The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
grasping avarice. The Traders' had been a favorite bank for
small tradespeople, and in its savings department it had
solicited the smallest deposits. People who had thought to be
self-supporting to the last found themselves confronting the
poorhouse, their two or three hundred dollar savings wiped away.
All bank failures have this element, however, and the directors
were trying to promise twenty per cent. on deposits.
But, like everything else those days, the bank failure was almost
forgotten by Gertrude and myself. We did not mention Jack
Bailey: I had found nothing to change my impression of his guilt,
and Gertrude knew how I felt. As for the murder of the
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