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Nancy semi-kidnaps a poor little circus boy from his crazy foster father, who thinks that being from India exempts him from having to follow American law. BONUS: to trick a suspect into admitting their nefarious deeds, Nancy reveals that she has her own special psychic abilities- the power to look into the past.

"After the show [Stanley Strong will] be glad to tell you about his suspicions. He sent me four front-row seats,' Mr. Drew added, pulling the tickets out of his pocket. 'Can you make it?'
'Indeed I can,' Nancy replied. 'I'll ask Bess and George to come.' Bess Marvin and George Fayne were girl cousins who often helped Nancy. 'And I can take little Tommy from down the street.'" (page 2)
Nancy: "I'm sure his parents won't mind if I don't ask their permission..."
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"The following afternoon Tommy was on hand promptly, and he set off with Nancy, first to pick up pretty, blond, and slightly overweight Bess, then boyish, dark-haired George.
'I hope we see elephants,' said Tommy as the car neared Tannberg half an hour later. 'Someday I want to ride one.'" (page 2-3)
Bess: "He'd better not be talking about me."
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"By this time a boy who looked like a native of India 
Because there are no other countries that are home to people with dark tan skin.
had rushed up. He stood alongside the elephant and spoke softly to him in words his listeners did not understand. 
'Shant ho jao dost!' Rishi said. ('Be calm, friend!')" (page 5)
Ah, we aren't we lucky that our narrator is bilingual.
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"Nancy sprang forward. 'Don't touch [Rishi]!'
The man looked at her with scorn. 'I am Rai, the great Rai. This is my son. I can whip him if I want to.'
'Not in America,' Nancy said firmly.
Nancy: "We outlawed that, like, two years ago!"
The man laughed raucously. 'I am not subject to the laws of your country. We are from India.'" (page 6)
Okay, yeah- that's not really the way it works...
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"At this moment Nancy realized that someone was standing beside her and she turned to see Rishi.
'Hello!' he said shyly. 'Rishi not speak English much.'" (page 8)
Oh, God- are we going to be dealing with this fakey 'Engrish' for the entire book?
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"When the group reached Nancy's house, she suggested that everyone come in and have a refreshing drink." (page 11-12)
Nancy: "Has your mother ever let you try Schnapps, Tommy?"
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"Nancy interrupted [Rishi] and suggested that Tommy had better run home. 'I'm sure your mother will be looking for you.'" (page 13)
Nancy: "She's probably wondering where you've been all day!"
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"'[Rishi's] listeners nodded but said nothing. 
'Mother become very sick. Tell secret to Rishi. Must never tell Rai. Mother say she not Rishi's real mother but get him when baby. Rai not real father. Real mother dead, and real father in America in River Heights.'" (page 14)
Hey, maybe Carson's his real father!
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"In order to avoid upsetting [Rishi] Nancy went upstairs to phone [Stanley Strong] while Hannah took Rishi to the kitchen and tried to interest him in dinner preparations." (page 18)
Sorry Hannah, that really only works with Bess.
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"Nancy hurried downstairs and went directly to the kitchen. She put her arms around Rishi and gave him a little hug. 'Everything is all right,' she said. 'You are to stay with us for now.
Nancy: "I pulled a few strings and got nasty old reality off our backs for a while!"
But remember to be careful. Remain in the house most of the time and when you do go outdoors, watch out!'" (page 19)
Already breeding healthy paranoia in the kid, I see.
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"'Rishi pick up [the ivory charm]. Ria always say wearer have good luck.'
'I recall Rai saying that,' Nancy replied. She was puzzled. 'Why would he have stopped wearing it?' she asked. Smiling, she added, 'How strange for anyone to deliberately throw away good luck!'" (page 22-23)
I get the feeling Nancy always sends out her chain letters. 
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"'When Rishi hide,' the boy said, 'sleep with old Arun.
Ummm... *cough*
Elephant very warm and Rish trust him.'" (page 24)
Oh! Okay, that's fine. Never mind...
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"As everyone left the table, [Rishi] said, 'Rishi got to bed now.
Rishi: "Where is your elephant?"
