Island of the Mad
A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock HolmesBook - 2018
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From the Acknowledgements: "And guide Christine Gregorin (found at www.slow-venice.com) swept me from one end of the city to the other, talking politics and history. Not that this book is about politics: no, not at all."
"I was of course familiar with Dr. Freud's theory, that a claim of incest reveals the sex fantasies of an hysteric. But 'hysterical' is the modern's cry of witchcraft, its punishment incarceration instead of burning."
"And a few months later, in January of this year, Benito Mussolini stood before his nation to declare himself absolute ruler of his country, and to take proud responsibility for the violence that ha put him there. As he put it, 'Italy wants peace and quiet, work and calm. I will give it these things - with love if possible, with force if necessary.'
The trains would run on time.
"If one plays on fear, takes away any remotely complicated ideas, and offers people a sense of confidence and right, one's followers will beat to death any enemy they are pointed at."
"....as well as a rumour Mycroft had heard of an invention called 'radiovision' i America, which both men agreed sounded like a pipe dream."
"My habit was to remind myself that some men never got over the handicap of not being women,, and keep my mouth in a tight-lipped smile."
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