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The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (Part 2 of 2)

In the second part of this book, Nancy uncovers a commie conspiracy to jeopardize America's space program! Every foreign person she's met over the course of the story is secretly involved, of course.

"Looking worried, the housekeeper replied that their suspicions about the moss-covered mansion should be reported to the FBI." (page 116)
Because I'm sure they don't have enough conspiracy theorists to deal with already!
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"[Nancy] also reminded the others that the FBI had a good lead about the person responsible for stealing the oranges and delivering them to the Space Center. He was Max Ivanson." (page 116)
Nancy: "Oh yeah, speaking of which, we might want to tell them that. You know, just in case."

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"Bess sighed, and changed the subject. 'While you were out, Nancy, we had a call from Mrs. Nickerson.
Bess: "She wanted to speak with you about how you use sex as a bargaining tool with her son, and then never follow through."
Ned and Dave and Burt will be down tomorrow.'
Bess: "They were concerned about not filling their stalking quota for the book."
Nancy's face broke into a
look of horror and disgust.
smile. How good it would be to see Ned! 'And it will be great to have him help on the mystery,' she thought." (page 117)
"Ned" and "help" should never be used in the same sentence. It just doesn't look right.
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"The woman smiled. She took an address book from her handbag and flipped the pages to W. Then she wrote down the address of her friends the Websters, and handed it to Nancy. 'Thank you very much,' Nancy said. 'As soon as I get home, I'll phone them.'
But she gave you their address, not their phone number...
As the young detective was about the leave the post office, she saw something that made her step back quickly. Walking along the street and carrying on an animated conversation were Mr. Scarlett and Mr. Fortin!'
They are friends,' she decided." (page 118-119)
Or lovers.
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"Nancy mentioned the friendship between Mr. Fortin and Mr. Scarlett. Mr. Webster was amazed." (page 120)
Webster: "And you're sure there's UST and some hinting of romance? Oh, I do love me some hoyay!"
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"Mr. Drew and Mr. Billington had gone out again.
Oh ho ho.
They did not return until dinnertime that evening." (page 120)
Narrator: "Making sweet, sweet love can take time if you do it right, after all."
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"Suddenly Hannah Gruen said, 'Oh, I forgot!'
All eyes turned in her direction. 'She went on, 'There was a personal in today's paper that caught my eye. Using the code words 1, 5, 9, and 13
Those would be numbers, Hannah, not words.
the message read, "Beam ready for action".'" (page 121)
Carson: "My God, we're dealing with Trekkies!"
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"Nancy told them that she had come up with a daring idea to help solve the mystery. 'Using the numbered words code, I'll run a personal in Sunday's paper. It will arrange a meeting for the people who are communicating through the personal column.'
'That's a clever idea!' her father said. 'I wish you luck.'" (page 121)
Carson: "You have fun meeting up with strange and potentially dangerous people, kiddo. I'll just keep going on my overnight dinner dates with various men."
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"[Nancy] was making good time along the highway when suddenly a motorcycle roared up behind her. Riding it was a policeman.
'Pull over!' he ordered. 'Let me see your license.'
Nancy was sure she had done nothing wrong
Except trespassing, breaking and entering, impersonating a home inspection officer...
but did not question the officer.
For once.
She showed him her license.
Officer: "Hey, you're not a four hundred-pound African American man!"
'Where did you get this car?' he asked.
Nancy gave him the name of the rental agency and showed him the receipt. The officer looked at her sharply, then said, 'Are you aware you're driving a stolen car?'" (page 127)
Nancy: "Oh Dad, not again!"
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"When [Nancy] reached him and told about the incident, Hannah Gruen began to laugh." (page 127)
Hannah: "Crimes and theft are just hilarious!"
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"Presently the Drews and their friends sat down to luncheon. Mrs. Billington asked, 'Nancy, what time are the boys arriving?'
'We're to meet them at the airport at four o'clock,' she replied. 'By the way, we're not officially starting the house party until tomorrow.'" (page 128)
Nancy: "We thought it'd be nice to give you twenty-four hour's warning before we trashed the place!"
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"Soon afterward the girls began their long drive to the Melbourne airport.
Nancy: "We should reach Australia in... three or four months."
The plane was on time. Ned was the first of the boys to alight. Seeing Nancy, he rushed up to her.
