Ms. Perova is unmarried and in her 50s. She is a professor at the
Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Kiev. Detective
Yevchenko goes to her office; he is investigating the untimely
deaths of Professor Natalia Marchuik and Visiting Professor
Sorensen who were teachers at the conservatory.
Yevchenko bears a striking physical resemblance to the slightly
younger male professor that died (Sorensen). He uses this to his
advantage as a police investigator. He upsets Perova by
repeatedly doing many things that Sorensen would do – for
example, he takes out a pipe and smokes the same kind of
tobacco that Sorensen smoked.
Yevchenko’s aim is to spend as much time in Perova’s office as
possible, and to hopefully "wear her down" by, one could say,
"channeling" the spirit of Sorensen. He succeeds in driving
Perova over the edge into a confession. In her mournful
admission of guilt, Perova tells how she loved Sorensen and
poisoned him by mistake – her intended victim was Professor
Marchuik, who was having an affair with Sorensen. Having
killed the man she loved, Perova, in the depths of despair,
completed what she had set out to do at first: kill Marchuik.
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