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"“So why is he standing over there, when you’re over here?”

“There’s a problem.”

“What is it?”

“His husband is a jealous woman.”

Terry O’Sullivan returned and took Valentine off to be introduced—and shown off—to a group of his publishing friends from Boston. Clarissa ordered another drink and looked over the crowd again, finding it considerably increased. The far end of the room was now a writhing mass of dancers. Clarissa moved slowly and carefully about the room to observe the costumes. Attila the Hun and Anita Bryant made a handsome couple, she dispensing oranges from a large wicker basket on her arm. Charles Manson lingered at the foot of the stage in close conversation with Richard Speck, who had eight blood-spattered nurse’s caps dangling from his belt. The Wicked Witch of the West, Patty Hearst as Tanya, the present governor of Massachusetts, Indira Gandhi, Captain Hook, Ramses II, Svengali, Ilse the Beast of Belsen, and Goliath were all there. Clarissa was complimented on her realistic portrayal of Tokyo Rose, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, and Fu Manchu’s daughter."

Cobalt, by Nathan Aldyne (copyright 1982; quote is from page 29 of the Felony & Mayhem Press trade paperback edition, 2013).