Part 1, January 31 Summary
In a letter to Sophie, Ashton thanks her friend for flying down to see her in Leeds and assures her that the sketch in London Hue and Cry of her being taken away in chains is an exaggeration. She plans to maintain a dignified silence about the matter, but Stephens & Stark cannot do the same.
Stark held a press conference in which he defended the honor of Ashton, Izzy Bickerstaff, and journalism. He vilified Gilly Gilbert, calling him something like a “twisted weasel.” Stark made it clear that the so-called reporter lied because he was too lazy to learn the facts and too ignorant to understand how his poor behavior impacted the noble traditions of journalism. Ashton thought it was lovely and...
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