In 1814 James Delaney returns to London for his father's funeral, stunning the mourners, particularly his half-sister Zilpha Geary and her husband Thorne, who believed he drowned with a slave ship off the African coast. Family solicitor Robert Thoyt informs him that he is the sole heir and whilst his father's servant Brace is pleased to see him brothel madam Helga, who has turned the family offices into a bordello, is not and nor are the Gearys, who hope to buy him off. Most hostile of all are Sir Stuart Strange and the East India Company who dispute James' legacy of land in Canada, claiming it is crucial to England in its war with America. They suggest buying it from him but he refuses, making enemies of them.
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Mrs. Geary, I do not wish to be indelicate, but did you pay the grave-diggers the extra shilling?
What extra shilling?
To bury your father deeper in the ground... Resurrectionists pay extra to be buried two feet deeper than the rest. That way, the grave-robbers can't dig down to their meat before the sun comes up.
My wife has no business with the grave-diggers... Her father will rest at the regular depth.
Written by Max Richter See more