I was lying down with a headache as I do most evenings after my mother's death when I heard the phone ring. Afterwards my husband told me that a man had asked for me, then said, "I have some rather sad news to impart about Boris and Bella Hopewell. I'm afraid that Boris has died."
My husband said he didn't remember anyone of that name and was this man sure he had the right Elizabeth Thomas. The man, a lawyer, said he was going through Richard (but he was nicknamed Boris) Hopewell's Address Book and calling everyone he found there. And my name and address were right there.
But I can't remember who this is, even though the name seems a bit familiar.
I looked them up on the Internet and found Bella is on the board of Hoares Bank, one of London's elite private banks.
Here's the info on their website about her:
Bella’s initial training was with Cazenoves as a graduate in their private client department. Subsequently she spent a number of years at Brunswick Warburg (now UBS) in Moscow, exploiting opportunities in the emerging Russian equities market. She joined Hoares in 2000 and was made a partner in 2001, taking responsibility for banking operations, professional services and compliance, but with huge enthusiasm for meeting and getting to know customers.
Bella’s family home is on the Stourhead Estate where gardening is her passion. She also sings and plays acoustic guitar with her husband Boris."
I'm sure I wouldn't have forgotten that I know such eminent people! :) So why am I in his Address Book? I didn't want to call the lawyer back that night and be like a ghoul asking for more info on Mr. Hopewell so I could try to place them when everyone would be upset over his death.
It's such an intriguing mystery, and I'm not sure what to do next. Or should I just leave it unsolved?