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"You'd make me a wonderful wife some day," Gambit tells Purdey after "in a rare maternal gesture" she fixes breakfast for the three of them. And what does Purdey do? Does she hit Gambit over the head with the frying pan? Does she check his pupils for a sign of a concussion, because clearly he's had massive brain trauma. No, she says this.
"I couldn't stand the strain. You're in a high-risk occupation." This is apparently "the long running joke which they had shared ever since they first came together." Funny. I thought someone had mixed in a couple of lines from a bad soap opera by mistake. This isn't "friendlt banter" as Peter Cave wants us to believe. This is some sort of weird alternate reality where Purdey and Gambit are clearly a) sleeping together and/or b) totally insane. Both I'd say--how else does he justify lines that make me want to throw up in my mouth a little?
And hey, just in case Gambit hasn't called Purdey anything lately, let's throw in "Come on, girl. We're going to have to hoof it."
Girl? Hoof it? What is this, TNA at the rodeo. I tell you, it's just getting sad. Oh, and on the same page, they've spelt it "Purdy." Nice one, Mr. Editor. Reminds me of all those Tara novels where Tara's name suddenly changed to "Emma" halfway through a conversation. That wasn't disconcerting or anything.
I'm not even going to try to explain why Gambit tells Purdey "My God, you'd make a beautiful vampire." In his defense, she is in a coffin, but man, why do all these lines sound so wrong?
Oh yes, I just remembered something I haven't marked. Where's the bit where Gambit belts Purdey in the face? "Sorry," Gambit mutters, and punches her "full in the face." Okay, so Gambit has a good reason for doing this i.e., he's got good reason to think she's going to kill Steed, but really, you're telling me that that's the best Gambit could do? He's just going to clock her? Mr. "I can knock you out with a neck pinch"? This is Purdey we're talking about. Even if he thinks she's been brainwashed, I can't see him being able to just up and deck her one. It all leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Then Steed goes and calls her "old girl" again. Argh. No more of this novel, thanks.