🇺🇸 Learn English the Hard Way with “First Family”

Chances are you are looking for improving your English language comprehension through reading books.

I know the drill. Take me right to the sentences.

Feel like upping your game and start catching the slightest subtleties of English?

Look no further.

However, there is a catch.


Who is this article intended for?

For English language learners, as they, all too often, tend to skip a lot of subtleties while reading books / reading stories / reading comics / watching movies /watching game movies, thus slowing down and negating their language progress. I

The catch has to do with the “THE HARD WAY” of learning English, right?

I can’t promise improving your English through this article will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it, provided you work through ALL THE SENTENCES down below. And by the way, to make it even more challenging for you, no answers are given and you are to find them on your own. There’s a reason this article is called “Learn English the Hard Way”, don’t you think?

Still no clue what I’m supposed to do…

If you’re still not really sure what’s going on here, I highly recommend you read the description of “Learn English the Hard Way” challenge.

russia-flag Для чего эта статья и что нужно здесь делать?

По своему опыту могу сказать, что когда в освоении английского приходишь на всё готовенькое, то интеллектуально расслабляешься и не особо вникаешь в детали и тонкости языка.

А вот когда, мы “пропускаем язык через себя”…

  1. внимательное чтение книг, просмотр фильмов, т.д… не знаем, что то или то означает, почему так написано, вообще не догоняем, что происходит, значит отмечаем находку
  2. анализ “любопытных” предложений, конструкций, выражений (грамматика и прагматика наши лучшие друзья)
  3. прогонка проработанного материала через правое полушарие
  4. задействование “освоенных” предложений, конструкций, выражений на письме, в устной речи (идеально, с носителями языка)
    …то результаты будут совершенно иными, нежели чем “со всем готовеньким”.

А именно, выработка силы воли, языковой интуиции, внимательности, любопытства и реальное улучшение навыка английского языка.

Ниже представлены предложения, которые заинтриговали меня при прочтении книги / прочтении рассказа / прочтении комикса / просмотре фильма / просмотре игрофильма. То есть, я сделал первый пункт из четырех выше и поделился результатами с Вами. За Вами остаются остальные три.


If you feel like up to the challenge, then below is my list of the cherry-picked sentences with curious grammar and vocabulary findings from the book “First Family“.

Study hard!

The file cabinet was locked. She cracked a smile. You’re really making me work here, Horatio.

HER FOOTSTEPS were unhurried

There was a pause at one intersection, a longer stop at another. Just from habit, really.

She seemed to ease by like a breeze, felt but never seen

stuck between a high-rise on the left

popped the swivel latch

Which left her smack in the middle of the pack

She obviously wasn’t a mere ten-page head case. A lot more trees had fallen because of her.

taking her back to her childhood, as any shrink worth his sheepskin invariably does.

It seemed so innocuous. Issues. Everyone had issues

She could see people start to pick up their step as they sensed the approaching downpour.

She felt the wind buffet her sturdy SUV.

and couldn’t see anything there either, so hard was the fall of rain.

her mom, was, well, her mom

He was soaked right through

A dozen kids were in attendance along with appropriate chaperones

on hallowed ground where the likes of Kennedy and Reagan had trod.

While it was true that the president of the United States was the world’s ultimate juggler of tasks, it was also a fact that the First Lady, traditionally, was no slouch in that department either

Jane was watching her figure since the rest of the country, and indeed the world, was too

Whatever frailty you possessed the other side would find and stick a crowbar in to lever every useful scrap out.

Still, she had progressed a long way from the days when firm cheekbones and a firmer backside were high on her list of priorities.

while Willa blew out the dozen candles on her two-tier cake and then helped hand out slices

and discourse on subjects that would befuddle many folks far her senior.

In private, she and her husband were equals. In public, she walked the obligatory two steps behind.

The note was written in a mature voice and said all the right things.

“Because I knew what you were going to do.”

Which is what exactly?

“Michelle, I think we need to talk this-”

What you need to do, Sean, is not go there.”

You didn’t answer my question,” she said.

