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In the Parker Pyne short story Death on the Nile, Sir George Grayle is decribed a "penniless baronet" who had married his wife Lady Ariadne for her money. While it is true that his wife paid off all his debts and the household bills as well as supported his niece Pamela, the price Sir George had to pay for this was to put up with his wife's bad temper. By the time he embarked on the Nile cruise with his family, he had already suffered this for some ten years. What happened next forms the main plot of the story.

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