- What the Bright really don't understand, Lady Celia, is that it is appetite which gives their lives purpose. It's the hunger to lean, and grow, and live, that drives them on. When you take the cure, it takes your appetite away. So the very point of living disappears at the precise moment that you're given an endless slice of lifetime to use up.
Appearing in "New Deadwardians, Part 5"
- Lady Celia Hinchcliffe
- Lady Hinchcliffe
- Lord Falconbridge
- Lord John Hinchcliffe
- The Restless
Synopsis for "New Deadwardians, Part 5"
Chief Inspector George Suttle arrives at the Hinchcliffe estate with his Bright driver Bowes. With the master of the house now inexplicably dead, having been a member of the Young, Superintendent Carstairs has decided that George should visit and give some comfort to the widow.
George arrives just as the new Lord Hinchcliffe, young John, is preparing to do some sport-shooting. George must hide his disapproval of the man's enthusiasm for shooting the Restless for sport. The young man encourages him to join, but George must refuse. When the man asks when George last got a chance to kill the revenant dead, George remarks that it was the Memorial War. Thoroughly schooled, John Hinchcliffe admits defeat and takes his hunting party outside. The butler remarks that the new lord still has a lot to learn.
He shows George to the room of the widow Hinchcliffe, who is applying the tears to her face that the Cure has prevented her from crying. She remarks that she has already been a widow once, and had not thought to be one again after becoming Young. She wonders when she might have her husband's body returned to her. Suttle regrets that he cannot release the body until he has answers - like how he died in the first place. It was not one of the regular three causes of death for a member of the Young. Suttle cannot bring himself to ask about the late Lord Hinchcliffe's tendencies. She invites him to stay while he pursues his enquiries, and to join them for dinner.
George steps outside and finds Bowes on a chair with some tea near the servants' quarters. The Bright constable comments that the servants are more agreeable than their masters. George informs Bowes that they will be staying the night, and instructs him to retrieve his overnight bag, but they are distracted by the arrival of the younger Lady Hinchcliffe on horseback. She calls out to George, and when he approaches, her horse reacts negatively to his Young blood. Lady Celia welcomes him to help deal with the troubling situation - not the death of her father, but the fact that he could die at all.
She explains that she is a keen supporter of the movement to emancipate women. Unmarried women are often refused access to the Cure because it is considered inappropriate. As such, she is the only member of her family who is Bright. Stone-faced, George responds that immortality is not all that it's cracked up to be. While she fights for ladies' right to take the Cure, she is concerned that the immortality she seeks may not be permanent, if her father could die. George adds that she should be concerned about the way her beloved horse will react to her once she's been Cured.
As the dinner gong sounds, George happens to notice that the floor has the same motif on it that was seen burnt into the late Lord Hinchcliffe's skin. Widow Hinchcliffe catches him, explaining that the symbol is associated with a secret society called the Sons of Adam, of which the architect of their estate was a member. The Hinchcliffe's were also members. She assures him that it was merely a drinking club, and nothing sinister, showing him into the dining room.
Dinner guest Lord Falconbridge is outspoken about the likely involvement of England in the war against the Restless in the east. George resolves that he will have to check Falconbridge's cuff-links later, to see if they match the burn pattern. Lady Celia interrupts to say implicate Suttle in her pet cause of the woman's right to the Cure, but George cannot help but state outright that her fight for the Cure is a fool's errand. The Bright fail to realize that what gives their lives purpose and direction are their appetites. The Cure strips them of those appetites, such that while the Young are given the opportunity to live forever, they are living forever completely devoid of any drive or reason to continue living.
After Dinner, George spots a painting in which the Lord of the manor wears the Sons of Adam insignia on his cuff-links. Lord Falconbridge steps out to speak with him in private, urging the inspector to settle the matter of Lord Hinchcliffe's death as quickly and discreetly as possible. George admits that he has discovered that Lord Hinchcliffe had tendencies, which is news to Falconbridge. The Lord advises George to keep that information from the lady of the house. He wonders if there might be a way to produce an adequate verdict on the case. Suttle is repulsed by the suggestion that he collude with government to settle the case without legitimate proof. Falconbridge denies that that was his intention, explaining that his main concern was the young Lord John Hinchcliffe.
He suggests that because the late Hinchcliffe should have lived forever, the young John should also have remained the heir apparent forever. Unkind minds might imagine that John found a way to kill his father in order to inherit the estate and fortune, in the same manner that sons used to. As Falconbridge vehemently denies that this suggestion is the case, George finds it vastly suspicious that he even mentioned it, wondering if perhaps he intended to plant the idea in his head. As Falconbridge excuses himself, he check his watch, which Suttle notices bears the same symbol as the floor.
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