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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: And Lymond's bright, sardonic face, looking into hers, lost all its amusement; all its icy And Lymond's bright, sardonic face, looking into hers, lost all its amusement; all its icy amiability; all its social charm. 'My dear sister in Christ, and mother in expectation, I may be what Buccleuch has called me: a harlot. But a discriminating harlot, my dear.' And, flashing out an arm, he snatched, lightly from below her labouring grasp, a fine glass vase of Sybilla's at her side. 'You don't sign your work twice,' he said softly. 'It's unlucky.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Philippa Somerville, standing back a little, did not withdraw her arm. In her white face, Philippa Somerville, standing back a little, did not withdraw her arm. In her white face, a shadow of motherly irritation appeared. 'Has no one here any sense? Be quiet and sit down. The world will look after itself for a night, without your hand on the rim.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: It was a tragic and annihilating war, in which intellect fought naked with intellect, and It was a tragic and annihilating war, in which intellect fought naked with intellect, and the blows fell not upon the mind but upon the soul.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Why?' said Philippa. 'For suffering what you have suffered for three months?' And felt the Why?' said Philippa. 'For suffering what you have suffered for three months?' And felt the veils rend about her, for she had broken the unwritten law: it must not be uttered. It must not be uttered, or they could not bear the pain, mirrored over and over.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Lymond said, 'Have I been talking?''We all have, in nightmares. But yours have not been Lymond said, 'Have I been talking?'

'We all have, in nightmares. But yours have not been about the sea.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: A long time afterwards, she was to remember what an excellent chess-player Francis Crawford was. A long time afterwards, she was to remember what an excellent chess-player Francis Crawford was.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: And, echoing Jerott, 'So why in hell have you come?' Philippa's gaze, bright and owlish And, echoing Jerott, 'So why in hell have you come?' Philippa's gaze, bright and owlish and obstinate, held his to the end.

'To look after the baby,' she answered. And disconcertingly, after a second's blank pause, Francis Crawford flung back his damp head and laughed.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Lymond's life was lived on this level: the level on which the future of whole Lymond's life was lived on this level: the level on which the future of whole communities could be steered or reshaped, improved or jeopardized by a handful of people.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: She got in, as she had persuaded Jerott Blyth to bring her half across France, She got in, as she had persuaded Jerott Blyth to bring her half across France, by force of logic, a kind of flat-chested innocence and the doggedness of a flower-pecker attacking a strangling fig.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Discomfort without hope of betterment is not a great springboard. Discomfort without hope of betterment is not a great springboard.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: One battle in twelve might be won by a brilliant military stratagem. The rest stood One battle in twelve might be won by a brilliant military stratagem. The rest stood or fell by somebody's blunders. Only rarely, there came the feel of a great campaign evolved by a stylist: imaginative, comprehensive, irresistible.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Mr Blyth, you should remember one thing. A celibate island life fighting Turks is no Mr Blyth, you should remember one thing. A celibate island life fighting Turks is no particular guarantee of early maturity. Take a little crone-like advice, and don't rush your judgements.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I want you to slip it under Mademoiselle d'Albon's chamber door. If she opens it I want you to slip it under Mademoiselle d'Albon's chamber door. If she opens it and throws an axe at you, come and tell me. If not, you may go back to bed.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: You choose to play God, and the Deity points out that the post is already You choose to play God, and the Deity points out that the post is already adequately filled.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: And the effect on yourself?' Guthrie said.For a short time, Lymond was silent. Then he And the effect on yourself?' Guthrie said.

For a short time, Lymond was silent. Then he said, 'I had some strengths, which have grown. I had some weaknesses, which have gone.'

'That is true,' Adam Blacklock said. Slumped between floor and wall, he had leaned his tired head on the panelling; his face, with its thin scar, was turned without expression to Lymond. 'You have become a machine.'

'No,' said Philippa. 'That is not so.'

'But that is so,' said Lymond. 'How could I do my work otherwise?
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Lack of genius never held anyone back. Only time wasted on resentment and daydreaming can Lack of genius never held anyone back. Only time wasted on resentment and daydreaming can do that.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: She rose. 'You mean,' Catherine d'Albon said, 'I have agreed to marry a libertine?''Everyone marries She rose. 'You mean,' Catherine d'Albon said, 'I have agreed to marry a libertine?'

