David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines
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a sweet Doc Savage bit

Looking through Doc novels for Pat's appearances, I refound a sweet bit in THE BLACK, BLACK WITCH. Doc's adventuress/entrepreneur cousin Pat Savage and his aides Monk, Ham, and Johnny have been captured by the bad guys, and the following conversation ensues.

Monk looked at Pat and said, “They're going to kill us.”

Pat nodded. “They'll figure,” she said, “that getting rid of us will put out the fire.”

“But it won't,” Monk said.

“Not the fire in their consciences anyway,” Monk muttered. “But that's not going to stop them.”

Pat stared at the floor, her face tight with emotion. Her lips worked. She cleared her throat. “It was my stupidity that got me here,” she said. “But I'm not sorry.”

Monk frowned. “What are you talking about?”

Pat looked at the floor again and had some trouble getting the words to come. She finally stared at Monk, Ham and Johnny. “I don't think I could take it if you three were murdered,” she said. “So I'm glad I'm here.”

“You're crazy,” Monk said quietly. “But it's a nice speech, anyway.”


Awwwww. (This is the story where it's revealed that one of Doc's aides secretly taught Pat ancient Mayan, which is the language they use to communicate secretly among themselves. Nobody ever fesses up, but my bet is on Monk.)
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