"In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times."
Railway at Devon, England
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Wargrave would have been traveling on the Great Western Railway, which connected London with the southwest and west of England and with Wales.

References to the title “Justice” and the word “bench” reveal that Wargrave is a retired judge.

The Times is the London Times, a highly respected newspaper with a history going back to 1785 and still in publication today.

Events may be assumed to be taking place around 1938, when the novel was written.