The disappearance of Sir Julius Hanbury - and the theft of several of his erotic paintings - provide a new puzzle for Morse to solve. Assisted by DS Lewis, Morse interviews everyone at Hanbury House and it is in the course of searching the grounds that he finds Sir Julius' body, appropriately enough, in the family mausoleum. The pathologist notes that he was the victim of a frenzied attack but the lack of blood at scene leaves the police to conclude that he murdered elsewhere. Sir Julius was a candidate to become the Master of an Oxford college and was known to have a have had a bitter rivalry with another candidate for the position. When Roger Meadows, a friend of the Hanbury's au pair, is killed in a car accident, Morse concludes that that he too was murdered. Jealousy, revenge and greed all play part in the deaths.
Did You Know?
Morse says "Ego in Arcadia vixi" at the end, then loosely translates it to mean that even the Garden of Eden had its serpent. Literally, the phrase means 'I lived in Arcadia', where the 'I' (Ego) is interpreted to be the devil or some personification of evil. Arcadia is interpreted to refer to an idyllic setting in Greek and Roman mythology inhabited by mirthful, carefree gods and spirits, and often compared to a Garden of Eden, hence Morse's translation of the phrase. See more
When Morse buys his second pint he receives a full glass. When the camera returns to Morse as he picks the glass up the level of beer has dropped an inch See more
Chief Inspector Morse
You see, Sir Julius wasn't murdered. He fell from a great height, physically and morally. He committed suicide. We've been led up the garden path here, Lewis. A very pretty garden and a highly picturesque path.