Robert is in readiness, sir; but I could swear he knows nothing about it. All right. Good evening, Inspector. Sorry to have brought you out at this time of night. General Canynge.
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Robert is in readiness, sir; but I could swear he knows nothing about it. All right. Good evening, Inspector. Sorry to have brought you out at this time of night. General Canynge. I understand, a large sum of money? Shall we go straight to the room it was taken from? One of my guests, Mr De Levis. They go out. And interval of a Minute. The furniture, however, is differently arranged; a small four-poster bedstead stands against the wall, Right Back, jutting into the room. There is a dressing-table against the wall to the left of the open windows, where the curtains are drawn back and a stone balcony is seen.
Against the wall to the right of the window is a chest of drawers, and a washstand is against the wall, Left. On a small table to the right of the bed an electric reading lamp is turned up, and there is a light over the dressing-table. Where was that, by the way? He comes forward to the front of the chair, opens the pocket-book, goes through the pretence of counting his shaving papers, closes the pocket-book, takes it to the head of the bed and slips it under the pillow.
Makes the motion of taking up his pyjamas, crosses below the INSPECTOR to the washstand, takes up a bath sponge, crosses to the door, takes out the key, opens the door. We now have the room as it was when the theft was committed. He moves accordingly, examining the glass on the dressing-table, the surface of the suit cases, and the handles of the drawers, with a spy-glass, for finger-marks.
Can I come in again? I opened it. I never thought. Did you look under it after the theft? Now, what did you do after you came back from your bath? Just give us that precisely. Locked the door and left the key in. Put back my sponge, and took off my dressing-gown and put it there. Shutting the window? I got into bed, felt for my watch to see the time. My hand struck the pocket-book, and somehow it felt thinner. I took it out, looked into it, and found the notes gone, and these shaving papers instead.
Let me have a look at those, sir. I think I just sat on the bed. About eleven. Precise, if you can give it me. I should say after eleven, if anything. No prayers or anything? Say five past eleven. Half-past eleven. How do you fix that, sir? Quite so. This is just clearing the ground, sir. Well, gentlemen, there are four possibilities.
Or he came in by the window with a rope or ladder and out the same way. Inspector—you er—walked up to the window when you first came into the room. Of course. Come in. Yes, sir. At what time did you take his clothes and boots? No, sir. Did you come up again, to bring the clothes back? Did you come up again for anything? No, Sir. What time did you go to bed? Just after eleven, Sir. Did you go to bed at all? Then why did you say you did?
Yes, Sir. I meant, I went to my room. Where is your room? On the ground floor, at the other end of the right wing, sir. Were you there alone? Thomas and Frederick was there too. Very good. You can go. Yes, Sir? Only that they were very good, Sir. I mean—anything peculiar?
What did you make of that? I thought he might have thrown the other at a cat or something. Did you look for it? No, Sir; I meant to draw his attention to it in the morning. In my experience, you can never have too much of that. Miss Orme was; Captain Dancy not. Do they know of the affair? My man will get them.
He goes to the door, opens it, and speaks to a constable in the corridor. The keys fail. Put them back. Inspector, do you really think it necessary to disturb the whole house and knock up all my guests? The loss of the money is not such a great matter. Mr De Levis has a very large income. What do you say, De Levis? Very well, gentlemen. In my opinion the thief walked in before the door was locked, probably during dinner; and was under the bed.
He escaped by dropping from the balcony—the creeper at that corner [he points stage Left] has been violently wrenched. He escorts him to the door, and they go out.
The deuce you do! The man who put those there was clever and cool enough to wrench that creeper off the balcony, as a blind. Come and look here, General. And, look here! This is an extraordinary insinuation. I see the whole thing. Dancy came up, watched me into the bathroom, tried my door, slipped back into his dressing-room, saw my window was open, took that jump, sneaked the notes, filled the case up with these, wrenched the creeper there [He points stage Left] for a blind, jumped back, and slipped downstairs again.
Dancy says he was downstairs all the time. You must either withdraw unreservedly, or I must confront you with him. Not so mad as the conclusion Dancy jumped to when he lighted on my balcony. Nobody could have taken this money who did not know you had it. Do you know that he did?
His family was prosperous and well established, with a large property in Kingston upon Thames that is now the site of three schools: Marymount International School , Rokeby Preparatory School , and Holy Cross Preparatory School. He attended Harrow and New College, Oxford. He took a Second in Law Jurisprudentia at Oxford in ,  then trained as a barrister and was called to the bar in During these travels he met Joseph Conrad , then the first mate of a sailing-ship moored in the harbour of Adelaide, Australia , and the two future novelists became close friends. After her divorce ten years later, they were married on 23 September and stayed together until his death in Before their marriage, they often stayed clandestinely in a farmhouse called Wingstone in the village of Manaton on Dartmoor, Devon.
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