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But it is infamous that they have not told you!' declared Eustacie. 'Je n'en reviendrai jamais!'
'If it's all the same to you, miss, I'd just as soon you'd talk in a Christian language,' said Mr. Stubbs. -- Georgette Heyer
You will like her," he persisted. "Egad, she's after your own heart, maman! She shot me in the arm."
"Voyons, do you think that is what I like? -- Georgette Heyer
My heart aches for you! But don't despair! I am persuaded you will come about! Recollect what the poet says! I'm not sure which poet, but very likely it was Shakespeare, because it generally is, though why I can't imagine! -- Georgette Heyer
Do you forget that I am your sister?"
"No; I've never been granted the opportunity to forget it. -- Georgette Heyer
Friday. Proposed to Cicely. Refused. -- Georgette Heyer
He has probably gnawed his nails down to the quick, or murdered poor Mr. Orde. -- Georgette Heyer
The end of the idyll was implicit in the beginning: I at least knew that, though you might not. And also that the more enchanted the idyll the greater must be the pain of its ending. That won't endure. Hearts don't really break, you know. -- Georgette Heyer
O God, I love you to the edge of madness, Venetia, but I'm not mad yet
not so mad that I don't know how disastrous it might be to you
to us both! You don't realize what an advantage I should be taking of your innocence! -- Georgette Heyer
Nothing doing. I've no doubt you think I should look noble as a sacrifice. But I've never wanted to look noble, and I won't be made to.
Neville Fletcher -- Georgette Heyer
The thought of his high and imposing father's regal progress to Harrowgate, and his very brief stay there, made Desford begin to chuckle again. He must remember, he told himself, to ask Poor Dear Papa, at a suitable moment, for his opinion of Harrowgate. -- Georgette Heyer
I do not like your name, sir," she answered.
"There was no thought of pleasing you when I was christened." he quoted lazily. -- Georgette Heyer
My lord, when I first encountered you the suspicion crossed my mind that your intellect was disordered. I am now certain that this is so! -- Georgette Heyer
After all, life was not made up of moments of exaltation, but of quite ordinary, everyday things -- Georgette Heyer
Who is he, the ill-disposed gentleman in pink?" inquire the Comte, when they were out of earshot.
"A creature of no importance," shrugged Philip.
"So I see. Yet he contrives to arouse your anger.?"
"Yes," admitted Philip. "I do not like the color of his coat. -- Georgette Heyer
Mr Warboys, without putting himself to the trouble of deciding which of the more ferocious animals his friend resembled, stated the matter in simple, and courageously frank terms. "Y"know, old fellow," he once told Martin,"if you had a tail, damme if you wouldn't lash it! -- Georgette Heyer
Sophy, strongly practical, could not feel that Mr. Fawnhope would make a satisfactory husband, for he lacked visible means of support, and was apt, when under the influence of his Muse, to forget such mundane considerations as dinner-engagements, or the delivery of important messages. -- Georgette Heyer
A certain cynicism, born of the life she has led; a streak of strange wisdom; the wistfulness behind the gaiety; sometimes fear; and nearly always the memory of loneliness that hurts the soul. -- Georgette Heyer
Well, it is very odd of you to threaten to throw your friends out of the window, I must say," remarked Juliana.
He smiled. "Not at all. It is only my friends that I would throw out of the window."
"Dear me!" said Juliana, finding the male sex incomprehensible.
-Chapter XIII -- Georgette Heyer
She was generally considered to be a pretty woman; and, since she was as good-natured as she was foolish, she was almost universally liked. -- Georgette Heyer
May I have a workshop at Alver? For experiments? If I promise faithfully not to blow the house up? If you please, Cousin Alverstoke ... ? -- Georgette Heyer
That sort of thing always leads to trouble! It is all kindness, and I am sure I am quite as sorry for Miss Broughty as anyone, but one cannot make a friend of everybody in distressing circumstances! -- Georgette Heyer
'Unchristian, that's what I call 'em,' responded Mr. Stubbs severely. 'I fair compassionate that wench. -- Georgette Heyer
Charles' driving, skilful though it might be, kept his passengers in a constant state of breathlessness. -- Georgette Heyer
Me, I am not a lady,' announced her grace. 'I have been very well educated, and I will drink port. -- Georgette Heyer
Lady Theresa prophesied disaster for all concerned, and hoped that when Serena was dying an old maid she would remember these words, and be sorry. Meanwhile she remained her affectionate aunt. -- Georgette Heyer
What is your name?"
"Again sir, that is no concern of yours."
"A mystery," he said. "I shall have to call you Clorinda."
"Judith! What the devil? exclaimed Peregrine. "Has there been an accident?"
"Judith," repeated the gentleman of the curricle pensively. "I prefer Clorinda. -- Georgette Heyer
Miss Grantham gave a shriek. 'You have trifled with me!' she said, into the folds of her handkerchief. 'You promised me marriage, and now you mean to cast me off for Another! -- Georgette Heyer
I shall write an ode!" threatened Philip direfully.
