Hodgkiss examines the room he is in, but doesn't notice anything particularly amiss - it is a sitting room, with what looks like a low table, a chaise-longue, and some arm chairs, and a desk. It's dark, though, and there is no electric light in the room. He hears the door to the room next door opening and closing.
Downstairs, Claspington, Kitson and Brindleton are chatting to the butler about art. [Let me know what questions you'd like to ask Smith, if any, and if there's anything you'd like to do.]
Meanwhile, the Baron leads Foxworth up the stairs to the landing, and then opens the first of two doors, leading him in to a chamber lit by lamplight. It is a grand room, with a high ceiling, and expensive curtains.
Sitting in the centre of the room is a pretty girl, somewhere between 16 and 20, who is obviously the Baron's daughter. She is sitting in front of a painting, staring at it intently. Next to her is a trolley holding a pail of water and some glasses, and a plate of half-eaten food. There is also a bed-pan next to her.
"She's been like this ever since she saw the painting," the Baron said. "She eats and drinks in here, and...well, so you can see. If we try to remove her, she simply becomes impossible."
The painting itself is highly unusual. It is a collection of 11 people arranged roughly in a rectangle, viewed from above. Each is looking upwards towards the viewer. Their arms are linked together in a kind of web. Their faces are pale, and yet seem somehow to have a luminescent green hue lurking underneath.