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Nancy and Co. admire a beautiful mansion- five seconds later, it blows up. Bess seriously needs to learn how to control her heat vision. Also, Ned Nickerson- Nancy Drew's very own stalker extraordinaire- joins in on the fun. 

"A penny for your thoughts, Nancy Drew,' said George Fayne. 'You've been staring into space for nearly two minutes!'" (page 1)
Nancy: "Duh... what?"
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"Nancy was pretty in a distinctive way. Her eyes were blue, her hair titian blond.
Narrator: "The blood of the superior race flowed through her veins."
She expressed her opinions firmly, but did not force them on others. Nancy's abilities of leadership were welcome and depended upon in any group." (page 2)
Any group of sheep-like drones, they mean.
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"(Bess, George, and Nancy) had fallen in love with five-year-old Honey.
Narrator: "Even though it had been sitting in the kitchen cabinet for so long that it was moldy."
She was a bright and appealing child in spite of the fact that she looked undernourished. Her dress, though neat, was faded."
Two words, Nancy: Great Depression. You see kids like that every day, remember?
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"'Look at that large white house on the hill.' Nancy pointed toward one with spacious grounds and a woods behind it. 'It's it a dream? The lawns are so well kept. Just my idea of a country place.'
'Wonder who owns it?' George asked. 
Nancy had no chance to reply. Suddenly there was a tremendous explosion, and in an instant the lovely white house on the hillside burst into flames!" (page 4)
George: "Nancy! You promised you wouldn't do that anymore!" 
Nancy: "I couldn't help it! Everything I love is always destroyed! Please- just don't ask how my mother died."
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"Nancy started forward again, then halted abruptly as she caught sight of a man about to crawl through the back hedge. He seemed to be running away from the burning building. Did this mean he might have set the house on fire?" (page 6)
No, that means he's smart. 
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"Nancy's most recent adventure, centering around a strange white-robed clan, cleared up The Mystery at Red Gate Farm." (page 7)
Oh yes, please do remind us of "the most baffling counterfeiting case the US Government ever encountered". 
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"'What a shame such a beautiful home had to burn!' Bess remarked as the girls watched the firemen work." (page 8)
Nancy: "Yes, it is a shame- but I was left with no other options!"
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"(The man who moved Nancy's car for her) was about nineteen, Nancy decided, surveying him critically.
Nancy: "Hmph. He doesn't have blond hair and blue eyes!"
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"'I don't know what to make of him,' Nancy thought in bewilderment. 
Nancy: "He did something nice for me... I thought only I was allowed to do that!"
'He looks like a nice person- and yet, appearances can be deceiving.'" (page 12)
Not in these books.
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"Horns blasted noisily. Fenders scraped and angry words were hurled back and forth. 
'Why don't they stop honking?' George exclaimed impatiently. 'It doesn't help a bit. We'll be here all night!'" (page 13)
If she spent any amount of time in New Jersey, she'd have a heart attack.
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"... The man (who crashed into Nancy's car) was instantly apologetic, and obviously so shaken that Nancy relented. She wrote down his name, address, and license number." (page 14)
Narrator: "The hit men would take care of the rest."
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"'Don't worry. You may be sure Mr. Weston will pay (the car repair bill)- one way or another.'" (page 15)
Wow! Nancy, you know I was just kidding about the hit man thing, right?
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"The girls might have been held up indefinitely on the hillside, but fortunately a young man stepped in to act as a traffic policeman." (page 15)
Narrator: "He was immediately run down."
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"To Nancy's surprise, she saw that the young man (who directed the traffic) was the same one who had moved her convertable a short time before." (page 16)
Is anyone surprised? I'm not surprised.
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"'I'm Ned Nickerson,' (stalker guy) declared with a warm smile." (page 16)
Nancy: "Oh yes, I know who you are."
Ned: "... You do?"
Nancy: "Yeah. You're going to be my boyfriend soon. And I apologize in advance for flirting with those cowboys in Arizona a while back. I figured it was okay, because you didn't know about me yet."
Ned: "..."
Bess: "Nancy, he doesn't know about the time warp."
Nancy: "Really? Oopsie, my mistake. Forget everything I just told you, m'kay?"
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"After a gay get-acquainted session,
Oh, that is so a euphemism.
Ned accompanied Nancy, Bess, and Georged back to the garage." (page 17)
Ned: "Let me deal with the man stuff, girls!"
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"An odd expression flashed across Ned's face and he looked intently through the window at Nancy.
Nancy, run.
'I also wonder what could have started that fire! You know, I have a sneaking suspicion it didn't start by accident.' 
