Scene 1: the message
Silas receives a telegram from Dr. Emil White, an old associate and recent corespondent.
Scene 2: the trip
The group travels to the port of Marseilles on the southern coast of France. This is a pleasant six day trip from England. The Doctor's summer retreat is some 300 miles outside of Marseilles. A train runs from Marseilles to the small town of Arques, which lies a few miles from the Doctor's house. It leaves every day at 10:00 am and the trip takes only a few hours.
Scene 3: somewhere to sleep
The town has three establishments:
- Farmhouse of Monsieur Pierre de Plantard, local farmer who has converted the upper floor into a guest house. The rooms are spartan but warm, and the food is wholesome and filling rather than fancy. It is essentially two rooms.
- Guest house in the heart of town run by Monsieur Louis Gilbert and his family. There are six rooms, all share a common bathroom, are well-decorated, and have large bay windows allowing plenty of sunlight to filter in.
- Lastly, the house of Madame Claire Alvar, a known woman of ill-repute. It is a single room :)