By Gladys Mitchell
Rediscover Gladys Mitchell - one of many 'Big Three' lady crime fiction writers along Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. whilst former banana-grower Edris Tidson hears of a potential sighting of a water-naiad he insists that his spouse, her aunt Prissie and Prissie's younger ward Connie, shuttle with him to Winchester looking for the nymph. As tensions upward push among Connie and Edris, Prissie invitations the popular psychoanalyst, and unrivalled detective, Mrs Bradley to affix them and unofficially discover Edris and his becoming obsession. Then younger boys are stumbled on drowned and hypothesis mounts that the naiad is luring them to her deaths. Can Mrs Bradley resolve the mysteries hidden in the river? Opinionated, unconventional, unafraid...If you're keen on Poirot and leave out Marple, you'll love Mrs Bradley.
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Extra resources for Death and the Maiden (Mrs. Bradley, Book 20)
I happen to believe that the maxim quoted is correct. I believe that discipline is very important for the young child and that the absence of it at that crucial age may have a very bad effect on psychical stability in later years. The human emotional complex needs to be confronted even at three years of age with a life that has a definite form and insistent pattern. One needs something to bite on that is real. In the nature of things a young child's life can have no natural MORALS AND MANNERS 45 pattern forced on it by the structure of what he confronts.
An example of that principle is as follows. If (somehow) it is known that there are only three colours in the world, say blue, red and yellow, and that everything in the world is coloured, and someone feels an object without seeing it, he may say that there is a one-third chance of its being blue. That would be quite illegitimate. The use of such a principle has been shown to lead to fallacies and contradictions. The spectator does not know the proportion of these colours in the universe nor the proportion in his vicinity nor what arrangement they have in his vicinity.
Murder is to be condemned both by the principles of 50 SOCIOLOGY, MORALS AND MYSTERY general altruism and by morality. One could hardly do anything more anti-altruistic than terminating for ever a source of feeling in the form of a person destined to carry through time a net balance of happiness. It is also important- this is the moral side - that people should be trained by tradition and the suasion of moral mentors to view murder with great abhorrence, so that, when provocation reaches boilingpoint, they should be restrained, not only by the danger of punishment, but also by emotional abhorrence; otherwise murders would be more frequent and ordinary people would go about in greater fear of their lives.