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A Case of Singular Identity
What Really Happened
As Edith prepares to begin her walk down the aisle towards her betrothed, Hermann von Helmholtz, there is a knock at the front door. Though the usher, who is also her former lab assistant, offers to receive the last minute attendees, Edith insists on welcoming them herself. However, instead of additional guests, she is greeted with a long awaited telegram from the University of Barcelona, which will bring her news of whether or not she has been accepted for their coveted professorship in experimental science. Risking being late to the alter, she can’t resist ducking into her laboratory, dress, veil and all, for a quick look at the telegram’s contents. To her astonishment, her application has been declined! It seems the professorship has been awarded to someone else, someone who had submitted the same findings before her. From the telegram, she surmises that her work has been stolen by someone close to her – could it be Hermann?!? Has he stolen and submitted her findings before she could – and has thus been named the discoverer?
She thinks this can easily be sorted out – but she must immediately contact the university! As she rushes to open the door. Through her veil she sees Hermann von Helmholtz III, the usher, at the threshold. As he plunges a knife in to her breast, she grabs his bowtie and then falls to her death. As the music plays on, Hermann yells “get a doctor” and hides in the shadows as you come out and discover the scene of the crime. Hermann quickly slips into the wedding and stands among the other attendees.
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