Rules of Engagement (Sir John Fielding) by Bruce Alexander

By Bruce Alexander

The suicide of a lord occurs whilst a hypnotism expert arrives in London--a guy patronized via the lord's appealing spouse. it is a twist of fate the blind Sir John Fielding cannot fail to spot.

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He had neither intention nor wish to introduce her—whoever she may be—into the inquest. But once he had asked that young fellow—the legislative assistant—to explain his use of ‘they,’ then the cat was out of the bag, as they say. He had to carry on. None, I’m sure, was more relieved than he that the young fellow could neither name her, nor spy her amongst the onlookers. And so I must allow that Trezavant simply made a mistake and was forced to recover as best he could. But what about his interview with the waterman?

Ladies and gentlemen,” said he, “though I have fortunately been able to help many, I cannot, I confess, help all. Since I put no blame for this upon Franz Anton Mesmer and his treatment, I must take all of it upon myself, if need for blame there be for what follows. ” Without another word, the doctor set to work. First did he tie two small magnets round the subject’s head just above the ear level. Then did he bathe the ears, both of them, in magnetized water. Having done this, he stepped round and attacked the problem from the rear.

Ginder could not, even for a moment, shift his view from Goldsworthy’s slowly circling hands. And as those hands moved, so did the doctor’s lips. He was saying something, whispering what could not be heard, not even by Ginder. Yet what did it matter if he were heard or not? Those eyes of the doctor’s, at once fierce and sympathetic, would have held him in any case. Thus minutes were spent, perhaps as many as five—though it seemed an eternity, a space of time to be measured in eons. The audience was so held by the picture of the two, one sitting and one standing, that all seemed almost to be breathing in concert—inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale .

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