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For instance, one shelf of the bookcase is full of Simenon’s books, which I have patiently stuffed with blue pencil marks, and I was looking forward to correcting all the mistakes he’s made, either because he didn’t know, or else for the sake of being picturesque, often because he didn’t have the courage to call me up to verify some detail.
A blue pencil swiped from my mom’s office, eraserless.
On a map which had been spread out on the table he ticked off the streets with a blue pencil one by one, and it was somewhere behind the Place Clichy, in a passage with a somewhat unsavoury reputation, that the first red mark was made.