"Ah no, that is too much!" cried De Vangrisse with feeling. -- Georgette Heyer
In a nobler age one could have answered such impertinence by jostling his lordship as he stood holding open the door, so that he would have been obliged to demand a meeting. Or did one, even in that age, refrain from jostling people in doorways when a lady was present? Before -- Georgette Heyer
Nothing makes one so cross as knowing one is in the wrong, does it? -- Georgette Heyer
Ah, but I'm not a gentleman," said the Marquis. "I have it on the best of authority that I am only a
"Good gracious, Vidal, who in the world dared to say such a thing?" cried his cousin, instantly
"Mary," replied his lordship, pouring himself out a glass of wine. -- Georgette Heyer
Horatia said eagerly: "Oh, you will take m-me instead?"
"No," said Rule, with a faint smile. "I won't do that. But I will engage not to marry your sister. It's not necessary to offer me an exchange, my poor child."
"B-but it is!" said Horatia vigorously. "One of us m-must marry you! -- Georgette Heyer
That Fish of yours is queer in her attic.'
'Freddy, she is not!'
Must be. Dash it, wouldn't write to you about Henry VIII if she wasn't! Stands to reason. -- Georgette Heyer
After eyeing her for a moment or two, he said: 'If you let this chance of achieving a respectable alliance slip, you are a bigger fool than I take you for, Hester!' Her eyes came round to his face, a smile quivered for an instant on her lips. 'No, how could that be, Papa? -- Georgette Heyer
It might have been supposed that Freddy, whose intellect was not of the first order, would have found it impossible to grasp the gist of an extremely tangled and discursive story, but once more the possession of three volatile and excitable sisters stood him in good stead. -- Georgette Heyer
The Marquis believed himself to be hardened against flattery. He thought that he had experienced every variety, but he discovered that he was mistaken: the blatantly worshipful look in the eyes of a twelve-year-old, anxiously raised to his, was new to him, and it pierced his defences. -- Georgette Heyer
I was under the impression that I warned you that in London country ways will not do, Frederica!"
"You did!" she retorted. "And although I can't say that I paid much heed to your advice it so happens that I am accompanied today by my aunt!"
"Who adds invisibility to her other accomplishments! -- Georgette Heyer
I can't imagine what possessed you to propose to me."
"Well that will give you something to puzzle over any time you can't sleep. -- Georgette Heyer
She thought that Fontley had suffered as much from a negligent mistress as from an improvident master. -- Georgette Heyer
There is always a thought of marriage between a single female and a personable gentleman, if not in his mind, quite certainly in hers. -- Georgette Heyer
What brings you here, Kit? No wish to offend you, but not quite the thing, you know!'
Her lip trembled. She replied with a catch in her voice: 'I am running away!'
'Oh, running away!' said Mr Standen, satisfied. -- Georgette Heyer
Why, her father would turn in his grave
well, as a matter of fact, he was cremated, but what I mean is, if he hadn't been he would have. [Ermyntrude] -- Georgette Heyer
Simplicity was abhorrent to his lordship; he revelled in a net-work of intrigue; he loved to accomplish the impossible. -- Georgette Heyer
I'll tell you something else too; by the time we're through we shall have had all we can stand of this North woman. I wouldn't mind betting she thinks we have nothing better to do than run around in circles while she gets on with this three-act problem play of hers. -- Georgette Heyer
He took her face between his hands, turning it up, and looking down at her for a moment before he kissed her. "I do love you, Jenny," he said gently. "Very much indeed
you are part of my life. Julia was never that-only a boy's impractical dream. -- Georgette Heyer
My God, Justin, do you hate him so?"
"Bah!" said his Grace ... "does one hate an adder? Because it is venomous and loathsome one crushes it underfoot, as I shall crush this Comte. -- Georgette Heyer
On the toodle last night, and not feeling quite the thing today? -- Georgette Heyer
I like very few people nowadays; in fact, the number of persons whom I cordially dislike increases almost hourly. -- Georgette Heyer
You don't understand!" she exclaimed bitterly.
"That," said his lordship, with a touch of acidity, "is a foolish accusation which lacks even the saving grace of originality! Every generation, my child, has said, or thought, that the preceding one was devoid of understanding or experience. -- Georgette Heyer
Upon her butler's announcing the arrival of Mr Ravenscar, Lady Mablethorpe, who had been dozing over a novel from the Circulating Library, sat up with a jerk, and raised a hand to her dishevelled cap. -- Georgette Heyer
I remember only what interests me. -- Georgette Heyer
[He was aware] of the value of the word of praise dropped at exactly the right moment; and he would have thought himself extremely stupid to withhold what cost him so little and was productive of such desirable results. -- Georgette Heyer
Do you know, it has of late become an ambition of mine to hear my name on your lips instead of my title -- Georgette Heyer
He bowed, still holding her hand, and then, without a word, released it, and marched out, very dignified. It was another fine tragic effect, but Cleone, when the door closed behind him, broke into an hysterical laugh. She was rather amazed, and a little apprehensive. -- Georgette Heyer
Morals and medicine warred within his breast, and medicine won the day- but I dare say morals may give him a sleepless night. -- Georgette Heyer
Lady Winwood being denied, the morning caller inquired with some anxiety for Miss Winwood, or, in fact, for any of the young ladies. -- Georgette Heyer
No, no I wouldn't annoy him for the world!" Aubrey said. "I do think he was quite pleased to see his little Aubrey, don't you? I have always regarded myself as the feminine influence in the family and quite definitely beneficent. -- Georgette Heyer
And don't you say that it is very kind and obliging of him, sir, like Jessamy, because if you don't like a person, you don't wish to be obliged to him! -- Georgette Heyer
No one could have called Mr. Standen quick-witted, but the possession of three sisters had considerably sharpened his instinct of self-preservation. -- Georgette Heyer
Of course she is a fool, but so are all girls. -- Georgette Heyer
You know how comfortably you go on as a bachelor, and how very much you would dislike to be tied to a wife's apron-strings."
