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text 2018-09-22 19:05
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

I have a theory ever since a certain character has made its first appearance:

 

Mrs. Forrest is Mrs. Whittaker. I wonder why it hasn´t crossed Wimsey´s mind, that this might be the case.

 

I wonder if I´m right.

(spoiler show)

 

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text 2018-09-22 15:25
Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

"You are too easily surprised," said Mr Towkington. "Many words have no legal meaning. Others have a legal meaning very unlike their ordinary meaning. For example, the word "daffy-down-dilly". It is a criminal libel to call a lawyer a daffy-down-dilly. Ha! Yes, I advice you never to do such a thing. No, I certainly advise you never to do it. [...]"

 

Anyone else tempted to try this word on a British lawyer? Well, I looked the meaning of it up and it might be best to leave it be.

 

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text 2018-09-22 13:49
Reading progress update: I've read 129 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

He unfolded the letter, which was written in Miss Climpson´s old-fashioned flowing hand, and ornamented with such a variety of underlinings and exclamation marks as to look like an exercise in musical notation.

"Oh, lord!" said Parker.

"Yes, it´s worse than usual, isn´t it? - it must be of desperate importance. Luckily it´s comparatively short."

 

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text 2018-09-22 11:03
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

Miss Climpson´s letters to Lord Peter are a hoot:

 

This Miss Clara was evidently rather a "character", as my dear father used to call it. In her day she was considered very "advanced" and not quite nice (!) because she refused several good offers, cut her hair SHORT (!!) and set up in business for herself as a HORSE-BREEDER!!! Of course, nowadays, nobody would would think anything of it, but then the old lady - or young lady as she was when she embarked on this revolutionary proceeding - was quite a PIONEER.

 

I totally adore her writing-style.

 

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text 2018-09-22 07:33
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

"Oh, gods of the wine-flask and the board, how long? how long? - it is a ham sandwich. Goth, but not an ordinary one. Never did it see Lyons´s kitchen, or the counter of the multiple store or the delicatessen shop in the back street. The pig that was sacrificed to make this dainty tit bit fattened in no dull style, never knew the daily ration of pig wash or the not unmixed rapture of the domestic garbage-pail. Observe the hard texture, the deep brownish tint of the lean; the rich fat, yellow as a Chinaman´s cheek; the dark spot where the black treacle cure has soaked in, to make a dish fit to lure Zeus from Olympus. And tell me, man of no discrimination and worthy to be fed on boiled cod all year round, tell me how it comes that your little waitress and her railway clerk came down to Epping Forest to regale themselves on sandwiches made from coalblack, treacle-cured Bradenham ham, which long ago ran as a young wild boar about the woodlands, till death translated it to an incorruptible and more glorious body? I may add that it costs about 3s. a pound uncooked - an argument which you will allow to be weighty."

 

Leave it to Sir Peter to have a drama queen moment about a ham sandwich. Poor Parker. I like to think that he is rolling with his eyes precisely at this moment.

 

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