You didn’t answer mine either,”

Boondocks,” muttered Michelle.

“Private,” Sean amended.

And fired. Her aim, as usual, was unerring

“Nice place,” she said.

“Your friend obviously does well.”

He climbed out and hustled to the rear of the brick colonial skittering next to the side-load garage

There were four bedrooms on the top floor, two on each side of the hall set catty-cornered from one another

He gets home, probably sees Pam, heads up here to drop his bag, starts to change, and wham

Is that what I think it is?

And his face appeared carved from solid rock with rivulets running all over the surface.

He was smaller and wiry

and the dense mist hit her squarely in the face.

“Looks like she was able to scratch the perp up.”

Nothing we don’t know,” said Sour Face.

THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ARMY was here in full, splendid force

Siblings of the First Family don’t qualify for protection unless there’s been a specific threat. They can’t guard everybody.

it was still livable, if one didn’t mind the leaky roof, the drafty walls, or the occasional mouse scurrying across the brittle wooden floors

a brief stopover during the losing effort

he was an outdoorsman both by choice and necessity

but also enjoyed the rustic trappings of the hunter, fisherman, and amateur horticulturist

Unlike some of his ancestors who’d been a bit freewheeling in their oversight, Sam Quarry undertook this responsibility seriously

trailer with a tattered awning attached

but they let him visit and share their company

He spoke the most of the group, and drank the most too

dirt trails that were so rutted they knocked his old truck from side to side

looked in each direction of the compass and saw nothing but dirt and trees

His granddaddy must’ve been drunk when he bought this patch of dirt, but then the man had often been drunk.

It was solid, as perfect as he was ever going to make it.

when he’d bought it thirdhand years ago

He headed on, zipping into a forgiving headwind of less than five knots an hour.

The same one, in fact, that his father had used to hunt down “uppity

all giddy about what he and his comrades in hate had done.

He reviled the man for all the misery he’d caused

He crinkled a smile at her

Sleeping at the office? Sitting in the dark? Do I sense a pattern?

Sean cupped the phone against his ear

Michelle did an eyebrow hike

If you clam up and start pacing again I swear to God I’m going to pistol-whip you

I’m offended you even have to ask.

“Willa, there’s nothing to be scared of.”

“I’m not stupid. There’s like everything to be scared of

“Under the circumstances, what else could I possibly mean?” Quarry smiled at her blunt logic. “Heard you were smart”

And it’s leaving me shorthanded for what I got to do. A real pisser all around

Their legs were shackled together too, so they hobbled forward

You already told me all this. And if that had made a difference you wouldn’t be standing here right now and neither would I.

One exception breaks the rule.

You swore me an oath and I accepted that oath. Now here we are

That girl was a damn good shot. By all rights you ought to be dead anyway, boy.

Crazy as a mad hatter on crack. It’s in my blood. No way to shake it.

He had never expected to witness another such episode.

A First Lady had to be many things to many people

I’m not sure there’s anything we can do that they can’t.

that because of Willa’s relationship to me this will very quickly become a political punching bag.

“I was really proud of you back there.”

Don’t be. We just made enemies of two of the most powerful agencies in the world.”

Go big or go home.”

“If someone other than me had found him like that he probably wouldn’t be president right now.”

Don’t be too sure.”

Hold on to your organs. Here they come.

he had quite the spring in his step right now

Hey, you guys out for a stroll too? Great minds and all.

and we’re here to put the kibosh on it right now

Last time I looked at my pay stub it didn’t mention Uncle Sam

Where to first? Tuck?

I’ve bared my guts to you, I expect a little reciprocity.

I, I don’t care who you lust after. That’s your business.

Michelle was racking her brains for some other line of questioning and gratefully pounced on it.

He was in a parked car in an alley, dead drunk, with some chick going down on him.

I knew the ins and outs of the town pretty well and she picked my brain about it.

He was loyal, that boy was.

he more than made up with dogged determination

Let me ask a stupid question

Towelhead freaks

Tired of it. That’s the God’s honest truth.

and a work ethic that didn’t have quit in it.

but he didn’t say a prayer. Not over a gun, he wouldn’t.

only he might be deaf so she had to really belt it out.

