Mrs. De Ropp dies when she is attacked by Conradin's polecat-ferret, Sredni Vashtar. The story of how she dies is faithfully described by the author and is presented as a case of poetic justice.
Accordingly, when Mrs. De Ropp demands to know if Conradin is keeping guinea pigs in the tool-shed, he doesn't apprise her of the truth. So, she marches down to the shed to see for herself, after she retrieves the key from Conradin's bedroom. It is clear that Mrs. De Ropp aims to clear out any offending articles she finds in the shed.
Meanwhile, Conradin watches her from the dining-room window. He prays that...
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