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He ordered a pint of beer and asked if he could use the telephone. Lewis's voice answered. When he asked for Sarah, Lewis said, "She's gone out to get vegetables. She ought to be back soon. " "No, I think I'd better speak to her myself. " "London? " "I don't know. A few days. Perhaps weeks. " "The one about the murders. " "Well, I wasn't! You must be mad! " There was a long pause, then Lewis said, "Look here, I think you'd better come over here and talk about it. " He said, "No, seriously, I can't come over.

Bryce glanced at his watch. "Good heavens, I'm afraid I'll have to leave you. I'm meeting a client for lunch at one. But I'd be delighted to see you this evening, if you'd like to come. " Reade said, "That's most kind of you. " "Marvelous! My wife'll give me a medal. I'll look forward to seeing you. Don't get up. " "A friend in Keswick. " "Far too young. " He was tempted to tell Butler about the engagement, but decided against it There was already too much to discuss. " This referred to the letters taken away by Lund; Reade had asked him to return them to the Keswick bookshop.

We work all night here, you see. " "No. I believe there wasn't much. " "No. He must have come pretty quiet, because the bloke who's on at night keeps pretty wide awake. " the old man said. " The telephone in the timekeeper's office began to ring. " Butler got back into the car. He said, "Let's move while the going's good. " As they turned back onto the Albert Embankment, Reade said, "Shall we go and look at this one in Lambeth? " "In that case, let's skip it. I'm getting tired. " "Sounds pretty sickening.

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