The Case of the Lower Case Letter


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  • edith. i'm not going to whine, i've had a good life. i've found wealth and happiness as a teacher, a seller of knowledge. but i find myself depressed beyond hope... and so i'm choosing the hour and manner of my own demise. i have treated you badly. I demanded you dyed your brown curls blonde. i thought i could buy you when i should have won your love. i called you a witch. i'd complain: where's the woman I married? i said you ate too much. if i wanted change i could have used a carrot rather than a stick. you probably wanted to wring my neck. forgive me. farewell.
  • Mrs. Edith Nettleson, the wife of recently deceased lexical semanticist, Professor Edgar Nettleson comes to the police station.
  • Mrs. Nettleson shows the narrator her husband's suicide note while telling him about a paper her husband wrote that would be worth a lot of money.
  • The suicide note. Notice it's all lower case, and there are many homophones.
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  • Mrs. Nettleson and the narrator arrive at the Nettleson manor following a clue from the suicide note. whine, seller, hour, manner
  • The narrator arrests Mrs. Nettleson on suspicion of her husband's murder also following a clue from the suicide note. dyed, buy, won, witch, where's, ate, carrot, wring.
  • The narrator finds the professor's paper in the lower of two cases of wine.
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