By Gladys Mitchell
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Settle down, all of you. ’ ‘Certainly. ’ ‘The power of your purse is not as great as you think,’ said Gamaliel. Maria went out of the room and returned shortly with a large envelope scored across with blue to indicate that it had come by registered post. ‘This is a copy of my last Will and testament,’ said Romula, taking it from her daughter’s hand. ’ asked Parsifal. ‘In my stories,’ said Garnet, ‘such a disclosure leads to the crime of murder. The plot of—’ ‘Never mind your books, grandson,’ said Romula.
Stop teasing Fiona, go and wash and then come and have your tea,’ she said. ’ Gamaliel gave a whoop, released Fiona and went off. Bluebell continued: ‘I rather wish you wouldn’t encourage Gamaliel in this sort of horseplay. ’ said Fiona, ‘Most boys of his age are savages. It marks a stage in their development. You don’t think I enjoy these rough and tumbles, do you? ’ ‘That is what you enjoy,’ said Bluebell. ‘But I make the remark truthfully, not offensively. ’ ‘If the alternative is to stay here and help Gamaliel with his revision, I shall go to Headlands with the rest of you.
Either I pass and stay on at school to be head boy, or I fail and leave school and take up my career. ’ ‘Splendid. ’ On her way round to the bar she saw Bluebell, who was beginning to pack up her traps preparatory to returning to Seawards to cook the supper. In the bar was a thin man whose Viking head was supported on a scrawny neck balanced on an emaciated body. She ordered the beer for which Gamaliel had asked and a glass of sherry for herself. As she made for the door the thin man caught up with her.