Mr. White is downstairs in the parlor drinking a glass of port.
The glass of port has been poisoned.
Empress Ebony is out strolling in the garden with Miss Peach.
Prince Maroon is out in the barn tripping the light fantastic with Miss
Countess Emerald is in the attic, pacing around and fuming about Maroon’s
Madam Rose is hiding in the bushes and spying on Maroon and Scarlet, looking
for gossip that she can reveal as “psychic visions.”
Burt Sienna is reading in his room.
Mr. Green is sneaking around stealing jewels from the guests.
Miss Shell is in her closet telegraphing headquarters for instructions.
Professor Plum is playing cards in the lounge with the butler.
Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White are in bed together. Mustard is passed
Mr. White drinks the port and dies horribly. However, he is paralyzed
by the poison, so he dies sitting up.
Mr. Green is almost caught ripping people off when he sees White and Mustard
in bed. He sneaks down the stairs and hides his loot in the bushes,
waiting for later pickup. Unfortunately, he forgets Colonel Mustard’s
silver candlestick (leaving it on the hall table). He heads for the
lounge via the library, so he never sees White in the parlor.
Prince Maroon sneaks out of the barn and comes in through the front door.
He sees White in the wing chair and thinks he’s Mustard. He clubs
him over the head with the candlestick, then realizes he has the wrong
guy. Furious, he wipes and replaces the candlestick, then runs out
through the dining room. He now thinks he’s the murderer.
Miss Scarlet meets him coming in through the back, and they return to the
barn to get their story straight. She now thinks she’s an accomplice.
Countess Emerald sees Maroon leaving Miss Scarlet and loses her temper.
She runs downstairs (missing seeing Maroon leave) and thinks the man in
the chair is Maroon. She clubs him over the head with the candlestick,
but is immediately filled with remorse. She runs back up to her room
still holding the candlestick. She now thinks she’s the murderer.
The maid discovers the body and summons everyone to come running.
Ebony, who hired the maid to kill White, now believes she’s an accomplice
to the murder.
Miss Peacock, who knows she’s the murder, is confused as hell. She
wants to know who clubbed White over the head, and why.
Miss Peach doesn’t know anything about the murderer but has her suspicions
due to her history with Mrs. White and her dead client.
The plot thickens
As the party begins
Professor Plum performs the autopsy and realizes that the death was a poisoning.
However, since it was cactus juice that did the deed, he suspects the American
Westerner, Burt Sienna.
Burt Sienna has no idea that he’s a suspect. His problem is that
Miss Shell is claiming to have been with him during the murder. She
wasn’t, and he doesn’t know where she was. However, he doesn’t want
to blow her cover, so he’s playing along.
Mr. Green discovers that the jewels have been stolen. He has resisted
a timely escape because he needs to know what happened to them; they were
a very big score.
Mrs. White has been instructed to evade questions about her alibi.
She needs to talk to Mustard to get their story straight, but she can’t
be public about it for fear of revealing their affair. She
doesn’t know – but will probably find out early on – that Mustard was out
cold at the time. This could create some interesting options: what
if she lets him think he’s the murderer?
Colonel Mustard really wants to know what the hell happened. He woke
up to the maid’s screams and then found that his lover’s husband was dead
and his candlestick – a blunt object capable of being the murder weapon
– was missing. He’s totally in the dark: what if he did it?
What if she did? His priority is to talk to her right away.
Prince Maroon is playing it safe. He had no reason to kill Mr. White,
and he believes no one knows about his relationship to Colonel Mustard.
He thinks he’s best off sticking close to Countess Emerald. What
he doesn’t know would fill a book: (a) Emerald knows he’s a cheat; (b)
she tried to kill him; (c) Madam Rose saw him with Scarlet; (d) Burt Sienna
has suspicions about his background; (e) the Inspector found a disinheritance
decree – stating who Maroon’s father was -- stashed in his oil lamp; (f)
he killed a man who was already dead. Plus Miss Scarlet won’t be
taking kindly to his cozying up to Emerald. He is going to have a
Countess Emerald is in the same spot as Prince Maroon. She has to
play the demure fiancee to Prince Maroon in order to avoid looking suspicious.
She’s also good friends with Miss Peacock, so she’s been told to go to
her and ask her to provide an alibi (she was hiding the candlestick in
the floorboards of the bedroom when the body was found). This will
be the point when the Countess discovers she isn’t really the murderer
– Peacock is -- though neither of the two women will have any idea that
Maroon also bashed the guy over the head.
Miss Scarlet is livid. Here she’s covering up for Maroon and he’s
snuggling with Countess Emerald. She should be goaded into luring
him away a lot. Need to assign a servant to this.
Professor Plum will be asked to perform a public autopsy/display of Mr.
White’s bludgeoned brain and green-jelled heart. One of us needs
to take him aside and give him his instructions. This is his big
moment, because his character is otherwise kind of bland, and he’s been
told to keep his mouth shut. It would be good if the Inspector took
this character under his wing, asked his opinion, etc. etc.
Miss Peach is in a bind. She can’t reveal her history with Miss White
without giving away her own misdeeds. Consequently, she’s trying
to find out more about the autopsy from Professor Plum. Her bad luck:
he’s been told to be suspicious of people who ask too many questions.
Empress Ebony has been instructed to pull aside the maid and find out why
she botched the murder. The maid will admit that she didn’t do it,
which will add to the mystery.
Miss Shell will be doing two things: getting her story straight with Burt
Sienna and trying not to let Mr. Green off the hook. This should
keep her busy.
Burt Sienna will also be trying to get his story straight. When he’s
accused of the murder, he won’t know what to do: is it better to admit
that his alibi is a fake, or to stick with it because it’s better than
nothing (which is what he has otherwise)? Need a servant to follow
Mr. Green will be trying to figure out where his stolen goods are.
We need a servant to follow up on this storyline – tell him that the Inspector
has found them, and that he might get clemency for the thefts if he’s willing
to tell what he saw as he was collecting the money. N.B. that he
thinks Miss Shell is just a vapid dance hall girl, so he’ll be trying to
Madam Rose has bribed the cook to say that she was in her room copying
recipies during the murder (she doesn’t want to waste a good “vision” like
Maroon and Scarlet on the truth). She will be delivering “psychic
flashes” throughout the evening – and will be getting them from us.
She’’ll get a master list of what she’s to reveal and in what order; that
way, we can feed it to her, report back to the Inspector, and then he can
demand the dirt.
Miss Peacock will be in communication with Countess Emerald, since they’ve
both been told to be the other’s alibi. It might be good if one of
the servants blackmails her with the discovery of her diary, which are
clearly the ravings of a lunatic. Since she’s the real murderer,
the storyline stays clear of her until the end – which will make her evening
boring if we aren’t careful.
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