"...And then it's quiet. So still I can hear myself breathing. When I was younger I used to dread being alone. I would convince myself that something terrible had happened to my parents, that they had been in some kind of car accident or someting and they were never coming back... but right now I want to be alone. I want all the time in the world to think about what Rob has just said and what I should do... it's not until he's gone and I'm alone that I realise that this time, it's not what I want at all."
When you were Mine by Rebecca Serle. Rosaline's thoughts.
"'Give up the past! Turn to the future! What is done is done. Bitterness will not undo it... I am thinking of you. You have suffered- yes - but what you are doing now will only prolong the suffering.'
She shook her head. 'You're wrong. There are times when I almost enjoy myself.'
'And that, Mademoiselle, is the worst of all.'"
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Poirot to Jacqueline.
"In the end, it's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity."
"'Right,' she says. "Harrison and I will meet you at the baggage claim.'
'Like a lost sock.'
'Oh, honey,' Mom jokes. 'You're more like a whole suitcase. And you're not lost.'
Hadley's voice is very small. 'What if I am?'
'Then it's just a matter of time before you get found.'"
From the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Hadley to Mom.
The following is a selection of various scenes featuring Twinkle from House of Many Ways...
"'And what's your name, my little man?'
'Twinkle,' the little boy whispered, coyly ducking his curly blond head.
'Have a crumpet, Twinkle.' the King said heartily, holding the plate out.
'Fank you,' Twinkle said devoutly, taking a crumpet."
"... so that all she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to "jutht try it.""
"Twinkle's shriller voice joined in. 'I can't wear thethe! I want my thtwipey oneth!'"
"'Are you an infant genius, or something?'
'Well, I am now,' Twinkle said. 'When I wath really thix yearth old, I wath about average, I think.'"
And finally, just the chapter name...
"Chapter Fifteen. Wherein the child Twinkle is kidnapped."
All from House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones. All scenes with Twinkle.
"'... Oh, so many years ago now. I bought together two people who loved one another- by the simple methord of having one of them arrested for murder! Nothing less would have done it! In the midst of death we are in life...'"
"'I suppose it does sound cruel, but really-'
'The fox enjoys it? Do not say les beitses, my friend. Tout de meme- it is better that- the quick, cruel death- then what those children were singing...
"To be shut away- in a box- for ever... No, it is not good, that.'"The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. Poirot to Hastings.
"Ernest trailed after his mother. He pulled on Rowland's sleeve. 'Don't worry, Uncle Rowly, I looked after... Lenin.' He whispered the dog's name as if it was a profanity. Rowland supposed that in his brothers house, it was.
'I knew I could rely on you, Ernie.'
Ernest nodded solmnly. He leaned over to whisper again in Rowland's ear. 'Daddy pats him when no one's looking.'
Miles off Course by Sulari Gentill. Ernest to Rowland.