By John Mortimer
Of the overdue Sir John Mortimer's many cherished characters, it really is largely agreed that Horace Rumpole used to be his maximum fictional production. the following, accrued in booklet shape for the 1st time, are 5 pleasant stories that seize the beleagured barrister at his grumpy, but warm-hearted best.
Rumpole isn't relatively keen on Christmas Day-he reveals it has a terrible behavior of dragging on as She Who needs to be Obeyed leads him during the traditional rituals. yet at the very least the felony fraternity hardly ever takes a vacation. no matter if it's a suspicious Father Christmas, or an unseasonably nasty homicide trial, there's regularly anything splendidly illegal to enliven Rumpole's boring vacation plans.
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42 . . . . . . . . . . . And as I was crossing the street I had a stroke of inspiration about who might have killed Wellington. I was imagining a Chain of Reasoning inside my head which was like this 1. Why would you kill a dog? a) Because you hated the dog. b) Because you were mad. c) Because you wanted to make Mrs. Shears upset. 2. I didn’t know anyone who hated Wellington, so if it was (a) it was probably a stranger. 3. I didn’t know any mad people, so if it was (b) it was also probably a stranger.
Mother up there, or in clouds over Africa or the Antarctic, or coming down as rain in the rain forests in Brazil, or in snow somewhere. The next day was Saturday and there is not much to do on a Saturday unless Father takes me out somewhere on an outing to the boating lake or to the garden center, but on this Saturday England were playing Romania at football, which meant that we weren’t going to go on an outing because Father wanted to watch the match on the television. So I decided to do some more detection on my own.
I said that there wasn’t anything outside the universe and there wasn’t another kind of place altogether. Except that there might be if you went through a black hole, but a black hole is what is called a singularity, which means it is impossible to find out what is on the other side because the gravity of a black hole is so big that even electromagnetic waves like light can’t get out of it, and electromagnetic waves are how we get information about things which are far away. And if heaven was on the other side of a black hole, dead people would have to be fired into 61.
A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer