"Aye, it's possible," says Alexander. "I agree about money. That's far more likely than a supernatural explanation. In my personal experience, I've never encountered anything that could be conclusively said to be supernatural. I have seen a type of creature previously unknown to science once, but that may have a natural explanation."
Alexander also returns to the house. "I suppose I can try searching more fireplaces for the treasure," he says. "Finding it may be the one thing that can put Harry Forby to rights."
At breakfast attention seems centered around Harry Forby. He seems weak and listless, often staring off into space and muttering to himself, and uninterested in his surroundings, not touching the food before him. Gertrude’s face is a mask of concern, while George mostly stares at his plate, although he manages a wink and a smile at Isolde, returning from her unsuccessful foray into the library. Meddler sips his morning tea, and while regarding the proffered porridge with a baleful eye, greets the companions and asks as to the morning’s investigations.
"We found very little," says Alexander. "I'll be resuming my search for the treasure after breakfast. We did notice that someone killed a brace of rabbits recently. Has anyone been out hunting?"
“Hunting? Damned poaching, more like.”
“John!” snaps Gertrude. “Mind your language please!”
Meddler frowns but says nothing more.
The silence is broken by Forby.
“Very little, hmm?” he says, regarding Alexander coldly. “I’m beginning to wonder why I invited you here to help, you and your friends.”
His voice starts to rise.
“You’re enjoying my hospitality, my kitchen, the fruits of my earnings, and relaxing in the grounds, while all the time my life is threatened by whoever is out there, seeking to harm me! I demand answers! D’you hear me?”
"We've found very little this morning, I meant," says Alexander, "but it's only breakfast time. We have some theories and several avenues of investigation to pursue. Perhaps after breakfast we can discuss them privately with you."
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