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 This outdated nursery rhyme is a favorite of Jerry Leach (if that's the identify he's utilizing on the time), a good-looking ne'er do good, who sponges off girls. 5 girls, unknown to one another, are his prepared sufferers. One he even married as soon as and deserted, whereas promising to marry one other. yet, with the harsh irony he stands out as the first to acknowledge in that nursery rhyme, Jerry, virtually by accident, turns into the sufferer of 1 of his woman prey.
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Now she was afraid to open them in case Jock’s ghost had taken advantage of her temporary blindness to seat himself in the chair once more. With the chair pushed up against the table, perhaps he wouldn’t be able to. She opened her eyes. No ghost. Should she tell Sonovia about it? Minty couldn’t make up her mind. The street doors in Syringa Road opened on to tiny rectangular front gardens. Minty’s garden was paved all over, Auntie had seen to that, but next door’s had earth and flowers growing out of it, masses of them in summer.
Minty told Sonovia about the op, leaving out her personal involvement. They were in the cinema, waiting for the big picture to start and Laf to get back from the gents’. It was the first time Minty’d been out with them since Jock came on the scene. “His mum’s getting a hip replacement for two hundred and fifty pounds? ” “Ops cost a lot when they’re private,” Minty said. ” Minty didn’t like that. She’d always suspected Sonovia was jealous because her Corinne hadn’t got a boyfriend. The lights went down and she accepted the pack of popcorn Laf handed her, She usually liked popcorn, it was dry and clean and not messy to eat, but this evening somehow it tasted stale.
She let herself in, put up the blind on the door, slid back the bars on the window. Some very strange people roamed Harrow Road by night. Nothing was safe. Minty stood still a moment, breathing in Immacue’s smell, a mixture of soap, detergent, clean linen, dry-cleaning fluids, and stain remover. She’d have liked 39 Syringa Road to smell like that, but she simply hadn’t the wherewithal. It was a scent that developed over years of cleansing within a relatively small space. And inhaling it was the reverse of what Minty sometimes experienced when it was her lot to sort through the piles of clothes customers brought in and, as they were moved and lifted and turned over, there rose from them a nasty odor of stale sweat and food stains.
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