The gin was cheap, all he drank anymore, mostly grain with other crap piled in, locally bottled

I might be some sorry-ass redneck from nowhere

“don’t have much of a shot at this thing.”

What happened to my little miss sunshine?”

They see somebody in a late-model Mercedes, it’s not unheard-of Tuck.

You mind my asking what the meeting was about?

“Some terrorist thing?”

Doesn’t feel right

police cruisers and FBI SUVs sat slant-parked

Gawkers were out in force as well, trying to get a peek of what was going on

Jane Cox really lived up to her billing

“And I know it seems like we’ve been crammed down your throat-”

Nothing seemed about it, you have been crammed down my throat,” he declared

“Then we won’t waste any more of your time,” said Sean.

Thanks for nothing.”

It must be nice to have friends in high places,

sees what’s going down, and starts fighting to protect her daughter. Only natural. They kill her and take the kid.

Does it still hurt that you were thrown out of the Service on your ass for screwing up and costing a guy his life?

Considering that these days people schlep packing crates the size of my SUV onto a plane?

that would be 10:15. Round it to an hour to be safe, 10:30

Good advice worth repeating.

“Husbands kill their wives with astonishing regularity,” said Michelle.

Which is all the motivation I need never to walk down the aisle

Thought you’d gone to lose yourself at that lake of yours.

She was in good health. Would’ve probably led a long life but for that,

As best as I can figure, taking into account what was left on the rug and on her clothes, she’s missing about a pint.

Willa has really dark hair. The other two kids are towheads.

Government agencies are like anything else. Winning contracts is built on relationships and trust

Her expertise wasn’t on the technical side, it was in sales. And the lady could sell.

And the government might even think there was hanky-panky going on between the two before she left the agency

maybe they’d start checking past contracts awarded to us. It gets complicated real quickly.

Instead of hitting the john

The explosives experts worked their magic and fortunately the neighborhood did not disappear in a nuclear fireball.

She is brave and capable, but she’s still a little girl.

Cox walked over and gave his wife a peck on the cheek

I welcome your experience and input

which is a good thing since my better half is far smarter than I’ll ever be.

Outside the White House the few square feet around the president demanded maximum protection, and some agents, using a football analogy, referred to it as the “red zone,” meaning that this was where the defense could never allow a score.

The red zone was the last wall before you ran smack into the leader of the free world’s flesh and bone

It consisted of top agents who’d been excruciatingly vetted to get to this level, positioned hip and flank in the form of a diamond

You telling me folks like that don’t have slush funds all over the place?

So these guys do all this on the come? You know the kidnapping business sucks

Sean drew a breath. “And we still have no idea why”

“Are you going to kill me?” Quarry flinched back like she’d sucker-punched him, and maybe she had. He found his voice.

Where the hell did that come from?

Said a prayer over him and everything.

You learn anything from this, boy?

had actually learned anything. This was apparently not lost on Quarry.

‘Cause let me tell you, I could’ve easily let Kurt be the one walking away

Quarry rubbed his jaw with a callused, weathered hand.

Who are you mad at? Who are you trying to get back at?

I’m not evil, he told himself. If he kept thinking it, maybe he’d start believing it.

You’re sure about that? Because there wasn’t a mark on the car that I could see.

They weren’t sure what had killed the woman-stroke, heart, aneurysm-but dead she was.

had been driving to see his parents for a visit when he’d gotten the news barely an hour out.

She had next spent several hours with her father, who was equal parts mute and staring off

She called Sean to let him know she’d arrived okay

They talked, cried, chatted some more, and cried some more

a tough beat cop in a Miami suburb that could reasonably be classified as a war zone, sobbed the hardest.

The garage looked like any other. Except for one thing.

The splotch of blood on the cement floor

There was nothing you could have done,

And you didn’t mention this to me when you called because why?

What do your guidelines say the odds are of me winning that appeal? Less than zero?

