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Author Topic: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues  (Read 306 times)

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2019, 10:53:38 AM »
Faez finishes his coffee and shrugs again. "That is indeed what I am saying Professor. We do not, alas, know what is missing; only that we have reason to suspect that Colonel Hollingsworth's regiment is in some way responsible. Once again I beseech you to speak to the Colonel on our behalf." At this point the little many pauses, as if choosing his next words carefully. "If it is a question of money... perhaps we can come to some arrangement?"

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2019, 12:43:57 PM »
The notion of the offer money meant little to the already wealthy Dr Kárpáti. More interesting was what the offering of a bribe said about Faez's character and his impression of their own.

Kárpáti waves away the bribe with a swish of his hand and a disapproving look.

"You do not know vat has been stolen, yet you know zat Hollingsworth's men must be responsible? Tell us of zis reason you haff, Sir." 

« Last Edit: November 17, 2019, 12:55:19 PM by Usdrothek »
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2019, 02:07:07 PM »
A possible explanation for why Faez and his employer, did not know what was stolen occurred to Braithwaite.

If members of the regiment plundered a previously undiscovered tomb and the museum later examined the site then it is plausible the museum could determine that objects were removed without knowing what they were.

If such or something similar did indeed indeed occur, why was Faez apparently reluctant to share the information?

The professor listened intently to what Faez said next.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2019, 10:42:25 AM »
The diminutive little professor sighs as he folds his hands in his lap. "I have told you all that I am able to tell you gentlemen; and yet you have offered nothing in return. Can you at least explain how it is that you came to be involved in this unfortunate matter?"

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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2019, 12:03:40 AM »
"All that you are able to?" the professor repeated. "Are you saying that you know more but are forbidden to share the information with us?"

"If you want our assistance, something we are open to providing, we shall require more information from you. As you have already pointed out, broaching such a topic with Hollingsworth will be a very delicate matter and we would need to be armed with all available information on the matter to maximise our chances of achieving a favorable outcome for you and your employers."

Professor Braithwaite's tone and manner was friendly and sympathetic, but firm.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #25 on: November 26, 2019, 04:59:15 AM »
At an opportune moment Curruthers politely interjects.


"If you would excuse me sir. If I am not needed one may take this opportunity to wash ones hands."


With the guvna's permission Curruthers proceeds to avail himself of whatever constituted the "facilities" in this era (a gutter in the back alley??)
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2019, 03:51:09 AM »
The Doctor nods to his valet's request.

"Of course."

Kárpáti takes a brief moment to give his valet a subtle look that the two had used many times. It was the 'problem client' look.
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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2019, 10:51:54 PM »
While the gentlemen are talking, Carruthers excuses himself and makes his way to the exit. Presently, Faez stands to his full height of five feet and four inches, smooths the ruffles in his well-tailored suit, and bows perfunctorily. “On the contrary,” he says, addressing Professor Braithwaite, “it is clear to me that you are reluctant to help in our endeavours. I bid you good evening gentlemen.”

Then with a curt nod of his head, Professor Faez turns and leaves the coffee house.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2019, 03:26:50 AM »
"It is unfortunate that you misjudge us so. We truly hope you are successful in bringing the culprits to justice and recovering whatever was stolen. The theft of antiquities is deplorable." professor Braithwaite said.

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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2019, 08:11:57 AM »
Dr Kárpáti watches Faez leave with a stoic expression.He hopes the ever vigilant Carruthers may be able to learn something of the reticent Egyptian on his depature from the coffee house. When he has gone, Kárpáti speaks.

"Curious. Very curious indeed. Zis Professor Faez has brought about more queries zan answers. Never ze less, ve may speculate on some matters. Firstly, Faez has gone to some trouble to avoid answering direct questions about ze theft ven clearly he knows more about ze matter and ze involvement of Hollingsworth und his men. For reasons good or ill, Faez is trying to use us for his, or his group's own ends.

Secondly, I find it very hard to believe zat Faez vas meeting vis Gower and Nightingale, saw us zere und none of us, nor Curruthers hast seen zis man. Far too convenient.

Whether or not Faez is merely a secretive employee of ze Museum or actually associated with zese nefarious murders remains to be seen. I suspect zat regardless, ve would be put in harms way. I do zo hope Carruthers can tell us more about Faez."
« Last Edit: December 01, 2019, 08:27:52 AM by Usdrothek »
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2019, 02:21:31 AM »
The professor recommended verifying the references given by Faez, that is Mr. Hary Morcos at the National Museum in Cairo. and Mr. Omar Said of the Egyptian Embassy here in London.

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« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2019, 04:33:48 AM »
"I agree zat for ze sake of being thorough, ve should confirm his references. Although I suspect zat zey vill confirm his bona fides, I cant help but feel zat ve were being used, und to no good end."
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 3 - The Investigation Continues
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2019, 10:00:54 AM »
Dr Kárpáti orders another drink and one for the professor as well as the ever stoic Sir Reginald if he so wishes.

"It does behoove us to discuss what ve may do next, but zat is not for today. Perhaps, while ve wait for Carruthers, ve can talk about how you are feeling, Professor?"
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« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2019, 01:32:55 PM »
"Significantly better than I did this morning. The research we have done today reminds me that ignorance and superstition are no match for science and reasoning. All so called supernatural phenomena eventually succumb to rational explanation through advances in science." the professor said with confidence.

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« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2019, 12:06:30 PM »
"Science is indeed uncovering many wonders." Kárpáti nods.

 "Tell me, do you believe in ze existence of supernatural phenomena at all, Professor?"
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« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2019, 04:28:51 AM »
The professor paused briefly before he replied

"No."

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« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2019, 09:05:59 AM »
Sir Reginald nearly chokes on his coffee. ”Eh what? Nothing metaphysical at all, old boy? What about, you know, God and all that?”

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« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2019, 09:57:42 AM »
The professor looked uncomfortable "I must confess I do not believe in God" he said.

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« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2019, 02:35:01 AM »
"It is quite alright, Professor. Zere ist no judgement here." Dr Kárpáti reassures

"Is this a view you haff always held, or somezing more contemporary? How did you come to zis conclusion?"
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« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2019, 05:38:10 AM »
"I guess I have always had this view, though perhaps only consciously since getting involved in higher education. But perhaps we should be focusing at this time on the situation and events related to the murder of Lieutenant Summers?" said the professor, obviously keen to change the subject away from an open inquiry into his personal beliefs.

 

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