"It was too hot. She was struck by an unusual heaving. A sense of irritation gathered round the doors and windows. Margaret reached the small side-entrance. The porter's answer to the bell. The keen sharp pressure of the knife. She went across and up. Click of machinery."
Continuing the abridged version of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South - abridged on the principle of leaving out all the important bits. In this section Margaret, supposedly on the lookout for a water-bed, conceives a sudden and all-consuming passion for clogs.
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