Sleeping the sleep of the just

Tallis Steelyard

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As I look back I have done some strange things in my time but I feel that the haunting of Tildus Thallawell must be one of the strangest. In my defence I must insist it was not entirely my idea. Indeed Miser Mumster was the guiding light who conceived of the whole enterprise.

At the time, Tildus Thallawell was not the power in the legal world that he would become. He was merely a middle-aged lawyer with a fair reputation and his contemporaries generally agreed that he was the one to watch. On the other hand, Miser Mumster was already a man rich in years and experience. What is more, they lived close to each other in pleasant houses in the Merchant’s Quarter, not far from the Revenue Cutter Square Market.

Now this all happened several years after I had left Miser Mumster’s employ. Still it must be admitted I’d…

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