By Michael Innes
George Gadberry, “resting actor,” packs his baggage and heads for obscurity while the Tax Inspector beckons. Then he gets a mysterious invitation and a proposition which may result in huge, immense riches. filthy rich imbiber, Nicholas Comberford, desires George to impersonate him with a view to safe a spot within the will of fabulously prosperous Great-Aunt Prudence, who lives in a Cistercian monastery and won't let a unmarried drop of liquor within the position. Gadberry's success turns out to have changed—but at what price?
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Something had been said about going to a cinema with Derek, but in the end she lunched with Stephen, and by the time Derek turned up she thought perhaps they had better go home. She didn’t really like the way that things were shaping. She told him so as they drove through the rain. ’ He gave her a charming smile. ’ ‘Of course you can! ’ ‘Darling, you have only to say, “Dear Aunts, I cannot tell a lie. ”’ He made a mock serious recitation of it and ended up with a laugh. ‘At least that’s all you’ve got to say if what you want is a roof-lifting row.
Look here, Candida, you know that your grandmother was the middle one of the three sisters — you told me about finding a photograph with their names and ages. ’ ‘Yes, I knew that. ’ Stephen said bluntly, ‘Well, that cuts Miss Olivia out. ’ She spoke to drown the sound of it. ‘No — no — of course she doesn’t like it. But there isn’t anything she can do. ’ He said grimly, ‘She might think it would. He’s an easy-going chap and pretty well under her thumb. But if the plan broke down —’ There was something there between them.
And I’ll tell you how I found out. Derek and I were turning over a lot of old music yesterday evening. It was in the drawer of the music-stand — old songs, you know. And right in the middle of them there was a photograph of three little girls in white party frocks and their hair tied back with bows. I could see that two of them were the great-aunts because of the dark hair and the dark eyes, and their features haven’t changed a lot. ’ She nodded. ‘Their names and their ages behind each of them.