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In the short story The Gate of Baghdad, Miss Pryce is a passenger travelling from Damascus to Baghdad on the same bus as Parker Pyne. She was on a trip to the Middle East with her niece Netta Pryce. Miss Pryce was described as "a stern aunt with the suspicion of a beard and a thirst for Bibical knowledge.

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Miss Pryce was played by Patricia Routledge in the radio dramatization of the story on BBC Radio 4. There her niece called her "Aunty Prue". This first name was not used in the original story. She had a larger role and more lines in the adaptation than in the original. She confided in Parker Pyne about her financial problems after Samuel Long's had caused her bank to fail. At the end of the story, she was also the one who surmised how Long came to impersonate Squadron Leader Loftus. There were, she said, "two rats" in the transaction. In the adaptation, she came from Torquay, which was a detail not given in the original story. She was on a round the world trip and after Baghdad she and her niece planned to go to Tehran and thence to Kazakhstan.

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