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Sep 17, 2017, 8:00am

Well, I'd thought I'd try and revive this group a bit by posting a new (and controversial?) subject. Booboos, non sequiturs, things that don't quite make sense in the Wimsey novels.

I'm currently reading them through in order and noticed something a little odd in Clouds of Witness. There's a dramatic scene where Lord Peter has inadvertently walked into a bog (the deep, dangerous sort) in the middle of the night and is sinking rapidly in the mud. The ever resourceful Bunter prostrates himself on his spread raincoat and manfully yanks Wimsey out by the arms. Lots of description of how difficult and painful this is, yes, but Sayers appears to have forgotten that Lord Peter had been shot in the shoulder a short while before. Surely the wound would have been re-opened and Wimsey should have been screaming in pain or at least come out bleeding profusely? But there is no mention at all of the existing gunshot wound, which seems odd to me.

Or have I missed something?

Editado: Sep 18, 2017, 3:59am

Haven't read Clouds of Witness for years - good excuse to read it again - thanks for that!

I actually don't at all remember him getting shot, so I'm going to have to hold fire on that for a few days.

Oddly enough - or perhaps not so oddly, thinking about it - re-reading Clouds of Witness always seems to result in my re-reading The Hound of the Baskervilles immediately after ... that's probably irrelevant - sorry!

Sep 18, 2017, 1:21pm

I've actually read Clouds of Witness since I wrote >2 alaudacorax:. I'd only intended to read the first chapter - I had a pile of little jobs lined up to do today. But it's such a cracking good read. I suppose an example of both the pleasures and pitfalls of being retired.

I have to agree with you. I suppose Dorothy L could have argued retrospectively that Wimsey's collapse after being pulled out of the bog was down to the after-effects of the bullet-wound and the blow to the head, but it reads to me more like she completely forgot about them.