Horror On The Orient Express
Miss Eurydice Beatrice Crispin
Occupation: Medium (Clergy)
Pillars of Sanity
Staunch Moral Principles
Stability Rating: 8/8
Bible that was a gift from her father
Views Dr. Wilke as mentor
Health Rating: 7/7
Assess Honesty* 4
Credit Rating 2
Library Use* 2
First Aid 1
Sense Trouble 8
Eurydice Beatrice Crispin was born in 1871 to Francis Crispin and his wife Penelope. In addition to his religious duties to the Church of England as vicar of St. Cyprian’s parish, he was also a respected classical scholar. Because of his love of the ancient literature, Eurydice’s older brothers were named Perseus (Perry) and Theseus (Ted), and her baby sister was named Anticlea (Annie). Of the 4 children, Eurydice was the most academically-inclined and she enjoyed assisting her absent-minded father in doing research for his scholarly journal articles. He taught her ancient Greek and Latin and required that she read the works in their original tongues. Sadly, Penelope and Annie succumbed to influenza and passed away when Eurydice was 17. Thus the task of running the household while continuing to take care of her aging father fell to her.
A few years later she began taking on additional responsibilities including teaching Sunday school, and helping with the ladies’ parish committees. Within a few years, the uncompromising Miss Crispin was in charge of them. She led the congregation in doing charitable works, such as staffing soup kitchens, nursing the ill of the parish, visiting and reading to workhouse inmates, providing vocational training to young women reclaimed from prostitution and female prisoners, furnishing aid for widows and orphans, and promoting temperance, as well as raising funds to contribute to these causes and more.
Miss Crispin made a conscious decision to become a spinster, considering it her duty to devote herself to her father, the church, and the public good. The idea of personally sacrificing for the good of the community appealed to her, and it did not hurt that it permitted her to feel morally superior to those who didn’t. Privately, she also enjoyed the autonomy she had in running the household and vicarage, and in any matter there was not an over-abundance of interesting suitors.
Her long-standing interest in spiritualism was no doubt due to the loss of her mother and sister. She saw the practice of contacting spirits not to be a violation of her traditional Christian beliefs, but a logical extension of them, as did many other women of the parish. In her tightly-managed schedule, she found time to attend occasional séances, lectures on metaphysics, and meetings of the Society for Psychical Research, although she never displayed any talents in this area herself. This time spent moving in spiritualist circles with helped convert her to the cause of women’s suffrage. Not that she joined the marches or chained herself to the steps of Parliament, but some strongly-worded letters were submitted to the editors of the local newspapers.
Since the terrifying events of the train trip, Miss Crispin has been adjusting to life in the 20th century. She has been a houseguest of Miss Violet Gibbs-Wolfe, and spent several weeks in a guest room, poring through newspapers, magazines and books, catching up on the changes in society. There may have been an undignified whoop when she read of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918, enfranchising women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications. She has adopted modern clothing and appreciates its practicality, but chooses to extend her own hemlines down to a level she deems proper.
As Miss Crispin was in the process of acclimating to modern times, Violet decided to host a séance as a social event. The results were rather more spectacular than usual, as Miss Crispin evinced a new talent for mediumship that she had not previously possessed before her voyage through the void between worlds. Since then, she has been spending more time with her dear mentor and confidante Dr. Wilke, learning the arcane arts. Violet has also persuaded her to lead more séances, and it is becoming a profitable endeavor, to Miss Crispin’s embarrassment.