Quotes from “The Thirty Nine Steps” by John Buchan

Michela Anghelone
Michela Anghelonehas quoted2 years ago
I looked up into the spring sky and I made a vow.
Ирина Осипенко
Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted3 years ago
Presently I observed someone leave the house and saunter along the cliff. When I got my glasses on him I saw it was an old man, wearing white flannel trousers, a blue serge jacket, and a straw hat.
Ирина Осипенко
Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted3 years ago
I took my head in my hands and thought. There must be some way of reading this riddle. What did Scudder mean by steps? I thought of dock steps, but if he had meant that I didn’t think he would have mentioned the number. It must be some place where there were several staircases, and one marked out from the others by having thirty-nine steps.
Ирина Осипенко
Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted3 years ago
What happened?’ I asked. I was enough of a hunter to know a true yarn when I heard it.
‘I stuffed my fishing-rod into his jaws, and I had a pistol. Also my servants came presently with rifles. But he left his mark on me.’ He held up a hand which lacked three fingers.
Ирина Осипенко
Ирина Осипенкоhas quoted3 years ago
Sir Walter got up and left the room while we looked blankly at the table. He came back in ten minutes with a long face. ‘I have spoken to Alloa,’ he said. ‘Had him out of bed—very grumpy. He went straight home after Mulross’s dinner.’
Dmitry Arsenyev
Dmitry Arsenyevhas quoted5 years ago
defy the probabilities

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