In response to Lucy's wheeze of quoting the sixth, seventh and eighth sentence on page 123 of a book you happen to be reading, here goes:
"O Wazir," broke in the other, "this old man is in his dotage. He does not know what he says. I alone killed her and must pay the penalty."
The provenance may be a give away. If anyone is in doubt I can reveal it later. I am supposed to tag five others in the hope that they will take up this interesting exercise. I'm sorry, Lucy I can just about muster four suitable people with access to the internet: Lucas, the poet; Barrett Bonden, the nautical man; Tristan, the cavalier of the road, and Clare, originator of the three beautiful things theme for bloggers. The mechanical procedure of tagging defeats me, but I hope that they may pick this up, and pursue it in one way or another. It should make an interesting anthology.
"Customers wanted. No previous experience needed." So reads a billboard outside the Mind charity ship in the High Street.
In the post office where the queue is long and irritable, a little girl suddenly hugs me round the legs. "Wrong person, darling", says her mother.