By Ruth Rendell
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me went right down to the river to wash; Adam and Eve have been drowned. Who used to be saved?' This previous 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 girls, 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 tough irony he stands out as 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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He was clean himself, not so clean as she was, but no one could be. She was proud of that. On a Saturday evening, when they’d been to the Queen’s Head, they brought back Balti takeaway for supper. Well, Jock did. She had a sandwich she made herself and a banana. Jock said he hated bananas, it was like eating sweet soap, and Minty couldn’t help remembering what Auntie’d said about viewing someone who didn’t like them with the deepest suspicion. But what happened next drove all that out of her head.
John, really, but everyone calls me Jock. ” He shook his head. “I’m a stranger here myself but I soon won’t be. ” He glanced at her hands. “You’re not married, are you, Polo? ” She thought of Auntie who was dead and of Agnes going off to Australia. ” He didn’t like that. She couldn’t tell why but he didn’t. She’d said it very seriously, of course she had, it was serious to her. To make it better she tried to smile. The gin had gone straight to her head, though she’d only sipped a few mouthfuls of it.
She was like my mother. ” “You deserved it. ” She nodded, speechless. ” Syringa Road didn’t turn directly out of Harrow Road but out of a turning off it. He read out the street name in the sort of tone you’d use to say Buckingham Palace or Millennium Dome. His voice was lovely, like something sweet and dark brown and smooth, chocolate mousse maybe. But she was afraid he’d want to come in and she wouldn’t know how to stop him. Suppose he tried to kiss her? Laf and Sonovia weren’t in. No lights were on next door.