Watching him, his hands buried in his pockets—to keep from circling her neck she supposed—she couldn't help but marvel at the curious mix of Southern courtesy and male arrogance, the natural assumption he shouldered of being lawfully in control. Engaging in a moral battle isn't always hazardous to one's health, you know.Doesn't look like it's doing wonders for yours.Saints be praised, it can actually be rewarding.Looking over his shoulder, he halted in the middle of the room. Irish.I beg your pardon?You. Irish. The green eyes, the tiny bit of red in your hair. Is Connor your real name?Yes, why... she said, stammering. Bloody hell. Of course.Liar.She felt the slow, hot roll of color cross her cheeks. What could that possibly have to do with anything?I don't know, but I have a feeling it means something. It's the first I've heard come out of that sassy mouth of yours that didn't sound like some damned speech. He tapped his head, starting to pace again. What I wonder is, where are you in there?
[I]f you seek in every way to minimise my firm beliefs by your anti-feminist attacks, please recall that a small dagger or knife point can pierce a great, bulging sack and that a small fly can attack a great lion and speedily put him to flight.
Want to play hangman? asks Theophile, and I ache to tell him that I have enough on my plate playing quadriplegic. But my communication system disqualifies repartee: the keenest rapier grows dull and falls flat when it takes several minutes to thrust it home. By the time you strike, even you no longer understand what had seemed so witty before you started to dictate it, letter by letter. So the rule is to avoid impulsive sallies. It deprives conversation of its sparkle, all those gems you bat back and forth like a ball-and I count this forced lack of humor one of the great drawbacks of my condition.
I must be overtired', Buttercup managed. 'The excitement and all.''Rest then', her mother cautioned. 'Terrible things can happen when you're overtired. I was overtired the night your father proposed.