Monday, July 30, 2012
"No, Aunt Lucy," said Susan, "I was lying bound and gagged next door."
"And as for you. Charlotte," went on Aunt Lucy, "I ask you to set the table and you just calmly go off in the middle - what did you say, Susan?"
"I said," said Susan, "that I was lying bound and gagged in the empty house next door."
Aunt Lucy burst out, "Now look here, Susan, I might as well tell you here and now that these stories have got to stop. Nobody thinks it's funny, nobody thinks it's clever, nobody-"
"Aunt Lucy," Charlotte interrupted before Aunt Lucy could work herself up any further, "it's quite true."
From SUSAN PULLS THE STRINGS, Chapter 12, New Year Resolutions.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Suddenly Susan, who had apparently been doing some mental arithmetic, said, "Bill, even if they all pay half a crown, which isn't very likely, that only comes to twelve-and-six. It'll be years before we collect enough to buy one truck far less a whole railway."
"I'm trying not to think of that," said Bill.
"But we must think of that," said Susan. "I wish we could sell the puppets for a large sum."
"Nobody in their senses would buy them for a large sum," said Bill.
"Oh, I would," said Susan.
Bill looked at her speculatively. "How much?" he said.
From SUSAN PULLS THE STRINGS, Chapter 8, The Empty House Next Door.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Which Parisian waxworks museum do the girls visit in Crooks Tour?
The answer to Quiz 68: Lynette du Toit is the new girl at Northmead who has just arrived from Africa. Despite early misgivings, she becomes friends with Nicky and Kay.
One of the nice things about getting back to Johannesburg was that we plunged into a wild whirl of gaiety. Aunt Helen had a terrific party to meet some of our relations' friends. You never saw such a spread in your life, cold meats of all kinds and the most wonderful salads, not just a bit of lettuce and a tomato, oh no, but glorious mixtures of pineapples and celery and avocado pear and cream cheese and nuts and green peppers and red peppers and asparagus to name but a few, some of them formed into moulds. Even apart from their delicious taste, you never saw anything so pretty.
From NOTHING HAPPENED AFTER ALL, Chapter 8, Interlude in Civilisation. Once again we see Jane Shaw's mastery of long sentences that do not leave the reader feeling out of breath. One sentence in this quote has 64 words.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Operation Peach went off without a hitch. As usual Belinda and Mike were awake as soon as the sun began to stream in their windows. They found a big basket in the kitchen and crept out through the yard in their pyjamas, and quickly filled the basket with big luscious ripe peaches, and secreted them in the 'stable'. Really, the only snag was that they forgot that the grass was still wet at that hour of the morning, and they were horrified to discover on returning to their rooms that the legs of their pyjamas were soaking wet.
From VENTURE TO SOUTH AFRICA, Chapter 9, Looking After Stella.
Monday, July 23, 2012
But Charlotte wasn't going to be mollified by any feeble little jokes, even Susan's; she was still furious. "Why should it upset him to hear that this Julian Gascoigne, whoever he may be, is your uncle?"
"Because we can check up on this bird-watcher, of course," said Gabrielle. "I don't believe he's what he says he is, I don't believe he's an ornithologist. I don't believe he has anything to do with St. Jude's at all."
From SUSAN MUDDLES THROUGH, Chapter 6, Investigating Cap'n Dan.
Monday, July 9, 2012
By tea-time it wasn't Susan that was up, but her temperature. Throughout the afternoon the family had dropped into her room at intervals to commiserate with her, and the cause of all the trouble came down and settled with her under the eiderdown when Aunt Lucy wasn't looking. Susan was very glad to see them all, but she couldn't help wishing that she was in better trim, as she put it, for vistors. Really, she felt very peculiar indeed, and in spite of two hot-water bottles, four blankets, an eiderdown and Chang, she just couldn't get warm.
From SUSAN PULLS THE STRINGS, Chapter 7, Chang Breaks the Ice.