Okay, now you sound like a lawyer wannabe. I happen to be the genuine article

nailed the gas just in time to avoid getting T-boned by Sean’s ride.

Tuck’s prevarication was not surprising.

“Ain’t no smell better than gun grease,” Daryl said, looking up at his father as he walked in the room.

So you say.”

He wasn’t a gambling man, but Quarry would’ve bet a few bucks that almost none of his male ancestors had successfully made the journey.

Atlee, for all its historical significance was, at bottom, a working farm

Farming was a risky proposition under even the best of circumstances.

Second, his workers always seemed to put a little more back into their labor when el jefe was around.

Quarry ventured to the attic where he sat amid the cobwebbed detritus of his family’s history, mostly in the form of furniture, clothing, books, and papers

He spread the plans out over an old side table

It had paid dividends at Atlee, for while other farmers had to send out for costly help when equipment broke down

“But no visible reaction from Pam?”

“They didn’t leave together, I can tell you that

catching him out in the parking lot as the man was heading home

I’m hocked to the limit. I couldn’t even get a loan to buy a car right now

He said you made a lowball offer

It absolutely would. If we win it. But it’s not a lock.

The big guys skirt the rules, throw the cash around.

And because they usually have an inside track they also buy up the most sought-after talent and the little guys get stuck with the scraps.

I’m sure he’ll have some handy excuse.

So Tuck gets shitfaced and makes a pass at my wife.

We’d have lost everything. So we swallowed our pride

Dressed as Mrs. Claus if you can believe it.

I think some people were laughing at her not with her

But sister and brother had still tried to snooker him.

Even as recent a president as Harry Truman could walk around town with only a single guard accompanying him. That was unthinkable now

who was still in the hospital for observation

Most were from folks interested merely in pumping up their own status by breaking bread with the First Lady

Well, as alone as a home with over ninety full-time staff and too many security agents to count would allow.

She knew King was peeved at her right now, but that would pass

who would vote yea or nay on her husband’s second term.

Jane Cox was girding herself for the possibility that Willa might not come back to their lives.

But many political careers had been shipwrecked on the shoals of erratic displays of anger or frivolity or else false sincerity

Yet Dan Cox’s perception of his wife’s issues and nuances had never seemed to reach this sanctified level.

It had once been more dignified and perhaps more real. No, there was no perhaps about it; it had used to be more genuine.

Right on cue the fireworks went off as her husband stepped to the lectern

However, a flub during Lincoln’s time wasn’t spread around the world in an instant either

Her husband was a handsome man and that never hurt in many careers, including politics

He knew how to work a crowd.

She listened as he delivered his canned twenty-seven-minute stump speech.

He noted that she was loaded for bear in a pleated miniskirt

and a tank-top blouse that showed off cleavage so deep a man could easily get lost.

Her car whipped through the automatic gates and sped off with the ocean gusts sending her hair straight back. The sight would’ve made a lovely car commercial for the Germans. Sean eased after her.

Wherever she walked-and the lady definitely knew how to walk –men gawked

Cagey as hell and not above doing whatever it takes to nail a win

She knows the project, the players, and the government side cold.

if it’s a toss-up, the tie will probably go to us.

Like I told you, a minority partner. Which basically means I have to eat my gruel and ask for more, politely

“I haven’t seen you around before, Sean.”

“I haven’t been around before. My loss, I guess.”

Look, I’m just a working stiff trying to make a living.

I’m busting my butt for chump change.

You look a little old to be schlepping flowers

Only reason I keep this crummy job

Science Matters can kiss that fat contract goodbye. Am I right or am I right, Cassandra?

It means exactly that the oldest motivation in the book for a philandering husband to bump off his wife is so he can marry the mistress.

You have a fling with Tuck.

And not to be too blunt but when was the last time you were checked for an STD?

And here we’re sitting naked on my bed after screwing each other’s brains out.

“But I don’t know if I’m going to stay okay.”

