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MARY ROBERTS RINEHART
American novelist and playwright
(1876 - 1958)
  CHECK READING LIST (11)  

A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.
      - [Life]

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
      - [Lawyers]

It's the safety valve of middle life, and the solace of age.
      - [Hobbies]

The city turned its dreariest aspect toward the railway station; blackened walls, irregular and ill-paved streets, gloomy warehouses, and over all a gray, smoke-laden atmosphere which gave it mystery and often beauty.
      - A Poor Wise Man [Books (First Lines)]

Natalie Spenser was giving a dinner. She was not an easy hostess.
      - Dangerous Days [Books (First Lines)]

The Street stretched away north and south in two lines of ancient houses that seemed to meet in the distance.
      - K [Books (First Lines)]

When old Lucius Dowling lay dying he sent for his will and reread it.
      - Lost Ecstasy [Books (First Lines)]

The stage on which we play our little dramas of life and love has for most of us but one setting.
      - The Amazing Interlude
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Heaven and earth," sang the tenor, Mr. Henry Wallace, owner of the Wallace garage. His larynx, which gave him somewhat the effect of having swallowed a crab-apple and got it only part way down, protruded above his low collar.
      - The Breaking Point (ch. I)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Young Doctor Arden was gong through the process of reorienting himself after a night's sleep.
      - The Doctor [Books (First Lines)]

I have wrenched knee, and for the past two weeks my days have consisted of three trays, two of them here in the library, a nurse at ten o'clock each morning with a device of infernal origin which is supposed to bake the pain out of my leg, and my thoughts for company.
      - The Door [Books (First Lines)]

McKnight is gradually taking over the criminal end of the business.
      - The Man in Lower Ten [Books (First Lines)]

In my criminal work anything that wears skirts is a lady, until the law proves her otherwise. From the frayed and slovenly petticoats of the woman who owns a poultry stand in the market and who has grown wealthy by selling chickens at twelve ounces to the pound, or the silk sweep of Mamie Tracy, whose diamonds have been stolen down on the avenue, or the staidly respectable black and middle-aged skirt of the client whose husband has found an affinity partial to laces and fripperies, and has run off with her–all the wearers are ladies, and as such announced by Hawes. In fact, he carries it to excess.
      - The Window at the White Cat (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

When the dreadful thing occurred that night, every one turned on me. The injustice of it hurt me most. They said I got up the dinner, that I asked them to give up other engagements and come, that I promised all kinds of jollification, if they would come; and then when they did come and got in the papers and every one--but ourselves--laughed himself black in the face, they turned on ME! I, who suffered ten times to their one!
      - When a Man Marries (ch. I)
        [Books (First Lines)]


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