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In ‘The Purple Wig’ (published in The Pall Mall Magazine, May 1913, and collected in The Wisdom of Father Brown, 1914), the narrator, Francis Finn, a freelance reporter, is investigating a legend pertaining to the Duke of Exmoor: the story goes that a man-servant listening at the keyhole heard the truth in a talk between the King and Carr; and the bodily ...


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