By Bruce Alexander
The suicide of a lord occurs while a hypnotism expert arrives in London--a guy patronized by way of the lord's appealing spouse. it is a accident the blind Sir John Fielding cannot fail to spot.
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The ladies fanned their faces more vigorously than ladies are wont to do. The gentlemen fell to clearing their throats epidemically. ” asked the coroner. “Let’s say in the stomach. ” A smile spread over his round face. ” A great round of deep, male laughter responded. The coroner made use of his gavel for the first and only time. “Silence, please! ” Mr. Trezavant seemed a bit flustered. ” “I am serious. ” “Well, I . ” “Yes,” protested Mr. Donnelly, “but there are other—” “That will be all,” said Mr.
Goldsworthy seemed to expect that there might be difficulties, and he sought to caution the audience of this. “Ladies and gentlemen,” said he, “though I have fortunately been able to help many, I cannot, I confess, help all. Since I put no blame for this upon Franz Anton Mesmer and his treatment, I must take all of it upon myself, if need for blame there be for what follows. ” Without another word, the doctor set to work. First did he tie two small magnets round the subject’s head just above the ear level.
Though tense, they remained silent. I could hear heavy breathing behind me, as if some or all wished to aid 54 BRUCE ALEXANDER him with their own efforts. Still I dared not turn round and look, for fear I might break the spell of the moment. Sweat stood out upon his face. He panted. He slowed his gyrations until, of a sudden, he stopped, took a breath, and clapped his hands over the deaf man’s ears. The noise of it could not have been so great, yet it was as a thunder clap within the silent hall.