'So have I,' Nancy returned with a meaningful grin." (page 18-19)
Nancy: "Oh my God, a kindred spirit. Make love to me now."
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"'You girls haven't seen the last of me,' (Ned) called gaily after them. 'I know the road to River Heights. Don't be surprised if I follow it one of these days!'" (page 19)
At this point, Nancy may want to give her good friend Police Chief McGinnis a call...
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"'I don't care about the car,' Mr. Drew said to his daughter, 'as long as you're not hurt.'
Oh, bet he was a fun dad to have when Nancy crashed her car driving drunk. (What? She's so uptight now, she must have had some really wild teen years.)
Then he relaxed and asked, 'The question now is how big a lawsuit will I have on my hands?'
Mr. Drew: "How many people did you semi-kidnap/physically assault on your way over here?"
'Suit? Oh, I see. You think I backed into another car. Don't worry. 
Nancy: "I fronted into it on purpose, full force!"
Another car ran into mine.'" (page 22)
Nancy: "Puh-leez, Dad. You should know by now that I can do no wrong."
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"Tell me more about the fire,' Mr. Drew urged." (page 22)
Carson Drew: living vicariously through his daughter's adventures since 1932.
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"As (Nancy) slipped off her dress, 
Narrator: "- she turned on her webcam."
the red letter booklet which she had found on the Raybolt estate dropped to the floor...
Nancy forgot that she was tired and sleepy. Undressing hastily,
Didn't she just do that? How many dresses was she wearing?
she adjusted the reading lamp and took the book to bed with her." (page 24)
Nancy! You just met that book a couple hours ago! What would Ned think of you?
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"Nancy felt sure the diary belonged to a man, for though the writing was small and cramped, the characters were bold." (page 25)
*sigh* So she's an expert at handwriting analysis, too?
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"The sun was shining through the windows and from the angle of the rays Nancy guessed that it must be after nine o'clock.
Narrator: "But she still got out her protractor, just to make sure."
Hannah, knowing that she was exhausted, had let her oversleep." (page 26)
Well yeah, she was up all night with that book! Does this mean that they were loud enough for Hannah to hear? Geez.
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"'Hope I didn't get you out of bed,' a low, pleasant voice came over the wire. 'This is Ned- Ned Nickerson." (page 26)
Ned: "What are you wearing?"
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"'... Aren't you going to Mr. Peterson's?' Hannah asked. 
'Later. I promised to be here for a phone call from the crippled children's home. I'm to help with their kiddie show next month. In the meantime, I think I'll call Mrs. Swenson to see how she and Honey are and if she has heard from her husband yet.'" (page 31)
Well, I see all is well in the world of Supergirl.
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"(Nancy) could tell that Mr. Drew liked Ned by the hearty way in which he shook hands. Many persons were awed in the presence of the attorney,
Oh, please.
but Nancy was delighted to discover that Ned felt at ease with him.
Narrator: "Ned was confident that Mr. Drew had nothing on him- he had stolen his records from the courthouse just the other day. 
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"'(the ring Ned found) looks like an antique' (Nancy) remarked, handing the ring to her father. 'And the inscription inside is Swedish, Dad. It's an expression my Swedish school friend always used: Bär denna med tur- wear this in luck!'" (page 34)
Nancy: "She would say that whenever giving me back a bra that I had accidentally left at her house... it was kinda creepy, actually.
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"'... I learned that the police and fire officials surmise explosives in the celler may have been set off by remote control.'
'But how? And by whom?' Nancy queried in amazement. 
'They have no idea. Even a passing car with a radio sending set could have done it accidentally." (page 34-35)
Oh yeah, the *radio* accidentally made the house *explode*...
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"'It's a queer case,' (Ned) said. 'Old Foxy Felix will get quite a jolt when he hears about the fire.'
'Doesn't he know about it yet?' Nancy asked in surprise.
'Not according to the latest reports.'' (page 35)
Ned: "Which I, naturally, have access to."
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"'I'm curious as to how Mr. Raybolt, especially, will take the loss.' 
'In the worst spirit, I imagine.' Ned grinned." (page 35)
Ned: "Hi, I'm bipolar Ned! Nice to meet you!"
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"'I don't know what to do with this ring,' (Ned) said thoughtfully. 'Why don't you keep it, Nancy?'" (page 36)
Ladies and gentlemen, the most anti-climactic proposal ever.
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"Nancy's smile gave consent." (page 36)
Narrator: "When Ned was picked up for assault, the police told him that under no circumstances would 'Well, I thought I was good at reading body language!' hold up in court."
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"Getting her father's magnifying glass from the desk, Nancy held it above the blurred writing, then read the words: 
Riverwood Cottage, Sandy Creek.
