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all. 'Give what you can,' he said smiling in
that wonderful way of his, 'if you can give
nothing, it does not matter. You are one of
the Flock just the same.' 'Oh, Dr. Andersen,'
I said, 'I am not so badly off as that.
I have just inherited a considerable amount
of money from a distant relative and though
I cannot actually touch any of the money
until the legal formalities are all complied
with, there is one thing I want to do at
once.' And then I explained that I was
making a will and that I wanted to leave
all I had to the Brotherhood. I explained
that I had no near relatives."
"And he graciously accepted the bequest
?" "He was very detached about it. Said it
would be many long years before I passed
over, that he could tell I was cut out for a
long life of joy and spiritual fulfilment. He
really speaks most movingly."
"So it would seem.39
Poirot's tone was dry. He went on:
"You mentioned your health ?"
"Yes, Mr. Poirot. I told him that I had
had lung trouble, and that it had recurred
more than once, but that a final treatment
in a Sanatorium some years ago had, I
hoped, quite cured me."
"Though why it is necessary for me to
say that I am consumptive when my lungs
are as sound as a bell I really cannot see."
"Be assured it is necessary. You mentioned
your friend ?"
"Yes. I told him (strictly in confidence)
that dear Emmeline, besides the fortune
she had inherited from her husband, would
inherit an even larger sum shortly from an
aunt who was deeply attached to her."
"Eh bien, that ought to keep Mrs. Clegg safe for the time being!"
"Oh, Mr. Poirot, do you really think
there is anything wrong ?"
"That is what I am going to endeavour
to find out. Have you met a Mr. Cole down
at the Sanctuary ?"
"There was a Mr. Cole there last time I
went down. A most peculiar man. He wears
grass-green shorts and eats nothing but
cabbage. He is a very ardent believer."
"Eh bien, all progresses well -- I make
you my compliments on the work you have
done--all is now set for the Autumn
"Miss Carnaby -- just a moment."
Mr. Cole clutched at Miss Carnaby, his
eyes bright and feverish.
"I have had a Vision--a most remarkable
Vision. I really must tell you
Miss Carnaby sighed. She was rather
afraid of Mr. Cole and his Visions. There
were moments when she was decidedly of
the opinion that Mr. Cole was mad. And she found these Visions of his some- LOH25
375 times very embarrassing. They recalled to
her certain outspoken passages in that very
modern German book on the Subconscious
Mind which she had read before coming
down to Devon.
Mr. Cole, his eyes glistening, his lips
twitching, began to talk excitedly.
"I had been meditating -- reflecting on
the Fullness of Life, on the Supreme Joy of
Oneness -- and then, you know, my eyes
were opened and I saw -- "
Miss Carnaby br...
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