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E.W.Hornung

The Amateur Cracksman

    jackhas quoted3 months ago
    Violence is a confession of terrible incompetence.
    jackhas quoted3 months ago
    Because two eyes are as good as four and take up less room.
    jackhas quoted3 months ago
    Art for art's sake is a vile catchword, but I confess it appeals to me.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    "Achilles sulking in his bunk!"
    "What else is there to do?" I asked him as I stretched and yawned. I noted, however, the good-humor of his tone, and did my best to catch it.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    Certainly I would, and I told him so without reserve; not brazenly, you understand; not even now with the gusto of a man who savors such an adventure for its own sake, but doggedly, defiantly, through my teeth, as one who had tried to live honestly and failed. And, while I was about it, I told him much more. Eloquently enough, I daresay, I gave him chapter and verse of my hopeless struggle, my inevitable defeat; for hopeless and inevitable they were to a man with my record, even though that record was written only in one's own soul.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    did not begin pleasantly between Raffles and me. On deck he had overborne my stubborn perplexity by dint of a forced though forceful joviality; in his cabin the gloves were off.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    It did not begin pleasantly between Raffles and me. On deck he had overborne my stubborn perplexity by dint of a forced though forceful joviality; in his cabin the gloves were off.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    did not begin pleasantly between Raffles and me. On deck he had overborne my stubborn perplexity by dint of a forced though forceful joviality; in his cabin the gloves were off.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    And he did so without a blush, describing me as an old schoolfellow whom he had not seen for months, with wilful circumstance and gratuitous detail that filled me at once with confusion, suspicion, and revolt.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    I remember that I broke my last sovereign to get a box of Sullivan's cigarettes for Raffles to smoke on the voyage.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    remember that I broke my last sovereign to get a box of Sullivan's cigarettes for Raffles to smoke on the voyage.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    It was a passing thought, no more, no less. I soon wished it were more; that week found me wishing myself out of England for good and all.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    you shall come with me as my guest. We'll spend July in the Mediterranean."
    "But you're playing cricket—"
    "Hang the cricket!"
    "Well, if I thought you meant it—"
    "Of course I mean it. Will you come?"
    "Like a shot—if you go."
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    "You don't look well on it, Bunny," said he. "I never did believe in this Thames Valley. You want a change of air."
    I wished I might get it.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    We were both a little silent, a little constrained, each preoccupied with his own thoughts.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    "And they gave you nothing for these! My dear Bunny, they're capital, not only qua verses but for crystallizing your subject and putting it in a nutshell. Certainly you've taught ME more about it than I knew before. But is it really worth fifty thousand pounds—a single pearl?"
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    Raffles nodded again, this time with a smile that stayed in his eyes as he leant back watching me. I knew that he was thinking of other things I had stooped to, and I thought I knew what he was going to say.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    "That's all right. I wouldn't have had him miss it for worlds; and you mustn't think me a brute, old boy, for I fear that man, and, know, we sink or swim together."
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    But I hope Mackenzie saw your face?"
    "He did," said I. I would not tell him all Mackenzie must have seen, however.
    ksynonymhas quoted5 years ago
    He got up and fixed his keen gray eyes upon me; my own were full of tears, but they faced him unashamed.
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