By Bernard Lewis
The legal instances vividly defined by means of Bernard Lewis during this gripping booklet take the reader on a trip into the darkish mystery part of Swansea's lengthy heritage. the town has been the surroundings for a sequence of awful, bloody, occasionally weird and wonderful incidents over the centuries. From crimes of brutal premeditation to these born of rage or melancholy, the total variety of human weak spot and wickedness is represented the following. There are stories of mystery ardour and betrayal, theft, homicide and suicide, lethal fever and mutiny, executions, and situations of outstanding household cruelty and malice that led to loss of life. The human dramas the writer describes are usually performed out within the so much usual of situations, yet others are so atypical as to be stranger than fiction. This grisly chronicle of the hidden historical past of Swansea might be compelling studying for an individual who's attracted to the darkish part of human nature.
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We’ll cross the street and so get close to him. Did you see? Fantastic hat, turned clear over in the rim above the ears; blue coat and shiny brass buttons; patent leathers; shirt frill; gold specs; bright red cheeks, and singularly definite jetty black eyebrows, moustache and imperial. You could see that from the sidewalk; but you saw, when you stood at his wheel, not only the twinkling diamond ring and breastpin, but the heavy, slobby red paint; and even the substratum of grizzly gray under that jetty dye; and upon our word there’s a hair of the same straggling out under the jaunty oiled wig!
After the actual consultation then it turned out that Spolasco’s fee for doing something practical to help cure the problem — beyond the simple consultation itself — would be a further twenty guineas. The Reverend gentleman could actually only come up with £12, which the Baron gratefully accepted. On the way home the Reverend Davies complained of being unwell, though he had not, as yet, even tried the powder and pill prescribed by Spolasco. Just over a day later, with the patient obviously in a serious condition, Spolasco’s medicines were duly administered.
You feel yourself poorly. I see you are, you have a bold eye with a deadly disorder under it. On being told by Mrs Arnott that Susannah had pain in her side and stomach and had complained frequently over several weeks, the Baron replied simply ‘I see it all’. He made no physical examination of the patient whatsoever. Apparently, to someone as skilled and well versed in the healing arts as the Baron, such tiresome routines were entirely unnecessary. His questioning then turned to financial rather than medical issues and he probed the backgrounds of his two visitors, presumably to gauge what might be a reasonable fee in return for his invaluable services.