“I really don’t know how it was done … I’m not worrying about a trifle like that.”
By all standards this should be one of the best Lord Peter stories because in it we are introduced, under the most trying circumstances, to Harriet Vane. If you don’t know who she is, I’m not going to spoil things more than necessary (which will make this review difficult).
“People have been wrongly condemned before now.” “Exactly, simply because I wasn’t there.”
I’m not familiar with English judicial terminology, but the judge calling the accused the “prisoner” in his charge to the jury strikes me as prejudicial.
“A man doesn’t like it to see a man go all wobbly about his sister—at least, not such a prolonged wobble.”
Love at first sight. Gushy, saccharin, head-over-heals infatuation?
“A person who can believe all the articles of the Christian faith is not going to boggle over a trifle of adverse evidence.”
Spiritualist of the 1930s would be comfortable in certain circles of today’s society. The more things change ….
“Don’t talk like Jeeves.” “… Sherlocked.” “… as Holmes would say …”
Sayers is conscious of her antecedents and boasts of them.
“The enormous and complicated imbecility of things was all around him like a trap.”