'Everyone marries libertines,' Lymond said comfortably, rising and taking her elbow. 'But not everyone knows it beforehand.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: That night Lymond, too, broke free from the prison he had made for himself. He That night Lymond, too, broke free from the prison he had made for himself. He drank of intent, until one by one the barriers crumbled and let run loose all those qualities he possessed, like Alkibaides, of a tarnished and insolent profusion, to set alight in his fellow-men that killing flame of excitement, of passion, of pleasure.
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Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: It had been a boy's trick, Jerott remembered. Standing bareback on your father's horses; somersaulting, It had been a boy's trick, Jerott remembered. Standing bareback on your father's horses; somersaulting, chariot-riding. Francis, buried in books, had never publicly attempted it. What private practice, Jerott wondered fleetingly, had gone into that?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: We'll do it,' said Will Scott comfortably, shouting over the tumult. 'If it's no more We'll do it,' said Will Scott comfortably, shouting over the tumult. 'If it's no more than an hour, we'll do it.'

'Christ, I believe you're sorry, you flaming maniac,' said Lymond. 'Don't I keep telling you that this is bloody childishness, and don't you keep agreeing?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: There are those that want to take time and men to hunt down Lymond and There are those that want to take time and men to hunt down Lymond and his band of murderers; and those that demand that Culter should lead them as proof of his loyalty. But if Richard Crawford of Culter won't interfere; says he has better business to attend to and refuses flatly to hound down his brother baying like the Wild Jagd, that still doesn't make him a traitor.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: The coast's a jungle of Moors, Turks, Jews, renegades from all over Europe, sitting in The coast's a jungle of Moors, Turks, Jews, renegades from all over Europe, sitting in palaces built from the sale of Christian slaves. There are twenty thousand men, women and children in the bagnios of Algiers alone. I am not going to make it twenty thousand and one because your mother didn't allow you to keep rabbits, or whatever is at the root of your unshakable fixation."
"I had weasels instead," said Philippa shortly.
"Good God," said Lymond, looking at her. "That explains a lot.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Kate slid to her knees, pulling the child's head to her breast, her mouth in Kate slid to her knees, pulling the child's head to her breast, her mouth in its hair. "Pippa. Pippa, we're awful fools. What Father means is that truly nothing we have ever done can harm us, and Mr. Crawford has mixed us up with someone else. But you know what unstable-looking parents you have. He doesn't believe us, but he says he'll believe you. It's not very flattering," said Kate, looking at her daughter with bright eyes, "but you seem to be the one in the family with an honest sort of face, and your father and I must just be thankful for it. Go over to him, darling. I'll be behind you. And just speak," she said with an edge like a razor. "Just speak as you would to the dog.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Taut, merry, nervous, expertly mounted, exquisitely clothed, haughty in their bright youth, the chevaliers of Taut, merry, nervous, expertly mounted, exquisitely clothed, haughty in their bright youth, the chevaliers of France poured from the disheveled clearing. Sunlit, all that morning, they spanned the glittering woods: diamond on diamond, grey on grey, riches on riches; bough and limb indistinguishable; skirts and meadows sewn in the same silks; skulls in antique fantasy knotted with rhizome and leafy with fern frond. Webs, manes, beards, spun the same smokelike filament; rime flashed; jewels sparked, red and fat, on rosebush and ring. Earth and animals wore the same livery. Jazerained in its berries, the oak tree matched their pearls, and paired their brilliant-sewn housings with low mosses underfoot, freshets winking half-ice in the pile.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He had not moved.But, her blue eyes on his face, she did not rise.'Lord, is He had not moved.

But, her blue eyes on his face, she did not rise.

'Lord, is there nothing in the cup for me?
While you were drinking, I was singing to you.'

The detachment had gone from his face, but not the strength. He shook his head; and rising, Marthe turned and walked from the room.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Gabriel,' said Jerott firmly, 'is now at Birgu, Malta, engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Gabriel,' said Jerott firmly, 'is now at Birgu, Malta, engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the Grand Mastership of the Order of St John. He is unlikely to spend a large part of his time arranging esoteric disasters for his adversaries. He is far more likely to arrange to kill them stone dead.'

'All right. You go and get killed stone dead on that side of the garden, and I'll stick to this,' said Lymond.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Adam!' said Danny. 'You mustn't drop out of the choir. We have too much to Adam!' said Danny. 'You mustn't drop out of the choir. We have too much to do. What do we have to do?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I hope never to have to do that to you again. I hope one day I hope never to have to do that to you again. I hope one day you will forgive me. Try to remember, just at this moment, that my trade calls for acting. Try to remember, Richard, as I have told you, that because of your own honesty I can't confide in you.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Subject to intelligence, nothing is incalculable. Subject to intelligence, nothing is incalculable.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He'd heard of this woman. The Dame de Doubtance, they called her: a madwoman and He'd heard of this woman. The Dame de Doubtance, they called her: a madwoman and a caster of horoscopes. Gaultier gave her house-room and men and women came to her from all the known world and had their futures foretold - if she felt like it. She had given some help once to Lymond, on her own severe terms, because of a distant link, it was said, with his family. Plainly, a crazy old harridan. But if she was going to tell Lymond he ought to find a nice girl and marry her, Jerott wanted very much to be there.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I once heard a man speak, who had understanding, and the promise of vision. He I once heard a man speak, who had understanding, and the promise of vision. He was called the Master of Culter.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Be kind to her when she comes back. Her love is not only for children Be kind to her when she comes back. Her love is not only for children but for humanity. She will be a good-hearted and magnificent zealot one day. As her mother is now.
Goodbye, Kate. And below he had signed as he rarely did, with his Christian name.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He regards boredom, I observe, as the One and Mighty Enemy of his soul. And He regards boredom, I observe, as the One and Mighty Enemy of his soul. And will succeed in conquering it, I am sure - if he survives the experience.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Will Scott grinned. Grizel Beaton had slapped his face four times, and apart from these Will Scott grinned. Grizel Beaton had slapped his face four times, and apart from these four small misjudgements, they had never touched on a topic more personal than which of Buccleuch's bastards to invite to the wedding. But he liked her fine; and she was good and broad where it would matter to future Buccleuchs, which summed up all his mind so far on the subject.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I have fallen out of the habit of talking to brothers,' Lymond said. I have fallen out of the habit of talking to brothers,' Lymond said.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: We may lack some polish,' he said. 'But distrust the society which displays overmuch dangerous We may lack some polish,' he said. 'But distrust the society which displays overmuch dangerous charm.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: What he wanted was very near. It was typical of the monstrous, egregious, laughable irony What he wanted was very near. It was typical of the monstrous, egregious, laughable irony which dominated his life that with every dragging lift of his arms, he should be saying over and over, 'Not yet.'
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: It is not advisable to crow. It might be oneself next time. It is not advisable to crow. It might be oneself next time.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: For an hour, blended with all she could offer, something noble had been created which For an hour, blended with all she could offer, something noble had been created which had nothing to do with the physical world. And from the turn of his throat, the warmth of his hair, the strong, slender sinews of his hands, something further; which had. Though she combed the earth and searched through the smoke of the galaxies there was no being she wanted but this, who was not and should not be for Philippa Somerville.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: One escapes; but one always has to come back. I found too I disliked not One escapes; but one always has to come back. I found too I disliked not being in command of myself.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: There is a saying of my adoptive ancestors. Though he performs a miracle, or two There is a saying of my adoptive ancestors. Though he performs a miracle, or two miracles, if he refuses the third miracle, it is not as profit to him. I shall dine at the Court of France tonight, and in the course of that evening, acquire the royal consent for O'LiamRoe and myself to stay as long as we please. For, to be perfectly frank," said Lymond, gently reflective, "to be perfectly frank, I can't wait to sink my teeth into the most magnificent, the most scholarly and the most dissolute Court in Europe, which so lightly slid out The O'LiamRoe, Chief of the Name, on his kneecaps and whiskers.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Words is but wind but dunts is the devil Words is but wind but dunts is the devil
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: To the men exposed to his rule Lymond never appeared ill: he was never tired; To the men exposed to his rule Lymond never appeared ill: he was never tired; he was never worried, or pained, or disappointed, or passionately angry. If he rested, he did so alone; if he slept, he took good care to sleep apart. " - I sometimes doubt if he's human," said Will, speaking his thought aloud. "It's probably all done with wheels.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Oh, Marigold!" Lymond spoke plaintively. "A silken tongue, a heart of cruelty. Don't berate us. Oh, Marigold!" Lymond spoke plaintively. "A silken tongue, a heart of cruelty. Don't berate us. We're only poor scoundrels - vagabonds - scraps of society; unlettered and untaught.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: We met once when you were a boy, at Midculter.' He paused. 'You are not We met once when you were a boy, at Midculter.' He paused. 'You are not like your brother.'

'No,' Crawford said. He gave his hand another shake and then loosed it with apparent reluctance. 'Richard will never be whipped at a cart-arse for bawdry. I don't know whether you notice, but he wears nothing but mockado and fustian. The graveyard at Culter is full of pauperized mercers.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Oh, well. I don't mind helping you to feel guilty if you must. On the Oh, well. I don't mind helping you to feel guilty if you must. On the other hand, I should point out that of all our various encounters, today is the only time you have favoured me with two civil words in sequence. I found it quite worrying.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: If the wedding was wanted at Melrose - and Buccleuch, as Hereditary Bailie of the If the wedding was wanted at Melrose - and Buccleuch, as Hereditary Bailie of the Abbey lands, had fewer objections than usual to any idea not his own - then the congregation had to come armed, that was all. The Scotts and their allies, the twenty polite Frenchmen from Edinburgh, the Italian commander with the lame leg, had left their men at arms outside with their horses, the plumed helmets lashed to the saddlebows; and if there were a few vacant seats where a man from Hawick or Bedrule had ducked too late ten days before, no one mentioned it.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He will not, I think, find it logical to live with what he has done He will not, I think, find it logical to live with what he has done today. I have told him that you are his responsibility. While he believes that, he will continue to protect you. I tell you this, so that you will understand what is happening. He will measure his life by your helplessness.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Only eight months had gone since Henry VIII of England had been suspended in death, Only eight months had gone since Henry VIII of England had been suspended in death, there to lie like Mohammed's coffin, hardly in the Church nor out of it, attended by his martyrs and the acidulous fivefold ghosts of his wives. King Francis of France, stranded by his neighbour's death in the midst of a policy so advanced, so brilliant and so intricate that it should at last batter England to the ground, and be damned to the best legs in Europe - Francis, bereft of these sweet pleasures, dwindled and died likewise.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: As everyone keeps insisting, parentage doesn't matter. Love him for what he is. As everyone keeps insisting, parentage doesn't matter. Love him for what he is.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Your state has been seen, and will be reported on. Only it is necessary that Your state has been seen, and will be reported on. Only it is necessary that you do not yawn. Or, of course, speak. Discretion in all things in all things is needed." She was reminding them, and she hoped they realised it, that they were not circumcised. The circumlocution expected of a high-born Syrian princess was sometimes a trial to Sara Khatun.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: The knowledgeable gypsy eyes scanned the dairy-maid skin, the gilded hair, the long hands, jewelled The knowledgeable gypsy eyes scanned the dairy-maid skin, the gilded hair, the long hands, jewelled to display their beauty while the Master, serenely smiling, returned the compliment under relaxed lids.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Warfare and trickery. It is your natural element. Warfare and trickery. It is your natural element.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: We?' said Chancellor.'I am lavishly paid,' Danny said, 'to think in the first person plural. We?' said Chancellor.

'I am lavishly paid,' Danny said, 'to think in the first person plural.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Whatever fascination Lymond held for her mother, it had no power at five in the Whatever fascination Lymond held for her mother, it had no power at five in the morning.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: The trouble with Austin was that he believed so deeply in the chivalrous virtues that The trouble with Austin was that he believed so deeply in the chivalrous virtues that he found it impossible to refer to them.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He had ridden through the night, without rest and without sleep, for this. It ought, He had ridden through the night, without rest and without sleep, for this. It ought, surely, to give someone a moment of wry amusement. He understood - but then he had always understood - how Richard had felt at Philorth.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Long ago, returning from some turbulent sequence of misdeeds, the younger, beloved son of the Long ago, returning from some turbulent sequence of misdeeds, the younger, beloved son of the house of Culter would rap at the door of his mother's chamber, and be admitted, and closing the door, would bend upon her the grave, sweet gaze, made of mischief and love, that melted the bones in her body. Then, sinking to one knee, he would kiss her hand, in obedience and humility.

