By Gladys Mitchell
Detective fiction by means of Golden Age author.
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Boys stay until they’re seventeen, sometimes eighteen, and our exam. results are pretty good. We do well at games, too. Oh, the Old Man’s a slippery old soand-so all right, but he gets there. The discipline’s pretty easy, too. There’s a tradition of steady work, with good jobs at the end of it, and, of course, the chaps like winning their inter-school matches. ’ ‘Our opposite number. ’ ‘I doubt very much whether she did. Our Old Man doesn’t encourage fraternisation. ’ ‘And a harried one. ’ This aspect of teacher-psychology was not new to Dame Beatrice.
I would prefer to go alone, at any rate for the first time,’ Dame Beatrice replied. ‘Later on I may need you. ’ Laura gracefully accepted this ruling, and Dame Beatrice had George, the chauffeur, drive her to the Sansfoys’ address. It lay in what was virtually a suburb of the city at the foot of a long, winding incline which ended on the caravan site. Here the Sansfoys lived in a small van, third along a line of others. It was a permanent camp, and each family had marked out an area of the rough grass, dug it up, and cultivated some of it, for flowers bloomed and there were small patches of potatoes and beans.
She nodded. Her next question puzzled Vindella. ’ she asked. The Cat Who Walked by Himself? No, I don’t think that hits him off. He wasn’t the independent type, although I believe he’d been abroad quite a bit. That’s why he took the geography. He hadn’t been a teacher all his life. ’ ‘In my experience, he certainly had a lot of know-how, but, of course, we never ran into anything hot. Just cruised the Ant and the Bure and messed about on the Broads with an occasional trip as far as Great Yarmouth.
Nodding Canaries by Gladys Mitchell