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In the short story Motive v. Opportunity, George Clode is the nephew of the wealthy Simon Clode. After the death of his own son and granddaughter, Simon had no living close relatives. He therefore took care of the children of a poor brother, comprising George and his sisters Mary and Grace. Some time later, George gota job at a bank and moved out

George would have inherited a third of her uncle's estate but this was disrupted by the arrival of a spiritualist medium Eurydice Spragg. Simon wanted to draft a new will to leave the bulk of his estate to this newcomer. How this is resolved forms the main plot of the story.

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