Now, besides the little annoyances that most—if not all—romance novels usually provoke in me, I found that Ms. James use of the word “scratch” when referring to someone knocking a door really got on my nerves.
There was a scratch at her door. Gabby hastily scrubbed at the tearstains on her cheeks and stood up.
To his relief, Quill heard a scratching at the door.
Margaret scratched on the door and Gabby snatched it open.
I mean, what the fuck? Are these characters dogs or people? Who’s even heard of such a thing? WHO SCRATCHES DOORS??!?!?!?! Why would you claw at a door when it usually makes your teeth hurt, besides just knowing that you could lose a couple of nails in the process! Also, I very much doubt anyone inside would hear the “scratching” so it's quite pointless to begin with (unless you were that guy with the claws in, er, in that whatsis paranormal I read earlier this year).
What was up with that?