GREAT BRITAIN: Two Minuses Equal Plus

In the Victorian Gothic corridors of London's Royal Courts of Justice last week, the well-dressed crowd pushed, shoved, and asked attendants: "Which way to the duchess? Which way to the countess?'' Of two aristocratic divorce cases being heard at the same time, many of the crowd were most interested in the 46-year-old Countess of Shrewsbury, whose husband the earl had sued her—and who in turn had sued her husband—for divorce on grounds of adultery. The scandal had fed the tabloids for weeks, but the real jolt in the case turned out to...

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