Nancy stared at the address. 'The Swensons!' she thought excitedly.
Oh yeah, of course she has their address committed to memory...
...
'Riverwood Cottage, Sandy Creek!' Bess exclaimed. 'That's where the Swensons live!'" (page 39)
Oh no, not you, too!
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"'What are you going to do about the diary?' Bess questioned curiously. 'Turn it over to the police?'
Oh, what do you think?
'No, I'll keep it until I can get a translation, and find out whether or not it means trouble for the Swensons.'" (page 41)
Nancy: "And whether or not I need to destroy any evidence against them."
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"'Let's try to take an optimistic view,' Nancy said. 'Perhaps neither the diary nor the ring is Mr. Swenson's, or if they are, he may have a perfectly blameless reason for having been on the Raybold grounds.'" (page 41)
Nancy: "Like... robbery, or kidnapping! That doesn't mean he's an arsonist."
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"As usual, the lawyer was busy, but he found time to chat with his daughter and her friends." (page 42)
Against their will, probably. 
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"The girls reached the bakery at the same moment that the ambulance drove away, siren wailing." (page 43)
Siren: "I don't wanna go!"
Ambulance: "Too bad!"
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"Nancy slowed as she drove past the Raybolt estate. The girls glanced at the charred ruins of the once-beautiful mansion." (page 45)
Nancy: "All in a day's work, huh?"
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"About ten miles farther on, Nancy came to a sawhorse across the road. 'Detour!' George groaned." (page 45)
Detour signs are starting to become the most predictable plotpoints, like, ever.  
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"'Big truck right in back of you, Nancy,' George observed.'" (page 45)
*sigh* George, why must you always be so rude to Bess?
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"... (Nancy) arrived at a section near the river where small houses were crowded together." (page 50)
What, no Hooverville?
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"(Honey's) eyes were a bright blue, her fair skin was dotted with brown freckles, and her golden hair curled in a hundred ringlets.
Narrator: "The Fuhrer was very pleased with her."
'Hello, Honey,' Nancy greeted her. 'Is your mother at home?' 
The child shook her head. 'Mommy's gone to the post office to get a letter from Daddy. I wanted to go, but she said it was too far for me to walk.'" (page 51)
Honey: "I told her I was scared to stay home alone, but she said to suck it up and have fun playing with matches."
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"Nancy, Bess, and George looked at one another horrified.
Comma? You can come out now.
the same thoughts raced through their minds. Mr. Swenson an inventor! The Swedish diary Nancy had found at the scene of the fire! Mr. Raybolt's broken promises to inventors!" (page 53-54)
To quote MST3K, "Sentence fragments! Just phrases!"
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"Bess, to hide tears that were gathering, walked into the kitchen.On impulse she opened the refrigerator and cupboards. They were practically empty. She came back and whispered to the others." (page 53)
Bess: "There's nothing worth taking at this joint. Let's try next door."
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"'Something must be done,' Bess declared. 'Why, Honey and her mother haven't enough to keep them from starving.' 
'It's up to us,' Nancy announced firmly. 'I have an idea! We'll all eat supper here!'" (page 53)
Nancy: "We'll use up their food even more quickly!"
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"They chose a quantity of staples, then Nancy added as many luxuries as she could afford- ice cream, a thick juicy steak, fresh fruit and vegetables..." (page 57)
Last time I checked, fruits and vegetables aren't just luxuries, unless you're fine with getting scurvy...
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"(Mrs. Swenson) broke off as the convertable turned a corner and a voice called out, 'Hi, Nancy!'
Here it comes... wait for it...
'Ned Nickerson!' (Nancy) exclaimed,
Told you. It never fails.
and pulled to the curb behind Ned's parked car. 
With a pleased grin which spread over his entire face,
That must look pretty weird.
Ned jumped from behind the wheel and came hurrying toward the convertable.
'What are you doing here?' he asked.
'Oh, just prowling about.' Nancy laughed." (page 58)
Nancy: "Kind of like you, prowling around my house last night..."
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"'Better come with us,' Nancy proposed impetuously. 'We're having a feast at Mrs. Swenson's." (page 58)
Nancy: "I'm sure she won't mind if I invite some strange boy whom she doesn't know into her house..."
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"Since Joe Swenson was an inventor, it seemed reasonable that he had gone to Mr. Raybolt to retrieve something of his. If no one were home, he might have become a housebreaker, then an arsonist." (page 59)
Mr. Raybolt: "Dammit, no one's home. Oh well, might as well just break down the door to get what I want... And hey, while I'm here, why not set the house on fire, just for shits and giggles?"
