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I still have no idea what the point of this one was. There were too many unrelated little mysteries and random bad guys and boring cat shows for it to really hold my interest. Plus, Gus Woonton didn't turn out to be as deliciously crazy as I had been hoping. What a let-down.

"As the rehearsal proceeded, Mr. Skank began to nod approvingly at the various performers.
I know that if someone with that name nodded at me "approvingly", I'd be kind of freaked out.
Nancy came in for her share of praise for her early tap number." (page 117)

That's the whole reason she's in this thing, you know- to get her share of the praise (and possibly bits and pieces of other people's shares, too).
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"As [Nancy] and Hannah started off in the car, Nancy said, 'Let's stop at Finch's Soda Shop for ice-cream sundaes.'
Mrs. Gruen laughed. 'I'm kind of hungry myself,' she admitted. 'But Finch's is a place for young people.'
Mrs. Gruen: "I've heard they've got over-thirty bouncers and everything!"
Nancy patted Hannah's hand.
Nancy: "It's okay- I know a guy who can get you a fake ID!"
'There's always room for you with this young person.' Mrs. Gruen beamed.
*sigh* It just wouldn't be a Nancy Drew book without the semi-suggestive Nancy/Hannah scenes, would it?
When they walked in, all the tables were taken, so the two seated themselves on stools at the counter.
'Hi, Roscoe!' Nancy said to the clerk. 'Two vanillas with fudge sauce, please.
Hannah: "But I wanted-"
Nancy: "Shut up."

We're starved.
Hannah: "But I said that I was only kind of-"
Nancy: "Shut up!"

How about some of your good cookies, too?'
Hannah: "Oh, come on- who do you take me for, Bess?"
Nancy: "Do you want me to deny you sex tonight? Because I will. And you're sure as hell not getting any from Daddy."

'Coming right up,' Roscoe replied. Then he leaned across the counter and whispered to Nancy,
Roscoe: "Get the old broad out of here. We have standards, you know!"
'The police were here looking for you.'" (page 120)
Roscoe: "Have you killed again?"
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"'He was picked up tonight trying to rob a jewelry store. Chief McGinnis told us you're looking for a pudgy suspect,
Oh, when isn't she, really?
so I thought this man might be the one.'
Why haven't they just raided the local Weight Watchers yet?
'I don't believe so,' Nancy said, 'but you might try a trick on him. The one we're looking for knows Morse code. If you could have someone casually tap out words on a telegrapher's key and make a mistake while the prisoner is listening, he might involuntarily speak up and give himself away.'" (page 123)
Yeah, that might work if the prisoner is Hermione Granger.
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"Mrs. Bunce answered the phone. 'Hello?'
Hannah Gruen spoke in as deep a voice as she could and asked, 'Is this the residence of W. F. Bunce?'
There was a startled cry from the other end of the wire, then Mrs. Bunce said, 'Uh- no. You have the wrong number.' She hung up.'" (page 125)

Hannah: "... Huh. Well, nothing unusual there. I shouldn't even bother telling Nancy!"
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"By any chance do you know the license number of the Bunce's car?' Nancy asked the woman.
'Funny you should ask that and I can say yes. I remember it because the letters in it happen to be my initials and the numbers are the reverse of those on my car.'" (page 128)

Woman: "Well, that and the fact that I've been stalking them since the day they moved in."
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"A few minutes later George joined them and the two girls went to dust their rooms." (page 129)

Oh, that is so a euphemism. Seriously, when was the last time a teenage girl willingly dusted her bedroom? I still have an empty, two-month-old chicken McNuggets box in mine... but you didn't need to know that.
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"Just then Mrs. Bealing appeared in the doorway. She had heard only part of the conversation and wanted to know what had happened.
Narrator: "Being the nosy little freak that she is."
When Nancy explained, a look of dismay spread over the nurse's face.
'I'm afraid that I locked the cat inside the mummy case,' she said." (page 135)
Mrs. Bealing: "I'm sorry, but sometimes I just get these urges..."
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"Bess said, 'I stopped at the pet shop downtown and asked the man what to do for a sick cat.
Bess: "And don't worry, I smacked him when he suggested I feed it to his boa constrictor."
He gave me this special food.' She held up a package." (page 134)
Bess: "I think the 'rat poison' label is just a joke, really!"
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"[Miss Carter] pointed to a large trunk. 'That's full of costumes,' she said.
'Oh, may I try on some of them?' Bess asked.
Miss Carter smiled and said, 'No offense, dear, but all of them were worn by me. You will admit that our- our figures
She's too shy to say "our sexy, sexy bods".
aren't exactly the same." (page 136)
Bess: "Are... are you saying I'm fat?"
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"'Yes, I even played the part of a boy soldier. I wasn't supposed to be in the play. The agency called me in a hurry because the actor became ill.'
Miss Carter: "Along with... all the other male actors in the state, actually."
'How did you manage to talk like a young man?' George asked.
Miss Carter: "Well, how do you manage to talk like a girl, George?"
George: "... Touche."

