To: Mrs. Beatrice Dalrymple

From: Sergeant Sargent

I recognize the need for isolating Dr. Faraday at Dunsinane House. However, you cannot ask us to patrol Lud's holm! The island is crawling with berserk wastrels infected with the plague!

I can't place my constables at the mercy of mobs of homicidal lunatics spouting Old English. And if God forbid, one of them were to come back bitten or scratched, well, that's it for good old Maidenholm.

If you must appoint someone you trust to look in on her. How about Bobby Hickinbotham? He's loyal if not terribly reliable, and if he got bitten, no great loss.

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