From Tatters of the King
Session Report - Played Monday 15th May, 2006
October 31st 1928, Halloween
Halloween. The four friends meet at Dr Bartlett's Wimbledon home on Wednesday evening, for a game of bridge. The house has been dressed with pumpkins and other spooky accoutrements by Mrs Bartlett. Dr Bartlett raises the subject of the play and mentions that he recently encountered references to various elements of its contents during a professional consultation.
November 1st 1928
Trollope seems drained and preoccupied.
Nathaniel Browne, desiring to peruse a copy of 'Le Roi en Jeune', calls Talbot Estus and reveals what he has so far discovered about the roots of the play. Intrigued by names in the play turning up in the works of Ambrose Bierce and thus having a possible source which predates 'Le Roi en Jeune', Estus arranges for Nathaniel to visit him for lunch the following day.
On his return home, Bartlett discovers that a man claiming to be a taxi driver was looking for his house earlier in the day, but never called. This appears to be the Tall Man, who makes more appearances later on.
November 2nd 1928
Nathaniel Browne keeps his lunch date with Talbot Estus. Arriving at the home of Estus and Michael Gillen, Nathaniel finds that Gillen is away on business. Over lunch, Browne and Estus describe their mutual enthusiasm for 'the King in Yellow'. Estus is surprised and offended by Nathaniel's insistence that the play was not performed as written, but nonetheless is persuaded to lend Browne his copy of 'Le Roi en Jeune'.
Grahame Roby clearly does not have the slightest intention of consenting to Alexander Roby's release.
November 3rd 1928
As evening falls, Dr. Lionel Trollope is murdered in St James' Park.
November 4th 1928
A man, possibly the Tall Man delivers a housebrick to Captain George Withers at Victoria Barracks, in what appears to have been an exercise to confirm Withers' billet. Withers arranges to change his accommodation in reaction to this.
Later, Dr Bartlett receives a posthumous letter (page 1, page 2) from Trollope, mentioning Delia Hartston, Lawrence Bacon and Vincent Tuck. The letter appears to predict, in exact detail, the circumstances of Trollope's death. Trollope also reveals that Roby once had a book published - 'The Walker by the Lake'.
That afternoon, Bartlett receives a visit from Detective Inspector Andrew Taylor, investigating the Trollope murder, who is interviewing all those who had appointments with Trollope in the days before his death. Bartlett is reasonably open with Taylor, mentioning the mysterious activities of the Tall Man and the possible connection to the Roby Murders.
November 5th 1928, Guy Fawkes' Night
Bartlett discusses the fact that he has been somewhat disturbed by his current work and that a friend of his (Dr. Lionel Trollope) has not only been murdered, but apparently predicted the exact circumstances of his demise in his letter to Bartlett. He urges Browne to find a book called 'The Walker by the Lake' which may be pertinent to the case. Browne agrees but is frustrated by Bartlett's unwillingness to share details of the book such as its authorship.
Nathaniel Browne reveals the copy of 'Le Roi en Jeune' that he borrowed from Estus. The Yellow Sign on the cover seems to writhe and move upon the page, disturbing Withers and bringing back memories of bad dreams for Andrew Saunders. This dream was the mirror of Saunders' previous doppelganger dream. in this version Saunders was the armed version of himself, attempting to seize a crown from his unarmed self.
After Bartlett's wife calls everyone outside for the fireworks (during which Browne sees the Yellow Sign formed by one of them, but the others do not), Bartlett receives a frantic phone call from Nurse Price at the asylum, announcing the murder of Frederick Long.
Continue to Session 3.
Session 2 - Total Running Time : 2h 05m (30 Meg)
The Plot Thickens - Note: This recording has some quality issues.