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I'm not going to claim that my updates should be coming more quickly soon, because saying that apparently jinxes things. Woe.

"Suddenly Nancy's attention was directed toward a man on the dock. He was using the sign language for the deaf and finger spelling a message to someone on the ship. His hat was pulled low so that she could not distinguish his face.
'Nancy watched his fingers move quickly; she was fascinated. Then, in a moment, she was startled to see him spell out the words NANCY DREW. Two years before,
Narrator: "Nancy had taken two classes in ASL and had quickly become fluent."
Nancy had learned the entire finger alphabet but had forgotten
Wait, Nancy forgets things? This phenomenon has never been mentioned before!
most of the letters except those that spelled out her own name." (page 2)
Narcissist.

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"Nelda was a beautiful girl and very charming. She had large brown eyes and a soft musical voice. Nancy liked her at once. However, she was still thinking of the message --EWARE NANCY DREW AND NE-- and wondered if NE could refer to Nelda. Perhaps their new roommate was a spy?
It's time for your meds, Nancy.
'But she's so lovely,' Nancy argued with herself. 'I just can't believe there's anything dishonest about her.'" (page 6)
IT'S TIME FOR YOUR MEDS, NANCY.
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"There was a knock on the door. George, who was nearest, opened it. A man walked in and introduced himself as Heinrich. 'I'm your cabin steward,' he said, and looked intensely at each girl." (page 7)
Rule #47 of ND-verse: there is a perv in every book.
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"Nancy and the other girls stared at the brass-bound trunk." (page 10)
Bess: "I think we should write a book about it."
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"Nancy caught her breath. A fearful feeling came over her. Perhaps through some mistake her trunk was not loaded aboard the Winschoten at all! 'That would be dreadful,' she thought. 'No clothes to wear on the trip!'" (page 12)
It's too bad Ned's not with her; he'd be thrilled.
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"Rod smiled. 'I'll be glad to find out [if there are any deaf passengers] and let you know. The chief purser has a list of all persons aboard with any kind of physical disability. We try to give them special attention.'" (page 13)
Rod: "We try, but we often fail."
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"Bess said, 'You look positively ravishing.' She giggled. 'You'd better watch your step. Don't captivate some young man on board
Bess: "You know, like you do in most other books..."
and get your poor friend Ned Nickerson at home all worried!'
Nelda: "Oh, you have a boyfriend?"

Nancy: "... We don't like to call him that."
Nancy grinned. 'Not a chance,' she said. 'Do you know who is the best-looking man I've seen on board so far?'
As the others shook their heads, she said, 'It's the assistant purser, Rod Havelock.'
... Ned definitely has a LOT to worry about.
Bess asked, 'Well, there's no law on the high seas to prevent you from dancing with him, is there?'
'Oh, I'm sure there isn't,' Nancy told her.
Nancy: "Especially not for a pimp like me!"
'But sometimes officers are not allowed to mingle with passengers socially.' She shrugged. 'Anyway, he's probably married and has half-a-dozen children.'" (page 14-15)
That's never stopped any of the old men who've hit on you before, Nancy.
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"Startled by Nelda's outcry, Nancy, Bess, and George looked at one another.
'One thing is certain, Nancy thought. 'She's terribly disturbed about something.'

Clearly, Nancy is a master at reading people.
She was forced, however, to recall her earlier suspicion that Nelda might be a spy." (page 17)
YOUR MEDS, NANCY.
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"Suddenly Nelda smiled.
Nelda: "Killing time!"
'Oh, you're so wonderful, all of you,' she said. 'My problem is a secret-- a great secret-- but I'm sure I can entrust it to you.'
Nelda: Even though I only met you all a few minutes ago..."
'Of course you can,' George assured her.
'Promise?' Nelda asked.
When they all nodded affirmatively, the girl looked relieved." (page 18)
Nelda: "After all, it's not like people can lie, right?"
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"Nancy remarked, 'What about the woman? Maybe she planted the bracelet in your pocket!'
'But why would she do that?' Nelda asked, puzzled.
Nelda: "In case you haven't realized it yet, I'm really stupid."
'To divert suspicion from the man who stole the jewelry he had snatched when the saleswoman wasn't there,' Nancy replied.
Nancy: "Trust me, I know what I'm talking about; I pull this kind of scam all the time."
'What did the thief look like?'
'He was of medium height, had black hair combed low over his forehead, a mustach, and a full, curly beard.'
Nancy: "Well, that settles it. He sounds just like the guy I run my heists with!"
Nancy said, 'No doubt that woman was an accomplice of the thief and was trying to throw suspicion on you.'
Nelda: "But why would she do that?"
Nancy: "... You're kind of hopeless, aren't you, honey?"
Nelda looked at Nancy.
Nelda: "Marry me."
'I can see why you're a detective. I'll bet that is exactly what happened.'" (page 19-20)
Geez, when she's constantly surrounded by people like this, it's no wonder Nancy is always regaled for being brilliant.

