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  • The housekeeper returned with DeeDee’s Diet Coke, served over ice in a crystal tumbler on a small plate with a doily and a lacy cloth napkin.


  • "Lemon;" etc.) (Rutland and Dowsett come forward to table for their tea, where they remain.) (Connie, glancing apprehensively across at her father and debating a moment, prepares a cup for him and a small plate with crackers, and hands them to Dowsett, who likewise betrays apprehensiveness.)


  • "Mr. Windberry, I know that, as a lady, I'm supposed to pretend to have the appetite of a bird and leave you the most" — she piled fully half the cakes on the small plate — "but I'm starving."

    Hero Come Back

  • When he had poured the coffee, Eduardo hustled back to the kitchen and returned with a small plate holding half a dozen pastelitos.

    Dexter in the Dark


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