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Peggy Bolger's house in Uxbridge

The climax of "The Human Factor" takes place in a house in Uxbridge, which is a town in southern Ontario some forty miles from Toronto.

When Janette returns to Toronto, her intention is revenge on the people who murdered her lover, Robert McDonagh. However, she is responsible for his son, Patrick, who has become her ward. She therefore takes the boy to stay with his aunt, Peggy Bolger, who has a house in Uxbridge.

After killing Mario Larouche, the man who murdered Robert, Janette tries to obtain evidence that would implicate his employer. However, the car she is driving is shot at; and she abandons it, and flees to Nick Knight for help.

The car—with its clear evidence of criminal damage—is found and towed by the police, who identify it as having belonged to Robert. Nick's partner, Tracy Vetter therefore goes to Robert's sister Peggy, and shows her a sketch of the woman believed to be Larouche's murderer. She identifies it as a picture of the woman who is Patrick's guardian.

At some point, the killers then go to Uxbridge and take Patrick and his Aunt Peggy hostage. They offer Janette a swap: Patrick and Peggy for the key to the locker where the evidence is hidden. However, when Nick drives Janette to Uxbridge and she surrenders the key, the killers shoot them both and set off an incendiary device in order to burn down the house and eliminate any witnesses. As a vampire, Nick is unhurt; and he is therefore able to rescue the others.

The History of UxbridgeEdit

Uxbridge is situated to the northeast of Toronto. It was surveyed in 1805, and named for a town in England. The first settlers were Quakers from Pennsylvania, who started to arrive in the area a year later. The township was incorporated as a municipality in 1850.

The first passenger-carrying narrow-gauge railway in North America, the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, arrived in Uxbridge in June 1871, leading to the expansion of the town. For over a decade Uxbridge was the headquarters of the railway. In 1872, the Village of Uxbridge was separated from the Township and incorporated as a separate entity. It achieved official "town" status in 1885.

In 1974, when the Regional Municipality of Durham was created, the town was amalgamated into the township again, along with a number of smaller communities. The population of the township is now around 20,000. Besides, having local industries and tourism, Uxbridge today is also a commuter town within the Greater Toronto Area.

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