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CHAPTER FIVE

The Reverend Caleb Dane-Calthrop and his wife Maud Dane-Calthrop were both unusual personalities. Dane-Calthrop lived for his books and in his study. Mrs Dane-Calthrop was quite the opposite. She was frighteningly aware of everything around her. She had a long thin face, and always spoke in a very sincere way. I soon learned that almost everyone in the village was slightly afraid of her.

The day after Megan had come to lunch, Mrs Dane-Calthrop stopped me in the High Street. ‘Oh, Mr Burton! Now what did I want to see you about? Something rather unpleasant, I think.’

‘I’m sorry about that,’ I said.

‘Ah. Anonymous letters! That’s it. Why have you brought anonymous letters to Lymstock?’

‘I didn’t bring them,’ I said. ‘They were here already.’

‘Nobody got any until you came, though!’

‘Yes they did. Several people got them.’

‘Oh dear,’ she said. ‘That’s all wrong. We’re not like that here. And it upsets me because I ought to know about it.’

‘How could you know?’ I asked.

‘Because I usually do. And they are such silly letters, too.’

‘Have you had any yourself?’

Her eyes opened wider. ‘Oh yes, two - no, three. I forget exactly what they said. It was something about Caleb and the schoolteacher. Very silly.’ She paused. And there are so many things the letters might say, but don’t. That’s what is so strange. They don’t seem to know any of the real things.’

‘What do you mean exactly?’

‘Well, of course. There is plenty of adultery here, and more - so why doesn’t the writer use those secrets? What did they say in your letter?’

‘They suggested that my sister wasn’t my sister.’

‘And is she?’

‘Joanna is certainly my sister.’

She nodded. ‘That just shows you what I mean. I expect there are other things -‘ She looked at me thoughtfully, and I suddenly understood why Lymstock was afraid of Mrs Dane-Calthrop.

For once, I was delighted when Aimee Griffith’s loud voice called, ‘Hello, Maud, I’m glad I’ve seen you. I want to change the date for the Red Cross sale. I must just go into the grocer’s, then we’ll talk, if that suits you? Good morning, Mr Burton.’

‘Yes, that will do quite well,’ said Mrs Dane-Calthrop. But Aimee Griffith had already gone, and she shook her head. ‘Poor thing.’

I was confused. Surely she could not feel sorry for Aimee?

But she went on, ‘You know, Mr Burton, I’m rather afraid…’

About this letter business?’

‘Yes, you see it must mean -‘ She paused, then she said slowly as though she was solving a problem, ‘It must mean that it was caused by blind hatred… yes, blind hatred. But even a blind man might put a knife in the heart purely by chance - and what would happen then, Mr Burton?’

We were to know that before another day had passed.

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