In his explanation at the end of ‘The Crooked Man,’ Henry Wood asserted the following:
“. . . at the sight of me he looked as I have never seen a man look before, and over he went with his head on the fender. But he was dead before he fell. I read death on his face as plain as I can read that text over the fire. The bare sight of me was like a bullet through his guilty heart.”
I could not help but be reminded of the passage in the biblical book of Daniel in chapter five from which the phrase “The hand writing on the wall” is derived. What do you suppose was written on Henry Wood’s wall?
NEXT WEEK: The unambitious older brother.