On January 10th 1994 I thought of the sins of D.Baker. I had been shocked by the misconduct of a man who had so stressed the importance of correct behaviour.
The last lines of Shakespeare’s 94th sonnet
contain a warning about how terrible it is when the advanced lapse - For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
These lines recur passim throughout his works.
I pictured myself confronting him again and quoting these lines.
That evening I visited my mother at her Bedford home. As I arrived she was watching some police drama on BBC1. At one point a character said to another "sweetest things grow sourest by their deeds." Only that line was quoted.
I am confident that I had never heard it quoted anywhere before.
Baker had once summoned the police to evict me from his home. He had told them that I was a criminal, but I had succeeded in persuading them that I was innocent and he the villain.
On March 26th 1997 I again encountered this "lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds" quote on TV, that time only a few minutes after I had been thinking of Baker’s crimes.