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"'You didn't forget Hans's bone?' (Honey) asked. 
'I should say not,' Nancy told her. 'The butcher gave us the best one he had.'" (page 59)
Nancy: "His ulna."
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"As (Nancy) scraped the dishes, she cautiously broached the subject of nationalities." (page 61)
Nancy: "So, who do you think is the master race?"
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"'What were the other names in your families?' Nancy asked, smiling.
'My maiden name was the same as that of Joe's mother- Dahl.'" (page 62)
Mrs. Swenson: "And before you ask, no, we do not write children's books- do you have any idea what it's like to be fangirled by 8-year-olds everywhere you go?"
Nancy: "Well..."
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"'Who is the man (who stole Joe Swenson's patents)?' Nancy asked tensely, yet fearing the answer. 
Mrs Swenson hesitated an instant and then said, 'Perhaps I shouldn't give his name, but since you'll most likely never see him, it can do no harm.'" (page 65)
Mrs. Swenson: "Plus, it's not like you're a nosy snoop or anything!"
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"Nancy had told Ned about the broken-down bridge, and the young man insisted upon accompanying the girls past the detour." (page 66)
Geez, he really is just like her.
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"'You found Mr. Raybolt?' Nancy asked eagerly. 
'Yes and no. To be strictly correct, I found Mrs. Raybolt.'
Carson Drew: "And a bloody body bag." 
'Where is she, Dad?'" (page 71)
Carson Drew: "Vegas."
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"'(Mrs. Raybolt will) surely stay at the Maplecroft Inn because it's the only hotel within three miles of the Raybolt estate. My gues is that if you go there for luncheon you might meet her.'
'That's a grand idea?' Nancy said excitedly. 'I see now why you're called River Heights' leading lawyer!'" (page 71)
Because he helps people make lunch dates?
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"'I'm sure her husband wasn't in the house at the time it burned,' said Nancy. 'The investigators found no evidence of anyone having been trapped inside.'
Yet, as she spoke, doubt besieged Nancy. How did she know that Felix Raybolt had not been trapped inside the house?" (page 74)
Um, because the investigators found no evidence of anyone having been trapped inside?
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"'(Felix Raybolt) went (to his estate) the night of the fire to see a man on business.'
...
'I do know that Felix was uneasy about the appointment.'
'Why?' 
'He anticipated possible physical violence.'" (page 76)
Oh, so he works for the IRS?
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"As (Nancy, Bess, and George) were about to drive off, a state trooper stopped Nancy and said, '... We believe a dangerous criminal is hiding in the vicinity. Keep your doors locked.'
...
Five miles farther on (Nancy) turned into the narrow short cut across Sunview Mountain. The twisting road, bordered by tangled undergrowth and dense woods, was deserted.'" (page 77)
Nancy: "Well, here's a place that looks like the perfect hideout for a dangerous criminal! Let's go!"
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"The stranger did not in the least resemble a criminal type. He looked kind and pleasant." (page 79)
Narrator: "And, y'know, white."
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"When they reached the main section of the village, Nancy managed to attract the attention of a policeman,
who left his post and came over to the car." (page 82)
Policeman: "Ma'am, please stop flashing the passerby."
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"... Nancy's wrist watch warned her that it was nearly four o'clock when the at last reached the factory on the outskirts of Stanford." (page 82-83)
Narrator: "Nancy's talking wristwatch- a gift from Dora the Explorer."
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"'I'm decidedly pleased that the total expense is so small. The last time I crashed into a car it cost me real money,
Mr. Weston: "As opposed to the counterfeit stuff I'm about to give you now."
to say nothing of the threatening lawsuit.'
'The last time?' Nancy echoed with a smile."
Mr. Weston: "Oh, yeah... I guess you could say it's kind of a hobby for me."
Nancy: "Hee- how fun!"
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"While she waited for the car ahead to move, Nancy watched the men with interest." (page 86)
Nancy: "Erotic fantasies help pass the time!"
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"'Does (Mr. Swenson) know we're following him?' Bess wondered." (page 89)
Bess seriously needs to brush up on her stalking skills.
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"'We have him now,' Nancy said confidently." (page 89)
Narrator: "The girls readied their semi-automatics. Mr. Swenson could not evade them now." 
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"The sidewalks were lined with pedestrians, and policemen were turning automobiles into side streets.
Policemen: "Abra Kadabra!"
'What's this?' Nancy asked impatiently. 
Policeman: "Just helping the road signs out, ma'am."
'It must be the parade,' George declared." (page 89)
George: "The parade to celebrate that twelve-car pile-up down the road there, I guess."