Now he rapped, and she heard his voice speak her name and, rising, she faced him as the door opened and shut and he stood, his bearing and looks unlike anything she had ever seen in him before, in any extremity. He said, 'I have to find Philippa.' And then, walking into the room, he dropped on one knee and said, 'I will promise anything you wish, to the end of my life, if you will tell me the name of the house that you know of.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Strophe and counterstrophe reached their epode. Strophe and counterstrophe reached their epode.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Intolerance drunk is bad enough, but intolerance sober is quite insupportable. Intolerance drunk is bad enough, but intolerance sober is quite insupportable.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Jerott's eyes and Philippa's met. 'When I meet my friend,' said Jerott Blyth carefully, 'there Jerott's eyes and Philippa's met. 'When I meet my friend,' said Jerott Blyth carefully, 'there is likely to be a detonation which will take the snow off Mont Blanc. I advise you to seek other auspices. Philippa, I think we should go down below.'

'To swim?' said that unprepossessing child guilelessly. 'I can stand on my head.'

'Oh, Christ,' said Jerott morosely. 'Why in hell did you come?' The brown eyes within the damp, dun-coloured hair inspected him narrowly.

'Because you need a woman,' said Philippa finally. 'And I'm the nearest thing to it that you're likely to get. It was very short notice.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: For how long can one maintain total vigilance?For how long can love last, in isolation, For how long can one maintain total vigilance?

For how long can love last, in isolation, without sinking crushed beneath its own pressure?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: She looked,' said Alec Guthrie dryly, 'like a clever woman who was not unaware that She looked,' said Alec Guthrie dryly, 'like a clever woman who was not unaware that five ill-dressed passers-by were displaying an unhealthy interest in her personal life.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: The war between England and Scotland was in its eighth year and there had been The war between England and Scotland was in its eighth year and there had been no raid for ten days: it had seemed possible to get married in peace.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: And at thirty-eight a brilliant exponent of arms and a knight of the great fighting And at thirty-eight a brilliant exponent of arms and a knight of the great fighting and religious Order of St John, the Chevalier de Villegagnon had absolutely no use for common sense himself, but respected it in the laity.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: But it's also because of something personal. My mother and father met while playing chess, But it's also because of something personal. My mother and father met while playing chess, so I've always had a fondness for the game. If it weren't for chess, I might not be here.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Watch carefully. In forty formidable bosoms we are about to create a climacteric of emotion. Watch carefully. In forty formidable bosoms we are about to create a climacteric of emotion. In one short speech - or maybe two - I propose to steer your women through excitement, superiority, contempt and anger: we shall have a little drama; just, awful and poetic, spread with uncials and full, as the poet said, of fruit and seriosity. Will they thank me, I wonder?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: You did not expect human values from a machine. You did not grow angry with You did not expect human values from a machine. You did not grow angry with a machine, or be disappointed or feel betrayed by it. You treated it with detachment and curiosity, as you would any soul-deprived object, and if it kicked you in the teeth, you side-stepped and kicked it back, harder.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: This time, after a moment, he called her bluff. "Perhaps Philippa and I should be This time, after a moment, he called her bluff.

"Perhaps Philippa and I should be thrown together a little more. She might become attached to me if she knew me better." Kate, brightening visibly, ignored the gleam in his eye.

"That would make her sorry for you?"

"It might. The object of any sort of clinical study deserves compassion, don't you think?"

"Snakes don't," said Katherine inconsequently. "I hate snakes."

"And yet you feed them on honey cakes and forbid them to defend themselves."

"Defencelessness is not a noted characteristic of serpents. Anyhow, I can't have them lying rattling about the house. It gets on the nerves."

"It does if you handle it by rattling back.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I have many fears,' Lymond said. 'But death is not one of them. I have many fears,' Lymond said. 'But death is not one of them.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: This is habitual. Mother flutters her wings, and every institution within sight tumbles flat. This is habitual. Mother flutters her wings, and every institution within sight tumbles flat.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: The crossroads may not be of your own seeking, but at least the road you The crossroads may not be of your own seeking, but at least the road you choose will be your own.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: No, Mr Crawford!' cried Philippa forbiddingly, and ducking under the snatching arms that tried to No, Mr Crawford!' cried Philippa forbiddingly, and ducking under the snatching arms that tried to prevent her, she ran forward. 'No! What harm can Sir Graham do now? What might the little boy become?' And sinking on her knees, she shook, in her vehemence, Lymond's bloodstained arm. 'You castigate the Kerrs and the Scotts and the others, but what is this but useless vengeance? He can do us no harm; he can do Scotland no harm; he can do Malta no harm. There is a baby!' said Philippa, very loudly and insistently and desperately, as if Lymond could not hear her, or were too tired or too simple to understand. 'There is a baby. You can't abandon your son!
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I am in love-desire, and unless you take me now, I shall fall in pieces...but I am in love-desire, and unless you take me now, I shall fall in pieces...but I do not think I can be moderate. Forgive me, forgive me...'

