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Thursday
Nov132014

Quote of the day, rake's progress edition

Rumor has it that the Earl of Deben, the most notorious rake in London and in need of an heir, has set aside his penchant for married mistresses and turned his skilled hand to seducing innocents!

But if Lord Deben expects Henrietta Gibson to respond to the click of his fingers he can think again. For she knows perfectly well why she should avoid gentlemen of his bad repute:

1. One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man.

2. One glide of his skillful fingers to the neckline of her dress will leave her molten in his arms.

3. And if even one in a thousand rumors is true, it's enough for her to know she can never, ever trust a rake….

From the blurb to Never Trust a Rake, by Annie Burrows

Golly. He doesn't look the type to me.

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Reader Comments (21)

And it's the same bargain price as "How to sin successfully" (Rakes Beyond Redemption - Book 3)

Nov 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

When it comes to comparisons with garden implements, Deben reminds me more of one of those little plastic thingys garden centres sell for transplanting seedlings, than a big tool. But then again, Deben, big tool???

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM | Registered CommenterSalopian

The book has some very good reviews. This is another side to the man which we haven't seen before. I wonder when the Earldom was created.

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Constable

I had to chuckle just imagining Debdon trying to score.

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

So Henrietta Gibson has been released?

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta_uk

He's more of a sheep man. Always ewes though, there's nothing gay about him.

Pointman

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterPointman

He's a lay vicar !

Nov 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

There's a nice moment in 'Frasier' where the hero finds himself privy to more of his brother's love life than he wishes, so he marches into the kitchen, announcing an attempt "to pluck out his mind's eye". I find myself in a similar position...

Nov 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

LOL.

"1. One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man."

The gag reflex once triggered can be hard to stop.

"2. One glide of his skillful fingers to the neckline of her dress will leave her molten in his arms."

No, the correct word is not 'molten' it's 'incandescent' as in with rage.

"3. And if even one in a thousand rumors is true, it's enough for her to know she can never, ever trust a rake…."

For anything other than moving muck about.

Nov 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/vivienne-westwood-deeply-upset-by-criticism-after-advising-those-who-cant-afford-organic-food-to-eat-less-9858731.html

Sorry Bish O/T.

So Vivienne has finally clarified her opinion on those in dire poverty who cant afford to feed themselves.So what is her opinion on those in dire poverty who also cant afford to heat their homes.

PS or cant afford to buy her clothes.

Nov 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Well, yes, but this is bodice ripping.

"One touch of his lips and he'll ruin her for every other man."

It's a different part of his anatomy meeting a different part of hers which will ruin her for every man.

Which given Deben just makes the mind boggle even more. Still astonishes me that he sprouted a Cordelia to feed that hamburger to.

Nov 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterTim Worstall

Undeserved flattery.

Nov 13, 2014 at 9:26 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

'Under the nonbinding, no-detail agreement, Supreme Leader Xi Jinping promises “to intend to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030,” and then maybe after that to decline. This is another way of describing the status quo. Forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, BP ’s Statistical Review of World Energy and the academic journal Energy Policy all expect Chinese energy consumption to crest in two decades due to demographic and urbanization trends. Mr. Obama has in essence persuaded the Chinese to do what they planned to do anyway.'

Wall Street Journal 13 Nov 2014

Nov 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

Eco-Fascists have NO sense of humour.

Nov 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnything is possible

Troll comments and follow-ups removed

Nov 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Sorry to be OT but I spotted this paragraph in a comment by Fraser Orr over at Samizdata and felt that it needed sharing.

"The answer to the CAGW people is simple: make a prediction that is falsifiable and can be measured in a reasonable length of time. Give me an example of a significant result where you predicted the future and it came true. Explain why your last fifteen years of prediction have been completely wrong, and if you have a wild ass explanation of something you didn’t factor in, give us a reason to believe that you didn’t forget something else."

Do you suppose the alarmists could rise to this challenge?

Nov 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterStonyground

Do you suppose the alarmists could rise to this challenge?
"Could" ... mmm, possible.
"Will" ... highly unlikely.

Nov 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Stonyground, clearly no alarmist would even respond to that "challenge", as it is worded so much on the "when did you stop beating your wife" lines that they would be stupid to respond.

Perhaps a more neutral question might get a more reasoned response?

Nov 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered Commentersteveta_uk

" it is worded so much on the "when did you stop beating your wife" lines"

I really don't see why you think that is the case. Isn't this one of the fundamental methods by which a sound scientific hypothosis makes the transition to a scientific theory? The repeated failure of CAGW advocates to make accurate predictions about pretty much anything suggests that their hypothesis is deeply flawed and in need of revision.

Nov 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterStonyground

His current heir apparent is Ben Gummer,
https://www.conservatives.com/OurTeam/Members_of_Parliament/Gummer_Ben.aspx

He looks to have been taking a few liberties with the photo posted on the conservative web site compared to the one on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Gummer

Ben's uncle Peter is President of David Cameron's Witney Constituency Association, which may explain why Dad enjoys such favour from the PM in pushing AGW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Gummer,_Baron_Chadlington

Cameron famously purchased a piece of land from Baron Chadlington in 2011: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2065053/Cameron-140-000-deal-Tory-donor-Lord-Chadlington-buy-land-home.html

Nov 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM | Registered Commenterdennisa

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