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Because in the old version, we actually find out where Togo comes from, instead of having him show up to be fondled and then disappear without a trace.

"Nancy Drew, her hands thrust deeply in her sweater pockets, paused in front of the Marvin residence. She gave a soft call. Almost at once the door flew open and two girls came outside." (page 1)
I'd like to think that they just constantly wait by the door, hoping Nancy will drop by to whisk them off for another whirlwind adventure full of mystery, intrigue, and suspicious foreign automobiles.
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"'[Nancy] did not need to coax the bull-terrier to come closer, for he trotted up to be petted. As the Drew girl stooped to pat his well-shaped head, he leaped at her in a friendly fashion and pawed at her dress.
Now, now- she doesn't even let Ned get that far!
What's your name, doggie?' she asked, pushing him in front of her. 'And where is your collar?'
'Evidently he has run away,' George declared. 'Of course he's not a stray. You can tell he's a thoroughbred.'" (page 3)
George: "We'd better return him to the racing barn across town."

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"'You don't say "go home" as if you really mean it, Nancy,' George criticised her chum. 'I'll show you how to get rid of the little scamp.'
She picked up a small stick and lightly touched the dog.
I'd call animal abuse, but... is she trying to hit a 'go home' button, or something?
He regarded her reproachfully
Dog: "You gently tapped me! I'll never forgive you! I wasn't looking to be knighted, lady."
but would not retreat.
... So, he's not French, then.

'Oh, let him follow us if he likes,' Nancy urged.
I have a feeling she's going to regret that in a couple of pages.
'He's such a friendly little fellow, and we may run into his master somewhere in the park.'
'I wish we knew his name,' Bess remarked. 'We might call him Togo.'
Bess: "He just has this... 'small west African country' aura radiating from him."
Togo trotted along contently at Nancy's heels, and presently the girls forgot about him as they paused to admire a fountain." (page 3-4)
ADD, Nancy Drew style.

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"'Oh, what shall we do with this dog?' Bess moaned under her breath. 'Everyone thinks he's our pet.'
'A park policeman will be after us if we're not careful,' Nancy said uneasily.
Told you so.
'Please go home, Togo;
Still the stupidest name ever.
of if you don't know where "home" is, go somewhere.'

Togo: "That... kinda leaves me with a lot of options, kid."
The terrier stared at her almost impishly.
Down, Kujo.
After a while he moved away, and the girls hoped that he would leave them. The next instant they were dismayed to see him dart toward the lake where three swans were gliding serenely along close to shore. Barking excitedly, Togo ran along the bank, making little dives at the frightened birds.
'Oh, capture him before he swims in,' Bess wailed. 'That dog will cause our arrest before he gets through!'" (page 5)
Okay, girls, protip: just ignore the dog, and no one will assume he's yours. Yeah. Seriously.
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"... [Nancy] darted into a nearby building obviously used for housing park equipment.
Fortune favored her,
The stars were in just the right alignment for discovering storage houses.
for she found two men inside who were cleaning their tools." (page 12)
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"While [the men] were loading [dredging equipment] into a rowboat at the water's edge, Nancy hastened on ahead to the place where George and Bess were waiting. True to their friend's command, they had kept their eyes glued upon the spot where Togo had dropped the pocketbook." (page 13)
Bess: "I haven't blinked once, honest- please don't have me whipped tonight!"
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"It was typical of Nancy Drew to blame herself, although many times no other person would think of considering her responsible.
That's a sign of low self-esteem caused by emotional abuse, you know.
Certainly she could not be charged with Togo's wild prank.
And of course that has nothing to do with the fact that she has the entire River Heights police department wrapped around her little finger.
Ever conscientious and sympathetic, Nancy enjoyed lending a helping hand to anyone in trouble. This admirable trait frequently brought difficulties upon herself, and many an adventure had resulted from her desire to aid strangers.
Recently, in attempting to befriend a small lad from India,
Oh God, and I had just started to forget...
who had escaped from a cruel circus-master, Nancy had become the possessor of an odd elephant charm, a trinket which indirectly brought about a series of remarkable adventures, known as 'The Mystery of the Ivory Charm'.
Hey, considering how laughably inaccurate and potentially offensive the revised edition of that book was, how bad do you think the original would be?
I probably don't want to know.
The girl had come quite naturally by her love of adventure, for she was the daughter of Carson Drew, a well known criminal lawyer who had won state-wide renown
Narrator: "Which really wasn't all that impressive, considering they lived in Rhode Island."
through his ability to solve baffling mysteries. Nancy inherited his sleuthing ability, and it was through her father that she had secured her first successful 'case', one which concerned an old clock.
... Yeah, I DEFINITELY read that last word as something else.
After her first thrilling plunge into the fascinating field of mystery and intrigue,
Narrator: "And old coc- er, clocks..."
one adventure followed another in rapid succession. As Hannah Gruen, the family housekeeper,
Narrator: "- and household bicycle-"
often remarked, 'Nancy just couldn't be held down.'
Oh, you would know, Hannah.
Even Carson Drew sometimes feared that his only daughter's love for adventure might some day lead her into serious trouble.
Although courageous, the girl was never recklessly so, for, left motherless at an early age, she had developed amazing judgement.
Narrator: "She just liked to ignore it, that's all."
This quality was recognized and respected by the girl's many friends and classmates at River Heights.
Narrator: "Except for the boys, of course."
Ned: "Seriously! Like that "amazing judgement" has gotten me anywhere in this relationship!"
Bss and George, who lived in the same neighborhood, were proud of their chum, and liked to say that they shared in some of her exciting experiences.
'When you're with Nancy interesting things always seem to happen,' George frequently declared.
... I'm sorry, has this somehow devolved into a newspaper article?
Now, as she and Bess waited for the park workmen to come with their boat, they felt like voicing the sentiment again.'" (page 14-16)
Bess and George: "We've just spent the past twenty minutes standing at the edge of a lake, making sure not to lose sight of where some old lady's purse went down. Boy, when you're with Nancy, interesting things always seem to happen!"

