. Even Aunt Lucy and Uncle Charles laughed a little, although Susan was jolly sure that they didn't know what they were laughing at. Only Susan and her cousins didn't laugh. They sat with straight faces, wishing that either they, or preferably Pea-green, would drop dead.
From SUSAN INTERFERES, Chapter 8, Happy Days with the Gascoignes.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
In Fourpenny Fair, Sid makes a rash promise that he will find an unusual item to help advertise the play that the boys at the orphanage are putting on. What is this item?
The answer to Quiz 22: Bill and Stobbs like to collect stamps.
And then, old Mr. Starky went on, when he came out to Willow Green and he saw the jewels he got the fright of his life, because they were the most beautiful collection of jewellery that he had ever seen, and he knew then that there was something wrong - no woman with a collection like that would take them to an obscure little refugee jeweller in Maidstone if she wanted them re-set, she would take them to the best jeweller in London or Paris.
From WILLOW GREEN MYSTERY, Chapter 10, Exit Esmeralda.
Friday, February 3, 2012
So at last they were on the road, six people and two dogs and a lot of luggage being quite a load for the new car which, however, seemed to take it in its stride. They left Cape Town and went across a wide plain, where bright autumn leaves still clung to the vines, towards a great range of mountains. They could see the road, going up across the face of the mountains like a scar; but what the Eliots couldn't make out was where it went - it just suddenly seemed to disappear.
From VENTURE TO SOUTH AFRICA, Chapter 5, The Journey Ends.