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"'she's lovely, he's rather a stick.'" p. 6

"'luckily they had that old-fashioned . . . extinguisher that ruins everything.'" p. 3

"'I made Beaver pay for a drink . . . he nearly died of it.'" p. 11

"It was, transparently, a made-up party, the guests being chosen for no mutual bond—least of all affection for Mrs. Beaver or for each other—except that their names were in current use . . ." p. 51

"a recreation [Brenda] particularly enjoyed." p. 47

"'I feel big. I think it's Mr. Cruttwell. He puts all one's nerves right and one's circulation and everything.'" p. 55

"From Beaver's point of view, these old friends of hers were quite the most desirable people at the party, and he was delighted to be seen at their table." p. 63

"'I hear Brenda disgraced herself.'" p. 67

"'I'm sorry to be pompous, but I just don't like your Mr. Beaver hanging about the house all day and calling me Marjorie.'" p. 74

"For five years she had been a legendary, almost ghostly name, the imprisoned princess of fairy story, and now that she had emerged there was more enchantment in the occurrence, than in the mere change of habit of any other circumspect wife." p. 75

"Beaver, for the first time in his life found himself a person of interest and, almost of consequence. Women studied him with a new scrutiny, wondering what they had missed in him; men treated him as an equal, even as a successful competitor." p. 76

"'I never thought it would last but she seems really keen on it . . . I suppose it's a good plan . . . there wasn't much for her to do at Hetton. Of course she would rather die than admit it, but I believe she got a bit bored there sometimes. I've been thinking it over and that's the conclusion I came to. Brenda must have been bored.'" p. 86

"It is not uncommon at Brat's Club, between nine and ten in the evening, to find men in white ties and tail coats sitting by themselves and eating, in evident low spirits, large and extravagant dinners. They are those who have been abandoned at the last minute by their women." p. 84

"'You're married, aren't you . . . your friend is too. You'd be surprised how many gentlemen come here just to talk about their wives.'" p. 95

"'He [Tony] had to learn not make surprise visits.' Beaver's response offers support for Brenda's mindset; 'You are one for making people learn things.'" p. 100

"He [Tony] watched John riding in paddock. The boy clearly bore him ill will for their quarrel on Wednesday; when he applauded a jump, John said 'When's mummy coming down?'" p. 104

"'You ought not to say bastard or lousy in front of me, nanny says not.'" p. 105

"'She's got the wrong chap. John Andrew's mad about her . . . quite embarrassing. . . My dear, I don't believe it's going to be any good . . . the poor boy's got some taste you know, and a sense of humour." pp. 120-121

"The next day Brenda came to church with him. She had decided to devote the weekend wholly to him; it would be the last for some time." p. 128

"This has been a jolly weekend . . . just like old times before the economics began." p. 129

"'You see she's got nothing else, much, except John I've got her, and I love the house . . . but with Brenda John always came first . . . she's been in London such a lot. I'm afraid that's going to hurt her.'
"'You can't ever tell what's going to hurt people.'
"'. . . she's got nothing else, much, except John.'" pp. 148-49

"'Jock will be more than half way there by now, about Aylesbury or Tring. . . It's less than four hours ago that it happened . . . Brenda will hear in an hour now . . ." p. 149

"She frowned, not at once taking in what he was saying. 'John . . . John Andrew . . . I . . . Oh thank God . . .'" p. 162

"When the news became known Marjorie said to Allan, 'well anyway, this will mean the end of Mr. Beaver.'"
"'That's the end of Tony so far as Brenda is concerned.'" p. 165

"'I couldn't stay here. It's all over, don't you see, our life down here.'" p. 169

"'Until Wednesday, when I thought something had happened to you, I had no idea that I loved you.'
"'Well you've said it enough. You clod.'" p. 171

"The people who had clustered round to witness Tony's discomfort, looked at one another askance. 'Two breakfasts? Wanting to let the child bathe?' Several of the crowd followed them round . . . curious to see what new enormity this mad father might attempt." p. 199

"'. . . My studies took me to London. I realized that he no loner cared for me as he used to. He began drinking heavily . . . from then onwards I had him watched by private agents and as a result of what they told me, I left my husband's house . . .'" p. 200

"'So what your proposal really amounts to is that I should give up Hetton in order to buy Beaver for Brenda.'" p. 207

"'Brenda is not going to get her divorce. The evidence I provided at Brighton isn't worth anything. There happens to have been a child there all the time. She slept both nights in the room that I am supposed to have occupied. If you care to bring the case I shall defend it and win, but I think when you have seen my evidence you will drop it. I am going away for six months or so. When I come back, if she wishes it, I shall divorce Brenda without settlements of any kind. Is that clear?'" p. 210

"He was going away because it seemed to be conduct expected of a husband in his circumstances, because the associations of Hetton were for the first time poisoned for him, because he wanted to live for a few months away from people who would know him or Brenda, in places where there was no expectation of meeting her or Beaver or Reggie St. Cloud at every corner he frequented . . ." p. 217

"It was this time of year in London when there were parties every night. Once, when he was trying to get engaged to Brenda, he had gone to them all. . . Tony began to imagine a dinner party assembling at that moment in London, with Brenda there and the surprised look with which she greeted each new arrival. . . Would there be a fire at the end of May? He could not remember." p. 237

"'It's all a matter of holding down Mr. Beaver. He's getting very restive. I have to feed him a bit of high life every week or so . . .'" p. 238

"They collected their wicker baskets and their rations of farine, their bows and arrows, the gun and their . . . knives; they rolled up their hammocks into compact cylinders. They took nothing with them that was not theirs. Then they crept back through the shadows, into the darkness." p. 266

"'Nothing you can claim without application to the Courts. You might find solicitors who would advise you to take action. I cannot say that I should be one of them. Mr. Last would oppose any such order to the utmost and I think that, in the present circumstances, the Courts would undoubtedly find for him. In any case, it would be a prolonged, costly and slightly undignified proceeding.'" p. 276

"'Architecture, harmonizing with local character . . . indigenous material employed throughout." p. 286

"'I will give you something to make you feel better. The forest has remedies for everything; to make you awake and to make you sleep.'" p. 301

"'You're the first person who's spoken to me in days . . . the others won't stop . . . Brenda was with me at first but she took the canoe and went off. She said she would come back that evening but she didn't. I expect she's staying with one of her new friends . . . rotten thing for a man to have his wife go away in a canoe. That was a long time ago. Nothing to eat since.'" p. 285

"'There is medicine for everything in the forest . . . to make you well and to make you ill . . . to cure you and give you fever, to kill you and send you mad.'" p. 289

"'Well I think it's a jolly good thing [that she can't attend.] She couldn't show much widowly grief. It didn't take her long to her hitched up again.'" p. 305

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