“Seven pounds, nine shillings and sixpence turned out to be the value they’d put on Arthur’s life. I sat
alone at the kitchen table, and I think that was the moment I knew I’d never see my husband again.”
“When Uncle Stan rose in the morning, he somehow managed to wake the entire household. No
one complained, as he was the breadwinner in the family, and in any case he was cheaper and more
reliable than an alarm clock.”
“I could still hear the that tapping in my head, repeating itself again and again, like a popular melody that plays continually in your mind and even stops you from sleeping. I knew that if Clifton didn’t report for work the next morning, I would never be rid of it.”
″‘Should you at any time come across a man with a limp,’ he added, ‘be wary of him. He works for Giles’s father. he’s clever and resourceful, but more important, he has no allegiance to anyone except his paymaster.‘”
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