From Pine View Farm


Edmund Crispin:

(Upon the finding of the victim in a mystery story–ed.) She had been an attractive girl. But that “had been” was not a conventional gesture to the fact of death. It was an honest admission that without life the most beautiful body is an object of no interest. We are not bodies, thought Nigel, we are lives.

Crispin, Edmund (real name, Bruce Montgomery), The Case of the Gilded Fly (London: Bloomsbury, 12018), p. 80-81.


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