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Bits of rice sprayed all over the table as he spoke. Politely, Trish ignored them – or perhaps she didn’t see them. She’s a vague sort of person when it comes to things like electricity bills and table manners. Though she can be quite sharp about people’s feelings. 27 Eglantine—pages 14/11/06 12:42 PM Page 28 She looks a little like a ghost herself, with her pale, skinny face and floating hair and layers of drifting shawls and scarves and Indian cotton skirts. ‘I don’t think it’s likely, Bethan,’ she responded, with the utmost sincerity.
47 Eglantine—pages 14/11/06 12:42 PM Page 48 ‘Well,’ I said witheringly, ‘neither do I. ’ After that, we trudged down to breakfast and went to school. Actually, I did sympathise with Bethan. I even let him have the last pancake that morning. But when I got to school I began to regret my generosity, because by the time recess rolled around, it had become glaringly obvious that Bethan had been shooting his mouth off about having a ghost in the house. First Malcolm Morling approached me and made stupid ‘ooing’ sounds as he fluttered his hands.
On Wednesday, she heard from Amy Driscoll that I was living in a haunted house. When she asked me about it, and I growled at her, she seemed surprised. ’ she wanted to know. ’ ‘Sorry,’ I said. ’ ‘Have they? ’ ‘I don’t want to talk about it. ’ But Michelle dragged it out of me – I don’t know how. She can be very persuasive. I told her about the writing, and about Sylvia Klineberg, and about Eglantine Higgins. I told her about the book from under the stairs, and Eglantine’s fairytale. By the time I had finished, Michelle was more excited than I’d ever seen her.