Saturday, September 12, 2015
9/12/1938 When Archie Met Lily
The fat sleuth is in upstate New York, heading to a flower show, when his car has an accident. Wolfe and Archie take a short cut through a pasture, which turns out to have a bull in it. Archie has to run and tumble over a fence, nearly getting mangled to death by an angry beast, and as he struggles to his feet he hears a woman applauding and cheering as if he were a circus act. And that, of course, is Lily Rowan.
But my favorite line in the book is from Wolfe: "If you regard it as a rational project to find a legitimate nocturnal pickwasher, go ahead." You had to be there.