By Dorothy L. Sayers
Whilst Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, referred to as the "Gaudy," the prim educational surroundings is haunted by means of a rash of surprising pranks: scrawled obsentities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters -- together with person who says, "Ask your boyfriend with the identify if he likes arsenic in his soup."Some of the notes threaten homicide; all are completely ghastly; but despite their scurrilous nature, all are completely worded. And Harriet reveals herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with merely the tiniest shreds of clues to problem her powers of detection, and people of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.
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You see, our sister Candida died before Papa did, and Olivia said she hoped Candida’s children would die too, and then she would come into her own. ’ Candida felt as if something cold had touched her. It didn’t come from Miss Cara — her hand was burning hot. It let go of her wrist now and went up to touch the carefully ordered hair, incongruously black above the ravaged face. She had stopped crying, and though her eyelids were reddened and the smooth powdered surface of her skin had been impaired, she had a relaxed look.
Mrs. Harbord still had that shaking hand pressed against her lips. It came down now and went out groping to the arm of the chair. She said in a startled voice, ‘Ellen Kean — did she send you? I thought —’ ‘No, she did not send me. ’ Mrs. Harbord said in a choked voice, ‘She came in — and she sat there — and she didn’t believe a word I said. She come like it was her Christian duty to come, and because I sent for her. She’d gone up in the world, and I’d gone down, but we went to school together.
Papa said it was a most shocking case, and just like King Lear! ’ It was at this moment by the light of a blinding flash of anger that Stephen became aware he was in love with Candida Sayle. Chapter Eight It was next day that Miss Silver met Mr. Puncheon in the street. He was hurrying along and had already passed her in a short-sighted manner, when he seemed suddenly to recollect himself and turned back. ‘Miss Silver — I really beg your pardon’t I have been wanting to see you — I was immersed in my thoughts.