Nyssa, I think we know at the end of The Treasure Ship that young Vasco succeeds in his blackmail and gets his villa (the Sub-Rosa) in Florence as well as a generous allowance. This was one of those cases where while justice wasn't done, the only people harmed were crooks themselves.
As for The Open Window, if the young man weren't suffering from a nervous disease, his credulity would have given the kid a pass.
That's another of the common themes; in so many of the stories, credulousness is what causes a comeuppance. Common sense would have saved the day.
Last edited by issybird; 01-02-2012 at 10:42 AM.