Get up four o'clock.'
The others gasped and Hannah Gruen said, 'Four o'clock!
Hannah: "That's the devil's hour!"
Not in this house. You may sleep until seven o'clock.'" (page 24)
Hannah: "But you'd better be up at seven, because that's when I start slave-driving you all!"
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"I notice [Rishi] has no clothes except those he was wearing. I think we should borrow some for him. Is there a boy around here who's about his size?'
Nancy thought a moment, then said, 'How about Bobby Allen down the street? You know his father well, don't you, Dad?'
Carson: "well enough to take his son's clothes to give to our Orphan of the Week!."
Mr. Drew snapped his fingers. 'A perfect suggestion.' The lawyer went to the telephone and called Mr. Allen.
Carson: "Hello, my good man! Remember that time I surpressed some evidence for you? Well, now I'm calling in that favor..."
Without telling him about the mystery, Mr. Drew made his request.
Carson: "I need some boys' clothes for a child we're keeping locked up in our house, but I can't tell you why. That doesn't sound too suspicious, does it?"
'Indeed, my son would be glad to lend your visitor some clothes,' Mr. Allen replied." (page 25)
Bobby: "Speak for yourself, Pops!"
Mr. Allen: "Quiet, you, or you'll be back in the basement quicker than the blink of an eye!"
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"'I'm Mrs. Allison,' she said rather brusquely. 'I'd like to talk to Mr. Drew.'
'Please step inside,' Nancy requested. 'My father is not at home. Is there anything I can do for you?'
'I'm afraid not,' Mrs. Allison replied. 'I must talk to him about a dream I had...'" (page 29)
Nancy: "Ah, well, there's your problem. Mr. Drew the psychoanalyst lives next door."
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"Nancy praised [Rishi] for his excellent job, then asked, 'Did you ever hear of a Mrs. Allison or a Mr. Roach?'
Rishi thought for a moment, then said, 'Not hear of Mrs. Allison, but Rishi hear name Roach at animal show.'" (page 31)
Rishi: "He come around a lot before, but then we start drenching place in Raid and Rishi never see him again."
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"'Maybe Bess and George would drive out [to the Dawson farm] with me. And Rishi, too, if you're willing.'
'By all means, take him along,' [Nancy's] father urged. 'The boy deserves an outing. But don't let him be seen in public, or Rai may spot him.'
Guys, I don't think it's going to be very fun for him if you insist on keeping him in the trunk.
Shortly after lunch Nancy and Rishi picked up the cousins. Nancy drove directly east through the city.
Wait, I'm confused. What city?
'Where are you taking us?' Bess inquired with interest." (page 34)
Nancy: "Sorry, you can't know anything until your parents have paid the full ransom."
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"[Rishi] asked eager questions about the names of unfamiliar trees and birds he saw in the area. the girls were slightly embarrassed when they could not always answer him,
Shame on you for not having majored in natural sciences!
and they resolved to devote themselves to nature lore with new interest.
Aw, Rishi brings out the inner geekiness in everyone!
'I'm ashamed that I don't know the names of half the birds I see,' Nancy confessed." (page 34)
Huh, really? It's never bothered me before.
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"... Nancy turned into a narrow, widing side road that led between rows of tall elm trees and a tangled growth of shrubbery.
'I never dreamed there was a place like this so near River Heights!' Bess gasped in awe." (page 35)
I love how easily amused this girl is.
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"'What became of Rishi?'
'He walked up this trail,' George answered." (page 36)
Bess: "And what became of keeping him in our sight at all times, and out of the public eye?"
Nancy: "Ummm... that was last chapter. Now he's allowed to run free!"
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"Reaching the car, Bess was relieved to find that Nancy had left her car keys in the usual hidding place." (page 38)
And where exactly is this, ahem, "hidding" place? inquiring minds want to know.
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"In her excitement Bess stepped too hard on the gas pedal and the car leaped ahead with a jerk, which flung her against the wheel. She slowed down. The road twisted and turned in a bewildering maze and seemed to lead into even wilder country." (page 38)
Bess: "Hmmm, maybe I should learn to drive before attempting this."