He laughed a little ruefully, but denied it. "I shouldn't dislike being tied to your apron-strings. -- Georgette Heyer
I wish you did return my regard," he said. "More than I have ever wished anything in my life! Perhaps you may yet learn to do so: I should warn you that I don't easily despair! -- Georgette Heyer
Goodbye!" "Oh, not goodbye!" he protested. "I mean to know you better, Miss Lanyon of Undershaw!" "To be sure, it does seem a pity you should not, after such a promising start, but life, you know, is full of disappointments, and that, I must warn you, is likely to prove one of them. -- Georgette Heyer
I may be a little fool,' retorted Miss Challoner, plucking up spirit, 'but at least I meant it for the best. While as for you, my lord, you meant nothing but wicked mischief right from the start. -- Georgette Heyer
So off had gone John to the wars again. But he had not remained for long in the position of a humble volunteer. Colonel Clifton, commanding the 1st Regiment of Dragoons, no sooner heard that Crazy Jack was back then he enrolled him as an extra aide-de-camp. -- Georgette Heyer
Besides, it was a well-known maxim that maniacs must be humoured. -- Georgette Heyer
I am selfish, father? Because I will not become the thing I despise?"
"And narrow, Philips, to despise what you do not know."
"I am to be a painted popinjay! I tell you, sir, Cleone may take me as I am!"
"Or leave you as you are," said Sir Maurice gently. -- Georgette Heyer
The thought flashed into her mind that she beheld the embodiment of her ideal. It was as instantly banished; -- Georgette Heyer
I am relieved. May I now have the truth? -- Georgette Heyer
Venetia had no guile, and no affectations; she knew the world only by the books she had read; experience had never taught her to doubt the sincerity of anyone who did her a kindness. -- Georgette Heyer
Few things are more boring than fruitless arguments! -- Georgette Heyer
Eggs I must instantly have!" she announced. "And Lope de Vega I will not have, though in general a fine poet, but not in the kitchen! -- Georgette Heyer
It was growing late, and though one might stand on the brink of a deep chasm of disaster, one was still obliged to dress for dinner. -- Georgette Heyer
Monseigneur, I have killed you! You are dead! You are dead!"
You display an unseemly joy," he remarked. "I had no notion you were so bloodthirsty. -- Georgette Heyer
Dear Papa, it seemed, had not left his family in affluent circumstances; but he had certainly endowed them with good looks, a commodity in which they had been bred from earliest youth to trade to the best advantage. -- Georgette Heyer
I have never met the man who had vision large enough to appreciate my genius," he said simply. "Perhaps it was not to be expected. -- Georgette Heyer
I could manage him,' she sighed. 'Oh, but I could! -- Georgette Heyer
Lord Biddenden's instincts were patriarchal. He liked to see his brothers and sisters under his roof, and to feel that they depended upon him for guidance; and he was almost as anxious for their advancement as his own. -- Georgette Heyer
I have seen what comes of being patient," Amanda said with a boding look. "And I have no opinion of it."
"What does come of it?" Inquired Sir Gareth.
"Nothing! -- Georgette Heyer
is my very ardent desire to be permitted to pay my addresses to you -- Georgette Heyer
No, no, Kit, don't cry!' begged Freddy, putting his arm round her. 'Can't bear you not to be happy! I won't say another word. Never thought there was any hope for me. Just wanted to tell you. -- Georgette Heyer
He was not at the moment in very good odour at Bow Street. Such epithets as Blockhead and Blunderer had been used in connection with his last case. 'Jeremiah Stubbs, miss,' said the Runner. 'I am here in the execution of my dooty. -- Georgette Heyer
If the worst comes to the worst I can always take Evelyn's place, can't I? -- Georgette Heyer
A man who would contract the mumps,' declared Cecilia, 'would do anything!' Lady Ombersley saw nothing unreasonable in this pronouncement, nor was she surprised that his lordship's unromantic behaviour had given Cecilia a distaste for him. She -- Georgette Heyer
Raoul felt suddenly impatient. 'Heart of a man, if the Lady Elfrida will trust herself to me I will have her in spite of every customary usage!'
'There spoke the Norman,' Edgar said softly. 'Marauding, grasping, marking his prey! -- Georgette Heyer
You have had Ravenscar murdered, and hidden his body in my cellar!" uttered her ladyship, sinking into a chair. "We shall all be ruined! I knew it!"
"My dear ma'am it is no such thing!" Deborah said amused. "He is not dead I assure you! -- Georgette Heyer
mistress of Netherfold. -- Georgette Heyer
Much discomposed, Freddy made inarticulate noises. -- Georgette Heyer
But it is only in epic tragedies that gloom is unrelieved. In real life tragedy and comedy are so intermingled that when one is most wretched ridiculous things happen to make one laugh in spite of oneself. -- Georgette Heyer
Yes, Nicky, but you think I know everything because I never tell you anything I am not quite certain of -- Georgette Heyer
When fate is got it in for you, there is no limit to what you may have to put up with. -- Georgette Heyer
I liked that young man, did not you? There was something particularly pleasing about his manners, which I thought very easy and frank. He has an air of honest manliness, too, which, in these days of fribbles and counter-coxcombs, I own I find refreshing! -- Georgette Heyer
Well, you have the right to make a sacrifice of yourself, but I'll be damned if I'll let you sacrifice me! -- Georgette Heyer
But it was very stupid of me not to see that of course the friend of Juliana must be this Mary Challoner. It was stupid of you too, Rupert. More stupid. -- Georgette Heyer
Lady Denville replied with dignity that she had never felt the smallest preference for either of her twin sons.
