She Had That Rare Gift

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“He followed her obediently and it occurred to him as they crossed the room that she had that rare gift, so rare that he had some difficulty remembering that it was only a gift, of being able to talk directly to the essential individual lurking behind the civilized facade of the man before her, so that it was impossible for him to evade or disappoint her without feeling personally responsible.”

–Margery Allingham, The Fashion in Shrouds

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