And besides, Mrs Forthby in the flesh was a different kettle of fish to Mrs Forthby in his fantasies. In the latter she had a multitude of perverse inclinations, which corresponded exactly with his own unfortunate requirements, while possessing a discretion that would have done credit to aTrappist nun. In the flesh she was disappointingly different.
1975 Blott on the Landscape, ch.3.
The South African police would leave no stone unturned to see that nothing disturbed the even terror of their lives.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe
In the lotus position at her yoga class she managed to exude energy, and her attempts at Transcendental Meditation had been likened to a pressure-cooker on simmer.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe
God, in his view, had created a perfect world if the book of Genesis was to be believed and it had been going downhill ever since.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe
All you had to do was tell people what they wanted to hear and they would believe you no matter how implausible your story might be.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe
The Rev St John Froude put the phone down thoughtfully. The notion that he was sharing the house with a disembodied and recently murdered woman was not one that he had wanted to put to his caller. His reputation for eccentricity was already sufficiently widespread without adding to it.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe
If any writer thinks the world is full of middle-class people of nice sensibilities, then he is out of his mind.Tom (Thomas Ridley) Sharpe