So for Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader I present the first few sentences ...
"Miss Temminnick. Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott. With me, ladies, please."
Sophronia glanced up from her household sums. She was glad of the distraction. She was convinced she was miscalculating the purchase of the three most deadly flower arrangements. Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
2 - 2.5
In the ancient Cheddar Gorge of Somerset in England, there is a huge cavern. Since it was first discovered more than a century ago it has yielded many rare artifacts and bones from the ancient past, including even a complete seated skeleton, nine thousand years old. But in 1950 this place, named "Gough's Cave" after the Victorian sea captain who found it, also yielded what is perhaps the oldest piece of traded gem-type material ever discovered.
|Six Large Baltic Amber Specimens, one with |
traces of encrusted sea barnacles (Source)
|A chamber and mirror pool inside Gough's Cave, Cheddar,|
called Alladdin's Cave. (Source)
For The Friday 56 hosted at Freda's Voice here is something from page 56 of Curtsies & Conspiracies we have ...
Bumbersnoot was, technically, illegal. Not only were students of Mademoiselle's Geraldine's not permitted pets, but unregistered mechanimals were forbidden throughout the British Empire.
"Lesson five five four," said Sophronia. "Sometimes it is best to hide a suspicious item in plain sight."
And from page 56 of Jewels: A Secret History here is ...
In January 1870 a Mr. Charles Bryan hosted an annual supper for his employees at the Black Horse Hotel in Whitby. He began the meal with a toast to "The health of our most gracious Queen." Everyone drank with enthusiasm. The diners were the jet-workers of Whitby, and Queen Victoria's taste for their products had kept them employed for years.
|Jet Brooch with the letters V-I-C-T-O-R-A |
(I can only find one letter "I")