Ned: "So you said I'd be getting some in this book, right?"
'How's my little sleuth?' he asked, kissing her." (page 129)
I'll ask the question that I think we all want to know the answer to: on the lips, or just on the cheek?
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"'May we borrow your boat?' Mr. Billington nodded.
'I'll get the Starbeam's key,' Nancy said.
Is this a boat or a My Little Pony?
She had noticed it on top of the TV set." (page 130
Weirdest place to keep a key EVER.
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"A pipe must have burst!' Nancy dried out. 'Oh dear! I wish I'd brought the key. We must do something fast!'
Mr. Drew decided to break a windowpane and crawl inside the [Webster] house. Ned offered to do it and Nancy's father nodded.
'But go around to the back where the break won't show,' Mr. Drew suggested." (page 132)
Mr. Drew: "That won't make our motives look suspicious at all."
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"Bess gave a great sigh. 'I'd say we have an all-night mopping job ahead of us!'
Dave grinned at her. 'You forget I'm the mop-up man for the Emerson football team.'" (page 133-134)
I'm not sure that's something you're supposed to be proud of, Dave.
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"[Mr. Billington] said to the others,' I'm certainly burdening the authorities lately. We made at least one call a day to the police!'
All in a day's work when Nancy Drew is in town.
Everyone smiled..." (page 141)
Everyone: "Tee hee! Tying up important people is fun!"
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"Nancy was just as intrigued by her second visit to the Base as she had been before. The boys were especially fascinated by the rocket soon to lift off for the moon.
Ned: "Boy, I wish the thrust of my rocket was that powerful..."
George, who had been silent for several minutes, said, 'I'd like to be an astronaut. What do you think my chances are?'
As a girl in the 1950s? None.
'Oh no!' Bess exclaimed. 'Suppose you went to the moon and got stranded there!'
Because that's definitely the way it works.
Smiling,
George getting stranded in space is a happy thought, isn't it?
Nancy remarked that she too would like to become an astronaut.
I don't think this is really the career that you choose on a whim, girls.
Ned grinned and said, 'How about letting us boys go first? We'll tell you how it is.'
Ned: "If you behave and have dinner ready on time, that is."
The bus driver, who had overheard the conversation, seemed to be amused. He turned slightly and said, 'You boys had better get started on your training. While you're here, why not go for a physical checkup and briefing?'
'Great!' Burt replied with a wink.
George leaned forward in her seat. 'What about me? Could I get the same treatment?'
'I think so,' the driver answered, grinning broadly." (page 143)
Driver: "Look at the hot young ones I've landed for my 'physical checkups'! Today sure is my lucky day!"
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"Exactly at twelve o'clock a car pulled in near the [Real Eight Museum of Sunken Treasure] entrance. A few moments later a second one drew up behind it. Then a third and a fourth automobile stopped. A man got out of each car and the four assembled on the broad walk leading to the building.
Nancy's heart was pounding. One of the men was Scarlett, another was Antin!
'So Antin is one of the gang,' she thought." (page 148-149)
Of course he is. He's foreign.
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"The men came closer and then stopped to talk. Nancy could hear them plainly.
Yes, criminals, it's always a good idea to talk about your activities in public, in broad daylight.
Each inquired about who had written the personal in Sunday's paper. When all of them denied having done it,
Antin: "Look guys, it's nothing to be embarrassed about! Who knows, maybe I like you back!"
looks of fright spread over the men's faces.
I'll bet the FBI found out about our code,' said the heavy-set man.
Unwarranted self-importance.
'I'm leaving!'
He ran to his car and the others fled to theirs. Moments later they roared off.
'Shall I chase any of them?' Ned asked.
Ned: "Since I exist to do your bidding and all."
Nancy replied, 'Try Ivanson.'" (page 149)
Nancy: "Oh, and good luck not getting killed!"
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"As Nancy listened to the tape she learned that the Spaniards had subdued the Aztec Indians and made slaves out of many of them. They were forced to work their gold and silver mines and fashion the metal into Spanish coins, jewelry, and other objects. Overseers were often cruel and the slaves worked long hours." (page 151)
Nancy: "How horrible! Americans would never do something like that!"
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"George walked up. She had heard Bess's remark and said, 'I can't find much sympathy for those people. They were just plain thieves.'
Nancy commented, 'They certainly ruined the Aztec civilization, which in many respects was far above that of their conquerors.'
