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The year is 1923. The last time had been when Mr. Crawford was away and Douglas in charge of the district: a wealthy grain merchant's family had forced his widow to her death. Douglas had run to the scene on hearing the news, but he arrived too late: all he could do was arrest a priest, as well as the woman's sons and her brothers-in-law. Olivia had not told him about the Nawab's picnic—or his subsequent visits (he came every second or third day now, usually with his full retinue). One day he stayed on. When Douglas arrived home, the Nawab handled the situation perfectly, saying he had driven over to extend his congratulations for his handling of the recent suttee death. Douglas' prompt handling of that affair was also the main topic at the dinner party the Crawfords held later (also attending were...

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