Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: hen the truth began to leak out, I was horrified, incredulous. We insisted on my father-in-law's resignation on the grounds of ill-health and we set to work to -- to clean up the mess, shall I say ?" Sir George groaned. "The Augean Stables!" Poirot started. Ferrier said: "It will prove, I fear, too Herculean a task for us. Once the facts become public, there will be a wave of reaction all over the country. The Government will fall. There will be a General Election and in all probability Everhard and his party will be returned to power. You know Everhard's policy." Sir George spluttered. "A firebrand -- a complete firebrand." Ferrier said gravely: "Everhard has ability -- but he is reckless, belligerent and utterly tactless. His 182 FR1;supporters are inept and vacillating--it would be practically a Dictatorship." Hercule Poirot nodded. Sir George bleated out: "If only the whole thing can be hushed up. . . ." Slowly, the Premier shook his head. It was a movement of defeat. Poirot said: "You do not believe that it can be hushed up ?" Ferrier said: "I sent for you, M. Poirot, as a last hope. In my opinion this business is too big, too many people know about it, for it to be successfully concealed. The only two methods open to us which are, to put it bluntly, the use of force, or the adoption of bribery -- cannot really hope to succeed. The Home Secretary compared our troubles with the cleansing of the Augean Stables. It needs, M. Poirot, the violence of a river in spate, the disruption of the great natural forces of Nature -- nothing less, in fact, than a miracle." "It needs, in fact, a Hercules," said Poirot, nodding his head with a pleased expression. LOH13 l83 He added: "My name, remember, is Hercule... .3' Edward Ferrier said: "Can you perform miracles, M. Poirot ?" "It is why you sent for me, is it not? Because you thought that I might ?33 "That is true. ... I realised that if salvation was to be achieved, it could only come through some fantastic and completely unorthodox suggestion.53 He paused a minute, then he said: "But perhaps, M. Poirot, you take an ethical view of the situation ? John Hammett was a crook, the legend of John Hammett must be exploded. Can one build an honest house on dishonest foundations ? I do not know. But I do know that I want to try." He smiled with a sudden sharp bitterness. "The politician wants to remain in office -- as usual from the highest motives." Hercule Poirot rose. He said: "Monsieur, my experience in the police force has not, perhaps, allowed me to think very highly of politicians. If John Hammett were in office -- I would not lift a finger -- no, not a little finger. But I know something about you. I have been 184 told, by a man who is really great, one of the greatest scientists and brains of the day, that you are — a sound man. I will do what I can.35 He bowed and left the room...
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