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"Upon reaching the Drew house, (Nancy) found Hannah Gruen awaiting her with a 
Narrator: "Loaded gun."
message.
'Ned Nickerson has phoned you five times, Nancy,' Hannah said with a smile. 'It seems he wants to invite you to a dinner dance." (page 91)
Hannah: "His creepy desperateness is cute, isn't it?"
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"At the long dinner table the boy on her right, Phil Roberts, proved to be very entertaining. He told several amusing and true stories about strange letters which had come to the attention of the post office." (page 93)
Well, I don't think it's appropriate to make such jokes about the Anthrax letters. 
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"'Lucky you!' said Bess, pretending to pout. 'Couldn't Ned have found a couple of blind dates for George and me?'" (page 96)
Nancy: "Well, if you're running a disabled kink, I know a few deaf guys..."
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"... The girls eagerly scanned the faces of the workmen. A number of them had gathered near a drinking fountain..." (page 97)
Workmen: "Union meeting tonight, pass it on..."

"Workmen passing to and fro stared curiously at the girls, obviously wondering what had brought them to the electrics plant." (page 97)
Workmen: "Well, dang nabbit! What're those womenfolk doin' 'round these here parts? D'ya think they've got dinner on the stove yet, Ed?"
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"Nancy's heart beat faster than usual as she approached the man who was leaning against the fance." (page 98)
Uh-oh, looks like Nancy's getting a bit distracted here...
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"For a moment Nancy was at a loss for words. She had expected that Joe Swenson would be defiant and sullen- not a sad-eyed, kindly man. He looked at her as though he could not have harmed anyone in his life. 
'It's all a mistake,' Nancy told herself joyfully. 'Mr. Swenson is innocent. He didn't start the Raybolt fire.'" (page 98)
Both Carolyn Keene and Nancy are pretty much living in their own little fantasy world by this point, I think.
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"'Helen!' the man demanded eagerly, his face lighting up. 'She's not ill, I hope!' 
Joe: "I was expecting a something a bit more permanent than that!"
'Oh, no,' Nancy assued him, 'but she's dreadfully worried about you and is trying to locate you.'
'I don't understand,' Joe Swenson said, frowning.
Joe: "I was sure I slipped her enough poison to kill her!"
'I sent my address but didn't want to go home until - er - a certain matter was cleared up.'" (page 99)
Joe: "Y'know, until I had conned the jury into believing that I didn't try to kill this guy by setting his house on fire."
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"'Here is another letter to my wife with twenty-five dollars in it I was going to send a money order today. Would you be so kind as to deliver this in person?'
'I'll be glad to,' Nancy answered, smiling, and tucking the envelope in her pocket.'" (page 100)
Nancy: "Sucker. Think what twenty-five 1930's dollars can buy! Whoo!"
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"'I had an appointment with Mr. Raybolt early that evening,' Joe Swenson explained. 'The house was dark. I had just rung the bell when there was a terrific explosion inside the house, and it burst into flames.'" (page 101)
Joe: "Up until then I had been toying with the idea of rigging my doorbell to a pile of explosives, too, but that experience totally turned me off."
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"'Did you try to break in and help?' George asked bluntly." (page 101)
Joe: "Yes. That's what I'm planning on telling the judge, anyway."
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"'Say, Nancy, where are you going now?'
'Yes, where?' Bess echoed. 'I'm starving!' 
Nancy laughed. 'I could use some lunch myself.
Nancy: "Let's go back to the Swenson's and eat all their food again!"
After that, I'll introduce myself to Phil Roberts' father.'
'The Stanford postmaster!' Bess exclaimed. 'Nancy, you're not transferring your affections from Ned to Phil already!'" (page 105)
Nancy: "Silly! I can have both of them at the same time!"
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"'I'm Nancy Drew from River Heights,' (Nancy) said, smiling. 'I met your son Phil at a party.'
Phil's Father: "Ah yes, the drunken rave! He told me all about you."
'Oh yes! Phil told me. Won't you come in?'" (page 106)
Phil's Father: "I'd like to see if you're as good in the sack as my son says."
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"Mr. Roberts said that a man from the Postal Inspectors Division would take custody of the prisoner." (page 110)
Theirs is a low-budget town. They can't afford an actual police force.
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"Nancy immediately made up her mind what she would do: meet Honey's father if possible, show him the diary, and ask him to translate some of it. 'Then I'll decide what to do next, and whether or not to warn Mr. Swenson of his possibly being arrested.'" (page 114)
Nancy: "A.K.A. tip off a potential criminal and help him escape..."
