Sherlock Holmes : Your experience is, as far as I can tell, perfectly unique. Now what else can you tell me?
Scott Eccles : Well, I was furious. I packed my bags, and I banged the front door behind, and I set out for Esher. I called at Allen Brothers, the land agents, and found out through them that the villa had been rented.
Sherlock Holmes : Rented?
Scott Eccles : Well, you see, I couldn't believe they'd gone simply to make a fool of me. I thought, you know it must be the rent. But I was wrong. See the agents thanked me for my warning, but said that the rent had been paid in advance.
Dr. Watson : By the Spanish Embassy, I imagine?
Scott Eccles : I called at the Spanish Embassy. The man is unknown to them. And then I asked the friend who introduced us and he seemed to know less about Garcia than I did.