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"'I'm glad to be [involved in the mystery],' Nancy said,
Oh, we know, Nancy. We know.
'and not only I, but Bess and George, too. They're good amateur detectives also.'" (page 21)
George: "I'm good at being macho."
Bess: "I'm good at running away!"
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"After dinner, they spent the rest of the evening looking intently at every man they saw on their trek over the entire ship.
Narrator: "Ship security was called on them after half
an hour."
At no time did Nelda indicate that she recognized anyone. The girls realized that there was no one who would even remotely fit the description Nelda had given them.
Finally, the foursome became weary of searching. Bess giggled and said:
We saw men tall and short,
Men of every size,
Some were dark, some were blond,
But none was our prize!" (page 22)
Narrator: "The shotgun that Nelda assaulted her with seemed to come out of nowhere..."
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"Bess continued her doggerel.
We'd better watch our step,
Especially Nelda, dear,
But never, never, fear,
We'll catch that bad man yet!" (page 23)
... Wow. Somebody needs to learn2rhyme scheme.
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"They were halfway around the deck when Bess suddenly cried out, 'Look, look!'
A bright object was descending from the sky at lightning speed.
'It must be a meteor!' Nelda said, excited.
'And it's going to land on this ship!' George exclaimed. 'We'll all be killed!'" (page 25)
What.
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"'Nancy and her friends tried to hold on to the railing but found it impossible. Some unseen force seemed to yank their hands away." (page 26)
Whaaaaat.

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"George grinned. 'I have just the thing for [Nancy]. I'm going to wear it to the costume party, but you're welcome to sleep in it.
This doesn't bode well.
From her suitcase, she brought out a long, white flannel grandmother nightgown with a matching cap. The girls giggled.
'Before I use it,' George said, 'I'm going to sew fake mice all over it.'" (page 29)
What will she be going as?
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"Before each girl went to sleep, she said a prayer of thanks
Narrator: "To Nondenominational God."
for being unhurt at a time when there might have been a great catastrophe." (page 30)
I'm still not believing the meteor, guys.
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"When Lou [the locksmith] was not speaking aloud, he was mumbling to himself either in Dutch or in English. Nancy caught phrases like pin tumbler, too much graphite, bent key, cam screws, and wondered what he was thinking." (page 31)
Here's an theory: maybe he's thinking about locks.
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"'Nancy, I'm afraid your reputation will be ruined forever. No doubt Heinrich will spread the word around that you have your boyfriend stashed away under your bed!'" (page 33)
Actually, that wouldn't be too surprising. Nancy would make Ned sleep under the bed.
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"I wonder why the purser's office didn't phone instead of giving the message to Heinrich,' [Nancy] thought to herself. 'This may be a hoax!'" (page 36)
NANCY. It's time for your-- oh, forget it.
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"After saying that he would be there directly, the captain hung up and smiled at the girls. 'I'll leave this mystery in your hands,' he said. 'And I'm sure you'll solve it.'" (page 36)
Captain: "That River Heights police chief did say that indulging her was the best way to deal with things, didn't he?"
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"The trunk was locked and shoved under [Nancy's] bed. Only a little of the brass trimming showed. Nancy looked around for a place to hide the new key to it. Finally she decided. 'I'll put it in the secret pocket inside my cosmetic bag.'" (page 37)
Why does she even have a secret pocket in her cosmetic bag? Is that for her super-sneaky lipstick or something?
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"[Nancy and George] found the door leading down steep iron steps to the boiler room. The place fascinated them, not only because of the huge fire pits,
Pyros.
but also because of the pipes and myriads of electrical wires leading to every part of the ship." (page 38)
Terrorists.
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"Finally they came to the hold. The door was locked, so they pushed a button, which rang a bell inside.
A crewman opened it. Nancy showed him the permission slip
Nancy: "Signed by my mom."
and he allowed the girls to enter." (page 39)
Crewman: "When your field trip's over just let me know."
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"All three made their way to George's side. Her eyes were closed and she did not move, but there was no luggage lying on her.
'She might have hit her head,' Mr. Harper said. 'We must have her taken to the infirmary. She needs attention right away.'" (page 42)
Nancy: "What are you talking about? Head injuries are never serious, silly!"
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"Nancy had been rubbing George's wrists and the back of her neck, trying to restore her to consciousness.
Because we all know the best way to cure someone from a concussion is to give them a sexy massage.
But there was no response from her friend.
'Oh George, please wake up!' Nancy pleaded and rubbed harder. George did not stir.
An icy fear crept up Nancy's spine and her heart began to beat wildly. Suppose George's injuries had been fatal!" (page 42-43)
... Er. You do know that there are ways to check if someone's alive or not, don't you, Nancy?