'Of course not! How should you, when you can't tell us apart?' said Mr Fancot -- Georgette Heyer
Fair Fatality, you are the most unusual female I have encountered in all my thirty-eight years!" "You can't think how deeply flattered I am!" she assured him. "I daresay my head would be quite turned if I didn't suspect that amongst so many a dozen or so may have slipped from your memory. -- Georgette Heyer
Depend upon it, you are just the sort of girl a man would be glad to have for his sister! You don't even know how to swoon, and I daresay if you tried you would make wretched work of it, for all you have is common sense, and of what use is that, pray? -- Georgette Heyer
I daresay Freddy might not be a great hand at slaying dragons- but one has not the smallest need of a man who can kill dragons! -- Georgette Heyer
My house seems remarkably full of people," he observed. "Is it possible we were expected. -- Georgette Heyer
My dearest goose, why didn't you trust me, when I assured you that you might?' he countered. 'I have cherished throughout the believe that you would confide in me, and you see I was quite right. -- Georgette Heyer
You'll dine with us, Comte? And you, Anthony?"
"I trespass on your hospitality!" Armand protested.
"Devil a bit, man!" said Rupert. "It's Avon's hospitality you trespass on, and our patience. -- Georgette Heyer
I wish to God I might induce her to mind me!' he ejaculated. -- Georgette Heyer
Eugenia never wears modish gowns. She says there are more important things to think of than one's dresses.'
'What a stupid thing to say!' remarked Sophy. 'Naturally there are, but not, I hold, when one is dressing for dinner. -- Georgette Heyer
Only trust me! You have fallen into a fit of despondency and there is not the least need! In fact, nothing could be more fatal, in any predicament! It encourages one to suppose that there is nothing to be done, when a little resolution is all that is wanted to bring matters to a happy conclusion. -- Georgette Heyer
It was incomprehensible to her that anyone should be amused by such a circumstance, but both Gilly and Gideon plainly thought it excessively funny, so she smiled dutifully, realizing the truth of her mama's dictum, that there was never any knowing what stupidities men would find diverting. -- Georgette Heyer
And that reminds me, Mama! I have just intercepted another of that puppy's floral offerings to my sister. This billet was attached to it. (Charles) -- Georgette Heyer
[ ... ]my memory is reasonably good - unlike yours, dear sir!"
"Mine is erratic," he said imperturbably. "I remember only what interests me. -- Georgette Heyer
Judging from the letters I've received from obviously feeble-minded persons who wish I would write another These Old Shades, it ought to sell like hot cakes. -- Georgette Heyer
Well aware that to bring the voice of sober reason to bear upon the exaggerations of agitated females was both fruitless and perilous, Freddy wisely let this pass ... -- Georgette Heyer
I didn't smuggle the dog into the country; I merely caused him to be smuggled out of Baluchistan. -- Georgette Heyer
I may have said that I wanted to have an adventure," replied Miss Thane. "But I never said that I wanted to be murdered in my bed. -- Georgette Heyer
Does it ever occur to you, Mama, that my grandfather is a lunatic? -- Georgette Heyer
Cecy, help me to collect the ducklings, and put them back into the box! If we were to place your muff on top of them they will very likely believe it to be their mother, and settle down! -- Georgette Heyer
Martin,' interrupted Gervase, 'why were you stunned, kept in durance vile, and finally rolled into a sand-pit? -- Georgette Heyer
Miss Allison realised with a slight sinking of the heart that she was to be made the recipient of confidences. -- Georgette Heyer
Randall laid his hand on Stella's, but only to remove it from his sleeve. "My precious, you really must have some regard for my clothes," he said with gentle reproach. "Much as I love you, I cannot permit you to maul this particular coat. -- Georgette Heyer
No one had ever looked at her just like that before, and it had the effect upon her of making her feel, for perhaps the first time in her life, a strong desire to lay the burden of her cares upon other shoulders. Captain Staple's were certainly broad enough to bear them. -- Georgette Heyer
They used to say of me that I'd as many lucky escapes as Harry Smith!'
'Shouldn't be at all surprised: I've seen one of 'em myself,' Brough said cryptically. -- Georgette Heyer
You've no more for me than I have for you."
Considerably disconcerted by this direct attack, she stammered: "How can you say so? When I am sure I have always been most sincerely attached to you!"
"You deceive yourself, sister: not to me, but to my purse! -- Georgette Heyer
It seemed to Kitty a pity that her new friend's mind was set so irrevocably upon marriage, but her suggestion that Olivia might seek an eligible situation as a governess met with no favour at all. Olivia stared at her with dismay in her big eyes, and unequivocally stated her preference for death. -- Georgette Heyer
I will not listen to your verse on an empty stomach!" declared the Vicomte.
