The Testimony of Dragon’s Teeth

They thought Usborn Bryant had been poisoned, but there was a stain of vile mischief among his donations to the Parrington Museum.

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    Mr. Lucent had told me they thought Usborne Bryant had been poisoned, although the autopsy had revealed no sign of antimony or arsenic or any of the other poisons you could dose your victim with slowly. And, of course, he had been poisoned—simply not with any poison an autopsy was going to find.

    I looked at the box with loathing. Poppets were vile mischief, when they were nothing worse; they stained the air around them with envy and malice. I wanted nothing more than to take the box down to the boiler room and burn it.