The Drood Inquiry
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The Dean

The Dean of Cloisterham Cathedral has “a pleasant air of patronage” and a sense of concern for his flock, not least the choir master John Jasper who has been see to have taken poorly of late, of whom the Dean remarks “his head and voice are much too valuable” to be neglected or – worse – put at risk by late-night trips to the crypts with Durdles. Often seen with his Chief Verger Mr Tope in tow, to whom the Dean can sometimes be a little condescending, he maintains a “sprightly air” and “good spirits”. He lives with his wife and daughter in a “snug old red-brick house” from which the sound of his dinner bell is on hand to remind him – not disagreeably of the “ruddy dining-room” and repast awaiting within.

Yet this most Christian man can be prone to pride, as when he assumes Jasper to be writing his biography – and when Neville Landless found himself suspected by the city for Edwin Drood’s disappearance, it was the Dean who recommends he leave Cloisterham for the benefit of all concerned, rather than expressing more Christian sentiments of forgiveness and sanctuary.