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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden
(1936)

Chapter XXIV: Clues,   pp. 247-257


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Chapter XXIV: CLUES 
  THE BARONESS HAD BEEN MURDERED. PHILIPPSON HAD BEEN 
           murdered. 
             Four other people on the island knew it, as it was 
           known to every ghost and spirit that went about upon 
           that haunted ground. Only Frederick and I did not 
           know it yet, though often in the watches of the days 
and nights a shudder still went through us at the recollection of 
the scream that we had heard. It seemed as though the very air 
had changed, and all the natural and familiar things had grown 
mysterious and incomprehensible. Why had Lorenz been confused? 
Why had he fled from us that day at Friedo? What was the 
explanation of Wittmer's sudden storm of rage against the Baron- 
ess, since neither he nor his wife had been so much as mentioned 
in the article and letter he had brought? 
  Frau Wittmer, as I have said, had never been to see us. Now 
suddenly one day she came, not with her husband but with Lorenz. 
I made them welcome, but all the while I was sure that something 
evil lay behind this visit. This strange conviction, far from being 
refuted, was intensified when Frau Wittmer set out gifts upon the 
table-belated birthday presents, she called them with a laugh: a 
cake and half a dozen handkerchiefs delicately embroidered. She 
said her sister had sent them to her, but that she would like me 
to have them. At this visit, precisely as at her husband's and 
Lorenz's before, the to-and-fro conversation suddenly stopped, and 
gave way to the telling of what seemed like a set story. This 
time Frau Wittmer was the narrator and her story was more aston- 
ishing than those of the other two had been. 
  It must have been on Monday morning, she began, when a great 
deal of animated talk from the direction of the Hacienda indicated 
that a number of guests had called upon the Baroness. The fol- 
lowing morning Harry Wittmer and Lorenz went out to gather 
firewood, and while they were away the Baroness came once more 
to ask for Lorenz, not entering the garden, but standing, as before, 
outside the gate. Her husband, Frau Wittmer went on, sent her 
out to see the woman, not wishing to talk to her himself. The 
Baroness was in high excitement, we were told. She told Frau 
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