'I didn't. I merely moved my lips and a young man offstage said the lines.'
Yeah, because that wouldn't have been obvious at all.
Although Bess could not wear any of the gowns, she held them up in front of her and looked in a full-length mirror at herself.
'I'm Queen Elizabeth,' she said." (page 136-137)
Bess: "And I am not amused."
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"In a jiffy Nancy was out of bed and putting on robe and slippers. She dashed into the room where Bess and George were sleeping and woke them.
'What's up?' George asked.
'The bell rang!' Nancy whispered. 'Come on! Hurry!'" (page 139)
Nancy: "We're gonna be late to class!"
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"Bess and George had promised to care for Miss Carter while her nurse was gone. They planned to hurry with the housework because in the afternoon their Emerson college friends, Burt Eddleton and Dave Evans, would arrive and stay to supper. Ned had told Nancy he would come to her house by bus and the two would drive to Berryville in her car.
'I'll ride back to Emerson with the boys,' he had said." (page 143)
Ned: "They said I can't ride with them on the way because I haven't had a shower in two weeks. Your car has air fresheners, right?"
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"'I'll try not to be any trouble to Bess and George,' [Miss Carter] said. 'If they get too lonesome, I'll try to cheer them up by quoting a few humorous lines from plays I've been in.'
Goddammit, the woman has a one-track mind. No wonder she and Nancy get along so well.
'That'll be great,' Bess replied with a giggle.
Bess: "Oh please, God, kill me now."
She felt unusually happy this morning.
Narrator: "But then again, she had taken more happy pills than usual."
It was a clear day and birds were singing cheerily. She had succeeded in playing Cupid for Toby Simpson and Miss Carter. And in a few hours her favorite date would arrive.
... Is anyone else getting the sense that something really bad is going to happen to Bess soon?
'You look,' George said to her cousin, 'like a satisfied cat who has just finished off a poor mouse.'
Bess: "... That reminds me- I'm hungry."
'Yes? Well, how about you doing a little grinning?' Bess retorted. 'Burt'll like that.'
Bess: "Showing some cleavage probably wouldn't hurt, either."
Nancy and Mrs. Bealing said good-by and left the house. As they rode along, Mrs. Bealing said, 'This is a beautiful morning, isn't it? We're having special services at our church.
Mrs. Bealing: "The minister always arranges a last-minute sermon whenever the sun's out!"
I'm so glad Miss Carter gave me the day off.
Mrs. Bealing: "Our relationship is just suffocating me, let me tell you!"
Suddenly she asked Nancy, 'Do you always go to church?'" (page 143-144)
Mrs. Bealing: "Or are you a Godless heathen like Miss Carter?"
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"By this time Mrs. Gruen knew the favorite foods of the three boys who were coming to Miss Carter's.
'This eveing there'll be chicken sandwiches, sliced tomatoes, and apple pie with ice cream,' she announced." (page 145)
Ten bucks says that Bess's boyfriend is the ones who likes the ice cream and pie.
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"The discussion was interrupted by loud banging on the kitchen door. Nancy opened it. Her young friend Tommy Johnson
God, I hate that kid.
was standing there. His eyes were large and he was so excited he could hardly talk. He stuttered and stammered something intelligible.
Nancy: "Good God, Tommy- you've turned into a badly-dubbed anime character! We must summon the Pretty Cure 5, now!"
'What is it, Tommy?' Nancy asked. 'Say it slowly.'
Tommy: "Ttttthhhhhheeeeerrrrreeeeee'sssss... aaaaaaa.... bbbbbboooooommmmmmbbbbbb..."
The little boy pointed toward the garage. 'I just saw a man sneak out of there,and now I can hear something ticking!'" (page 146)
Tommy: "... Can I have a cookie?"
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"As the Drews raced towards the garage, Nancy's father cried out, 'It could be a bomb! You'd better stay here!'
'Oh, Dad, please!' she begged. 'You mustn't run into danger either.'" (page 147)
Nancy: "Let's send Tommy in!"
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"'What!' Tommy cried out. 'Was it a bomb I heard?'
'It sure was,' Nancy replied.
Nancy: "This neighborhood is a dark and dangerous place, Tommy- no one is safe!"

