One thing, however, that couldn’t be proved conclusively, was guilt. As Mr Grimper explains.
“The motive, then, is beyond doubt, is it not, Lord Grope?”
Lord Grope leaned forward, about to reply.
“Quiet, please,” Grimper continued, “The question was rhetorical your Lordship. Yes, beyond doubt. But the opportunity, I regret, is also - beyond doubt - absent!”
Lord Grope chuckled.
“From the time of your arrival at Wainscotting until the time I arrived, and afterwards, you have not been alone. I therefore conclude you, too, are innocent.”
And with that, Grimper sat and allowed his head to fall slowly into his hands.