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"'You must have fainted,' [the nurse] said kindly. 'Here, drink this!' The young woman handed Nancy a paper cup containing a hot liquid.
Okay, nurse? Paper cup + hot liquid = ouch. Trust me on this one.
'I'm sure i'll make you feel better.
Mother Grandma: "Have some whiskey, honey. Makes ya feeeeel better!"
The girl sat up and sipped the refreshing stimulant. She wondered what the concoction was. It tasted like a combination of tea, cinnamon, sugar, and something very bitter.'" (page 44)
Just remember that only the first one's free, Nancy.
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"'Your friend George
Doctor: "If that really is her name..."
is lucky not to have been injured worse. She did get a good bump on the head. No permanent damage has been done, though.
Doctor: "No, everything that we found wrong with her has been that way for a very long time."
She'll have to remain here for twenty-four hours for observation.'
Doctor: "And unethical tests; unauthorized medical experiments... that sort of thing."
George smiled. 'I'm terribly sorry, Nancy.
George: "But, y'know, not really." *gringrin*
I guess I won't be able to help you for a while.'" (page 45)
Oh, I see-- head injuries are only serious when it's important to the plot.

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"[Nancy] got the key to the mystery trunk and swung open the lid. She held up the worn workman's clothes and the wigs.
Havelock whistled. 'Obviously the owner of this trunk is an artist in disguises,' he said." (page 50)

You have a pretty liberal definition of the word "artist", don't you.
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"They reached the iron stairway to the boiler room and descended. The men on duty nodded to Havelock but did not ask any questions as the couple headed for the hold." (page 55)
Guard: "Hehe, going down for another quickie, Havelock?"
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"As Nancy examined the baggage around her own piece, she suddenly found herself staring into the face of a rat
." (page 56)
Rat: "RECEIVE MY RABIES!"
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"After they had carried the trunk to the door and set it down, the assistant purser said, 'My, this is heavy! Nancy Drew, are you sure there isn't part of a gold mine from South Africa in there?'" (page 57)
Nancy: "No, no, just some booty from when I had my henchmen rob this jewelry store in Johannesburg and blame it on-- oh, shit."
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"George said, 'I have never trusted [Heinrich]. I predict that one of these days we're going to find out he has something to do with the mystery.'
'He could be an informer and nothing more,' Nancy said." (page 62)
Nancy: "Now, now, girls, let's be fair-- he might be just an international superspy."
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"Within minutes there was a knock on the door. Nancy opened it. Lou, the locksmith, stood there. He smiled, said good morning, and added, "I brought something unique to show you.'" (page 63)
Lou: "Smallpox!"
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"'Fabulous!' Bess remarked. 'It would take a great brain to figure this [lock] out.' She giggled. 'Not one like mine.'" (page 63)
Being friends with Nancy must do wonders for her self esteem.
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"A few minutes later Lou left. At once the three girls began to discuss his visit. All wondered if he had brought the unique lock because he thought they would be interested. Or was this just an excuse to look t the brass-bound trunk in cabin one twenty-eight?
Oh yes, the famous brass-bound trunk of cabin 128 is becoming *quite* the tourist attraction!
"Bess checked her watch. 'Visiting hours at the infirmary are beginning,' she said. 'Let's go down to see George.
... Wait, what? George was just in the cabin with them, talking about how she didn't trust Heinrich! I guess they could have had that conversation through telepathy or something, but...
She'll want to know what's been happening while she's been gone.'" (page 64)
But she already-- oh, forget it.
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"Nancy had been glancing around at the other players and passengers stretched out in deck chairs, enjoying the sun. Her eyes lighted on one man seated by himself in a corner. To her amazement he was using the sign language of deaf people." (page 66)
Narrator: "As opposed to the sign language of blind people-- that would just be silly."
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"'Nancy walked up to the man. 'Pardon me,' she said. 'I saw you practicing the finger language. Are you deaf?' If he was, she knew he could probably read her lips and understand the question.
Not necessarily.

