Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wish I'd Written That

What right have you to march in here and ask questions at all? Polite or not?"

"None. It's not a right, it's a liberty. I have no right to ask you to have dinner with me this evening, which might not be a bad idea, but I'm at liberty to, and you're at liberty to tell me you'd rather dine at the automat with a baboon, only that wouldn't be very polite. Also, when I ask if you have any letters from Sarah Yare you're at liberty to tell me to go climb a tree if you find the question ticklish. I might add that I would be at liberty to climb a pole instead of a tree. Have you any letters from Sarah Yare?"

- Rex Stout (as said by Archie Goodwin), Murder Is No Joke.
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