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Inside this Book – On the afternoon of Friday 2 June 1950, a Mr Datchery, having put his week- end bag on to a bus with the request that it be civilly ejected at an inn named ‘The Marlborough Head’, set out to walk the four miles which separate the market town of Twelford from the village of Cotten Abbas. He was a tall and wiry man of between forty and fifty, with a lean, ruddy, clean-shaven face. His brown hair, ineffectually plastered down with water, stood up in mutinous spikes at the crown of his head. His manner was eupeptic and affable. From the town hall at Twelford, where the bus had relieved him of his bag, he strode westwards along the main street, and by three o’clock he was past the outlying estate of council houses and into open country. The sun that Friday had risen in a blur of rain; but at breakfast time the clouds had cleared, and by mid-day all traces of the shower had been eliminated, and the earth was beginning to absorb and accumulate heat. To an obbligato of bird-song Mr Datchery marched beneath a bright sky towards Cotten Abbas. And he carolled lustily, to the distress of all animate nature, as he walked. ‘I will make my kitchen,’ sang Mr Datchery, ‘and you shall keep your room, where white flows the river and bright blows the broom.’ And the cattle, lifting their heads as he passed, lowed a mournful burden to the tune.
Inside this book –The Long Divorce PDF Book by Edmund Crispin – ANONYMOUS letters?’ said Mr Datchery. ‘What anonymous letters?’ His tone betrayed no more than a civil interest such as any stranger, encountering a case of this sporadic affliction, might be expected to show; but if Penelope had been less preoccupied with justifying Rubi, she might have seen that his pale blue eyes narrowed at the words, and that he began to follow what she said with a new alertness. They pushed on – she still leading – along a bracken-bordered path into the wood, where rabbits thumped and rustled in the undergrowth and the sunlight was striated by a lace of boughs. And Penelope said: ‘Oh, didn’t you know about them? They’ve been going on for two or three weeks now.’ ‘What sort of letters are they?’ ‘Obscene,’ said Penelope with a sort of abstract relish. ‘At least, some of them are. But the obscene ones aren’t the worst.’ ‘Why aren’t they?’ ‘Because they’re just nonsense. It’s the other sort that’s causing all the trouble.’ ‘And the other sort – ?’ ‘The other sort says things about people that are true.’ ‘An unpopular practice,’ Mr Datchery said drily, ‘I admit.’ ‘Oh dear, I’m afraid I’m not explaining it very well . . . But – well, for example, there was Mr Mogridge.’ ‘Who is Mr Mogridge?’ ‘He’s landlord of “The Marlborough Head”. And he was carrying on, you see, with Cora.’ ‘I don’t see at all,’ complained Mr Datchery.
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- Author of this Book – Edmund Crispin
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