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And at the same time, albeit in 1946, lo! and behold: Bernie Cohen and Sadie Glenfinnan (also known as Mhairi Macleod) met with Jessie Singer, Cook/Housekeeper in Martin Elginbrod's Glasgow establishment, and set their plan in motion for the infiltration of that closely guarded place, in order to obtain evidence about the plans of The Ring of Gold to take possession of the Milngavie cluster of Farmer's Homes wherein numbers of poor and abandoned children lived, prayed and learned and hoped to enjoy better prospects than they ever could have expected in the slums of the city; the House itself was the venue for secret meetings between Elginbrod, himself, Sir Paladin MacFarlane, Doughty Doubleday – his valet and accomplice – Chick Cowcaddens – convicted child rapist and murderer, released through the intervention of Dolores Bambona – and Hamish MacDonald (here usually referred to as AKA); Jessie told her new friends and confidants that she had been working on persuading her employer that, with so many people living in or visiting the house so regularly, she really did need an extra pair of reliable hands in the kitchen and that her cousin Mhairi, recently widowed and presently living with her sister and her husband in Partick, was needful of reasonable employment and satisfied all his questions to the point where he had agreed to penelopize no longer and asked her to invite her cousin for an interview the following evening; Sadie (Mhairi) was experiencing First Night Nerves at the idea of coming face-to-face with someone she knew so much about (and all to his detriment) but Bernie promised to coach her well before the interview – and she at last agreed: "we need to nail these bastards," she said in her Queens' accent, "and if all it takes is for me to mingle with them and when they are out, to find the evidence we need, of course I'll do it – let's go for it and damn the consequences for me!" and it was with a lighter tread than usual, that Jessie made her way back up the hill with a bag full of the smaller messages, the larger ones to be delivered by the butcher, baker and grocer early in the afternoon; and so Bernie and Sadie spent the afternoon role-playing the interview, with Bernie giving a fair impression of Elginbrod and Sadie (as Mhairi) giving her best West Highland responses as the Wee Free widow she purported to be; "you're gonna flat-hat it baby," he drawled in a cod-Yankee accent she considered abysmal, but funny and later, after Fish and Chips, from the Italian Chippie at the bottom of their street, and an affectionate kiss, Bernie whispered, "don't be too quick to accept his terms, haggle a bit, keep him in suspense," and she had replied: "I come from a long line of hagglers, honey, it's in my blood, already," and a quick cuddle, Mhairi walked alone to the House she knew from having watched Snooker Tam and Boabie pointing it out; she went alone, in case Elginbrod had arranged for Watchers to observe her approach – as, indeed, he had, for loitering on various of the streets she used, his chauffeur and Chick Cowcaddens had seen her pass and waited to see if anyone followed her; they didn't, as they later reported back to the Lawyer; She was admitted by the Skivvy, Gracie Westwater, who had a hangdog look and mumbled Mhairi's name as she held open the door of the Sitting Room, for her to enter: here Mhairi was met by Elginbrod himself, and Jessie, who gave her a sly wink! but she was gobsmacked when she saw the third person in the room!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Wednesday, July 05, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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