Before leaving the museum, Nancy and her friends went into the gift shop. The articles for sale fascinated them. Everyone bought pieces of jewelry made from gold or silver dug from the bottom of the ocean.'" (page 152)
Girls: "It sure sucked how the Spanish enslaved the Aztecs and made them mine all this precious metal. Hey, let's buy some of their blood jewelry and wear it! That sounds like an awesome idea!"
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"'No dessert!' Ned spoke up." (page 153)
Bess: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
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"At that moment a policeman and an FBI agent came down the stairs. The FBI man was carrying a bomb which he said had not yet been activated. The officer held supplies used in constructing homemade bombs. Nancy and her friends were told that Tina and Antin were attempting to move their possessions out when the officers arrived.
After advising the couple of their constitutional rights, the agent asked, 'Mr. and Mrs. Resardo, if you're innocent,
Agent: "Why did you refuse to make dinner for the Drews? Everyone knows only bad people would dare to do that!"
how do you account for these things?'
Instead of replying, the couple tried to make a dash for the front door." (page 154)
Oh yeah, that always makes people seem less suspicious.
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"[Bess] wandered outdoors, more upset than she wished to admit. Dave had followed her and suggested that they all do something pleasant and get away from the mystery for a while.
'Like what?' she asked.
Dave thought for a moment, then said, 'How about going to the Webster house to see if it has dried out yet?'" (page 154)
Dave: "After all, there's nothing more pleasant then trespassing!"
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"The boys were intrigued by the unusual trees on the garden, particularly the sausage tree.
Pfft. Figures.
Everyone went over to it.
Not phallic at all.
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"Branches of the sausage tree broke from the leopard's weight. They crashed to the ground, together with several of the hard, twelve-inch melons." (Page 156)
Wow. Sounds like the sausage tree was planted right next to the Viagra tree.
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"Ned cracked the whip in the air and on the ground. The beast started to make another leap, then stopped. Lowering his head, he looked balefully at Burt and Dave and crouched as if about to spring at them. The two boys waved their tree-branch clubs in the air. By now the leopard was thoroughly confused." (page 157)
Leopard: "Who the hell are these idiots?"
With Ned working the whip and his friends flourishing their fruit-laden branches,
Narrator: "They were now ready to begin the filming of their BDSM porno."
the frightened beast was finally driven into the garage." (page 157)
Aw, but the leopard was my favorite character!
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"Instantly Nancy and Ned came from hiding. In a jiffy they had climbed to the van's roof and lay face down. By holding onto each other with one hand and grabbing bars along the sides with the other, the couple felt reasonably secure." (page 160)
Ned: "I... I can't believe it...! She's finally letting me hold her hand!"
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"Nancy saw a clump of bushes which would make a good hiding place. She whispered to Ned, 'Here's where we get off.'" (page 160)
Ned: "Oh, trust me, I've been getting off this whole time."
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"Presently [Nancy] and Ned heard voices.
Nancy: "Oops, I knew I'd forgotten something-- my medication!"
To their amazement they were coming through a loudspeaker in the ceiling.
While listening, nancy felt no doubt Fortin, if it was necessary, could barricade himself in the laboratory and listen to the conversations taking place upstairs. It would be a means of finding out how trustworthy his fellow conspirators were.
The couple recognized two voices as those of the tear-gas assailants at the Space Center. Nancy and Ned learned that Fortin was a clever and well-known scientist who had once been connected with NASA. he had become imbued with the ideology of a foreign power and was now using an assumed name.
He had entered into a conspiracy to undermine the U.S. space program and had agreed to cause great damage at the Center and to wreck the moon rocket. To accomplish this he had a spy working with the men in top-secret procedures. From this traitor Fortin had obtained the secret signals for the exact frequency and modulation for lift-off. In this way he could set his beamer to destroy the rocket." (page 163)
So... the bad guys are just randomly standing around upstairs explaining their scheme and its history to each other, then?
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"Fortin's voice rang out, 'Police! NASA agents!
NASA has agents now?
FBI!" (page 170)
Fortin: "The CIA! The FDA! The ASPCA! I knew they were all after me!"
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Tags: anti-american conspiracies, bess and george, burt and dave, ethnic stereotypes yay!, foreigners are evil, impersonators and lookalikes, ned nickerson, secret codes
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