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"(Bess, George, and Nancy) ran to Nancy's car. Nancy handed the keys to George. 'Will you drive, so I'll be free to hop out and get hold of Mr. Swenson the instant he comes to the gate?'" (page 113)
Nancy: "Bess, you ready the handcuffs and chloroform-soaked rag."
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"At that moment Nancy caught sight of the inventor. She alighted and called his name. With a smile of friendly recognition, he came over to the car." (page 113)
Mr. Swenson: "Well, hello! I hadn't expected to see you girls so- hey, what are you doing? Put that gun down, young lady!"
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"Mr. Swenson remarked bitterly, 'How I wish I had listened to Anson! Felix Raybolt would not give me another cent or any part of a royalty from the use of my electrochemical process for putting a ceramic finish on steel!'"
"Ceramic finish on steel"? Yeah, I think there's another reason why you didn't get any money for that...
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"George was forced to slow down for a sharp curve. Directly beyond it, two men were driving a small herd of cattle across the highway." (page 117)
Oh, c'mon guys! There are more humane ways to slaughter them than that!
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"When they reached (police) headquarters and parked, Nancy warned, 'Whatever happens, don't say anything that will incriminate Joe Swenson!'" (page 121)
Nancy: "In fact, just don't tell the truth at all."
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"Inside the (police) headquarters, the situation lost all suggestion of humor. Here Nancy and her friends were told by Police Captain Johnson that the detectives had learned at the plant of Joe Swenson's departure in a car bearing Nancy's license number. He made no reference to the detectives' source of information. To the girls' dismay, the inventor was booked on a charge of arson." (page 122)
Little Sally: "But Officer Lockstock, why can't this be a happy musical?"
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"When Nancy gave (her name and address), significant looks were exchanged among the captain and the detectives, Davil and Rock.
The Captain: "Oh no, I've heard of this one- she gives the River Heights department all kinds of trouble with her detective games..."
After that, the girls were treated less peremptorily.
Captain: "... So just be careful around her. I figure she's liable to snap at any moment."
But if they had hoped that the name of Drew would release them at once,
Narrator: "... They had obviously been living in River Heights too long."
Nancy and the cousins were disappointed. They were informed that they must submit to further questioning." (page 122)
... Has the right to remain silent, like, not been invented yet?
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"'I never saw him. There were no lights in the house. He didn't answer the bell. Then there was an explosion and I ran away.'
'You knew he was in the house and you didn't try to save him?' the captain interjected." (page 124)
The Captain: "Failure to risk your life to save another! That's ten years in maximum security!"
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"'You're sure you didn't leave Raybolt inside on purpose?' Detective Rock asked." (page 125)
Mr. Swenson: "Oh, yes! Given the opportunity, I would have gladly given my life to save the man I hate!"

"'What about Mr. Swenson?' Nancy inquired hopefully.
'We'll have to lock him up. Sorry if he's a friend of yours. His story may be on the level, but he'll have to prove it.'
Policeman: "You know the drill- guilty until proven innocent and all that."
There was nothing more to be said." (page 128)
How about, "Hey! My dad's a lawyer, so I am able to recognize when police action is obviously in violation of a citizen's constitutional rights!"
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"Mrs. Raybolt stopped fighting with her fists but not with her tongue.
Narrator: "And Nancy's attempts to reject her advances were getting weaker and weaker."
...
At this point Captain Johnson appeared.
Captain Johnson: "BAMF!"
'Mrs. Raybolt,' he said sternly, 'the law will handle this case.'" (page 130)
Mrs. Raybolt: "Yeah... but not very well."
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"Mrs. Raybolt gave a startled quiver. Then she sank into a chair and covered her face with her hands. The others in the room looked at one another. Was the answer going to be yes or no?" (page 131)
Mrs. Raybolt: "Okay, okay! The answer is yes! I will marry you!"
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"'The fire investigators are sure no one was in your home at the time of the explosion and fire. Therefore, Mr. Raybolt must be alive!"
Nancy: "Like, Q.E.D., oh my gawd!"
George: "But wait- then why in the hell was Mr. Swenson arrested on murder charges?"
Bess: "... I'm as lost as you are, George."
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"'When they reached the sidewalk, George said, 'Wow! What a session! Where do we go from here?'
Well, marriage would be the Christian thing to do.
'Home,' Bess replied. 'What a day this has been!'
'Do you insist?' Nancy asked." (page 132)
Nancy: "Or did you change your mind about kidnapping me?"
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"'I want to run in (to a clothing store) and buy a new dress for Honey,' (Bess) said.
'I'll come with you and get her some underwear,' George spoke up." (page 133)
Oh, thank you for that image, George. *grumblegrumble*
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"'You look tired,' (Ned) said sympathetically. 'I shouldn't have come tonight.'