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"Ned did not annoy the girls with any useless questions.
There's a first time for everything, I guess.
He ordered the crowd to move back, and his voice had a ring of authority which caused people to obey." (page 17)
... They're talking about Ned's voice, here? LOL.
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"Unmindful of an arrogant usher who tried to block her path, Nancy slipped past him directly up to the speakers' stand where Mrs. Owen was sitting." (page 17)
Oh, those ushers- how dare they try to do their jobs in the face of Nancy Drew!
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"Eagerly Mrs. Owen took the purse, but as she removed the water-soaked papers a look of horror returned to her face. The writing had been partially washed away, and the papers threatened to tear at the touch of a finger.
Yeah, that's kind of how water works, guys.

'Oh, I'm afraid they're ruined after all,' the clubwoman murmured." (page 18)
Would you like to share with us the state you expected the papers to be in after they were pulled from the bottom of a lake? Do tell, Mrs. Owen.

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"Afterwards the young people indulged in a few games, and Nancy was delighted when her bowling score won a prize.

Surprise, surprise.
'A box of stationary,' Bess observed as the package was unwrapped.
Oh yeah, *real* exciting.
'I don't know what to do with it,' Nancy replied.
Write... letters.
'I seldom have time to write letters anymore.
'Oh, you'll have plenty of leisure time during your vacation,' George responded carelessly.
'Vacation?' Ned inquired quickly.
Nancy: "George! Why did you have to go and mention that in front of him? Didn't I tell you who I was trying to take a vacation from?"
'Are you going away, Nancy?'
No, Ned, she's going to be vacationing at her house.
'Only for a few weeks, Ned.
Ned: "But Nancy, you know I get separation anxiety!"

Dad has a littel business to transact at Sea Cliff so he said I could go along and take Bess and George with me.'
Nancy: "He said I needn't bother inviting you becuase you'll probably just show up on your own anyway."
'Sea Cliff?' Ned repeated thoughtfully.
Nancy: "... Oh God, you're thinking about it, aren't you."
'That's on the Atlantic Coast, isn't it?
Ned: "I think Dawn's mom and Mary-Anne's dad had their wedding there!"
I wish I could get there myself.'
Nancy: "Oh please, please no."
Before the girls could make a response, Mrs. Owen came hastening toward them." (page 21-22)
Saved by the helpless old lady. Ironic.
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"'Yes, even in my frantic state of mind I noticed it instantly. You reminded me of a marble statue I once saw which was called 'The Whispering Girl'.
Nancy: "Hey, what a neat name for a book! Only not quite right... eh, I'll sort out the details later."
Tell me, did you ever do any modeling for a sculptor?'
Bess: "Well, not exactly a sculptor, but if you go down to the adult bookstore you might find-"
Nancy: "No, we don't talk about that."
'Oh, no,' Nancy answered, somewhat embarrassed because she saw that Ned and her chums were deeply impressed by the comparison Mrs. Owen had made. 'Where is this statue, may I ask?'
The clubwoman's response was a surprising one.
I doubt it. Sea Cliff, right?
'It is located at a place called Old Estate. I saw it years ago when I was visiting in Sea Cliff.'" (page 23)
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"'Do I understand you to say Sea Cliff?' Nancy inquired in astonishment.
Mrs. Owen: "No, I said Albuquerque. You must have misheard me."
'Yes,' Mrs. Owen replied. 'It is a summer resort place along the Atlantic Coast.'" (page 24)
Ned: "HA! I knew it."

