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She had sat herself on a large rock and was feeling a little better, soothed by the noise of the sea and the occasional scream of gull, and was remembering that when she got back home, in three days time, there would be plenty of things to do, and probably Harry would phone her to ask how the trip had been, and she would answer the phone with the usual friendly and brisk detachedness that had become the norm since relations between them had ended.
First discussing the art of handling cases, he then covers looking at cases in the past, veiled argument, the absence of solid factual basis, detachedness, the mutability of civil law, the importance of context, multidisciplinary legal research, and legal scholarship.
This detachedness would not seem odd if MacCulloch did not prove himself an empathetic and poignant narrator in other regards; concluding an astute discussion of Queen Mary's reign, he tells us, "The greatest unfairness of a life filled with disappointments came when her hopes for a pregnancy turned out to be the beginnings of stomach cancer" one moving moment among many.