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"In fact, it seems stranger to me that the rest of Mirtle's body was intact than that his head was missing. I am no expert on the physics of crashes, but an intact body and a missing head is strange, not because the head was missing but because the body was intact . . . if that makes sense."
"Very strange, as you say, but isn't it possible that given how large the English countryside is and how small the remains of a crashed plane would be . . . that the debris from these crashes is just as yet undiscovered? I'm not sure there's enough there to rule out a simple coincidence."
"Sir, maybe we can leave this matter to you? whilst we go off to investigate the missing Dumont and the altimeter."
Who knows? The guy could be living just around the corner for all we know."
But I can't remember having read that the rest of his body was intact or that the head was missing all together. It might be that the head was found lying close to the body, itself heavily damaged. "
And given that I imagine they probably flew during day time, the sound and sight of a plane diving down and crashing should have most probably warned at least one accidental spectator? It's not like the countryside is totally void of people, right?[/b]
“We don’t know what expects us, or how long we will be on the road, so preparation is essential. I’m thinking about two or three suits, one top hat and, of course, no less than one tuxedo. What do you think about it?”
While the society members talked, Amelia made her way in and out of the kitchen bringing everyone lunch, drinks, coffee, and eventually dessert.
Well said, Mr. Bennett. I believe there is a rational explanation for each of these facts, but until we discover it, they are really strange.”
how do we plan on getting there?"
Mr. Bennett, your friend seemed convinced the altimeter belonged to Joyce-Armstrong and you have no doubt at all about his judgment? [/b]
"If we want to try finding young Dumont, a car would be useful, I think. Or maybe we can go by train and then ask the family if someone wants to help us find him, so we can use their car?"
Re. Histories by Herodotus, Bennett said: These two manuscripts disagreed on their wording in several places
Felix said: of course, no less than one tuxedo
Bennett said: They may very well have a car to put at your disposal.
"Like the Bible then . . .
Herodotus only survives in five ancient texts
Kirk: ... maybe the restless spirit of Mr. Armstrong is somehow connected to his altimeter and now he did something with young Dumont...(frowns his face and sighs) my imagination"
"Great! So how do we fix an appointment with Mr. Wilder and Mr. Dumont? Will you call them, Mr. Bennett? And maybe you could ask right away if we can use a car, if necessary?"
Bennett: So, when do you all plan on leaving?
Kirk's face suddenly lights up. "Wait a minute... maybe the restless spirit of Mr. Armstrong is somehow connected to his altimeter and now he did something with young Dumont... (frowns his face and sighs) my imagination" at which the others understand that he doesn't really believe this.
"What a shame that the Histories were neglected until modern times--I suppose the texts which did survive did so by chance. "Dr. Miller sounds like the ideal man to look at the Armstrong Journal Fragments, should we ever get hold of them."
Bennett looked deadly serious. "An interesting theory, but it does not take into account the other data you've collected, such as the location and nature of so many of the crashes. And why would the spirit target the young Dumont? Why not the person who sold the device to the pawn shop, or the pawn shop owner? Or what--"
"Kirk, do not underestimate your imagination. If I got a chance to hold that altimeter, I will know whether it contains any soul , but I don’t believe that anyone's spirit, released from the boundaries of its body, would choose to be locked inside any object."
"I can leave tomorrow morning, what about you?"
As soon as Bennett disappeared, Amelia reappeared from the kitchen to get the rest of the dishes.
Bennett grumbled at all the requests. "Let me get on that then," he growled and stood up. "You all let yourselves out." With that, Bennett excused himself and disappeared back into his office.
“And thank you to Amelia, for the wonderful lunch.”
. . . and smiles at the others in reaction to Mr. Bennett's grumbling.