The inspector tells Wallace his theories as to why the gamekeeper, Duror, dislikes the cone gatherers (especially Calum). The theory that Duror projects aspects of himself that he despises on to Calum is considered. They go to Mrs Lochie who tells them how Duror began to resent his wife after she became ill and lost her looks, as he hates deformity.
Invite the students to write a list of all of the different reasons suggested by the inspector (who blames Duror for projecting his perverse longings on to Calum) and Mrs Lochie (who blames his hatred of illness and deformity). Individually, students could imagine being a detective – based on the evidence so far, what would be their conclusion? Challenge the class to debate the reasons, then ask them to consider the complexities of Duror’s character – could both Mrs Lochie and the inspector be correct?