The Graveyard Book
“Where did you hear about the Romans,” asked her father.
“Everybody know,” replied Scarlett, with withering scorn.
“There were Celts,” said her mother. “They were here first. They go back before the Romans.
They were the people the Romans conquered.” (2.88-2.90)
“So were you the first to be buried here?” [asked Bod].
[…] “Almost the first,” said Caius Pompeius. “Before the Celts there were other people on this island. One of them was buried here.” (2.102-2.103)
“Are any of them buried in the graveyard, then?” asked Bod.
“Not a one,” said the girl, with a twinkle. “The Saturday after they drowned and toasted me, a carpet was delivered to Master Porringer, and it was a fine carpet. But it turned out […] it carried the plague in its patter, and by Monday the five of them were coughing blood, and their skins were gone as black as mine when they hauled me from the fire.” (4.81-4.82)