Walter Hartright, the Woman in White
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2011-06-22 22:06:41

"The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?"

—Walter Hartright, The Woman in White, 1861, by Wilkie Collins

Cedric Crackenthorpe, 4:50 From Paddington
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2011-06-22 22:07:25

"Of course I despise money when I haven’t got any. It’s the only dignified thing to do."

—Cedric Crackenthorpe, 4:50 from Paddington, 1957, by Agatha Christie

Sergeant Cuff to Mr. Betteredge, the Moonstone
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2011-06-22 22:09:07

"Human life is a sort of target—misfortune is always firing at it, and always hitting the mark."

—Sergeant Cuff to Mr. Betteredge, The Moonstone, 1868, by Wilkie Collins

Razumov, Under Western Eyes
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2011-06-22 22:09:55

"Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly."

—Razumov, Under Western Eyes, 1911, by Joseph Conrad

Professor Kate Fansler, Sweet Death, Kind Death
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2011-06-22 22:10:35

"Quoting, like smoking, is a dirty habit to which I am devoted."

—Professor Kate Fansler, Sweet Death, Kind Death, 1984, by Amanda Cross

C.W. Sughrue, the Last Good Kiss
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2011-06-22 22:11:08

"Youth endures all things...Everything but time."

—C.W. Sughrue, The Last Good Kiss, 1978, by James Crumley

Headline in Vancouver Province
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2011-06-22 22:11:39

Man Robs, Then Kills Himself

—Headline in Vancouver Province, June 21, 1978

Kinsey Millhone, "C" Is for Corpse
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2011-06-22 22:12:12

"Early on, I discovered the sometimes remarkable distinction between public appearances and private tastes."

—Kinsey Millhone, "C" Is for Corpse, 1986, by Sue Grafton

Archie Goodwin, Where There's a Will
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2011-06-22 22:12:56

"The air coming in at the window made you gasp for more when what you really wanted was less."

—Archie Goodwin, Where There's a Will, 1940, by Rex Stout

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "a Scandal in Bohemia," the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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2011-06-22 22:14:25

"You see, but you do not observe."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "a Scandal in Bohemia," the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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2011-06-22 22:14:25

"You see, but you do not observe."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bernie Sampson, London Match
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2011-06-22 22:16:12

"The tragedy of marriage is that while all women marry thinking that their man will change, all men marry believing their wives will never change. Both are invariably disappointed."

—Bernie Sampson, London Match, 1985, by Len Deighton

Anne Beddingfeld, the Man in the Brown Suit
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2011-06-22 22:16:56

"It is really a very hard life. Men will not be nice to you if you are not good-looking and women will not be nice to you if you are."

—Anne Beddingfeld, The Man in the Brown Suit, 1924, by Agatha Christie

The Elder Mr. Weller’s Advice, the Pickwick Papers
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2011-06-22 22:17:34

"Stick to the alleybi. Nothing like an alleybi, nothing."

—The elder Mr. Weller’s advice, The Pickwick Papers, 1837, by Charles Dickens

Mallory, No Cure for Death
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2011-06-22 22:18:20

"He had the kind of face that said ‘hate me’ and I wasn’t arguing."

—Mallory, No Cure for Death, 1987, by Max Allan Collins

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, a Study in Scarlet
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2011-06-22 22:18:54

"They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. It is a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, A Study in Scarlet, 1888, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "a Case of Identity," the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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2011-06-22 22:21:32

"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "A Case of Identity," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "the Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual," the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
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2011-06-22 22:22:26

"A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman’s love, however badly he may have treated her."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Macavity: the Mystery Cat," Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
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2011-06-22 22:23:17

"He always has an alibi and one or two to spare."

—"Macavity: The Mystery Cat," Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, 1939, T.S. Eliot

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
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2011-06-22 22:24:10

"At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck."

Casino Royale, 1953, Ian Fleming

Reverend Leonard Clement, the Murder at the Vicarage
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2011-06-22 22:24:45

"There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands."

—Reverend Leonard Clement, The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930, by Agatha Christie

Philip Nore, Reflex
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2011-06-22 22:25:30

"Everything ends."

—Philip Nore, Reflex, 1980, by Dick Francis

Uncle Paul, Celia Fremlin
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2011-06-22 22:26:14

"Infatuation means ‘A love that it is inconvenient to go on with.’"

Uncle Paul, 1959, by Celia Fremlin