History Literature / LordPeterWimsey

2nd Mar '17 7:46:18 AM Greenygal
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* ChekovsGunman: In ''Nine Tailors'', the alert reader will notice that one character is excluded from suspicion due to being dead--but that his body was identified only by the clothes it had on.

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* ChekovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman: In ''Nine Tailors'', the alert reader will notice that one character is excluded from suspicion due to being dead--but that his body was identified only by the clothes it had on.
26th Feb '17 3:32:40 AM SirFrederick
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* AnachronisticClue: In the 1939 short story "In the Teeth of the Evidence", a corpse is found in a burned out garage, and it is initially identified (in part by the dental work done to the body's teeth) as one Arthur Prendergast, a Wimbledon dentist. As the authorities were trying to ascertain whether the death was due to accident or suicide, further examination turned up a ''cast porcelain filling'' in one particular tooth (specifically on the anterior face of the left upper canine). Prendergast's own personal dental records indicated he had a ''fused porcelain filling'' in that tooth in that position in 1923. The problem comes in when the English consulting dentist Mr. Lamplough observes that the cast porcelain process came to Britain from America in 1928, and that the two types of fillings are visually different and inserted by different means. Wimsey points out that the records don't show the '23 filling was replaced, so he urges the filling be removed and examined. It turns out [[spoiler: Prendergast killed a man and altered the fellow's teeth to pass the corpse off as himself]].

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* AnachronisticClue: In the 1939 short story "In the Teeth of the Evidence", a corpse is found in a burned out garage, and it is initially identified (in part by its teeth as the dental work done to the body's teeth) as one Arthur Prendergast, garage's owner - a Wimbledon dentist. As the authorities were While trying to ascertain determine whether the death was due to accident or suicide, further a closer examination turned up a ''cast porcelain filling'' in one particular tooth (specifically on the anterior face of the left upper canine). Prendergast's own personal dental records indicated he had is made, revealing a ''fused porcelain filling'' in that tooth in that position in 1923. The problem comes in when the English consulting dentist Mr. Lamplough observes that the modern cast porcelain process came to Britain from America in 1928, and that the two types of fillings are visually different and inserted by different means. Wimsey points out that filling, a method not available when the records don't show indicate the '23 filling was replaced, so he urges inserted. This tips the filling be removed and examined. It turns out [[spoiler: Prendergast investigators off that [[spoiler:it was murder - the dentist killed a man and altered the fellow's teeth to pass the corpse off as himself]]. himself]].
26th Feb '17 2:53:28 AM eroock
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->''Wimsey, Peter Death Bredon, DSO; born 1890, 2nd son of Mortimer Gerald Bredon Wimsey, 15th Duke of Denver, and of Honoria Lucasta, daughter of Francis Delagardie of Bellingham Manor, Hants.''
->* ''Educated: Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford (1st class honours, Sch. of Mod. Hist. 1912); served with H.M. Forces 1914/18 (Major, Rifle Brigade). Author of: "Notes on the collecting of Incunabula", "The Murderer's Vade-Mecum", etc.''
->* ''Recreations: Criminology, bibliophily; music; cricket''
->* ''Clubs: Marlborough; Egotists'.''
->* ''Residences: 110A Piccadilly, W.; Bredon Hall, Duke's Denver, Norfolk.''
->* ''Arms: Sable, 3 mice courant, argent; crest, a domestic cat couched as to spring, proper; motto: As my Whimsy takes me.''

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->''Wimsey, Peter Death Bredon, DSO; born 1890, 2nd son of Mortimer Gerald Bredon Wimsey, 15th Duke of Denver, and of Honoria Lucasta, daughter of Francis Delagardie of Bellingham Manor, Hants.''
->* ''Educated: Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford (1st class honours, Sch. of Mod. Hist. 1912); served with H.M. Forces 1914/18 (Major, Rifle Brigade). Author of: "Notes on the collecting of Incunabula", "The Murderer's Vade-Mecum", etc.''
->* ''Recreations: Criminology, bibliophily; music; cricket''
->* ''Clubs: Marlborough; Egotists'.''
->* ''Residences: 110A Piccadilly, W.; Bredon Hall, Duke's Denver, Norfolk.''
->* ''Arms: Sable, 3 mice courant, argent; crest, a domestic cat couched as to spring, proper; motto: As my Whimsy takes me.''
12th Feb '17 7:03:37 PM PaulA
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* TheWickedStage: In ''Strong Poison'', a major element of the BackStory is Rosanna Wrayburn, aka "Cremorna Garden", who ran away to go on stage and fully lived up the reputation of actresses.
1st Jan '17 11:17:58 AM sagar
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* AccidentalMurder: The death in [[spoiler: ''Nine Tailors'']] turns out to have been this. The victim was restrained and unable to escape a situation [[spoiler: the belfry during a nine-hour ringing marathon]] that causes his death from exposure and shock.


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* ChekovsGunman: In ''Nine Tailors'', the alert reader will notice that one character is excluded from suspicion due to being dead--but that his body was identified only by the clothes it had on.


