By Ruth Rendell
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me went right down to the river to wash; Adam and Eve have been drowned. Who was once saved?' This outdated nursery rhyme is a favorite of Jerry Leach (if that's the identify he's utilizing on the time), a good-looking ne'er do good, who sponges off ladies. 5 ladies, unknown to one another, are his keen sufferers. One he even married as soon as and deserted, whereas promising to marry one other. yet, with the harsh irony he may be the first to acknowledge in that nursery rhyme, Jerry, nearly by chance, turns into the sufferer of 1 of his lady prey.
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The streets round here were deserted at night except for groups of young men, wandering, filling the width of the pavement, silent but occasionally letting out bestial yells. Or you’d meet just one, loping along to the deafening beat of a ghetto blaster. If she’d been alone, she wouldn’t have risked it; she’d have got the bus. He asked her what was behind the high wall. ” He said it as if she’d told him something wonderful, like she’d won the lottery, and from that moment she started liking him.
The kitchen was spotless. It smelled powerfully of bleach, a scent Minty liked. If she’d ever worn perfume it would have smelled like bleach. Although she’d just had her big wash she washed her hands again. She was very particular about what she ate. Food could be messy and make you dirty. Soup, for instance, or pasta or anything with gravy. She ate a lot of cold chicken and ham and salad and bread, the white kind, not the brown, which might have any filthy substance in it to make it that color, and eggs and fresh, unsalted butter.
Minty didn’t laugh. She was frightened of having God in the house, always telling Auntie He was training her to be the angel of the Lord and not to eat red meat. Auntie had always been a great one for the royal family and she could remember Edward VIII renouncing the throne for love of a woman, so it wasn’t surprising when his voice joined God’s. He told her he’d got a son, born in secret in Paris, and then he’d had a son and she was to tell the queen she’d no business being where she was and this King Edward X ought to wear the crown.
Adam and Eve and pinch me by Ruth Rendell