Sir Alec was thin and grey and his voice matched his looks. It sounded a wisp of smoke wafting from some burning of leaves hidden by a clump of lavender. The effort that appeared to go into his voice seemed not to correspond with any commensurable weariness or boredom; indeed, he was eager to pump me, and, genuinely looking for a job as I was, I felt highly impatient both with the affectation built in to his manner and with the fact that I had come primed for a serious interview and was being frivolously quizzed. Moreover, I had come in a taxi. I always took a taxi to an interview.
I said I understood there was an editorial job available. ‘Yes,’ he breathed, ‘there is in fact an editorial job available, I believe.’ He pressed a button on his desk and spoke through an intercom. Tan, would you come in please? I have a lady editor who might in fact very well suit us. Yes, now, please.’
He rose and so did I. He walked me to the door just as it opened and Ian Tooley came in. Sir Alec offered me a limp hand and when I took it he seemed to throw my hand away into thin air. Tan, this is Mrs Hawkins.’ Then he said to me, or rather sighed out the words: ‘I hope you don’t believe that Shakespeare wrote the plays. The evidence in fact does not stand independent scrutiny. He must be laughing up his sleeve in the next world, if in fact there is one, when he looks down and sees what is in fact going on at Stratford-on-Avon.’
I find this on the net: So what is Independent Scrutiny? Definition: A regular and planned process external to the audit body and the audited organisation with particular focus on the audit process to ensure that the process is capable of producing objective results and meeting its obligations under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004.
but again its meaning is unclear to me?
Dose it mean: we must not trust something that is said or we see?
Source: A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark