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The Rotter

by Fleta Campbell Springer

Genre: Drama
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


She tried to pull herself together–to think; her thoughts were not reasoning thoughts, but unrelated, floating, detached….

Suddenly, by some strange alchemy of her mind, three things stood out clear. They stood out like the three facts of a simple syllogism.

There was nothing she could do for Richard Ayling now…. No one knew she was here…. A train for London passed Homebury St. Mary a little after noon.

All the years of Bessie Lonsdale’s motherhood commanded her to act. Her muscles alone seemed to hear and obey. She was like a person hypnotized, who had been ordered with great detail and precision what to do.


Bessie Lonsdale appears to have killed Richard Ayling. Did she? DID she?


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