Enid, Dalrymple explains, is the wife of the headmaster of
a seventh-rate, down-at-heel private school
who acts as matron. She
enunciates — to detectives investigating the death by poison of one of the boys — the medical principles on which she doles out medicine.
These are as follows.
Cold tea and aniseed. I put it in old bottles. Mostly these boys are putting it on, you know, or just imagining things. The cold tea does as good as anything, and the aniseed makes it taste nasty, as they expect. It’s well known people take too much medicine. Did you know that when doctors go on strike the death rate always goes down? People these days are just soft, running along for a packet of pills every time they think they’ve got an ache.