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"Upon Mrs. Owen's request [Nancy] gave her own address in River Heights. The clubwoman was noting it in her little book
her little black book?
when Bess suddenly gave an exclamation of dismay. 'Oh, look who's here!'
'Togo!' George cried with a laugh. 'He has trailed Nancy to the casino.'
George: "I should have known that thing would be a gambler.
The girls had congratulated themselves that they were free of the mischievous little dog, for after dropping Mrs. Owen's pocketbook in the lake he had lost himself somewhere in the crowd. Now Togo stood in the entrance of the casino, looking alertly about him.
'Let's hope he doesn't see us,' Nancy murmured.
Now, let's all pause and take a moment to comprehend the irony of this situation: the great and powerful Nancy Drew is kowtowed by a dog. Granted, if any breed is going to be a crazy, stalking troublemaker it's going to be a terrier, but still.
Even as she spoke, the terrier gave a joyful bark and bounded toward the young people. He darted directly in front of a dignified waiter with a heavily loaded tray, and struck the man full force just below the knees." (page 25-26)
Okay, now he sounds like my cat.

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"Ned had his car at the park and offered to drive the girls, but they declined, preferring to walk." (page 26-27)
Nancy: "I've only ridden in your car once, Ned, and the smell made it the worse two minutes of my life. Toodles! <3"
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"Mrs. Gruen, the housekeeper who had worked at the Drew residence so many years that she was regarded almost as a member of the family,
Narrator: "Almost, but not quite."
came into the living room, halting abruptly when she saw the dog.
'Nancy Drew, where on earth did you find that dirty little animal?
Nancy: "He followed me home and wouldn't leave even though we chased him and hit him with sticks? That means I can keep him, right? CanIcanIcanI?"
You know I can't have him here muddying up the rugs.'
'I'll give Togo a bath,' promised Nancy. 'I think he'll be fairly presentable then.'
'Surely you're not thinking of keeping him!'
'I don't seem to have any choice in the matter!'
Nancy: "And neither do you, seeing as how you're only almost a part of this family."
'He trailed me all afternoon at the park.
Nancy: "And now he's pretty much made me his bitch!"
Poor little fellow!
That's just the Stockholm Syndrome talking, Nancy.
I imagine he's had nothing to eat for days.'
She had made a direct appeal to the housekeeper's sympathies, and as she hoped Mrs. Gruen grudgingly went to the kitche to find food for Togo.
Narrator: "Remember, Hannah's entire personality revolves around food."
'She softened somewhat as Nancy told her about the terrier's antics.'
Hannah: "He almost ruined an old woman's speech? How adorable!"
'He seems to be a smart little dog,' Mrs Gruen admitted..." (page 27-28)
Hannah: "He knows where to hit it hard."
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"Mrs. Owen was very pleasant, Dad,' [Nancy] remarked, 'but I couldn't help thinking-'
'That she has a mysterious background?' Mr. Drew finished teasingly.

Carson: "Come on, you think that the bologna in the fridge has a mysterious past."
Nancy: "I saw a documentary on TV, okay? Trust me, you do not want to know what the put in that stuff."
'I shouldn't have used exactly that expression,' Nancy smiled. 'But you must admit it seems odd that she'd carry a "personal" item in her bag.'" (page 30)
... Yeah. Imagine that.
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"'I'll miss Togo,' Nancy remarked to George and Bess as they all waited on the station platform. 'Mrs. Gruen didn't like the idea of watching out for him while Dad and I are away, but of course we couldn't take him along to Sea Cliff.'