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* HeroicSacrifice: Will Thoday in ''Nine Tailors'' dives into a flood to try to save a friend who fell. Neither of them make it. It's also a case of [[spoiler: DeathEqualsRedemption.]]
10th Dec '16 9:49:08 AM john_e
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* DoubleInLawMarriage: Twisted in the backstory of ''Unnatural Death'': one Dobson ancestor had fallen in love with a Frenchwoman and married her. His brother, however, fell in love with her sister, who had TakenTheVeil. He followed her and became a monk.

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* DoubleInLawMarriage: Twisted Two near examples in the backstory of ''Unnatural Death'': one Death'':
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Dobson ancestor had fallen in love with a Frenchwoman and married her. His brother, however, fell in love with her sister, who had TakenTheVeil. He followed her and became a monk.monk.
** Clara Whittaker's brother married Agatha Dawson's sister. Agatha and Clara themselves [[SocietyMarchesOn couldn't marry]], but are strongly implied to have had an equally close relationship.
3rd Dec '16 10:14:11 AM Goldfritha
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%%* DirtyBusiness* DirtyBusiness: Lord Peter encourages Harriet in a discussion when she realizes that detective work is often this.


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* DoubleInLawMarriage: Twisted in the backstory of ''Unnatural Death'': one Dobson ancestor had fallen in love with a Frenchwoman and married her. His brother, however, fell in love with her sister, who had TakenTheVeil. He followed her and became a monk.
1st Sep '16 5:08:03 PM john_e
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The solution to ''The Nine Tailors'' -- rationally plausible, but spooky. ''The Image in the Mirror'' suggests that twin brothers might share a psychic connection, though it lampshades the unlikelihood.

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The solution to ''The Nine Tailors'' -- rationally plausible, but spooky. spooky.
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''The Image in the Mirror'' suggests that twin brothers might share a psychic connection, though it lampshades the unlikelihood.unlikelihood.
** In ''Murder Must Advertise'', Dian de Momerie, in conversation with a disguised Lord Peter, seems to have a moment of {{telepathy}}: "There's a hanged man in your thoughts. Why are you thinking of hanging?" Lord Peter's internal monologue tries to explain it as an effect of the drink and drugs she's taken.
16th Aug '16 9:28:25 AM john_e
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* CatchYourDeathOfCold: Lady Dormer's death, which sets off the plot of ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'' -- she insisted on going to a firework display, and caught a cold which turned to pneumonia and killed her.



* CoolOldLady: The Dowager Duchess.

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* CoolOldLady: The Dowager Duchess. Lady Dormer in ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'' is also described as one by those who knew her.



* SpiritedYoungLady: Lady Mary Wimsey, country lady and socialist activist.

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* SpiritedYoungLady: Lady Mary Wimsey, country lady and socialist activist. It's also quite common in the series that a rich elderly lady was one in her youth: Agatha Dawson, Clara Whitaker, Lady Dormer and Rosanna Wrayburn were all, in one way or another, successful rebels against Victorian convention.
29th Jul '16 10:20:16 AM Morgenthaler
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Three further short stories, "Striding Folly," "The Haunted Policeman," and "Talboys", were collected posthumously in the anthology ''Striding Folly'' in 1971. All the short stories were subsequently anthologized in the compendium ''Lord Peter'' (1972). A collection of mock-historical studies by Sayers and various friends, notably including professional herald C.W. Scott-Giles, of the Wimsey family was printed privately and finally published in 1977 under Scott-Giles's name and the title, ''The Wimsey Family'', with Scott-Giles's illustrations[[note]] He would subsequently provide Sayers with the maps and diagrams for her translation of Dante's ''[[TheDivineComedy Commedia]]''[[/note]]. One unfinished novel, ''Thrones, Dominations'', was completed by novelist Jill Paton Walsh in 1998, who went on to write three sequels on her own: ''A Presumption of Death'' in 2002, ''The Attenbury Emeralds'' in 2010, and ''The Late Scholar'' in 2013. A series of "letters written by various members of the Wimsey family" and generally referred to as ''The Wimsey Papers'' appeared in the ''Spectator'' magazine between November 1939 and January 1940; these have not yet been anthologized, though various excerpts from them appear in ''A Presumption of Death''.

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Three further short stories, "Striding Folly," "The Haunted Policeman," and "Talboys", were collected posthumously in the anthology ''Striding Folly'' in 1971. All the short stories were subsequently anthologized in the compendium ''Lord Peter'' (1972). A collection of mock-historical studies by Sayers and various friends, notably including professional herald C.W. Scott-Giles, of the Wimsey family was printed privately and finally published in 1977 under Scott-Giles's name and the title, ''The Wimsey Family'', with Scott-Giles's illustrations[[note]] He would subsequently provide Sayers with the maps and diagrams for her translation of Dante's ''[[TheDivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Commedia]]''[[/note]]. One unfinished novel, ''Thrones, Dominations'', was completed by novelist Jill Paton Walsh in 1998, who went on to write three sequels on her own: ''A Presumption of Death'' in 2002, ''The Attenbury Emeralds'' in 2010, and ''The Late Scholar'' in 2013. A series of "letters written by various members of the Wimsey family" and generally referred to as ''The Wimsey Papers'' appeared in the ''Spectator'' magazine between November 1939 and January 1940; these have not yet been anthologized, though various excerpts from them appear in ''A Presumption of Death''.
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