To her surprise, the man shook his head. 'No, I'm not deaf. I can hear very well. I'm on my way to New York to meet my father, who is deaf. I thought I'd surprise him by learning the finger alphabet he has to use now.'" (page 67)
Uh, ghostwriters? You do realize that ASL has more to it than fingerspelling, right?

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"The assistant purser gave [Nancy] a long look, then smiled.
Havelock: "I could totally take her."
'I'm sorry, but it's against the rules of the Winschoten to give out the cabin number of anyone aboard.'
Nancy looked crestfallen. 'Oh, dear! It's really important that I find out.' Now she would have to try some other way to glean the information.
Nancy: "Hmmm... hypnotism, maybe?"

Havelock glanced at her, then said, 'I suggest that you follow me.'" (page 70)
Havelock: "Let's see how well your crocodile tears work on security, young lady."
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"In a few minutes the assistant purser turned into another corridor, then went up a stairway. [Nancy] followed a few yards behind. Rod did not slow his pace until they had gone two decks above. Then, once more, he entered a corridor and proceeded toward the middle of the ship." (page 70)
Havelock: "That's right... just follow me to where no one will be able to hear you scream..."
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"A red-haired boy said to Nancy, 'You certainly have been avoiding us lately!'
Nancy laughed. 'We don't even know you!'
Nancy: "AHEM-- you know Twyla Starbunny, remember?"
'That's no reason to avoid us,' the boy went on. 'My name is Al, and my friends here are Bruce, Chipper,
Oh God, they're yuppies.
and Tubby over there.' He pointed to a chubby boy with blond, curly hair." (page 72)
Ten bucks says he and Bess are shoved together within two chapters.
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"Nancy could not help but like the friendly boy.
That's the spirit, Nancy-- it's only cheating if Ned finds out about it!
Dark-haired Bruce chose Bess, while Chipper teamed up with Nelda.
Narrator: "Obviously, the girls had absolutely no say in choosing their partners."
Tubby made a face. 'As always, poor Tubby winds up without a girl,' he said good-naturedly." (page 72)
Narrator: "See, kids? This is what happens when you're fat."

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"After dinner the four girls returned to one twenty-eight and put on their masquerade costumes. They entered the parade. George received the first prize in the women's section. Her long, old-fashioned nightie with the mice on it brought laughter and applause." (page 76)
I still don't get that costume at all.
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"When the music began to play again, Al asked Nancy to dance.
'Sure, I'd like to,' she said.
Nancy: "I mean, I guess."
'I'm glad you would,' Al commented. 'Next to football, dancing is my favorite pastime.'
Oh, he must be bi.
At eleven o'clock when the band was playing the final number, the boys asked the girls to go to another part of the ship, where there would be dancing till after midnight." (page 77)
DATE RAPE!
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"Captain Detweiler arrived in a short time." (page 83)
Narrator: "He was flanked by Captains Spinelli and LaSalle."
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"The captain smiled. 'I've known Lou for many, many years. He's as honest and faithful as a good Dutch windmill.'
*insert Don Quixote joke here*
He turned to Rod Havelock. 'Please go down and get Lou. Tell him I want him up here right away with a bag of tools and devices to open locks, unusual locks, that is.'
'Shall I wake him if he's asleep?' the assistant purser asked.'" (page 83)
Detweiler: "Nah, you can just let him sleepwalk up here."