'Tommy, you said you saw a man sneaking away from the garage. What did he look like?'
Tommy could not give a very detailed description of him,
Tommy: "He had hair... I think. And an arm."
but it tallied closely with that of Fred Bunce." (page 148-149)
That probably just means that it was confirmed that they were both male, or something.
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"Bess, proud of her date's discovery, tucked her arm into his and led him into the house." (page 151-152)
Bess: "Why don't we go up to my bedroom, and I'll give you a little reward."
Bess: "Yeah, I sneaked some leftover cookies up there last night, and they're just to die for!"
Dave: "... D:"

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"'I wish we had enough people to patrol the outside of the house, too,' Dave remarked.
Nancy told him she was depending on the police to do this.
Nancy: "Actually, I should probably mention that to the police sometime soon..."
 Then she added, 'Ned, how about you and I guarding the attic?'" (page 157)
Ned: "And by that, do you mean hot make-out tiems? :D?"
Nancy: "What do you think?"
Ned: "... I'm never going to get any, am I."

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"Ned sat down on the floor near the window where the hand- and footprints had been found. Anyone entering by this means would be surprised with a hard football tackle. Secretly Ned hoped he would have the chance." (page 157)
Ned: "Man, I've got to prove to Nancy that I'm not a complete pansy!"
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"'Tell me, how did you get into the house with all the doors and windows locked?'
Gus smirked. 'You're so good at figuring things out, why don't you try and guess how?'
'That's an easy one,' Nancy answered.
Gus: "Then why did you ask in the first place, dipshit?"
'You wore spiked golf shoes and fastened spikes to your hands and climbed up the brick wall, then came through that window over there.'
Gus was so amazed he stared in stupefacation at Nancy. 'Girls aren't supposed to be so bright,' he said sullenly.
ZOMG, sexism in a ND villain! I would never have expected it!
Nancy could not keep from laughing and Ned remarked, 'Gus, I think you'll have to change your mind on that one.'" (page 160)
So, I guess this wouldn't be the best time to point out that Dave was actually the one who figured that all out...?
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"'Did you ever steal any cats?' Nancy questioned.
'No. But I went to the cage once and looked at them.'
'When you had on your spiked shoes?'
'Yes.'" (page 160)
Gus: "Okay, okay, I'll admit it- the shoes turn me on."
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"Perhaps, with a steady income, which [Gus] could earn from is knowledge of Morse code,
Because that's a high-demand skill for sure.
Gus would act more mature." (page 165)
Says the junior detective...? I'm just saying.
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"'Let us know about any new developments,' Ned requested. He chuckled as he added, 'I sure enjoyed tackling Gus Woonton.
Oh, I'll just bet you did.
Stopping a man on a football field is cool, but it can't compare with getting the better of a housebreaker!'" (page 165)
Tsk. Ned, Ned, Ned... and you wonder why we all question your sexuality. You enjoy tackling other men far too much.
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"Nancy was quickly lifted into the attic and the gag and bonds removed. Bess flung both arms around her friend, completely blocking off any affectionate hugs the others might have wished to give her." (page 170)
Bess: the literal cockblocker.
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"Suddenly Miss Carter gave one of her trilly little laughs. She reached over and pulled open the drawer in a night table beside her bed. From it she took out a pair of tap shoes.
'I danced in these on the stage years ago,' she said. 'Sometimes, for memories sake, I like to play with them.'
She inserted her hands into the toes, raised her arms over her head, and began to tap on the headboard of her bed." (page 174)
... God, I hope I die before I get old enough to resort to stuff like that.
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"Suddenly Nancy decided to try something new.
Oh yeah, that's always a good idea for the middle of opening night.
She waved to the orchestra leader not to play the music again.
Nancy: "You guys sound like dying animals, seriously!"
Then she began to tap.
The audience listened attentively, puzzled looks on their faces. Many of them caught on to the fact that the tapping sounded like a coded message but they could not decipher it.
Actually she was tapping out, 'If anyone can read this, tell me if you have a mystery for me to solve.'
When she stopped dancing, and before anyone had a chance to clap, a young soldier stood up and waved an arm.
Soldier: "Miss, we're taking you in- we've decided you're a danger to national security."

'You were tapping in code
Soldier: "And I really responded to that!"
and I know what it said.' He repeated her question. 'I have one. It's The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk.'" (page 176)
Nancy: "Oh my God, you name your mysteries, too? SOULMATES!!!1!!1!!one!!"
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April 2012


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