"You have no soul," said Philippe sadly.
"But I have a stomach, and it cries aloud for sustenance."
"I weep for you," said Philip. "Why do I waste my poetic gems upon you? -- Georgette Heyer
It is so stupid to say, as Edward does, that Aubrey ought to like what he detests, because other boys do. Aubrey is himself, and no one can alter him, so what is the use of saying he ought, when he won't? -- Georgette Heyer
After all, when one approaches Middle Age ... "
"Middle Age? Has anyone ever boxed your ears Miss Thane?"
"No, never," said Miss Thane, looking blandly up at him.
"You have been undeservedly fortunate," said Sir Tristram grimly. -- Georgette Heyer
People who start a sentence with personally (and they're always women) ought to be thrown to the lions. It's a repulsive habit. -- Georgette Heyer
There was nothing in store at Undershaw for his lordship but a set-down, but it was disappointing to be granted no opportunity to deliver this. -- Georgette Heyer
It was this impulsive utterance which made Mrs Chartley say, later: 'My dear John, I marvel at your countenancing this most improper dance! When they went down the room together, with his left hand holding her right one above their heads, his right hand was clasping her waist! -- Georgette Heyer
You're Beau Wyndham! Well, I'll be damned!'
'The prospect,' said Sir Richard, bored, 'leaves me unmoved -- Georgette Heyer
If I must consort with rogues [ ... ] I own I like them to be in the grand manner. -- Georgette Heyer
She succumbed to the eternal feminine passion for bargains. -- Georgette Heyer
Julia stood for his youth, and the high hopes he had cherished; and although he might no longer yearn to possess her she would remain nostalgically dear to him while life endured. -- Georgette Heyer
Pray, what's the nature of his trouble?" Prudence asked solicitously.
"Oh, cursed bad news, my boy. That old aunt of his from whom he has expectations has rallied, and they say she'll last another ten years. Poor old Devereux, y'know! Must try and raise his spirits. -- Georgette Heyer
You have no knowledge of me. You are to be pitied.'
'Envied, more like,' said his undutiful son. -- Georgette Heyer
Dashed if I didn't receive a letter from him this morning! Yes, and what's more, I had to pay sixpence for it, which I'd as lief not have done. It ain't that I grudge sixpence, but what I mean is, why the deuce should I have to give sixpence for a thing I'd as soon not have? -- Georgette Heyer
I contrive,"' said Prudence softly. 'Do you know, sir, you puzzle me.' 'It has ever been my motto,' the old gentleman pointed out triumphantly. -- Georgette Heyer
Yes, but we do not know that he snores, my love,' Lady Ombersley pointed out. 'Indeed, we may be almost certain that he does not, for his manners are so very gentleman-like!' 'A man who would contract the mumps,' declared Cecilia, 'would do anything! -- Georgette Heyer
The devil you have! There, it is off at last! You may have perceived that I have been tugging at your ring for the last ten minutes. It should, of course, have been cast at your feet some time ago, but the confounded thing was always too tight. Take it! -- Georgette Heyer
My dear girl, you don't consent to an abduction! You consent to an elopement, and I knew you wouldn't do that. -- Georgette Heyer
The charm of your society, My Sparrow, lies in not knowing what will you say next - though one rapidly learns to fear the worst! -- Georgette Heyer
If you imagine that I have the smallest desire to receive your hand as a reward for having performed a difficult task to your satisfaction you're beside the bridge, my child! I've no fancy for a reluctant wife. I want your love, not your gratitude. -- Georgette Heyer
I feel an almost overwhelming interest in the methods of daylight abduction employed by the modern youth. -- Georgette Heyer
If it comes to that," retorted Frederica, with spirit, " I am continually shocked by the
things you don't scruple to say to me,cousin! You are quite abominable!"
He sighed. "Alas, I know it! The reflection gives me sleepless nights. -- Georgette Heyer
I too have been badly deceived in myself," he said, shaking his head. "Would you believe it? - I had no notion that I was such a monster of inhumanity as I have proved myself to be -- Georgette Heyer
Your strength lies in being precisely the kind of man who can procure one a chair when it has come on to rain. -- Georgette Heyer
From being a female sunk below reproach Sophy became rapidly an unconventional girl whose unaffected manners were refreshing in an age of simpers and high flights. -- Georgette Heyer
You're only a man! You've not our gifts! I can tell you! Why, a woman can think of a hundred different things at once, all them contradictory! -- Georgette Heyer
The landlord was trying to explain that there were a great many English people in his house, all fighting duels or having hysterics. -- Georgette Heyer
You know what I think? Fate! That's what it is fate! There's a thing that comes after a fellow:got a name,but I forgot what it is. Creeps up behind him, and puts him in the basket when he ain't expecting it. -- Georgette Heyer
You don't feel you could marry me instead? Got no brains, of course, and I ain't a handsome fellow, like Jack, but I love you. Don't think I could ever love anyone else. -- Georgette Heyer
Sophia, with real nobility of character, then asked Papa to explain something she had read in Sir John Malcolm's History of Persia, which the Vicar, whose only personal extravagance was his purchase of books, had lately added to his library. -- Georgette Heyer
I'm not talking nonsense, lass. I'd give you the whole of the moon if I could, and throw in the stars for good measure,' he said, taking her hand, and kissing it. 'You couldn't be content with less? -- Georgette Heyer
Let me tell you, my girl, that I'm swallowing no more of your insults! And if I hear another word from you in disparagement of the Corinthian set it will be very much the worse for you! -- Georgette Heyer
You need have no fear. But were I to meet you, sir, you would lie dead at my feet within the space of five minutes. Possibly less. I do not know." He appeared to give the matter his consideration. -- Georgette Heyer
In this case," said Randall unpleasantly, "it affords me purer gratification to dwell upon the thought of my dear Aunt Gertrude duped and betrayed."