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"Intent on the strange sight, Bess suddenly lost control of the steering wheel." (page 39)
No, seriously, she's never driven at all, has she?
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"Nancy!' Bess cried. 'You're hurt!'
'You cut!' Rishi added." (page 44)
Rishi: "You emo!"
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"Nancy said she was puzzled. 'This could have been a gym or even a place to train wild animals to do tricks.'
George chuckled. 'I can just see an elephant on a trapeze.'" (page 49)
Bess: "For crying out loud, George, I only tried it one time- oh, wait, you aren't talking about me, are you?"
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"Nancy knelt beside him, raising the victim to a sitting position. In the dim light she could distinguish only a faint outline of his face.
'Where are you hurt?' she asked gently.
'My head- I think it's broken.
Man: "At least, I think that's the medical term for it..."
 I was struck by a robber and dragged in here. But I'll get even! I'll fix him!' 
Tired from speaking, the man dropped back against Nancy, a heavy weight in her arms. 
Narrator: "And yet... Nancy found herself strangely aroused."
It was a full minute before she could rouse him again." (page 51)
Hmmm- do you think he might have... a concussion?
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"'I"m Jasper Batt. Old Batty, folks call me.
?
I look after the property.'
'You mean you're the caretaker?'" (page 51)
Jasper Batt: "Yes, that would be a synonym..."
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 "'Leave me alone,' [Jasper Batt] muttered angrily, kicking violently with his legs. 'Leave me alone. Go away before I lose my job.'
'The poor old fellow is out of his mind,' Bess whispered." (page 52)
Actually, he seems to be relatively sane compared to the rest of the characters.
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"Bess and George questioned the elderly caretaker, and after explaining several times what they wanted, succeeded in making him comprehend them." (page 57-58)
Okay, seriously, confusion is just another sign of a concussion. Call 911, you guys!
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"The girls had paid little attention to Jasper Batt, knowing that he no longer needed their aid." (page 58)
Yeah, bad head wounds usually just heal themselves.
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"'... Rishi not try trick on ropes again.'
'I should hope not! Only a miracle saved you from death. If we had found you even five minutes later-'
'No miracle,' Rishi insisted firmly. 'Ivory charm save life.'" (page 61)
Nancy: No, you idiot, I saved your life! I was the miracle, geddit? You should be worshipping me right now!"
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"By the time Nancy and Rishi arrived at the house, he had made such a noticeable improvement that it seemed unnecessary to call in a physician. Hannah helped the boy to bed and gave him some hot broth. He immediately fell into an untroubled sleep." (page 62)
Narrator: "Or a coma; it was hard to tell which."
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"'I wish I might go [to India] some day,' Nancy said wistfully.
'You might find that many customs and practices would horrify you,' Dr. Stackpole continued. 'The old caste system had led to many social abuses.
Dr. Stackpole: "Though the fact that we, here in the 30s, still segregate blacks and whites is neither here nor there."
Then, too, in certain parts of the country the natives have no idea of sanitation. In the name of religion they bathe together in sacred rivers; some of the people are suffering from skin diseases.'
... Oy. Sad as it is, I'm now wishing that they'd stuck to only mentioning naive, white-bread America in these books.
'I'm glad I live in the United States,' Ned interposed.
Well, how very 50s of you, Ned.
'I understand that in India several different languages are spoken, among them Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, and Gujarati.
Ned: "Pffft- stupid diversity! It's so much better here!"
 Many communities have their own local dialect.'
Yeah, well, so does Texas, and I don't see you complaining about that!
'That could make communication between regions difficult, couldn't it?' Nancy interjected.
The professor nodded, then said, 'Some religions believe in reincarnation- that they are to be born many times. In some places children still marry at an early age.'" (page 66)
Dr. Stackpole: "I'm just randomly throwing out random, unrelated facts at this point- hope you don't mind."
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"'I had no idea the carving was so valuable,' Nancy said. 
'Unfortunately, I am not an ivory expert,' Professor Stackpole said with a frown.
I'm surprised Nancy isn't.
