“They can very seldom pick up a livelihood by stealing […], although I confess they learn the rudiments much earlier, during which time they can however be properly looked upon only as probationers […] as I have been informed by a principal gentleman in the country of Cavan”
“It is my pleasure to introduce your new police commissioner. I do not envy her the next few years. The job has few rewards. The best you can hope for is that when you’re finished with it, things aren’t as lousy as they would’ve been without you. Ellen Yindel is eminently qualified for this job...She face a city of thieves and murderers and honest people too frightened to hope. She faces life-and-death decisions, every hour to come. Some will torture her. She will face a man who is the living spoirit of...something we need. She may be his enemy. She may learn from him.”
“How the pony, Brandy, and the horse bus, help Mr. Potter resolve this crisis is the crux of the story and a more exciting adventure than you might think, including thieves, a dramatic chase scene and very happy ending.
“Only the sanctimonious birds that perched on the church’s dome ever saw Smith’s progress entire, and as their beady eyes followed him, the chattered savagely, ‘Pick-pocket! Pick-pocket! Jug him! Jug-jug-jug him!’ as if they’d been appointed by the Town to save it from such as Smith.”
″‘Ain’t you got no feelings for yore trade?’ asked Smith earnestly. ‘Don’t you want it to prosper with more readers?’
‘You’re a wicked little thief!’ said the bookseller, now jerking to the left.
‘Only because I’m ignorant!‘”