By DOROTHY L. SAYERS
Can Lord Peter Wimsey end up that Harriet Vane isn't really to blame of homicide - or locate the true poisoner in time to save lots of her from the gallows? very unlikely, it kind of feels. The Crown's case is watertight. The police are adamant that the proper individual is on trial. The judge's summing-up can be transparent. Harriet Vane is accountable of the killing her lover. And Harriet Vane shall hold. however the jury disagrees.
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That is for you to judge. If you feel that there is any reasonable doubt that the prisoner gave poison to Philip Boyes deliberately, you must bring her in ‘Not Guilty’ of murder. You are not bound to decide how was given, if it was not given by her. ” Chapter III “THEY won’t be long, I shouldn’t think,” said Waffles Newton, “it’s pretty damned obvious. Look here, old man, I’m going to push my stuff in. ” “Sure,” said Salcombe Hardy, “if you don’t mind dropping mine in at our place as you go. You couldn’t send me a drink by ’phone, could you?
But, on the other hand, you must be careful not to attach the wrong kind of importance to this lapse. It is one thing for a man or woman to live an immoral life, and quite another thing to commit murder. You may perhaps think that one step into the path of wrongdoing makes the next one easier, but you must not give too much weight to that consideration. ” The judge paused for a moment, and Freddy Arbuthnot jerked an elbow into the ribs of Lord Peter Wimsey, who appeared to be a prey to gloom. “I should jolly well hope not.
Grainger was summoned by telephone, as being the nearest physician available. “Before the doctor’s arrival, the patient vomited violently, and thereafter continued to vomit persistently. Dr. Grainger diagnosed the trouble as acute gastritis. There was a high temperature and rapid pulse, and the patient’s abdomen was acutely painful to pressure, but the doctor found nothing indicative of any trouble in the nature of appendicitis or peritonitis. He therefore went back to his surgery, and made up a soothing medicine to control the vomiting—a mixture of bicarbonate of potash, tincture of oranges, and chloroform—no other drugs.