"Your aunt doesn't suffer throught it!"
"What a pity!" said Randall. -- Georgette Heyer
the Reverend Felix Clowne, -- Georgette Heyer
Do you know, I think that of all your idiosyncrasies that choke you give, when you are determined not to laugh, is the one that most enchants me. -- Georgette Heyer
You will allow that one's curiosity must be aroused when one learns that a lady is prepared to elope to escape from advances one had not the least intention of making! -- Georgette Heyer
Barham you may be, but there is one thing you have been which is certain!' He paused to let this sink in.
My lord did not seem to be greatly impressed. 'Oh, a number of things!' he assured his guest. 'Of course, there are a number of things I have not been, too. -- Georgette Heyer
Gentlemen don't understand anything, however wise they may be. -- Georgette Heyer
Remind me one day to teach you how to achieve a sneer, Hugh. Yours is too pronounced, and thus but a grimace. It should be but a faint curl of the lips. -- Georgette Heyer
If I were you, I'd put up that pistol, Mr. Ottershaw,' said Hugo. 'Were you meaning to challenge the ghost with it? You'd catch cold if you did, you know. It's no crime that I ever heard of to caper about rigged up as a boggard. -- Georgette Heyer
You may have married her, but she is mine. Do you think I shall let you take her? She may be ten times your wife, but, by God, you shall never have her. -- Georgette Heyer
I shan't ask you how you do, ma'am: to enquire after a lady's health implies that she is not in her best looks. Besides, I can see that you are in high bloom. -- Georgette Heyer
Is it not unsupportable to be held down to a canter when you long to gallop for miles? -- Georgette Heyer
Do you recall Fred Merriville?"
She stared at him. "Fred Merriville? Pray, what has he to say to anything?"
"The poor fellow has nothing to say: he's dead, alas! -- Georgette Heyer
Your fate is writ clear;you will be murdered. I cannot conceive how it comes about that you were not murdered long since!
How odd!Charles himself once said that to me, or something like it!
There is nothing odd in it; any sensible man must say it! -- Georgette Heyer
If someone would have the goodness to inform me whether I am assisting at a tragedy or a farce I should be grateful, -- Georgette Heyer
I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense ... But it's unquestionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter or recovering from flu. -- Georgette Heyer
I find it a marvellous circumstance, cousin, that no one has yet strangled you! -- Georgette Heyer
You've never been in a scrape yet but what it came about by accident. The thing is, no one else has these accidents. -- Georgette Heyer
Queer creatures, females," mused Mr. Standen, shaking his head. "Fellow's only got to be a rake to have 'em all dangling after him. Silly, really, because it stands to reason
Well never mind that! -- Georgette Heyer
Nevertheless, she did not weep, because, for one thing, it would have made her eyes red, and another, it would be of very little use. -- Georgette Heyer
I'll see the color of your money, my lord."
My lord folded the paper. He was still smiling. "It would disappoint you, my friend. It is just the same colour as everyone else's. -- Georgette Heyer
You have a genius for bringing trouble upon yourself -- Georgette Heyer
M'sieur, I am as a slave to my wife." He kissed the tips of his fingers. "I am as the dirt beneath her feet." He clasped his hands. "I must bestow on her all that she desires, or die!"
"Pray make use of my sword, " invited his Grace. "It is in the corner behind you. -- Georgette Heyer
[ ... ]if you talk any more flummery to me, Frederica, I shall give you one of my - er - icy set-downs!(Alverstoke) -- Georgette Heyer
Of a certainty Madame has died," Leonie said wickedly. "Tiens, c'est bien drole! -- Georgette Heyer
Have you any brothers?" demanded Mr. Beaumaris.
"No," said Mr. Scunthorpe, blinking at him. "Only child."
"You relieve my mind. Offer my congratulations to your parents! -- Georgette Heyer
I am not quite sober you know. In fact, I am drunk, but I cannot help feeling this is all a trifle, shall we say, irregular? -- Georgette Heyer
Will you marry me, vile and abominable girl that you are?
Yes, but, mind, it only to save my neck from being wrung! -- Georgette Heyer
I comfort myself with the reflection that your wife will possibly be able to curb your desire
I admit, a natural one for the most part
to exterminate your fellows. -- Georgette Heyer
But time was slipping away; in another minute it would be too late; and urgency acted not as a spur but as a creeping paralysis which clogged the mind, and weighted the tongue, and imposed on desperation a blanket of numb stupidity. -- Georgette Heyer
Tell me,is my grey hall an insuperable bar to matrimony? -- Georgette Heyer
What a leg. What an air. A most engaging smile. -- Georgette Heyer
How very awkward places we do choose in which to propose to one another!' remarked Mr. Beaumaris -- Georgette Heyer
Oh, Randall, don't be such a vile beast!"