Another good reason for us to get ourselves out of here,

WILLA STAYED CLOSE to the rock wall as she flitted along the corridor

Willa found herself being hauled up like a fish from the sea and then plopped down on a flat rock

“So someone definitely killed her?”    The ME had looked down his progressive lenses at Michelle.

“I’ve been doing this for thirty years and I have yet to see someone kill themselves with a blunt instrument strike to the head and then, after death, hide the weapon so well the police couldn’t find it.”

“Why?” he shot back.

Why what?

“Why do you want to know Donna’s last name?”

The phrase about “beauty being only skin deephad never seemed more apt

On another level she wondered why he would be throwing a guilt trip on her right now.

You saved my life. But for you, I’d be at the bottom of that mountain.

they’d set the space up with a cot

could’ve just done a swab from inside your cheek

working with the blood was just as good if not better.

“So can I see her without her seeing me?”

“I got a way. If you’re willing.”

I give you my word, I’ll take you to see the girl and then I’ll bring you back here.

“Your brothers seem to be wondering what I’m doing here.”

Let them wonder.”

“Lot of women around here thought your mom was very lucky.”

I’m sure.”

Have you talked to this Donna person?

She exuded considerable warmth and even vivaciousness

and from the many photos and mementos arrayed on shelves and tables, it was clear that she had traveled the world in high style.

“Yes. It’s true.”

That would have been really nice to know before

“I had a pair of binoculars in my car.”

You just happened to?

“Okay, so I bought them with that thought in mind.”

“Wait a minute, do I have to?”

Don’t ask me, I’m not your legal advisor.”

You okay, Pop?

Back at his hotel Sean raided the minibar,

made it clear she did not appreciate this slight at all

You’re going to need some privacy when you hear what I have to say. Find it.

So here’s the scoop. Dawson found out about you and Cassandra and now the lady is working for him

I’m sure they’ve got pictures and everything of you two together in the sack to entertain DHS with.

By the way, this is a real good lesson in why fidelity is the way to go.

In my book you’re a total shitbag for pulling this crap on your wife and the mother of your kids, but who cares what I think.

Manipulators like Cassandra always come on to saps like you; that’s what they do. And it’s your job as a happily married man to tell her where to go

I could’ve jumped her bones without a guilty thought; luckily my good taste saved me

I wanted to catch them in the act

Look, you asked and I told you.

They never did anything lovey-dovey.

I couldn’t let that happen, Sean. I’d worked my tail off. It meant everything

A big part of Sean wanted to reach across the ephemeral mist of cellular signals and flatten Tuck Dutton.

And that story you and Jane fed me at the hospital?

Tuck, will you pull your brains out of your crotch and stick them back in your head for just one damn second?

Oh, and while we’re being so truthful here, tell me this, was Willa the adopted child?

“I’m sorry, Daddy.”

You sure as hell are sorry.”

Atlee was a jumble of dynamics; part southern baronial, part white trash, and part American history.

cells that had separated slaves from each other lest they gain any strength in numbers. That part of his family history he could live without.

one looked close enough, one could see the lingering dark traces of old blood on the wood

It was heavy work, but the sweat had been welcome to him.

There were lines connecting to other notes, and still more lines intersecting with other collections of facts.

The most complex schematics, or mechanical diagrams, while constituting unfathomable puzzles to most folks, had been as clear as water from the tap to him.

with so many moving parts that qualified mechanics would sometimes drink themselves into a stupor because they just couldn’t figure something out from a million different possibilities.

Not just truth but also justice. They were not necessarily mutually exclusive, but Quarry had found them immensely difficult to corral together.

He had never failed at anything he’d ever really set his mind to.

He had formed all that he was putting down a long time ago. Finished, he folded up the page, took a key out of his pocket

“Do you need anything?”

I’m peopled out, Michelle. I can’t go back out there.”

Back at the house there were mounds of food

and her crew-cut dad in tie and tails

“Did your dad play golf?”

“No, but Mom did. So that’s not out of whack.”

Michelle made it to the front door in time to see her dad climb in his car and drive off a lot faster than he should have.

I want to get to the truth. Any way I can.

