In the novel Nemesis, Verity Hunt was a young woman who had lived in Jocelyn St Mary, with her guardians Clotilde and Anthea Bradbury-Scott. She died years before the events of the novel, however Miss Marple is asked by Jason Rafiel posthumously to revisit the crime and find out the truth.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Past[edit | edit source]

Verity's parents died when she was young she was then cared for by Clotilde Bradbury-Scott and her sister Anthea. Verity's life with the sisters was a happy one she spent many a day in the Greenhouse and did well at school. After she finished School where Elizabeth Temple was School Mistress, Clotide took her to Europe several times. However despite the future Clotide has planned, Verity wanted to know more of life, she became good friends with Nora Broad, who was street smart and openly promiscuous. She met Michael Rafiel, quickly falling in love with him, he proposed and Archdeacon Brabazon despite his doubts agreed to marry them seeing that they were in love.

Before they were married she was murdered, and Michael was accused of being the murderer. However Michael was imprisoned rather than executed, psychologist Professor Wanstead analysed him and declared to Jason that his son was unable to be a murderer. Verity was buried in a small grave in the church, upon seeing it, Miss Marple feels there is wrong due to it's plain nature.

Present[edit | edit source]

Miss Marple is asked to revisit the crime, upon meeting Temple (before her death), Wanstead and Brabazon asking questions about the girl, upon asking about Nora Broad, she discovers from Wanstead that her Mother thinks her dead due to their close relationship and the behaviour of the Bradbury-Scott when she talks about her. With this she meets with the sisters to announce why Rafiel asked her to solve the crime and that she has the solution.

Solution[edit | edit source]

SPOILERS AHEAD[edit | edit source]

At 3am she confronts Clotide about the truth, she found out about the relationship of Verity and Michael's so she poisoned her the day before then she beat Nora Broad to death and falsely identifies the disfigured girl as Verity, she buried Verity in the Greenhouse. After being saved by Miss Barrow and Cooke, Clotide committed suicide by drinking the poisoned milk she intended for Miss Marple.

Miss Marple tells the story to the Home Secretary, Michael Rafiel is set freed, he is gifted a picture of Verity that his Father wanted him to have.

Adaptation[edit | edit source]

BBC TV Version[edit | edit source]

In the BBC version Verity is mostly accuracy to the Novel, the only changes is that Jason Rafiel was to give her and Michael a Stately Home, while Michael was charged with murder he was acquitted due to lack of evidence, and that Verity's grave is visible as the ruined greenhouse.

ITV Version[edit | edit source]

In the ITV version Verity was about to become a nun, when during WW2 she fell in love with Michael planning to give up the order, Sister Clotide unable to deal with her leaving stabbed her with a stature and bandaged her up to be buried as "Ralph Collins" leaving the Collins to be tricked into believing he was somebody else.

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