Louisa And the Missing Heiress (2011)

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Louisa And the Missing Heiress
Anna Maclean
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Categories: Fiction
Wortham to the morgue that afternoon to certify whether or not the drowning victim was, indeed, his wife, Dot.
The morgue was a rough, cold room beneath City Hall, poorly lit, but even the few gas la
...mps revealed all too clearly the face and figure of Mrs. Preston Wortham, née Dorothy Brownly, there on the morgue table.
She had been twenty-one years of age. Young to die, I thought, studying her through swimming eyes. Dot’s hair and clothes had dried but still clung to her, almost lovingly, as if reluctant to be parted from the spirit that had brightened them for so short a time.
Yet there was no way that Dot’s stillness could masquerade as a simple sleep. The river had left moss and weeds in her hair and streaming over her bosom. Her little black shoes were slippery with slime and bursting at the lacings because the water had already begun to bloat the body. Her quilted silk and fur coat was now matted and stiff and of indistinguishable color, and her once white blouse was stained brownish yellow.
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