'Yet it is obvious even to one with my slight experience that this charm at one time must have belonged to a person of great wealth- probably a maharaja.'" (page 68)
Professor Stackpole: "Now, I'm not positive, but it's possible that this *pure ivory* charm might have belonged to a rich person..."
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"'The ancient [charms] are especially interesting,' Dr. Stackpole remarked. 'Some of them are said to have contained precious jewels; othes held a poison to be used against enemies; and some, a unique life-giving balm.'
'How could one tell the difference in the nature of the fluid?' Nancy asked curiously." (page 68)
Dr. Stackpole: "Well, a few minutes after drinking it would become pretty obvious."
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"'The stars are not in a favorable position for a sale at this time, Mr. Bruce,' Mrs. Allison said.
Mr. Bruce: "Look, lady, you bid on the item, you won, and now you have to pay. That's the way Ebay works."
Nancy reflected that this was not the realtor who had been at her father's office.
'The stars?' the man repeated impatiently. 'What do you mean?'
Mrs. Allison: "Well, I was talking to Brad Pitt on AIM last night..."
'I must have an omen. A favorable omen,' the woman replied.
'That's ridiculous,' Mr. Bruce snapped.
Mr. Bruce: "Fronkin' ridonkulous!"
'I never heard of such talk.
He obviously doesn't hang out on YahooAnswers.
This is a straight business deal.'
'Your price is too low,' Mrs. Allison insisted.
'You'll never receive a better offer. Ask anyone if it isn't a fair price. Consult Carson Drew- he knows the value of real estate.'
In addition to being a high-priced lawyer, Nancy's father is also a real estate expert, board-certified diagnostician, and award-winning circus clown.
'I'd rather consult the stars,' Mrs. Allison said dreamily." (page 71-72)
Mmmm-hmmm. Whatever, Luna Lovegood.
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"'If you do [go back to the Allison property], be sure to take someone with you,' [Mr. Drew] cautioned. 'Batt may be harmless enough in his normal state, but if he hasn't recovered from the blow on his head, he may give you some trouble.'" (page 63)
Carson: "You know how those crazy untreated concussion-sufferers can get... har har har."
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"[Nancy] listened, fascinated. The excerpts, which seemed to be taken from an ancient Hindu legend, related the tale of an Indian prince who had been spirited away from his parents. With her usual ability to make shrewd deductions, Nancy had gone directly to the heart of the situation. 
'This story Mrs. Allison is reading must have something to do with the ivory charm,' she reasoned. 'And I believe it has a connection with Rai and Rishi.'" (page 75)
How *perceptive* of her.
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"Nancy!' Bess exclaimed in relief. 'We were frantic about you.'" (page 79)
Nancy: "Really? That's funny, because I really couldn't have cared less about you."
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"[Dr. Stackpole] left. Before he was out of sight, the front door opened and his pupil emerged. 
Dr. Stackpole's Iris: "Noooo! Come baaaaack!"
The boy intently gazed at Nancy. 
'Rishi had sudden premonition!'
'Did you learn that big word in your English lesson today?' Nancy teased.
Rishi: "Yeah, about that... the patronizing gets you killed now."
Rishi appeared not to hear her. 'I have strange premonition,' he repeated. 'Strange vision. 
Dr. Stackpole: (walking down the driveway) "Hmmm, I wonder if it was a good idea to show him The Sixth Sense tpday. Ah well, he probably didn't understand much of it."
Rishi see himself on way to India to become a great man. Big honor come through help of Nancy Drew!'
Rishi: "So basically, if you don't help me in a big way, you're going to be going against the premonitions given to me by the *gods*. And we don't want that, now do we?"
Nancy listened closely to hear more, but the Indian boy's reverie was interrupted by Hannah Gruen. Rishi immediately turned and went back into the house, without saying another word.
Rishi: "I'm sorry, but she's just too unenlightened for me."
Nancy whispered what the boy had been saying.
The housekeeper's only comment was, 'Poor child! He dreams too much.'" (page 83)
Hannah: "A childusing his imagination! That is just so sad."
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"'If I can get away from the office,
The most common Dad Excuse ever.
I'll run over [to the wild animal show] with you,' [Mr. Drew] promised.
