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  • "I sold my few belongings and went on a walking tour, which deteriorated with my fortunes into what is known as 'the padding lay'. I've been 'padding ever since, and will say that I met many kindly folk who valued my superior social standing and erudition, and formed the habit of turning to me for counsel in certain complex disputes. Not an unpleasant way of life..."

    - Chapter 6, The Riddle of Alabaster Royal by Patricia Veryan

    August 26, 2017