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"[Havelock] turned to the locksmith. 'Lou, you have been
Havelock: "A credit to your race."
a wonderful help, and I know you're happy to think that you've been able to uncover apparently smuggled gems.'
Havelock: "At least, that's what I'll tell myself to help me sleep tonight."
The locksmith smiled.
Lou: "Oh, if only you knew."
'You know you can rely on me, sir.' He packed his tools, said good night, and left the cabin.
'What a nice man he is,' Nancy said. 'And to think I was once suspicious of him.'
In a few minutes Captain detweiler and the assistance purser also went off, their pockets bulging." (page 87)
Detweiler: "'The ship's safe in the purser's office'-- HA! These babies are paying for a one-way trip to Vegas."
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"Nelda had a faraway look in her eyes. Nancy guessed that the words 'jewel thieves' had brought painful memories to her." (page 88)
Oh no, PTSD!
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"I wonder what those gems are worth,' George said. 'There were so many I didn't even count them.'
'A fortune, no doubt,' Bess added. 'I'd love to own just one or two of them!'
'It's dreadfully late,' Nancy said with a yawn." (page 89)
Nancy: "We'll steal a few for you tomorrow, okay Bess?"
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"'George, I dare you to send one of these mouse pictures to your friend Burt!' Bess teased her cousin.
George made a face. 'I never want him to see me like that!'
George: "That dress wasn't nearly skimpy enough."
'Why not? You won first prize!'
'Sure. For the funniest-looking creature on board. Hardly something you would want to advertise to your boyfriend.'" (page 89-90)
And yet you had no problems letting your ship boyfriend see you like that. Hmmm...

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"'Who attacked you?'
'Two men. Actually we got the better of them,' Rod said, 'because both of them lost their balance and fell down the flight of stairs.'" (page 91)
Rod: "We're guessing they were two of the Three Stooges."

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"Nancy heaved a sigh of relief. 'I'm glad that you're all right and that you saved the pouches [of jewels].'
Nancy: "But, y'know, mostly the pouches part."
'Thank you,' Havelock said. He laughed softly. 'You'll probably be relieved to know that I'm spending the rest of the night with the captain.'
Havelock: "The sexual tension has been building for a while now, and latel
y it's just gotten hard to ignore."
'I'm glad,' Nancy said." (page 91-92)
Nancy: "I've been shipping you two for ages!"

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"Nancy thought about this a moment, then suddenly was conscience-stricken because she was keeping Havelock from going to bed." (page 93)
Narrator: "And from entering the sensual embrace of his beloved captain."

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"Nancy kept examining the stairway until she was only three steps from the top. Suddenly her eyes lighted on a piece of paper. It was rolled into a tiny ball. The girl picked it up and straightened it out. Then she looked at it in amazement. It was part of a drawing of a diamond bracelet! 'Wow!' she said to herself. 'What a find!'" (page 94)
Uh, Nancy? You know it has to be the real thing to be valuable, right?
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"On the way [back to her cabin Nancy] almost bumped into a cleaning man as she turned a corner. He said to her, 'It is too early for you to be up.'" (page 95)
lol what.  They police these things in Nancy Drew world?

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"Nancy started to laugh. 'Hold it! As detectives, we must not get carried away with guesses.'" (page 95)
Nancy: "That's only okay when I do it."
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"Nancy and Bess won again, and George and Nelda held a short war council. 'Bess is a little weak on her backhand,' George whispered. 'Take advantage of it!'" (page 97)
Geez. I bet George would have fun playing Kuai Ball with Azula.

