Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 39

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 39

…In fiction,V. Wolfgram is a lieutenant of Mephistopheles, an agent of the Devil …

Mesphistopheles

Meanwhile, in the cloistered world of the University Library, Martin and Fanny are buried in books. There is nothing like a good old fashioned working over of the Dewey Decimal System. Martin has assigned Fanny a list of authors and books that keeps her hustling between the fifty foot mahogany table they are using and the extensive card catalogue and its 100 meticulously ordered drawers.

“Not another one?!” Fanny is working her namesake off. “Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? Now that’s a doozy!”

“Try 89_.2__G___f1808….lit-goethe-faust-1808.”

“You are incredible, Martin,” she tells him, having cross-referenced that general number to Faust, I, 1. 1700.  She plops the heavy volume down with a thud, “Constance is probably hiding behind some fake tree in that skyscraper; while I’m being worked like a rented mule.”

“Well Fanny, you are rented, we both are sort of,” Constance states, appearing on the scene.

“You’re back!”

“And not without a story of my own,” she looks over to Eddie who just shakes his head up, down and side to side. “What have you two bookworms found?”

“As I had suspected the name of Wolfgram is a bit player found in this version of Doctor Faustus.” Martin is in his element.

“Faust sold his soul to the Devil didn’t he?”

“Yes he did, but the Devil always has a representative of his to do the dirty work.”

“Are you telling me that you think Satan has something to do with this case?” Constance reluctantly buys into the notion.

“I have been attempting to make the connection between the men who were down there at Tolentine. Unexpectedly, Vincent Wolfgram does not exist on any official document I can find.

“So, I turn to fiction; V. Wolfgram is a lieutenant of Mephistopheles, the agent of the Devil who serves Faust in his quest for extra-earthly pleasure,” Martin summarizes.

“Then why did Billy Graham, Libby and that pope guy allow him at the meeting?” Fanny sees logic leaving the room.

“Good question, but they may have been under the impression that Wolfgram was some sort of government official connected to Argonne. Maybe he was part of the Manhattan Project and Will (Libby) somehow trusted him, I don’t know.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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