Is that what you guys plan to do all the time now? Drink beer and gab?

Shirley prided herself on punctuality. She was never late for work.

Every thought that flitted through her head was worse than the one before.

“I ain’t no good at reading,” Daryl said. “Especially that old stuff, Daddy.”

Give it a whirl. I’m not handing out prizes for performance.”

They’d spent pretty much all day in the fields and were bone-tired.

Mr. Sam, I think you were right about old Kurt. He moved on. Not hide nor hair of him.

crushed his smoke out on the pavement,

Quarry sat in his junk of a truck

The Alabama heat was in all its glory at nearly nine o’clock at night

He wanted the tears to come, if for no other reason than to relieve the pressure on his brain.

his eyes staring up at the sooty ceiling that had caught the flameouts and driftbacks of centuries of his ancestors

the history of the Quarry family that was so wrongheaded in many respects as to be a shameful badge for any decent-minded descendant.

It seemed the wails of Sam Quarry from down below were able to leach into every square inch of Atlee.

Can I ask you a favor?” she said as they were leaving.

One can always ask,” he said, smiling.

“About all I do anymore,” he said, smiling. “Hit the little ball in the little cup.”

“You want to get out, go up for a look? We came all this way.”    She hesitated.

“I guess so.”

“When have you ever known me to either be overconfident or lose an election?”    She gave him a kiss on the cheek.

First time for everything.”

“That it would reflect badly on the president’s reelection campaign.”

“Well, we can’t have that, can we?”

being the president of the United States that couldn’t be duplicated by any other occupation. It was like being a rock legend, A-list movie star, sports icon, and the closest thing to a god on earth all rolled into one.

They’re counting on the fact that they’ll be able to find a young buck with a brain

The whole damn FBI on the case and nothing? I’ll get on the horn to Munson first thing in the morning.

In fact, in all candor,

I have an early rally in Michigan, but I’ll be back in plenty of time.

I’m sorry for the lateness of the hour. You’re coming to the funeral of course.” It was not even close to being a question.

Please don’t be cynical. I don’t need that right now.

“You’re being cynical again,” she said coldly.

“No, I’m actually being politely probing.”

“See, your brain’s not as big as you think it is, now is it?”

Guess not.”

“I’ll be getting on with the chores.”

You do that.”

And more than once he’d gotten out of bed in time to see Mr. Sam head down to the basement with a fat ring of keys.

But so why didn’t they just pay ’em? Not keep ’em as slaves just ’cause they could.

“You don’t want the cash?”

I did not say that,”

got news for you, buckaroo

and asks you to stick out your tongue and wants to know where it hurts while you’re lying on the floor with your stomach coming out your ass. By then you’ve pretty much lived through it, but some damn drugs would’ve been nice too.

Good. ‘Cause I ain’t no Indian giver.

“Why are we having this conversation? Isn’t the fact that we’re at a funeral depressing enough?”

Just wondering.”

Good, you wonder. I’ll stay out of it.”

“It’s just a hypothetical.”

I have enough trouble dealing with reality.”

walked under the long awning

They accepted drinks from a waiter and hugged a corner, watching and waiting.

Best detective in the world needs to have a lead of some kind.

Important thing is to get Willa back, screw the credit,

She was never going to see her family again. She could just tell.

“We almost got away,” said Willa defiantly. “We were like so close.”

They’ve only got one parent left now, Tuck. Do yourself and them a favor and cut out the cancer sticks

I don’t recall asking you to come here, Agent Betack,” said a surprised Jane.

“You didn’t, ma’am. I… I took it upon myself.”

How dare you speak to me that way!”    Tuck stood.

I dare.”

“That is impossible.”    Tuck grabbed her arm.

The hell it is.”

“That’s hardly fair,” began Michelle. Jane Cox raised her voice.

What do you know about fair?”

“I do need you to do a little sleuthing.”

Meaning what?

My brother seems to have an inability to keep it in his pants unless he’s around his wife.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine where the First Family starts and stops

You will leave right now, Agent Betack. This instant.

