bq). "Sir," she asked me. "Why do we celebrate the onset of winter?" She was always asking questions of late. Soon, I was convinced, my lessons would mostly be spent answering them instead of lecturing.
"Because Our Lady's the patron of winter, child. …
bq). "Take a look at 'er, lads," Rurik called out to his men. "She's a hell of a ship. Took a thousand men ten-thousand hours to build if she took a day. Not a detail was spared attention from fore to aft. She's a beauty, without a doubt, the pride …