"I don't think much of that",he said critically. "Amiable snake was much better. -- Georgette Heyer
The truth is that I told Lucius Kennet and Silas to kidnap you for me, but I thought they could do it without using any horrid stratagems! That was fair enough! There could be no possible objection, for how could I kidnap you myself? -- Georgette Heyer
No, but on the other hand you don't enact me Cheltenham tragedies when I've barely swallowed my breakfast. -- Georgette Heyer
Lord Worth: 'I think you may be quite useful to me. The heiress has a brother.'
Captain Audley: 'I am not the least interested in her brother,' objected the Captain. -- Georgette Heyer
He did not defy convention: when it did not interfere with whatever line of conduct he meant to pursue he conformed to it; and when it did he ignored it, affably conceding to his critics their right to censure him, if they felt so inclined, and caring neither for their praise nor their blame. -- Georgette Heyer
A man whose raiment attracted attention, had said Mr Brummell, was not a well-dressed man. -- Georgette Heyer
And now I wish I hadn't been civil, because he says he shall not despair! He is as stupid as Endymion!"
"No, no!" said Alverstoke soothingly. "Nobody could be as stupid as Endymion! -- Georgette Heyer
This is my cousin, by the way. I dare say you know of him. He is very wicked and kills people in duels. Vidal, this is Frederick.' His -- Georgette Heyer
There is nothing so mortifying as to fall in love with someone who does not share one's sentiments. -- Georgette Heyer
My dear girl, don't talk nonsense to me! You're lazy, that's all that's wrong with you. Why don't you take up social work? -- Georgette Heyer
It is in the nature of 9 men out of 10 that what may be theirs for the picking up, they are much inclined to despise, and what seems to be out of reach, they instantly and fervently desire. -- Georgette Heyer
You are an atrocious person! Since the day I met you I have become steadily more depraved. -- Georgette Heyer
Do you mean to tell me that Mr. Trevor read my letter?" demanded Lady Buxted indignantly. "Your secretary?"
"I employ him to read my letters," explained his lordship.(Alverstroke)
"Not those written by your nearest and dearest!"
"Oh, no, not them!" he agreed. -- Georgette Heyer
I don't know how it is ... but you seem to think me something wonderful, and indeed, I am not. -- Georgette Heyer
Oh, 'tis not my qualities they object to! 'Tis my lack of vice. -- Georgette Heyer
Mrs Hendred was a very pretty woman of great good-nature and much less than commonsense. -- Georgette Heyer
But perhaps I might feel strange, and unlike myself. It wouldn't be comfortable, not to be acquainted with myself. -- Georgette Heyer
She had herself been sadly disappointed, for she had thought him a man of sense, certainly not one to be succumbing to childish ailments at inopportune moments. -- Georgette Heyer
In my experience, the human mind, when under the influence of fear, rushes round in frantic circles. -- Georgette Heyer
If you had not done such a shabby thing to me I would not have had you kidnapped. -- Georgette Heyer
If I were a man I would kill you!"
"If you were a man we wouldn't be having this conversation! -- Georgette Heyer
There is a corpse somewhere on the road to town. Mr Fox does not wish it there. Remove it!' The -- Georgette Heyer
Really, I don't know what the world is coming to if I am to be suspected of staring in at windows! -- Georgette Heyer
The sight which met her eyes held her frozen on the threshold, and the thought flashed across her mind that she knew now how it felt to die -- Georgette Heyer
How very odd, to be sure!' 'What is?' She walked on, her brow a little furrowed. 'Wishing to kiss someone you never saw before in your life. It seems quite mad-brained to me, besides showing a sad want of particularity. -- Georgette Heyer
He didn't choose between me and you, Julia: it was between me and ruin. -- Georgette Heyer
You are severe!' Carlyon -- Georgette Heyer
She bowed her head, clasping her hands tightly before her upon the arm of his chair, for her heart yearned towards him, yet could not reach him, and it made her throat ache with unhappiness to meet that look of his that rested on her face without seeing it. -- Georgette Heyer
Yes, darling, that is quite a nice frock, but the hankerchief is not only the wrong shade of grey, but quite damnably tied. Let me show you, my sweet. -- Georgette Heyer
You asked me for a rhyme," De Vangrisse reminded him.
"So I did! A rhyme for tout and fou, and you gave me chou!"
"Whereupon you threw your wig at me, and I fled. -- Georgette Heyer
Are you well? You look a trifle peaked.'
'If I do, it is because black doesn't become me. I mean to lighten my mourning, and have ordered a charming gray gown.'
'You are mistaken.'
'What, in going into half-mourning?'
'No, in thinking black does not become you. -- Georgette Heyer
I cannot bear to go back alone - to the world I have lived in with you. -- Georgette Heyer
Don't you dare call me arrogant!If ever I had any at all-which I deny!- how much could I possibly have left after having been ridden over rough-shod by you and Thomas, do you imagine? -- Georgette Heyer
you had as well go rabbit-hunting with a dead ferret as try to get past his butler! -- Georgette Heyer
It was like a bad dream, in which people one knew quite well behaved fantastically, and one was powerless to escape from some dreadful doom. -- Georgette Heyer
Mrs Patch was all that she had hoped. She was an improbable blonde of uncertain years, with a very much painted face, a singularly penetrating voice, and a laugh which made Mablethorpe wince. -- Georgette Heyer
I don't think I am green. It's true I only know what I've read in books, but I've read a great many books -- Georgette Heyer
Eccentricity may be diverting, Mama, but it is out of place in a wife: certainly in my wife! -- Georgette Heyer
I am sure I do not know why a man should not be a gamester, if his talents make it an eligible profession for him! -- Georgette Heyer
There was something very taking in her face which owed nothing to the excellence of her features: an expression of sweetness, a sparkle of irrepressible fun, an unusually open look, quite devoid of self-consciousness. -- Georgette Heyer
As for the fan, she agreed that it was a most amusing trifle: just what she would wish to buy for herself, if it had not been so excessively ugly! -- Georgette Heyer
Talking to you is like
like talking to an eel!"
