Thursday, August 1, 2013
One-liners: a twist on snippets
Wherein I have gathered the best single-lines of The Baby for your enjoyment, rather than the ungainly chunks so often presented:
"Sometimes Jamsie could be the most annoying thing."
" 'What a hash. What a horrid, mealy, bungled hash.' "
" 'Just goes to show you what you get when you leave your precious baby in the care of a kitchen maid. Darn her red hair.' "
" 'Worried? Course I'm worried.' It wasn't exactly a falsehood."
" 'Kidnapping used to be as common a profession as farming. It might be coming back in style.' "
"She shrieked, somehow hearing her voice gobbled up by Richmond's twin yell, and felt the plunge."
" 'We had better go then. Off to The Castle--and my uncommon doom.' "
" 'Ahhhh...T-O-A-S-T-A-N-D-T-E-A--that's th'way to spell 'Darrow-Dwelling, your majesty.' "
" 'And has the kingdom gone to ruin without its mail?' "
" 'Did my napkin startle you, lad? Your nerves play a high pitch.' "
"Richmond shot a pea across the room."
"A law against laughter couldn't possibly be a useful law."
"Starling craned her neck to get a last look at the sleeping baby--fat as a pan of sweet-buns left to rise in the sun-shine."
"Starling hid herself behind a potted rosebush and hoped she looked something like a topiary."