Nancy: "It's a good thing she's only almost a family member, or I might actually feel bad about forcing the job on her."
'He'd probably leave a trail of wreckage behind him,' George chuckled.
George: "At least there's Hannah to clean up after him at your house!"
'Togo isn't as bad as he was,' Nancy replied with pride. 'I've been trying to train him.'" (page 30-31)
"Trying" being the operative word.
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"'This your dog?' the trainman demanded gruffly.
Nancy glanced back in surprise and collapsed weakly against her father's arm. Togo, who evidently had broken his leash, followed the party to the station, and leaped aboard the train just as it pulled out from the station." (page 31)
Okay, now this is just getting ridiculous. Do they really expect us to believe that Togo can keep up with a car?
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"Deciding that he would like to sit beside an old lady in a flowing black cape

who occupied a seat toward the front of the car, he leaped up alongside of her.
The woman dropped the book she was reading and gave a startled cry.
Narrator: "The book was Kujo."
She tried to push Togo away. The dog, thinking it was all in play, began to tear at her cloak, entangling himself in its generous folds.
... Okay, can we move awayyyyy from the softcore doggie-porn, please?
'Togo!' Nancy Drew
Is there another Nancy in this book?
cried furiously. She caught the dog but his teeth held fast to the cape. As the garment billowed outward, the girl noticed an astonishing thing.
The inside of the cape contained several pockets heavily weighted down as if with money!" (page 32)
Um... so?

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"Miss Morse stared angrily at [Nancy], her lips tightening into unpleasant lines.
'I'll thank you to mind your own affairs,' she said sharply. 'For years I've battled the world, and I'm still capable of looking after myself!'" (page 35)
Tread lightly- we're dealing with an emo here.
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"[Miss Morse] turned away coldly, and upon seeing Joe Mitza who had alighted from the train, waved to him. Immediately the man hurried up and with a sly, triumphant glance directed at the crestfallen Nancy,
Mitza: "Cockblocked!"
picked up Miss Morse's suitcase. The queer couple then walked away altogether." (page 36)
... So which one of them got the sex change, then?

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"'I'll keep [Togo] under control somehow,' Nancy promised with a laugh. 'Perhaps Togo will reform and be a good dog. '" (page 37)
Togo in Leather Pants.

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"'Togo doesn't seem to know you,' Nancy observed.
I thought this was the dog that treated everyone like he knew them.
'I admit the dog is a stray, but I found him a long distance from here- at River Heights.'
'You're just saying that because you don't want to give me my dog,' the child stormed. 'You found Jester right here in Alton Junction. I know you did.'
'I can prove that he came from River Heights,' Nancy insisted, growing irritated. 'Here comes my father,
Nancy: "I'm going to tell on you!"
and he'll tell you the same thing.'" (page 38)

Because Carson's word is Law.
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"Nancy and her chums thought the woman was only bluffing, but they were mistaken. She did summon an officer, and for a few minutes it appeared as if Togo must be given up, for the police tended to side with Mrs. Hastings, a well-to-do resident of Alton Junction." (page 39)
Not so fun from the other side of the fence, is it Nancy?