But her breathing was as changed now as his, and all order retreating before the strength of the living force beating about them. She pressed the latch, and set the last door to lie open.
'Khush geldi: welcome: thou art come happily,' she said gently, and let him come, where he belonged, within her gouvernance.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Philippa drew a deep breath, and found relief in expelling it. 'Do you think,' she Philippa drew a deep breath, and found relief in expelling it. 'Do you think,' she said carefully, 'that someone is going to be goaded into doing something soon?' There was a long pause. 'I think,' said Jerott at length, equally carefully, 'that someone is going to the court of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and someone else is going to Flaw Valleys, England, to Mother.' Which summed it up, Philippa supposed, with regret.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Don't be so sensitive,' he said, faintly chiding. 'It makes everyday commerce most trying. Don't be so sensitive,' he said, faintly chiding. 'It makes everyday commerce most trying.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: You will have power and wealth, but what are these to a scholar? You will You will have power and wealth, but what are these to a scholar? You will end your life an oasis in a desert of ignorance.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: What Mr Blyth has been engaged in was not love, my dear Francis. It was What Mr Blyth has been engaged in was not love, my dear Francis. It was romance, a thing to which Mr Blyth has been very prone; together with melodrama. Whatever made you think that melodrama makes Mr Blyth uncomfortable? He revels in it.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Put him, blindfold, into a closed room anywhere in the world, and he could tell Put him, blindfold, into a closed room anywhere in the world, and he could tell if Sybilla was with him. It had to do, perhaps, with her scent. To him, it was more: a breath from the sweetness and peace of his childhood; a sense of light; of understanding; of loving amusement; an air from the flower-filled walls of pairidza.

