FIRST PERIOD: THE LOSS OF THE DIAMOND (1848)
18. CHAPTER XVIII
Nancy had seen her slip out with a letter in her hand, and stop the butcher's
man who had just been delivering some meat at the back door. Nancy had
heard her ask the man to post the letter when he got back to Frizinghall.
The man had looked at the address, and had said it was a roundabout way
of delivering a letter directed to Cobb's Hole, to post it at Frizinghall--
and that, moreover, on a Saturday, which would prevent the letter from
getting to its destination until Monday morning, Rosanna had answered that
the delivery of the letter being delayed till Monday was of no importance.
The only thing she wished to be sure of was that the man would do what she
told him. The man had promised to do it, and had driven away. Nancy had been
called back to her work in the kitchen. And no other person had seen anything
afterwards of Rosanna Spearman.
"Well?" I asked, when we were alone again.
"Well," says the Sergeant. "I must go to Frizinghall."
"About the letter, sir?"
"Yes. The memorandum of the hiding-place is in that letter.
I must see the address at the post-office. If it is the address
I suspect, I shall pay our friend, Mrs. Yolland, another visit on
I went with the Sergeant to order the pony-chaise. In the stable-yard
we got a new light thrown on the missing girl.