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"'I'd like to play a little game,' Nancy said. 'It's called FIND OUT HOW THIS MASK GOT HERE.'
'How are you going to do that?' Bess inquired.
'I'll try to get some napkins, which weigh about the same. Then we can throw them toward the sea from different points on the ship.'
George raised her eyebrows. 'And perhaps one will blow right to this spot?'
'That's the idea,' Nancy agreed." (page 105)
Because the wind never changes directions. Ever.
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"Nancy also thought, 'These men must automatically switch to finger language when they talk about their criminal activities.'" (page 110)
Like a physical tic?
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"'Hypers!' George exclaimed,
Did people actually say that in the 30s? Please tell me people didn't actually say that in the 30s.
when Nancy had finished. That's a new way to eavesdrop. Only one hitch. A lot of other words could end with nd besides find, which could change the meaning of the sentence. It could read: "CREW CAN HELP WIND NECKLACE-- or BIND".'
'I know,' Nancy admitted.
Nancy: "You're right, we shouldn't assume that they were saying anything that made even the smallest amount of sense."

'It's a possibility. But in any case, there is no other meaning about my name. That was clear, and it was used twice.'
Bess spoke up. 'Obviously they know you're an amateur detective and they're worried about what you might do.'" (page 112)
Bess: "They saw your Beginner Detective's playkit and your copy of Harriet the Spy, and they knew they were in trouble."

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"But why didn't they discard their robes the same way?'
Nelda said with a giggle, 'Maybe they weren't wearing any clothes underneath!'" (page 113)
You can just tell she's visualizing it.
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"'Heinrich must have been [in their room] and forgotten to lock up,' [Nelda] said, opening the door. A moment later she screamed.
The other girls crowded in close behind her and exclaimed in dismay at the sight before them.
The room was a shambles!" (page 113)
Eh, I don't know what they're so surprised about-- something like this happens at least once every book.
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"Finally Bess spoke. 'Those intruders were not looking for jewelry,' she said, 'at least not my kind of costume jewelry.'" (page 114)
Bess: "They have taste."
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"'Let's call Heinrich and see what his reaction is,' Nancy suggested.
Nancy: "If he doesn't scream or exclaim in dismay, we'll know for sure that he's the culprit!"

'Maybe he can tell us if he noticed anyone here.' She picked up the telephone. Moments later the steward arrived.
From the expression on his face they were sure that he was not guilty of taking part in the burglary.
I want to show these girls a poker face and blow their minds.
'Ach! Ach!' he said, slapping a hand to his forehead." (page 114)
Heinrich: "Ach du lieber Augustine!"

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"George knelt on the floor and touched the area Nancy had indicated. 'It's a bit lumpy in several places,' she announced. (page 119)
George: "I recommend you see your gynecologist right away."
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"Rod Havelock whistled. 'Nancy, you may not have any real evidence, but you're collecting a number of damaging clues.'" (page 121)
Havelock: "Which is my way of saying 'GTFO'."
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"Rod Havelock whistled.
Stop doing that!
'How in the world did [stolen government papers] get into this trunk? Obviously they're not being carried legitimately. But how does a jewel thief become involved with espionage?'" (page 125)
Havelock: "It's not like they're related criminal activities or anything!"
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"Nancy smiled. 'Good idea. And I'm glad of [Havelock's] protection. It's possible that spies are watching us every time we leave our cabin.'" (page 125)
Nancy:  "I'm telling you, I'm not paranoid! There are spies! Alien spies, even! They sent that asteroid after us!"
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"'... One of the passengers came to me with a briefcase that wouldn't open. It had a most unusual lock on it. This is what I wanted to tell you. The lock was the same kind as the one on the brass-bound trunk you asked me to open for you!'
[page break for the end of the chapter]
'What a great clue!' Nancy thought upon hearing that a man had asked Lou to open a briefcase that had the same type of lock as the one on the mystery trunk!'" (page 134-135)
Oh, those ghostwriters-- always looking out for those of us who can't be bothered to remember plot points during even something as small as a page-turn!

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"
After going down the narrow iron stairway and past the boiler room, [Nancy and Havelock] finally came to the door of the hold. Nancy rang the bell." (page 137)
Nancy: "Helloooooo? Anyone home?"
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"'I'm inclined to believe that August must be convinced [the brass-bound trunk] was taken to the hold,' Rod said. 'He doesn't know about the empty room next to yours.'
'Perhaps we should take the trunk into the hold late tonight,' Nancy suggested." (page 138)
Nancy: "Anything to make the jewel thieves' jobs easier, after all!"
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"'You might tell [the police] that the gang of jewel thieves uses the finger language to communicate,' Nancy went on. 'One of their buddies might be on the pier to meet and signal them. In that case, he should be arrested, too.'" (page 139)
Narrator: "The local jailers later recalled wondering why every deaf person in the city was taken into custody that day..."

