Bess and George were seated together, with their dates on either side of them. Bess now whispered to her cousin, “I’m glad Nancy isn’t overplaying the love scenes with Bob Simpson the way Tammi does.”
George suppressed a chuckle. “But look at Ned’s face,” she whispered. Ned Nickerson sat with a grim jaw and eyes straight ahead. He leaned forward slightly in his seat as Bob kissed Nancy. When the scene was over, he heaved a sigh and sat back, drumming his fingers on the chair arms.
Then, over Hannah’s shoulder [Nancy] saw Ned, Burt, and Dave.
"Well, for goodness sake!" she cried. "Oh, it’s wonderful to see you! But how in the world did you get here!"
"Flew in, at George’s invitation," Ned said quickly. "Nancy, you were simply great. I didn’t have time to pick up a bouquet for you, but you deserve it. About five dozen red roses!"
Carolyn Keene (Harriet Adams), The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962)