Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

Third Sentence Thursday – Is there a dog at all?

The Case of the Howling Dog by Erle Stanley Gardner

p. 52: “He pounded on the panels of the door with his knuckles, and received no answer.”

Perry Mason is trying to locate his client – but nobody’s home at the client’s house except his housekeeper. She’s deaf. Will anyone ever answer the door?

Mason has been doing his best for his new client, Arthur Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright insists that his next door neighbor Clinton Foley trained his dog to howl just to torment Arthur, as well as poor sick Mrs. Foley. He wants the police to put a stop to the howling, but he’s afraid that Clinton Foley will take revenge on him.

Oh, and just in case anything happens to him, Cartwright wants Mason to help him make a cast-iron will leaving everything he has to Mrs. Foley.

Mason calls on an assistant district attorney – who owes him a favor – to start slow with an official letter to Foley. (That proves that this is a very early story; later in the series, nobody in the district attorney’s office would ever admit they owe Mason anything.) Next thing you know, Foley is accusing Cartwright of being a homicidal maniac and offering witnesses who will testify that the dog has never ever howled since it was a puppy. And Cartwright has disappeared.

And so has Mrs. Foley.

Sunshine – thank you Beverley

Beverleysmith over at January to December nominated me for a Sunshine Award – the idea is to answer a few questions and pass them along. (You’re supposed to select other bloggers to answer the questions next, but at the moment I think I’ll make this “blogger’s choice” – I think the blogs I follow deserve an award, so if you want to accept, it’s yours. Feel free to post answers to the questions – for that matter, go ahead and pick people you think deserve Sunshine Awards!)

And Beverley, my USian spell checker is nagging me to take all the “u”s out of “favo(u)rite”, but I don’t think I’ll obey it. I was taught to spell all those “o(u)r” words like color and honor and favor without a “u”, though. (And why don’t we spell that last word “thogh”, I wonder? Of course, it’s just silly to expect spelling in English to make any sense at all.)

What is your favourite color? It varies – but today it’s gray and rainy out and the only spot of color is the azaleas in full bloom, so right now I’ll say azalea hot pink.
What is your favourite animal? Cats – they’re warm, they purr, they act silly, they try to bump foreheads if they like you.
What is your favourite number? Two – it’s less lonely than one 😉
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Strong black coffee
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? I’m not crazy about either one, but I do have a Facebook account.
What is your passion? Making things
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Mmm…giving.
What is your favourite pattern? Greek key – it reminds me of a maze
What is your favourite day of the week? Sunday
What is your favourite flower? I like flowers I can trust to put on a good show without needing a lot of attention – peonies, daylilies, snapdragons. And azaleas.