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"Nancy was elated. 'So we might have accidentally uncovered an industrial espionage ring of international dimensions?'" (page 140)
Nancy: "I haven't been this excited since the time I accidentall
y got myself involved in those nation-wide serial killings!"
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"Perhaps August will admit that the bracelet was planted on me,' [Nelda] said hopefully. 'This way I would be vindicated. 'Oh, Nancy, you all have been so wonderful to me!'
George, who did not like obvious compliments,
Wait, I thought it was Nancy who got embarrassed whenever anyone pointed out her Mary Sue-like flawlessness.
immediately changed the subject. 'Isn't anyone hungry except me?'" (page 141)
... And that's Bess. Are the three main characters slowly melding into one or something?
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"Nancy said, 'Bobby, there is a big difference between playing a joke and doing something that hurts people.'
Bobby hung is head. 'I said I was sorry.'" (page 142)
Bobby: "I'm not a budding sociopath, honest!"
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"Bobby fled down the hall. Nancy hesitated, then said to Nelda, 'I think we should make him identify the men and go talk to them.'" (page 144)
Nancy: "Isn't it great when there are children around to do your dirty work?"
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"[Nancy] and Nelda struggled frantically, but they were no match for their enemies. The men had a good grip on them, and seconds later they went over, their screams drowned out by the waves!
In the dining room a few minutes before, Al and his three friends stopped at the table where Bess and George were still sitting.
'We were finished eating early, so we thought we might as well pick you up here,' Al said." (page 150-152)
Narrator: "... And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the former Nancy Drew Mystery Series officially became the George Fayne Mystery Series.
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"[Nancy] shouted [Nelda's] name several times, but there was no answer. Nancy's heart sank. Had something happened to Nelda?" (page 152)
... Yes. She was thrown overboard.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"Suddenly their hopes were revived. The ocean liner had stopped! Someone had missed them after all!"
I wonder why.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"'Now tell me, how did you happen to fall overboard?'
'Fall!' Nancy cried out indignantly. 'We were thrown into the ocean by two masked men!'
'What!' the officer was thunderstruck
. 'But who would do a thing like that?'
'Well,' Nancy said. 'it's a long story but we have mysterious enemies on board. We suspect they're international jewel thieves who are afraid we'll expose them.'" (page 154)
... Oh, come on. She has to realize how insane it sounds when she puts it like that.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"While their friends waited outside, Nancy and Nelda were examined by Dr. Karl.
He could not find anything seriously wrong with them." (page 155)
Clearly he hasn't read their book series.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

"[Havelock] escorted her to her cabin, said good night, and told her not to worry about anything. Then he whispered, 'I've enjoyed working with you. In my opinion you're one of the cleverest sleuths in the world. I'll miss playing detective with you, Nancy.'
... In bed.
The girl smiled and whispered back, 'If I ever travel on the Winschoten again, I'll see if I can dig up a good mystery for you to solve with me.'" (page 165)
ZOMG ZOMG I ship it so hard omg UST OTP 4EVA!11!!!!1!!!!one!11!!
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"The girls accepted [a breakfast invitation] and in a few minutes went to the dining room, where they met the boys. When they had finished eating, they all said they hoped they could have a reunion some time.
Then Nancy and her friends returned to their cabin. The phone rang again and Nancy answered the call.
'Hello!' said a familiar voice.
Familiar Voice: "Have you considered switching to MasterCard?"

'Ned!' she almost shouted." (page 166)
Nancy: "I have not been flirting and canoodling with every boy who wasn't either evil or five years old; no, siree!"
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"[FBI agent] Carson said, 'This is the most important find we've made in a long time. We'll dub it the finger-language gang heist.'" (page 178)
Nancy: "Ohmigawd, you name your cases, too! BFF!"
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