'I'm glad you did,' Nancy told him quickly. 'There's something I particularly want you to do for me.'
Nancy: "Are you familiar with the term 'lube job'?" 
'At your service!'
This is just going from bad to worse.
...
'Since you live in Mapleton, it will be easy for you to see Joe Swenson,' she concluded. 'I wish you'd go to the jail and talk with him- try to cheer him up.'
'You bet your life I'll go,' Ned assured her promptly. 'Anything more I can do?'
'Well, tomorrow you might drive over to Sandy Creek and take some packages to Honey.'" (page 136)
Ned: "Sure thing! Anything else you need help with?"
Nancy: "Well, my laundry is getting a little stinky- it has been a couple of months..."
Ned: "No problem! Or, tell you what: I'll just throw those old rags out and get you some nice, new, expensive dresses from the local Depression? What Depression? department store!"
Nancy: "Wow, that'd be great! Do you think you could keep kissing my ass until I get bored with stringing you on and completely dump you?"
Ned: "Of course! Would you expect anything less?"
Nancy: "Sadly, no."
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"(Carson Drew) was buried deep in a lawbook, but he looked up and smiled as his daughter perched herself on the arm of his chair."
Carson: "Nancy! Good news- I think I'm picking up some possible clues about this mysterious 'innocent until proven guilty' thing you keep wondering about. Also, I think there's a little section in here about 'the right to remain silent'- something about a guy named Miranda..."
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"'The man bought a large quantity of canned goods- including bread in tins.'
'Which makes it appear,' said Nancy, 'that the man was
Nancy: "... dirt-poor because of the Depression! Not unusual at all."
going camping.'" (page 139)
*sigh*
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"'Oh, I agree. The man might have been Mr. Raybolt in disguise!' said Nancy eagerly. 'I'll get right to it and start by going to that store first thing tomorrow morning!'
'But not without Bess and George,' Mr. Drew insisted." (page 139)
Mr. Drew: "If you're going to risk you're life, I'd like to at least take the chance that those two bimbos will get knocked off, too."
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"Suddenly Nancy stopped. On her left was a narrow, grassy lane, almost obscured by overhanging trees. There were two distinct tire tracks. 
'You're not going to drive in there?' Bess cried out. 'Nancy, you'd ruin your car!'" (page 140)
Nancy: "So? My dad didn't care the last time."
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"(Nancy, Bess, and George) dropped to the ground.
'It's certainly quiet in here,' George remarked. 'You could hear a pin- oh!'" (page 141)
George: "I just sat on the pin!"
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"As the girls plodded on over the rough ground, the sounds of trees being felled grew louder." (page 141)
Narrator: "Until one fell on them."
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"(the housing development foreman's) reply startled the girls. 
...
'Two days ago we went (to the small shack in the woods). What a surprise we got! A man came out with a shotgun and ordered us away! he was tall and thin, and his clothes were very shabby.' 
Nancy: "So... regular Depression-era guy, then?"
Foreman: "Pretty much."
... 
'I got the impression he wanted to be alone, and an expanding housing development is no place for a recluse. Say, do you mind telling me why you girls are interested in such a peculiar guy?'" (page 143)
Nancy: "He's the best we can do."
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"'Don't plan on staying home too long,' Nancy warned (Bess and George). 'I may need you tonight.'
'Tonight!' Bess exclaimed. 'I was counting on giving myself a shampoo and-' 
Nancy: "Silence! My wants always take precedence over your needs!"
'Whatever it is,' George interrupted, 'the Swenson-Raybolt mystery is more important.'" (page 147-148)
Nancy: "Good, George. Here's a cookie."
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"(Mr. Peterson) was seated in an armchair and apologized for not rising to greet Nancy." (page 148)
Mr. Peterson: "You being the president and all."
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"'Then of course there were other diaries set down by great men of history; for example, George Washington's well-kept account of his life.
Washington: "Dear diary: King George is being mean and patronizing to me again! Think I may just go ahead and start that revolution- see how he likes it."
One section tells of a journey from Washington to Philadelphia which took five days!
Bad traffic?
He also told of a gift of mules to him from General Lafayette for his farm.
Mr. Peterson: "This was before we hated the French, of course."
'One of the most important diaries was that of Christopher Columbus, who kept a record of his entire journey from Palos in Spain to our continent.'" (page 150)
Columbus: "Dear diary: I finally reached the shores of India today- landed, declared the land for Spain, victory orgy, all the usual stuff. There are, I dunno, a couple million people already living here, but that's no problem- we'll just plague 'em."
