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White Lies

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"Oh, pish on you and your gloom," said Mrs. Beaver, waving her butter knife by way of emphasis. "We always knew Juniper Gubbins was a double-agent, just as the rest of us are when needs must; where's the difference if she's finally admitted how she gets her saffron and sugar?"

"She still didn't ought to have said it in public," Mr. Beaver maintained, but he spooned a bit of black-market jam onto his scone without further belaboring the point.