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Date Posted: Tue, December 05 2023, 18:28:58
Author: kgp
Subject: QOTD for Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The following quotation is from Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright 2003 all rights reserved Chapter 2 Widow’s Walk

The room above was cramped and dingy, but sunlight shone through a pair of windows onto a battered table and stool - and an even more battered woman, open-mouthed with surprise as she froze in the act of setting down a dish of bread and cheese.

“Mrs. O’Connell?” She turned her head toward him, and Grey froze. Her open mouth was swollen, lips split, a dark-red gap showing in the gum where a lower tooth had been knocked out. Both eyes were puffed into slits, and she peered through a mask of yellowing bruises. By some miracle, her nose had not been broken; the slender bridge and fine nostrils protruded from the wreck, pale skinned and freakish by contrast.

She lifted a hand to her face, turning away from the light as though ashamed of her appearance.

“I . . . yes. I’m Francine O’Connell,’ she murmured, through the fan of her fingers.

“Mrs, O’Connell!” Stubbs took a stride toward her, then stopped, uncertain whether to touch her, “Who - who has done this to you?”

“Her husband. And may his soul rot in hell.”

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[> May it rot, indeed! -- DianaH, Wed, December 06 2023, 13:46:29

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[> [> Oh, yes!!! Reading this makes me shaky. Diana describes her body and I can feel it. -- Kathy in PA, Wed, December 06 2023, 14:16:12

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