a man was locked into a bell chamber at the start of a trial run of Grandsire Doubles, his eardrums finally ruptured
an intruder drugged a man in his bed with a syringe
a man was murdered by a brass knob used as a projectile
a man was murdered with a samurai sword, his throat cut – virtually decapitated
some fences were damaged by the local hunt
a man was pushed down the stairs to his death
a man is poisoned with arsenic
a woman was imprisoned in her own house against her will
a man attempts to have a woman sectioned though she is not mad
Bredon Hall, with its long avenue of plane trees, was the remaining wing of a formerly grand house gutted by fire three years before the events of the text.
The rooms of the Vice-Warden of St Severin’s, Oxford, with bookshelves holding the complete Loeb classics.
The Warden of St Severin’s guest suite was grand and austere, with a splendid stucco ceiling, a four-poster-bed large enough for an orgy, and a bathroom of Victorian discomfort levels.
Michael Troutbeck, a man in early middle-age, wore a conventional three-piece suit with a gold watch-chain and a college tie.
Vearing, a thin, dignified middle-aged man with grey hair wore crumpled cavalry tweeds and a wine-coloured waistcoat.
Harriet is a novelist, who wears a large ruby engagement ring, who is keen to read L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between.