But what’s a career compared to a little girl’s life?

Okay, now she’s on full spin, thought Sean.

Yes, they’ve been superb so far. Figured everything out, haven’t they? I can’t imagine why they’d screw it up now.

Where the hell do you get off hitting me with a guilt trip like that?

So what’s it gonna be, Chuck?

Or was that a load of shit you were shoveling Waters back there?

It’s only complicated if you make it so.

Gabriel had never tried to get into the safe, but he’d often thought about it. What adventure-seeking child wouldn’t?

Yet he gamely hurried on.

He took us in when he ain’t got no reason to.

You haven’t cleared the shop anytime since I started coming here,

“But how will you possibly take care of her?”    Quarry wheeled back around.

“I know the routine better than you do.”

It’s all pretty old. I should know, I been coming here many a year, and I don’t think you folks have changed any of it.

College, a stint at a marketing firm in Atlanta; and then sucking on a breathing tube at a nursing home when she was still in her twenties.

Very much.”    Michelle noted the emphasis on the last words.

How much is very much?”

“I don’t like to talk out of school.”

they arrived at her father’s house at a little after five o’clock a.m., beating the arrival time of the nonstop morning flight by a good four hours.

But I’ve never talked about it to another soul until right now. A confidence is a confidence.

Nancy, you’re a jewel.

Gotta love air travel,” said Sean, clicking off his phone after listening to the flight options. “Fly north or west to head south.”

The wheels of justice move slow, sis, but it’s still good news.

I have to believe that was one of the first things the police did.

“You’ve been through a lot. It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed.”

Carlos looked at him in unconcealed awe. “Is there nothing you can’t do?

Took me a while to build, little tricky, works off a split feed, but I got there.

Hell, Carlos, all this stuff I did here is easy compared to what we had to jury-rig in ‘Nam.

You want me to switch with you I got no problem with that, Carlos. But I’ll ask this one time only.

The cops had finished and gone on their way.

Quarry held out little hope of getting any justice that way.

But after Cameron died, he didn’t have anything holding him back

He turned to look at her, working a kink out of his shoulder.

That makes you as bad, as evil as them.

The shit they hand out. Take it with a smile and say thank you where can I get me some more shit please?

I hate medicine, but it’s apparently the only thing keeping me alive, so there you go.

because Cedric was peeing and he gets embarrassed if people see him using the facilities.

He was handsome and wealthy and moved in certain circles.

He was charming. He had a way about him.

“Lots I want to talk about, Gabriel, but nothing you’d find interesting.”

Might surprise you.”

Might,” Quarry agreed.

but he wasn’t in a position to be choosy

“Where do you think he’s going?” asked Sean.

Michelle sat back down. “How should I know? I’m not the man’s keeper.”

“I’ll come back up and check on you later.”

“After the women’s basketball team.”

Just what I’ve always wanted to be around,” he quipped. “A bunch of leggy women far taller than I am.”

They’d given the store manager hell for not following the rules

Her house had been meticulous, the yard the same. Now the structure was beyond saving; a bare few inches

You didn’t hear any of this from me,” the Secret Service agent said.

“You found the letter?”

Yeah, I was just thinking. I’m coming up with zip, Aaron.

Did you hash things out?

“It was an accident.”

“I’m sure,” she said sarcastically.

Behind them Daryl walked along, his face still bruised from his fight with his father. His mood seemed to match his injuries.

but intuitively concluded that their presence did not portend anything good.

Well, you told me she was dead. Is she or isn’t she?

I can’t believe your gall!

She would think of a way, however. It would come to her.

then stood in front of the door barring entry by other female patrons no matter how much in distress their bladders or bowels might be.

I don’t care if he’s got an appointment with God.

I got proof of it all. Spent years of my life doing nothing else

So you better get a move on. It’s not like you and the man can just hop in a cab

Move as fast as a dead cow.

“Thanks, Michelle,” he said earnestly. “That’s very nice.”

Nice has nothing to do with it. You get carsick when you read.”

Who you calling?

“Chuck Waters. Want to get an update. Maybe he’s got a lead he’ll share.”