Nothing, even now, took from him that first moment as he stood on her threshold. Until the second moment came, and with it his years and his memory. He closed the door, and then turned calmly and looked for her.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Like King Lewis of Hungary, who was immaturely born, came of age too soon and Like King Lewis of Hungary, who was immaturely born, came of age too soon and was immaturely married, my age is out of joint with my phenomenal destiny.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: [Robin Stewart] was your man. True for you, you had withdrawn the crutch from his [Robin Stewart] was your man. True for you, you had withdrawn the crutch from his sight, but still it should have been there in your hand, ready for him. For you are a leader-don't you know it? I don't, surely, need to tell you?-And that is what leadership means. It means fortifying the fainthearted and giving them the two sides of your tongue while you are at it. It means suffering weak love and schooling it till it matures. It means giving up you privicies, your follies and your leasure. It means you can love nothing and no one too much, or you are no longer a leader, you are led.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: You've got one hero too many already. Stand on your own feet, Brother. It's good You've got one hero too many already. Stand on your own feet, Brother. It's good for the soul.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Of all the homes I have known, yours has been a shining model of wisdom Of all the homes I have known, yours has been a shining model of wisdom and kindness and honesty. For what you and your mother have done in the past, for me and for the child, I owe you a profound debt of honour. You have that claim on me. So has your mother. But if you press it too far; if you will accept no appeal and continue to press it, over and over; if you move into my life, both of you, and take your stance there and feel obliged to command and instruct me in how I should or should not behave, you will destroy our relationship. I shall walk away from you both; I shall deny you both; I shall repudiate all you have done for me. It will all be as if it had never happened ... I don't know what you fear for me, but that you should fear. For I cannot afford it.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Well, get the coffer out," said Tobie roundly. "You find his clean clothes and I'll Well, get the coffer out," said Tobie roundly. "You find his clean clothes and I'll cut his hair round his cap and wash his ears out. Then, when we get to the Palazzo Medici, you imitate his voice and I'll sit him on my knee and move his arms up and down. Where is the problem?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Our powder and arrows are going to run out on us some time. And so Our powder and arrows are going to run out on us some time. And so are our food and water and joie de vivre and good books and everything. Why not walk out now and get made into somebody's favourite slave?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Unlike Francis Crawford, whose game with life was a strange and rootless affair played with Unlike Francis Crawford, whose game with life was a strange and rootless affair played with the intellect, Jerott had a passionate instinct to live. It was a happy circumstance also that his nervous and bronchial systems were roughly as frail as a bison's.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: My son took many years to learn the simple truth. You cannot love any one My son took many years to learn the simple truth. You cannot love any one person adequately until you have made friends with the rest of the human race also. Adult love demands qualities which cannot be learned living in a vacuum of resentment.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I could see you drop dead this minute from paralysis of the brain cells and I could see you drop dead this minute from paralysis of the brain cells and burst into uninhibited applause.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: In Rome there is a pathological shortage of small coins. For change, the little shops In Rome there is a pathological shortage of small coins. For change, the little shops tend to use candy.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: I have lost you before I have found you. I have lost you before I have found you.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: She gave up combing her hair, which the salt air had reduced to a kind She gave up combing her hair, which the salt air had reduced to a kind of scrim of brown hessian, and, lying down, proceeded to keep her fingernails short in the way Kate admired least. Then she overslept.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Perfectly prepared to be an eavesdropper but unwilling to look like one, Philippa backed quickly Perfectly prepared to be an eavesdropper but unwilling to look like one, Philippa backed quickly towards the door and collided, hard, with an unseen person striding forward equally fast into the room. There was a hiss, more than echoed by herself as the breath was struck from her body. Then two cool, friendly hands held and steadied her, one on her shoulder and one on her flat waist, and a low voice said, 'Admirable Philippa. I always enter my battlefields in reverse, too. But my own battlefields, my little friend. Not other people's.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Courtenay matter. There must be letters. Many of them appear, as you know, to concern Courtenay matter. There must be letters. Many of them appear, as you know, to concern the problems of navigation in which he was interested, but it is not difficult to read behind the lines. He died in Padua, and from what I can learn, all his papers were sealed in a casket and locked up by the Bailiff for safety. Rumour has it that Peter Vannes the English Ambassador has been told to
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: What is there but untruth and heartbreak wherever you go? What is there but untruth and heartbreak wherever you go?
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: My dear man,' said Lymond, 'he was keeping the numbers down. If we hadn't taken My dear man,' said Lymond, 'he was keeping the numbers down. If we hadn't taken precautions the whole of the noble Order of St John would be disporting itself at St Mary's under the delusion that it was earning merit by converting us to the Cross. As it is, another half dozen are due any day. Alec, now you've kept us right, I'd be grateful if you would see if the head of the column knows what the hell it's doing without you. Jerott, it won't help us in an ambush if the rearguard is agonizing silently over Joleta's jeopardized soul. Forget the brat. Remember, we're common, coarse fighting-men, not a heavenly host in our shifts.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Why are you here?"Silence. Then the boy said slowly, "Because I admire you. Why are you here?"

Silence. Then the boy said slowly, "Because I admire you.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: He's asked Master Zitwitz to leave the duke and travel with him as household controller He's asked Master Zitwitz to leave the duke and travel with him as household controller to the Ambassador's residence in Turkey.'

Philippa Somerville blew her nose sharply. 'On the strength of his sweet cherry sauce?'

'On the strength, I think, of that handy right uppercut,' said Jerott.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Philippa Somerville was annoyed. To her friends the Nixons, who owned Liddel Keep, and with Philippa Somerville was annoyed. To her friends the Nixons, who owned Liddel Keep, and with whom Kate had deposited her for one night, she had given an accurate description of Sir William Scott of Kincurd, his height, his skill, his status, and his general suitability as an escort for Philippa Somerville from Liddesdale to Midculter Castle. And the said William Scott had not turned up. She fumed all the morning of that fine first day of May, and by afternoon was driven to revealing her general dissatisfaction with Scotland, the boring nature of Joleta, her extreme dislike of one of the Crawfords and the variable and unreliable nature of the said William Scott. She agreed that the Dowager Lady Culter was adorable, and Mariotta nice, and that she liked the baby.
Dorothy Dunnett Sayings: Something comes out of every voyage,' said the other man sharply. 'Out of every bloody Something comes out of every voyage,' said the other man sharply. 'Out of every bloody fruitless endeavour. All the striving after the unknowable. The unattainable, the search for Athor, the creative force, rolled into a circle. You with your quest; I with my care-ridden Emperor; Sir Thomas, sitting before the fire, his bowels burning before him. We add something. If we didn't add something, there would be no object in it.