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"'You're Carson Drew, the lawyer?' the [officer] asked in surprise.
Officer: "Carson Drew, Ace Attorney?"
Upon receiving a curt nod he added with an abrupt change of tone,
Officer: "Well, I'm sorry Mrs. Alton, but famous lawyer trumps filthy rich resident in our corrupt chain of command here in Alton Junction."
'Well, well, I never thought I'd meet you, Mr. Drew.
Officer: "I thought you were just a video game character!"
I've heard about your work-'
'We're in a hurry to catch a train,' the attorney interrupted. 'What about the dog? Do we keep him or don't we?'
Officer: "If I say yes will you go out with me?"
'Yes, it's obvious the little girl is mistaken.
I'm sorry you were delayed, Mr. Drew.'" (page 40)
Officer: "... Please don't kill me."
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"[Miss Morse] was a queer type,' Nancy said slowly. 'It occurred to me that she might be playing a hoax upon Mitza.'
George: "What, you mean like using him as a beard?"
'Why, Nancy,' Bess said in quick protest, 'you thought it was the other way around at first. You were afraid Mitza might be after Miss Morse's money.'" (page 43-44)
Bess: "I mean, seriously- can't you keep your own delusions straight?"
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"'We like it here,' Nancy insisted upon being questioned, 'but the most interesting things to see are miles from the city along the shore.'
'Why not hire a cab and drive wherever you like?' her father questioned.
'We could do that, I suppose,' Nancy said slowly, 'only one always feels so rushed and money-conscious listening to the steady tick-tick, tick-tick of the taxi meter.'" (page 48)
... No, I think it's only you who feels that way, Nancy.
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Nancy and her chums were glad to have an occupation and really enjoyed taking Mr. Trixler back and forth to the salt baths.
Usually when the old man emerged from the building
he would be in a gay mood, his aches and pains temporarily having been soothed away. He liked to take the girls to moving picture shows and frequently treated them to refreshments." (page 50)
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"The two men presently sat down on a rustic bench which had been built along the trail. Nancy ducked back into the pine forest just in time to escape being seen." (page 52)
Nancy: "Oh boy, yaoi!"
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"'Haven't I always played square with you?' Mitza demanded sharply.
'You have so far,' the other admitted, 'but this old lady may not be such an easy mark as you think.'" (page 53)
Man: "It just seems like she means more to you, that's all. I'll admit it- I'm jealous."
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"'You couldn't buy the Mayfair at any fair price,' laughed Mitza, 'but Miss Morse was as innocent as a babe. I gave her the good old line- that I'd never let her into the deal if I had ten thousand dollars myself. Since the Mayfair people insisted upon getting all case I had to raise another five thousand. I suggested we buy the property in partnership.'
'And she tumbled?'
'Sure. It was like taking candy from a child.'" (page 53)
Mitza: "Which, I'll admit, is a little bit harder than taking candy from a baby, but..."
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"How to find the missing old lady was a problem which perplexed Nancy. She knew that probably the old woman was in Sea Cliff; otherwise Joe Mitza could not keep in touch with her." (page 54)
Does a telephone mean nothing to you, woman? Even a telegram, for God's sake!
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"Nancy came hurrying up to the car, apologizing because she had kept the party waiting.
'It doesn't matter,' Mr. Trixler answered, for he was fond of the girl, and never spoke crossly to her even when he was in an unpleasant mood." (page 55)
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"'Why, Mitza should be turned over to the police!' Bess exclaimed indignantly. 'I have never heard of a more contemptable trick- stealing from an old lady.'" (page 56)
Bess clearly doesn't get out much.
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"'I'll go talk to the police myself,' Mr. Trixler offered chivalrously. 'Just leave everything to me. This is a man's affair, anyway,' he added with a laugh, 'and I'm feeling well enough for a little exercise.'
After Nancy had permitted the old man to go alone to the station house, she began to regret that she had not accompanied him.
Nancy: "This is a young person's affair, after all."
'I'm afraid he'll not be able to make the story sound convincing,' she said to her chums." (page 58)
Nancy: "Him being senile and everything..."
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"'Nancy laughed good-naturedly, and after that dutifully made a special effort to be gay." (page 60)
Narrator: "If Bess was still squicked by the whole incest thing, Nancy would be willing to give it a go with George."
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"'Can you hold on to the side [of the rowboat] for a few minutes?' [Nancy] asked the swimmer. 'We'll tow you ashore.'
Exhausted as he was, the dark-haired youth still was able to flash Nancy a courageous grin.'" (page 63)
I sense another unrequited crush coming on...
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"'Then I got a cramp and in the undertow I couldn't do a thing for myself. Say, where are those girls who hauled me in? I want to talk to them.'
Man: "Especially the one with the aura of smooth."
Nancy, Bess, and George were standing at the edge of the crowd which had gathered. They felt a trifle embarrassed, for everyone seemed to be staring at them and pointing them out as heroines." (page 64)
... Okay, seriously, how are they NOT used to it by now?
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"'My name is Jack Kingdon,' he told them, and his smile was most attractive.
O rly? Maybe this crush will be requited after all.
'I'm so cold I can't talk without my teeth rattling together just now, but you'll hear from me again.'
The girls thought no more of the remark, for they had not even told the young man their names." (page 64)
Girls, girls, girls- have you learned nothing from Ned? A stalker stops at nothing; you of all people should know that!

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"Mrs. Kingdon's son, immaculately dressed, was even more handsome and charming than the girls had thought him. He was a perfect host, escorting them through the old-fashioned flower garden and telling them many things of interest concerning Sea Cliff." (page 65)
Ned should prrrrrobably be a little worried right now. Either that or Kingdon's actually a villain and this is the author's idea of a subtle red herring.
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"'The place originally belonged to a wealthy man named Conger, I believe,' she explained. 'He was respected in the community, but unfortunately he had a daughter who was rather wild. She ran away
Mrs. Kingdon: "- with a pack of wolves."
from home when she was very young and married a worthless fellow- I don't recall that I ever heard his name.
'At any rate, the man turned out to be a criminal, leading the girl into evil ways. She was arrested once for theft
Mrs. Kingdon: "I think she shoplifted a candy bar or something."
but Mr. Conger fixed matters up somehow. Yet according to the rumor it cost him a great deal.'
'I should have thought he would have preferred to disown his daughter,' Bess remarked.
LOVE the 1930s ideals here. That's right, kids- if you aren't perfect like Nancy, your parents will disown you.
'Mr. Conger was devoted to the girl. Whenever she was in trouble, she appealed to him for help, and he never failed her. In the end it cost him his health, home, and happiness.'" (page 67)
Damn the man for being a good parent.

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April 2012


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