Right. And I’m going to try out for Dancing with the Stars.”

If this has shown me anything, you can take nothing for granted. Here today, gone tomorrow.

and VIP tickets to an upcoming event, with the understanding that what he’d just seen would never be made public

Because let me tell you, I’ve seen a lot over the years, but this is new territory for me.

Why were you crying when we came up?”

“Just… just because, that’s all.”

Michelle said, “Why’d he bring her home?”

“Don’t know. He just did.”

“Because we want to help,” she said.

That’s what you say, but I don’t know if that’s what you really mean.”

All right, sir, but if things look out of whack, I’m pulling the plug

“Mr. Sam can build anything he wants. Fix anything mechanical. Electronics. Real good carpenter.”

“He just got a head for that,”

All done,” said Michelle as she finished snapping the last shots.

Drop dead tomorrow, any of us. Lord’s will.

We’re flying blind here, stomping on every rule and protocol

“Yeah, hoping,” said Quarry. “And praying.”

“And what if your hopes don’t turn out?” asked Willa

“Solid as a rock. Must be the cement foundation underneath.”

Make sure,” said the squad leader.

“He fights real good.”

I hope I don’t have to find out how good,” said Sean dryly

They didn’t find the camera in the tree because Quarry, ever the detail man, had cut a hole in the oak, placed the camera inside, and patched up the hole with bark glued on so that only the camera lens was showing.

You must have been extremely charming to convince her to have sex that quickly. Or perhaps it speaks to the class of woman you were attracted to

She called me in a panic when she found out she was pregnant. She couldn’t tell her parents, she said. They wouldn’t understand. She also didn’t want to carry it to term.

Men in suits next to men in fatigues clambered onto the roof with axes

“There’s no one outside.”

Yeah, you got no reason to lie to me, do you?

And now they thought they had Sam Quarry. Well, they had thought wrong

Quarry was ahead of Sean and moving fast with the energy of panic.

Because if I don’t I will take it up with the president when I get back to Washington

May I trouble you for some water and a place to lie down, Miss

because her family was shielding the bereaved girl from much of the media scrutiny

while she seemed the same physically, still radiant if thinner, there was something different about her

You’re screwing with me!

I wish we were.”

Can I tell you that this is the most amazing shit that I have ever heard?”

Don’t suck up,” said Sean in a joking tone. “It’s unseemly.”

Nobody likes a whiner

Call me stupid, but I’m not following you, Sean.

However, loyalty had its limits and he had reached his with the First Lady

“I think Mr. Sam loved his daughter.”

I think he did too,” Michelle said softly, rubbing at her left eye.

“He did,” said Gabriel. “No thinking about it.”

The results of all this created a groundswell of fury across the nation

I’m sorry,” Sean said.

Don’t be. I’m old.”

“How do people like Jane and Dan Cox go as far as they have?”

“Because she’s strong and tough and will do whatever it takes. And he has the gift of making people want to root for him. A real people person.”

So that’s all it takes? God help us.”

Wow, it seems you’ve made it to the end of this new-vocabulary-grammar-intensive article… But did you actually work through all the findings?  No shirking? Sweet! That’s what I call being persistent at mastering English!


russia-flag Вы дочитали и проработали статью до конца? Так держать!

Если Вы дочитали до конца эту статью, то я уверен, что Вы узнали много нового про английский язык (при условии, что Вы действительно проработали предложения выше).

Проработать так много материала это совсем не шутки, а вполне серьёзный подход к делу.

Теперь же дело за малым: эффективно всё перенести в речевой актив и начать всласть применять новые знания на практике (пункт 3 и 4, соответсвенно).

Спасибо за то, что уделили время.

Удачи в Вашем языковом путешествии!


I am crazy enough to do the whole nine-yards over again. Please bring me to the beginning of the sentences. Yeah!

Did you know that you are more than encouraged to go ahead and tell me in the comments section below how the whole process went?

With that, thanks for taking your time accepting the challenge, reading and working through the article.

Until next time!


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