The judge had led quite a sheltered life

Like Carman, the Honourable Sir Joseph Donaldson Cantley was from Manchester. But that was just about all they had in common. Far from having a rackety private life, Cantley was rumoured to have been a virgin until the age of fifty-six, when he had married the widow of a former judge. Marriage had done nothing to dispel his air of unworldliness. Cantley had once tried a case in which a 23-year-old man had applied for damages after being badly injured in a bulldozer accident. Told that the injuries had affected the man’s sex life, he asked if he was married. Learning that he was not, a puzzled Cantley said, “Well, I can’t see how it affects his sex life.”

John Preston, “A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment”.

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