Short Essay Questions Key
1. Who is Bowles? Why does he dislike Rutledge?
Bowles is Rutledge's superior at Scotland Yard. Bowles dislikes Rutledge because he is better educated and he is more successful in solving murder investigations.
2. Who is Hamish McLeod? What is his connection to Rutledge?
Hamish McLeod is a corporal who served in World War I under Rutledge's command. Hamish McLeod has become the voice of insanity in Rutledge's head, a reaction to the stresses of war that have caused Rutledge to give up a small measure of his sanity.
3. Who is Daniel Hickam? Why is he not considered a reliable witness in the murder of Colonel Charles Harris?
Daniel Hickam is a soldier who has returned from World War I with a severe case of shell shock. Hickam claims to have seen Harris arguing with his ward's fiance, Captain Mark Wilton, in the lane before Harris' murder. However, Hickam is an alcoholic who often imagines he is in the middle of a war zone still.
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