'And perhaps you'd like to visit the abandoned Allison house?' Nancy asked, hoping he would." (page 83)
Narrator: "If she generated enough interest, her dreams of running a Trespassers' Tourism Agency might just come true after all."
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"'Oh, Dad, Mrs. Allison's house burned down last night!'
Carson: "Oh, my. Bess's heat vision acting up again?" 
'And a good thing in my opinion,' Mrs. Gruen declared firmly, offering the newspaper to the lawyer. 'That place was full of danger.'
Hannah: "It just sounds so much more dramatic than 'dangerous', don't you think?"
'Speaking of fires, I think I smell something burning now,' Mr. Drew said, sniffing the air.
Hannah: "Well, you know how I've always said that the neighbors' house is an eyesore..."
'Oh, my! The bacon!' Mrs. Gruen turned and fled to the kitchen." (page 85)
Carson: "Remind me again why we keep her around?"
Nancy: "Because she's my lesbian lover, and if you do anything to break us up, I will destroy you."
Carson: "... Point taken."
Nancy: "Good."
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"Disregarding Steve Roach's recent warning not to trespass, [Nancy, Bess, George, and Carson] walked rapidly through the woods to the clearing where the old house had stood." (page 87)
... Yeah, I can totally see why parents would consider Nancy a good role model for their children.
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"'Your treasures seem to be safe where they are,' Mr. Drew commented. 'I doubt that anyone would ever suspect there was such a clever hiding place.'
'I can't leave the boxes here,' Mrs. Allison declared. 'They must be taken to a bank vault.'
'That is the best thing to do,' the lawyer agreed." (page 89-90)
Carson: "Flip-flopping? Me? Preposterous!"
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"'There's been a cave-in somewhere ahead,' Mr. Drew said tensely.
Nancy: "Honestly, why do I even bother with dangerous underground structures anymore?"
'Let's get out of here before we're buried alive.'
'We can't leave my treasures behind!' Mrs. Allison cried in distress as she saw that Mr. Drew intended to abandon the boxes. 'They represent a fortune!'
Considering the emergency, Nancy and her father thought that the woman was selfish to place her own interests above their lives." (page 90-91)
Quick, drop everything to save the Drews!
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"Before her father could protest, Nancy thrust her head and shoulders into the yawning hole. Midway through she became wedged fast.The young sleuth squirmed and twisted, unable to move either forward or backward. Then, by sheer strength, Mr. Drew pushed her through to the other side. 
Carson Drew: professional lawyer and body-builder.
'I'll go for help,' Nancy offered.
Carson: "Okay, fine, but don't you dare leave me here the way you did the last time."
She ran to the main tunnel and was relieved to find it clear. She raced up the stone steps, where Bess and George were waiting.
Nancy: "Okay, I'm out- let's fly!"
'Come quickly and help!' Nancy pleaded.'" (page 92)
George: "Dad forbid you from taking off, huh?"
Nancy: "Yeah."
Bess: "Huh, bad luck for you. Ah, well. See ya!"
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"'Don't worry about your jewels,' Nancy said kindly. 'They're safe.'
Mr. Drew added, 'I'll take the boxes to a bank vault if you wish.'" (page 95)
Carson: "My own personal bank vault, at my house..."
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"'If Mrs. Allison isn't better by the time I return, we'll take her to a doctor.'" (page 96)
Thank you! Finally, some acknowledgement that doctors exist in the Nancy Drew world!
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"'Reincarnation means that after you die, you'll be reborn as another person or animal, doesn't it?'
'I'll probably be a goat!' George chuckled." (page 97) 
George: "I'll be the bane of all detectives everywhere!"  
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"'The ivory charm will bring yougood luck,' [Mrs. Allison] murmured,
Yeah, we got that, thanks.
'both in this world and the next. After death you will be reborn- you will enter a higher sphere and enjoy a life of splendor.
Are you kidding? She already does.
You, Nancy Drew, will be reborn to become the beautiful wife of a rajah of India!'" (page 98)
See, she has to do it in her next life so that there won't be the whole interracial marriage thing- we can't have that, oh no. 
