LINES I HAVE EXCISED FROM THE MOST RECENT DRAFT OF MY NOVEL

  1. And then the kitten glanced down and realized he was the one holding the bloody knife.
  2. Miss Fancy gathered up her pink lacy petticoats and reached up to slap the Southern general with her grey kid glove.
  3. In the end, it was as though only the ocean really knew either of them at all.
  4. "I know you are," she said icily, as she stubbed out her cigarette. "But what am I?"