Father did not press her. He sat there looking large and comfortable and rather stupid. He let her take her time. She had been willing to do her best to help him and he was quite prepared to do anything he could to help her. He was not, perhaps, particularly interested. On the other hand, one never knew.

"One reads in the papers," said Miss Marple in a low clear voice, "accounts of proceedings in court; of young people, children or girls in 'need of care and protection'. It's just a sort of legal phrase, I suppose, but it could mean something real."
Remonstrating with Elspeth
  • At Bertran's Hotel, 1965
  • Dame Agatha Christie
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