Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Quotable

I'm re-reading the Mary Russell novels by Laurie R. King at the moment, and could honestly present hundreds of quotations from the series. This one, however, seems quite appropriate for today and the rather rude awakening that is Daylight Savings Time. (I want my missing hour of sleep back.) It also happens to be one of my favorite moments from A Letter of Mary. I love that Russell's powers of deduction are still very much present at a time when many people would be groggy and semi-coherent:
It was light in the room, despite the curtains, when a small noise woke me. After a moment, I spoke into my pillow.

"It occurs to me that I am condemned rarely to awaken normally under this roof. I am usually disturbed by loud and urgent voices from the sitting room, occasionally by a particularly horrendous alarm clock at some ungodly hour, and once by a gunshot. However," I added, and turned over, "of all the unnatural noises which serve to pull me from slumber, the rattle of a cup and saucer is the least unwelcome." I paused. "On the other hand, my nose tells me to beware a detective bearing coffee, rather than the more congenial beverage of tea. May I take this as a wordless message that my presence is required, in a wide-awake state?" I reached for the cup.

-- Laurie R. King, A Letter of Mary
Quotable will be a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth starting on Friday.


  1. Nice quote! I want my hour back, too. :(

  2. I'm with you and Karen. Give me my hour back, please. That is a fitting quote.

  3. Brilliant! I love these books and cannot wait for the new one next month. Thanks for sharing.

  4. this is a really great quote, i haven't read these books but i have heard such great things

  5. Ooh, another Laurie R. King/Mary Russell fan! I posted a Mary Russell quote yesterday. This is a great one, and I too love that Mary keeps her powers of reason and deduction even when still waking up. Considering I've been up for three hours and my brain still isn't clear of cobwebs, I'm terribly envious.