"No, is it? I've never tried to talk to an eel. Isn't it as waste of time?"
"Not such a waste of time as talking to you! -- Georgette Heyer
Ten or twelve couples? No, no, Dassett would not be talking of red carpets and awnings for such a paltry affair as that!' said his lordship. These ominous words struck a chill into his wife's soul. -- Georgette Heyer
She forced herself to smile, and to say magniloquently: -- Georgette Heyer
It was seldom that Mr Standen, a peace-loving young gentleman, was conscious of a wish to come to blows with his fellow-men, but a wistful desire to land his cousin a facer did for an instant flicker in his mind. -- Georgette Heyer
This, said Damerel wrathfully, is the second time you have walked in just as I am about to propose to your sister! -- Georgette Heyer
Wonderful!" said the Duke. "We progress!"
"We ... ? Progress? You said we? Progress?"
"It seems I erred," Avon sighed. "We remain at the same place. -- Georgette Heyer
Just because I cut a lark with that stiff-rumped Exciseman you seem to think I'm as good as rope-ripe! -- Georgette Heyer
Speed is the curse of the age. -- Georgette Heyer
Well, have you a tongue in your head?' 'I have,' responded Hugo, 'but I was never one to give my head for washing.' 'You're not such a fool as you look,' commented his lordship. -- Georgette Heyer
odd in it: any sensible man must say it!' She laughed, but said: 'No, you are unjust! I have never yet done -- Georgette Heyer
But where is my son? Where is the beautiful Miss Merriot? -- Georgette Heyer
What I mean is, like you to have everything you want. Wished it was me, that's all -- Georgette Heyer
Bustle about Noddy, or we shant be in time to snabble any of the lobster patties. -- Georgette Heyer
As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do. -- Georgette Heyer
You will be a widow before the morning. -- Georgette Heyer
Those fine eyes of hers had a disconcertingly direct gaze, and very often twinkled in a manner disturbing to male egotism. She had common-sense too, and what man wanted the plainly matter-of-fact, when he could enjoy instead Sophia's delicious folly? -- Georgette Heyer
With Philip's departure had come a void which only could be filled by Philip's return. -- Georgette Heyer
Do you like pets better than toys and books? I always did, so I thought very likely you would too. -- Georgette Heyer
Nothing is so destructive of female charms as contact with fresh air. -- Georgette Heyer
God knows I'm no saint, but I don't think I'm more of a sinner than any other man. -- Georgette Heyer
The society of my relatives can only be enjoyed with frequent intervals. -- Georgette Heyer
Has no one ever told you that it is the height of impropriety to kiss any gentleman, unless you have the intention of accompanying him immediately to the altar? -- Georgette Heyer
She decided that her wisest course would be to put him out of her mind. After reaching this conclusion she lay thinking about him until at last she fell asleep. -- Georgette Heyer
You can't go about smelling of April and May, the pair of you, and then expect to gull people into thinking you don't mean to get riveted! -- Georgette Heyer
The more enchanted the idyll, greater must be the pain of its ending. -- Georgette Heyer
How is this?" she demanded "I had thought a Marquis must always be acceptable!"
"That, Miss Merriville, Depends on the Marquis! -- Georgette Heyer
Surprise is the essence of attack! -- Georgette Heyer
Entertaining females with accounts of jug-bitten maunderings is one of my favourite pastimes.' He -- Georgette Heyer
If people are only kind to me I'm sure I am the last person to quarrel with anyone.' His -- Georgette Heyer
Don't worry. Chivalry has practically no appeal for me whatsoever.
Neville Fletcher -- Georgette Heyer
O God, Mama, I've made such a mull of it! What am I to do? -- Georgette Heyer
It is possible," said Miss Marling stiffly, "that Frederick and not Mary will have the ordering of the
Vidal chuckled. "Not if I know my Mary," he replied -- Georgette Heyer
Do you have a husband concealed about you? -- Georgette Heyer
How the duece would you know the right way to go on if you was never taught anything but the wrong way? -- Georgette Heyer
There is a worse tyranny than that of ill-treatment. It is the tyranny of tears, vapours, appeals to feelings of affection and of gratitude! -- Georgette Heyer
Glamour might still have clung to a rakehell who abducted noble damsels, but no glamour remained about a man who had been pushed into a pond in full ball-dress. -- Georgette Heyer
there it must end! -- Georgette Heyer
I always agree on trivial points,' replied Francis. 'It saves trouble. -- Georgette Heyer
Have you limitations, my lord?" asked Sir Anthony.
My lord looked at him seriously. "I do not know," he said, with a revealing simplicity. "I have never yet discovered them. -- Georgette Heyer
Cheaper still, I might miss my tip. -- Georgette Heyer