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"Much of what had been written (in Swenson's diary) was delightful and informative, but had no bearing on the Raybolt case." (page 150)
Swenson: "Dear diary: I finally figured out the meaning of the phrase 'getting laid' today..."
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"(Mr. Peterson) read on. '"Today,"' the diarist had written, "I went to see a man who sells inventions to big companies and shares the royalties with the inventors. His name is Raybolt.
Swenson: "I am confident that he will not totally screw me over."
Tomorrow I shall take him my drawings and typed instructions for the elctrochemical process and machine which will put a special ceramic finish on steel to resist high temperatures."'" (page 151)
Swenson: "Did I mention that I am a big, big sucker?"
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"(Mr. Peterson) chuckled. 'I just can't believe the little girl who loved cookies is now a detective.'" (page 154)
Actually, it's Nancy that's the Junior Detective, not Bess...
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"'It's said that a criminal always returns to the scene of his crime,' (Nancy) declared." (page 158)
Nancy: "I saw that on Law and Order!"
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"'The bugs have nearly eaten me up,' Bess complained, 'and my back feels as though it were broken.'" (page 161)
Then die.
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"(Nancy) was about to awaken Bess and George when it occurred to her that they might speak aloud and warn the oncoming figure of their presence." (page 163)
Why did she even bother to bring them if she knows they're that stupid?
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"'It's evidence against him!' Nancy said to herself. 'He can't destroy it!'" (page 164)
Tell that to Rose Mary Woods.
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"Without warning (Raybolt) grabbed both his flashlight and her own." (page 165)
Urinetown Cop: "Hey! That's not now the song's supposed to go!"
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"(Nancy's) only chance to capture (Raybolt) lay in the possibility of his turning toward the place where she had left Bess and George. She must arouse them." (page 165)
Now Nancy, I know you're anxious, but I think that can *wait*...
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"Felix Raybolt was easily captured. The appearance of the two men convinced the estate owner that his game was up, and he made little protest as they led him to Carson Drew's sedan.
The Drew family is basically allowed to make police arrests now- the force has given up trying to stop them.
'Nancy, you girls had better come with us,' Mr. Drew suggested." (page 166)
Mr. Drew: "We're arresting you, too."
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"'How in the world did you and Dad get here at the psychological moment?' Nancy asked Ned.
Ned: "Oh, we had a little help from Freud and Jung."
'Well- I'd been gone from home since morning,' Ned explained. 'This evening I drove to River Heights to see you.'" (page 167)
Ned: "I had to get my daily stalk in."
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"They judged that Mapleton had become too unfriendly a place for Foxy Felix. His enemies were numerous, and he no doubt lived in constant fear of physical harm." (page 168)
Narrator: "... From the scary monsters and fluffly pink bunnies inside his head." 
Raybolt: "But there's aliens and witches!"
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"'It's a shame that Felix Raybolt can't be held,' Nancy said. 'Isn't there any charge to keep him here?'
Nancy: "Loitering? Speeding tickets? Kicking puppies? Looking at people the wrong way?"
'I'm afraid not,' her father returned. 'Everyone knows the man has swindled people, including my client, but we have no proof. We need papers, letters-'
What? They never needed any of that stuff before! What the hell is going on here?!
Suddenly Nancy grabbed her father's arm. 'I may be able to produce them!' she said excitedly..." (page 169)
Nancy: "Remember my counterfeiting friends from Red Gate Farm?"
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"Raybolt finally admitted that he had rigged up a television set on the first floor to trigger the explosion by remote control." (page 171)
Raybolt: "For that, all we needed to do was keep it on  Baywatch 24/7."
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"Suppose you come to dinner at our house tomorrow for a victory celebration, all of you,' Nancy invited.
Nancy: "Me, my dad, Bess, George, the police, Mr. Swenson, Mr. and Mrs. Raybolt..."
'Ned, could you-'
'Yes, I'll gladly drive the Swensons over,' he said." (page 173)
Ned: "Still stringing me on?"
Nancy: "Oh, yeah."
Ned: *sigh*
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"'Say,' said Ned, 'I have a notion to start a diary of my own!' 
'Why don't you?' Nancy asked lightly. 
Nancy: "I'll find it and read that, too!"
She became conscious that Ned's eyes were looking straight at her.
Narrator: "Ned became conscious that Nancy was slowly backing away from him."
'I will if I can fill most of the pages with entries of dates with you.'
Nancy evaded the question.
Nancy: "Erm... hey, look! Another mansion on fire!"
'I enjoyed your help in solving the Swenson mystery. Maybe we'll soon find another one we can work on together.'" (page 174)
Translation: Not on your life, chauffeur-boy.
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