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Help finding a quote [May. 12th, 2010|08:32 pm]
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I'm afraid I don't have an interesting review or discussion topic, but I do have a question.  A phrase from one of the Saint books has been running around in my head, but I can't remember the exact wording or what book it's in.  So I'm posting here, in hopes that it might ring a bell with somebody.

There's a passage in one of the stories - and I'm 99% sure it was one of the *very* early, Saint gang-era adventures - that talks about the Saint's ritzy new apartment in London, and the fact that he doesn't have any money (at the moment) to pay for the rent, but the Saint isn't worried about it in the least.  (Presumably because they'll find somebody to rob something will turn up.)  The sentence I'm thinking of says something about "better to be hanged for a dead lion than a foot-and-mouth diseased lamb"...or something roughly along those lines. :P

I was certain I originally read it in Enter the Saint, but I've flipped through said book and found nothing...as well as a few other books with early Saint stories It's not life-or-death, but if it rings a bell with anyone, I'd love to know where to look!


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[User Picture]From: jordannamorgan
2010-05-14 01:59 am (UTC)
Sorry, but I don't recall it offhand. :\
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[User Picture]From: suededsilk
2010-05-14 04:33 am (UTC)
No problem. It's one of those throwaway lines that stick in *your* head, but not necessarily in anyone else's!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-20 08:25 pm (UTC)

You were right, actually...

It is from 'Enter The Saint', specifically 'The Man Who Was Clever'. The quote you're thinking of is “The Saint, being a man of decidedly luxurious tastes, was the tenant of a flat in Brook street, Mayfair, which was so far beyond his means that he had long since given up worrying about the imminence of bankruptcy. One might as well be hung for a sheep, the Saint reflected, in his cheerfully reckless way, as for a foot-and-mouth-diseased lamb. He considered that the world owed him a good time, in return for services rendered and general presentability and good-fellowship, and, since the world hitherto had been closefistedly reluctant to recognise the obligation and meet it, the Saint had decided that the time had come for him to assert himself.”
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[User Picture]From: suededsilk
2010-08-20 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: You were right, actually...

Thank you! :) I thought I'd read it there, but just couldn't find it when I skimmed through again.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-24 06:52 pm (UTC)

Re: You were right, actually...

I often have the same problem when quote hunting, so can empathise - that one's from the beginning of chapter two, if you want to find it again.
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