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Emma Knytleigh: In an attempt to record the current history of Stoney Grove a number of interviews and conversations will be recorded with some of the people who have connections with the estate. Accordingly the Dining Room has been supplied with hidden microphones and recording equipment to allow the process to take place in as natural a setting as possible.  Participants are, of course, aware that conversations are being recorded.

Transcriber's note:  There appears to have been a faulty tape in the machine; the second party in the room, who remains unidentified, can only be heard erratically from time to time.

Roderick Dinnell:  Well, hello.  Um, good evening, Miss.

Woman's Voice:  [Unintelligible, EK]

Roderick Dinnell: I've been hoping to have a word with you again, since we didn't finish the other night.  I haven't seen you.  Have you been busy with all the repairs from the storm?

Woman's Voice:  No.  I .... be here.

Roderick Dinnell:  I see.  Can I get you something to eat?   Mrs. Johnson fixed me some beans on toast.  Here, help yourself.

Woman's Voice:  [Indistinct, EK]

Roderick Dinnell:  Don't be barmy, woman.  Everybody eats!   I can get you something else...

Woman's Voice: No, I never.... not for years.  Yes, years ago I ate. But not from a tin. Ugh.  Never from a tin.

Roderick Dinnell:  Well then, how do you get along if you don't eat?  You look like a healthy woman to me.

Woman's Voice: [Unintelligible]

Roderick Dinnell:  Of course you are.

Woman's Voice:  Don't you start.  I am!

Roderick Dinnell:  But you look so...vivacious.

Woman's Voice:  I am NOT. 

Roderick Dinnell:  Well then, why are you here?  Don't you have better things to do?  Or is it a case of too much time on your hands? If you'll pardon my asking.

Woman's Voice:  There is sickness in this house.  I sense death is near.  It makes me stronger.

Roderick Dinnell:  You mean the young man?  The one they brought to hospital?  He's not  here anymore...

Woman's Voice:  No, not him.

Roderick Dinnell:  Oh, I see. I see.  Well, hmm.  Well, I can't say it's unexpected.  I only wish...never mind.  I see.

Woman's Voice:  I am sorry.

Roderick Dinnell:  Never mind.