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"'I wish the elephant act would start,' Nancy said to her father. 'I can't wait to see who is in it.'" (page 102)
Bess: "... STOP LOOKING AT ME."
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"The elephant stopped his noisy outcries and backed up. Rishi gave a flying leap onto the elephant's back and sat down just behind the animal's head." (page 105-106)
He jumped up there from the ground? Sorry, not buying it.
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"'Where's Rishi?' Nancy asked, noticing that he had left the table and apparently taken his plate of food with him.
The restaurant's not going to be too happy about that.
Mr. Drew shrugged." (page 108)
Carson: "The kid we're supposed to be hiding from his evil foster father? Who knows?
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"'A phone call came for Rishi. It was a man who didn't give his name. All I said was, "There's no one here by that name," and he hung up.'
'Good for you, Hannah,' said Nancy. 'But someone must suspect he's here.
Nancy: "What with the way we've been parading him around town and all..."
'We'll have to guard him very carefully.' The housekeeper nodded." (page 109)
Hannah: "Of course, that's what you said the last time, and now you're letting him disappear in  restaurants and break into abandoned houses!"
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"The housekeeper went out to the garden to pick fresh flowers for the house. She found some weeds near the garage and decided to pull them.
Hannah: "Oh, these will look just lovely as a centerpiece!"
'Oh, there's the phone,' Hannah told herself. 
Hannah: "Now what is that doing out here in the garden?"
She started for the back porch. By this time the bell had stopped ringing, 
Wait, was it the phone or the doorbell? Make up your mind!
so she turned back to her work." (page 109)
Narrator: "She had found something in the dumpster that would look perfect on the living room wall..."
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"'Hannah,' Nancy cried out, 'I'm afraid Rishi has been kidnapped!'" (page 110)
Oh, you *always* jump to that conclusion.
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"'He's a runaway,' Bess added. 'In fact, he has been-' She stopped speaking abuptly as George gave her a withering glance. She was fearful Bess was about to say "kidnapped," an angle that was not to be generally revealed." (page 113)
Yes, when a child is kidnapped, it's best to make sure that as few people know about it as possible. Those posters in the supermarket are just decoys.
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"'It says here that Rishi is the direct heir of a maharaja of an Indian province called- oh, dear, I can't even start to pronounce the name of the place!'
'Don't try,' George said." (page 121-122)
George: "We've crapped on Indian culture enough in this book."
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"'But how did [Mrs. Allison] become involved in [Rishi's kidnapping]?' Bess mused.
'One guess is as good as another,' Nancy said. 'But I'd judge it was through her interest in mysticism.'" (page 122-123)
See kids, this is what happens when you read Harry Potter.
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"'Everyone was led to believe that the infant Rishi had been devoured by a tiger.'
'How dreadful!' Bess exclaimed. 
'It sounds fantastic,' George declared." (page 123)
George: "Too bad it was all made up."
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"The two insurance men had been impressed by Nancy's straightforward manner. 
'What is your name, miss?' one of the agents inquired.
'Nancy Drew. You may have heard of my father- Carson Drew.'
'We certainly have! If you're his daughter there's no need for explination.'" (page 127)
You know, Nancy could get away with so much shit if she turned evil. I think I'd find that book series a lot more interesting.
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"'This is indeed amazing,' [Professor Stackpole] declared. 'Amazing! Yet I cannot say that I am greatly surprised. From the first time I met Rishi he impressed me as a boy of great refinement and unusual ability.'" (page 129)
Professor Stackpole: "And of course, we all know that no great thinkers ever come from modest backgrounds."
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"Nancy could hardly wait for Tuesday to arrive. In the meantime, however, she became busy gettting ready for a weekend party at Ned Nickerson's fraternity house in Emerson.
... So I guess we're just supposed to forget all about Rishi being missing, then?
Bess and George had been invited but could not go because they had
Narrator: "... lives."
promised to perform in a play for children." (page 130)
George: "The play is Hannibal- and guess who we're going to be riding over the Alps?"
Bess: "I. Hate. You. All..."
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"As the conversation continued, Ned tried in vain to divert Nancy's attention to himself.
