“Excuse me,” said Otis, “but I’m new in town and I’m looking for an inexpensive but clean and respectable boarding house.”
“This place is cheap enough,” said the young brunette in the red dressing gown who was leaning against the carved wooden post. “Although maybe it ain’t cheap enough.”
“And it’s clean enough, although I wouldn’t eat off the floors,” said the blonde lounging on the steps in the black dress that might have been just a slip, what did Otis know?
“And respectable?” said the redhead in the denim shorts who was leaning against the doorframe at the top of the steps. “That all depends on who’s doing the respecting.”
Three Gals From Poughkeepsie, by Horace P. Sternwall; a Berkley paperback original; 1956. (Republished as Hellcats Three, by “Hilary Porter Smith"; Pyramid Books, 1959. Currently out of print.)
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