So Day 21 and instalment 21, though most of 20 was done today.
Justine was held in her room while Mr. Frankenstein could be informed and the authorities called for.
Elizabeth could not believe it. Justine had been with the family since a child. Yes, she had been odd since her return from her mother’s. And her health had suffered it was true. But the family loved her and she loved them back. It was not possible.
Mr. Frankenstein started to explain the case as it had been told him. “The locket was found in her dress and no one can say for sure where she was when…” His voice faltered.
Elizabeth was confused. “I don’t understand. Why were they searching her dress? Were the searching all the staff?”
“According to Gerta, they were simply collecting the dress for laundry and came across the locket while emptying the pockets.”
“But why was Alfred there? I still don’t understand.”
“Staff was stretched with so many searching the grounds. As I was saying, they found the locket and then a further examination of her person showed her to be bruised and scratched, as if in an altercation. And we all know she has been erratic. She denies the accusation, of course. And I cannot see it. This is our sweet Justine! Your mother’s favourite!”
“I cannot see it either,” agreed Elizabeth. “May I see her? If I saw her I would know. I’m sure I would.”
“She has already been removed,” explained her father. “But I’m sure it can be arranged.”