Nancy: "Ned, I'm sorry, but I really don't want to hear about your tonsil stones, okay?"
She listened with absored interest as Anil told her about Indian customs that were so different from those in the United States. The attractive student in turn gazed at Nancy as if her thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. It became increasingly clear to Ned that Anil was suffering from a severe attack of love at first sight." (page 133-134)
Hmmm- can he sue Nancy for the resulting heart attack, then?
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"Nancy smiled. 'I've always been considered a lucky person, even before receiving Rai's charm.'
Nancy: "Okay, fine, even before my Orphan of the Week stole Rai's charm for me."
'Rai?' Anil asked.
'Yes. You know him?'" (page 137)
Anil: "Of course- all Indian people know each other!"
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"'We were just having a pleasant little chat about India,' Dr. Stackpole said. 'Mrs. Allison is considered an authority on the subject of mysticism.'
'How interesting!' Nancy exclaimed. 'I have always been deeply intrigued by that subject myself. In fact, some of my friends believe that I have psychic powers.'
Nancy: "All of my friends are idiots, though."
'Indeed,' Mrs. Allison remarked.
Mrs. Allison: "So, what am I thinking right now?"
Nancy: "... Same to you, buddy."
'Yes,' Nancy continued glibly, 'I have always felt that I had the ability to look into the past.'" (page 144-145)
Nancy: "For instance, I somehow know that I had a chicken sandwich for lunch today. Explain that."
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"'Dr. Stackpole is badly hurt,' Nancy cried frantically. 'I guess he was struck with this heavy bookend.' She pointed to one that lay nearby. 'We must give him first aid!'
Ned: "You know, we could always just call an abulance."
Nancy: "No way. I took this really time-consuming first aid course, and I'll be damned if I never get to put my skills to use!"
She and Ned worked silently over the aged professor, 
Ned: "Uh, Nancy? I forget- do I do five chest compressions and then breathe, or do I breathe five times and then do a chest compression? Or do i-"
Nancy: "Oh, honestly Ned- does it matter? Just keep Frenching him and everything will be fine."
and were relieved 
Narrator: "Not to mention really surprised..."
that his heartbeat seemed regular, although weak.
Nancy: "Well! I have no idea how we did that, but I'm glad it worked!"
'I'll see if I can find the maid,' Nancy offered.
Nancy: "Everyone has one of those, right?"
She went to the kitchen. Neither the cook nor the maid were there, but the refrigerator contained an ample supply of ice cubes." (page 148-149)
Nancy: "Hmmm, it's too bad these weren't kept in an icebox of some sort- oh well, melted ice is better than no ice!"
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"Professor Stackpole slowly rose from the couch. 'If you will excuse me, I shall retire to my room. My head aches severely.'
'Shouldn't we call a physician?' Nancy inquired anxiously.
Interesting that you should be the one to suggest that, Nancy.
'No, no, I will be quite all right after I have slept.' The man moved toward the door and then paused." (page 152)
Professor Stackpole: "Be sure to call the doctor if I don't wake up in a couple of days, however."
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"'I have distressing news for you,' the professor told [Nancy] in a strained, tense voice. 'During the night Rishi disappeared from my home!'
'Kidnapped?' Nancy asked." (page 154)
Nancy: "What, again?"
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"'Shall we notify the police?' Nancy suggested.
Nancy: "I always like to give them the illusion that they're competant and in control."
'We'll do more than that. I'll call the FBI.'
Yeah, Carson, just ring up the FBI's personal number. That's definitely the way it works.
Within minutes Mr. Drew was in touch with a friend in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'" (page 154-155)
Narrator: "Fox Mulder was more than happy to take his call."
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"[Nancy] could see Mrs. Allison struggling in the current, which was carrying her swiftly downstream.
'She can't swim!' Nancy thought frantically. 'Or else she hit her head.'" (page 166)
Not that that causes any serious damage in these books.
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"'Miss Drew, we'll need you along to offer evidence,' one of the [policemen] said. 'You can get some dry clothes from the matron at headquarters.'" (page 163)
The River Heights Police Department has its own personal matron? How lovely.
