The Art of Deception 40

The Art of Deception

or Pride and Extreme Prejudice


This week continues a spy story set in late Georgian England, the year before Trafalgar. Alice came clean to her best friend in the last installment. She’s about to take her leave in this one.

The maid curtsied again and said in a loud voice, “Ma’am I must be about my duties.” She turned to leave and immediately ran into Mr Edward Spode; he and two militiamen had quietly been listening in the background.

“Got you,” He nodded to his two assistants, “Take her to the gaol … careful, now, French spy, you know; devilishly hard to catch this one, and be careful – she can throw a mean punch … put my friend in the hospital with it.”

“Sir, we will,” They saluted and marched Alice off between them.

Edward continued, “I need that missive.”

“It’s personal, from a good friend.”

“Well, we’ll see about that,” He snatched it from Sally and started to read.

Mr Mapleton objected, loudly, “I say; that’s not done; You do not read my fiancée’s correspondence.”

Edward ignored him; then he looked up from the letter, “That woman, who is she?”

“Alice Green, Lady Green’s daughter; there’s simply no way she could be a French spy.”

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Oops, a mistake has been made, but not by me.

This is another Gilray cartoon and it is thought the man slipping is the artist himself.  The English have long had an interesting comic tradition as this Giles cartoon shows.



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Author: rharrisonauthor

International man of mystery. Well not really, although I can mangle several languages and even read the occasional hieroglyphic. A computer scientist, an author and one of the very few people who has both an NIH grant and had a book contract. An ex- booktrope author and a photographer.

12 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 40”

    1. Right now both Roderick (with Mr Spode) and Alice think the other a spy. Things have come to a sticky end – which sets up the next segment of the story.

      Thank you for reading.


  1. This is almost a comedy of errors. Love the cartoons. Great snippet. Looking forward to reading more.


  2. Well I wasn’t expecting that outcome, or at least not yet. Well done and I hope things get straightened out between them all! Quite an interesting story you have going on…


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