The Remorseful Day
Cover of the first edition
|Series||Inspector Morse series, #13|
|15 September 1999|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Death Is Now My Neighbour|
The title derives from a line in the poem "XVI – (How clear, how lovely bright)", from More Poems, by A. E. Housman, a favourite poet of Dexter and Morse:
- "Ensanguining the skies
- How heavily it dies
- Into the west away;
- Past touch and sight and sound
- Not further to be found,
- How hopeless under ground
- Falls the remorseful day."
Morse tries to solve the unsolved murder of Yvonne Harrison, as his health deteriorates.
Harrison, a nurse, has inspired romantic attachment in Morse during an earlier (and separate) illness, and he has written to her about it. She is a sharer of her favours; recipients, including her daughter's lover, are serially suspect.
His superintendent has found Morse's letter among crime-scene evidence but has sequestered it.
Morse dies of acute myocardial infarction; his last words are "Thank Lewis for me."
Wagner's Parsifal accompanies the final scene.
- "The Remorseful Day" The TV adaptation of the novel
- Bishop, David, The Complete Inspector Morse: From the Original Novels to the TV Series London: Reynolds & Hearn (2006) ISBN 1-905287-13-5
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