madonna with the yarnwinder painting
Mother and Child
My Sweet Rose painting
Naiade oil painting
see. You were quite satisfied? You were not at all - shall we say - puzzled?"
"All right. All right. Yes, I was Yours Truly Puzzled! Does that please you?"
"It interests me," said Craddock. "What actually did you suspect – or fear?"
"Gastric cases vary, of course, but there were certain indications that would have been, shall we say, more consistent with arsenical poisoning than with plain gastro-enteritis. Mind you, the two things are very much alike. Better men than myself have failed to recognise arsenical poisoning – and have given a certificate in all good faith."
"And what was the result of your inquiries?"
"It seemed that what I suspected could not possibly be true. Mr. Crackenthorpe assured me that he had similar attacks before I attended him - and from the same cause, he said. They had always taken place when there was too much rich food about."
"Which was when the house was full? With the family? Or guests?"
"Yes. That seemed reasonable enough. But frankly, Craddock, I wasn't happy. I went so far as to write to old Dr. Morris. He was my senior partner and retired soon after I joined him. Crackenthorpe was his patient originally. I asked about these earlier attacks that the old man had had."
"And what response did you get?"