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"Mrs. Allison's visit to see Mr. Drew had been coincidental. Someone had told her he was unusually good at divining strange cases, and she had had a frightening dream." (page 163)
So who sued her in the dream? Wouldn't it have been better to consult a lawyer before she woke up? Honestly, people never think these things through.
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"'You can sneak up to the house the back way,' [Peter Putnam] suggested, indicating a path that led through the underbrush. 'I'll wait here,' he added, as the three got out of the car.
Nancy and George looked at the man with ill-concealed contempt but said nothing." (page 169)
George: "I can't believe you went to all that trouble to help us! The nerve."
Nancy: "You disgust me."
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"Instantly Nancy and George sprang at [Rai], hoping to overpower him and regain their freedom before he could grab them. Although they fought with all their strength, and George used her knowledge of Judo, Rai merely laughed at their efforts." (page 170)
Okay, seriously, where did George's random judo skills come from? This is the second time they've been mentioned in the past couple of books, and both times it seemed like we were already supposed to know about them. Shame on you, ghostwriters.
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"'Rai is safe from all harm,' [Rai] said.
Okay, little note here, because this has been bugging me for the entire book- people who don't speak English very well do not constantly refer to themselves in the third person, kthanxbai.
'The ivory charm bestows absolute protection. It is now in my posession.'
'So it was you who stole the lucky piece from me at the fraternity house,' said Nancy. 
Nancy: "You stole from me the thing that Rishi stole from you! I can't believe you!"
'I suspected it was you.'" (page 172)
O rly? I don't remember these suspicions being stated.
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"Not only does my charm bring good luck to the wearer but it has the power of life and death!' [Rai] added dramatically.
Rai: "I get to decide who lives and who dies!"
'What do you mean by that?' Nancy asked anxiously.
Again the man laughed softly, and said, 'There are many mysteries that may never be revealed.'" (page 172-173)
Rai: "In short- I have no freakin' clue."
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"'Did you hear what [Rai] said?' Nancy whispered to George.
George: "Oh, I'm still here? In my lack of dialogue I hadn't noticed."
'The charm! If only we could get it, we might still save poor Rishi!'
Nancy: "But if the leprachaun can't get it, I'm not sure what chance we have..."
'The charm would bring him back to consciousness,' Nancy said, thinking aloud. 'I am sure of it. For a long while I have suspected the truth- now I am certain of it.
Um, helloooo? Care to give your readers a clue as to what the hell you're talking about?
The ivory charm guards the secret of life and death!'
Nancy: "The insane kidnapper said so- it must be true!"
'Do you realize what you are saying?' George gasped.
George: "Oh God, I'm trapped in here with two complete loonies- help, HELP, HELP!"
'Yes! It all comes back to me now- what Dr. Stackpole told me about the life-giving fluid someitmes found in the hidden cavities of ancient Indian charms!'" (page 174)
I suppose this is what she meant by 'I have always felt that I have had the power to look into the past'?
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"Nancy smiled and asked, 'Bess, how did you happen to come here and bring Mr. Tilak?'
Bess explained that when she finished her errands, she had stopped at Nancy's house.
'Hannah told me where you had gone.
Hannah: "Oh, she's just off confronting a dangerous criminal about the kid he's kidnapped for the three millionth time. Are you sure you don't have time to stay for lunch, Bess?"
Also Mr. Tilak phoned. On the spur of the moment I asked him if he'd like to come with me
Bess: "... to the dance on Friday. He said yes!" *squeals*
to meet you. While passing this place, I saw lots of cars- policemen's and yours, Nancy. So I drove in.'
Bess: "I figured you'd either need my help catching a dangerous criminal, or you'd need someone to post bail."
'You certainly came at the right moment,' Nancy said." (page 177-178)
Nancy: "Now, about that bail money..."
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"George suddenly grinned. 'Mr. Tilak, before you repair the ivory charm for Nancy you'd better put a powerful restorative inside. She always has close calls when she solves a mystery!'
Everyone laughed and agreed the idea was a good one." (page 179)
Oo-ooh, I sense a deus ex machina coming up sometime in the near future!
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