Latest Sturgeon lines, this time from "One Foot and the Grave."
First, some badinage, or perhaps it's airy persiflage:
[She said,] "You don't seem surprised to find me out here."
"I'm not. The last thing I said to you in town was to sit tight, stay where you were, and let me handle this. The fact that you are here therefore does not surprise me."
"You know," she said, putting one elbow on one knee, one chin in one palm, and twinkling, "you say 'therefore' prettier than anyone else I ever met."
And later, a description:
The touch of gray at his temples and the stretched smoothness of his skin told lies about each other.