Nevertheless, I might have contented myself with the story pieced together from these hints had it not been for the provocation of Mrs. Hale’s silence, and-a little later-for the accident of personal contact with the man.
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Police are expected to hold their temper regardless of the degree of verbal provocation.
the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation