Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: tually happens ? You wire for money, a lot of money, and you hand it over to Mrs. Rice who is in charge of all the negotiations! And that is that! But they are greedy, these birds of prey. They have seen that you have taken an unreasonable aversion to these two unfortunate Polish ladies. The ladies in question come and hold a perfectly innocent conversation with Mrs. Rice and she cannot resist repeating the game. She knows you cannot understand what is being said. "So you will have to send for more money which Mrs. Rice will pretend to distribute to a fresh set of people.M Harold drew a deep breath. He said: "And Elsie — Elsie ?" Hercule Poirot averted his eyes. "She played her part very well. She 241 always does. A most accomplished little actress. Everything is very pure--very innocent. She appeals, not to sex, but to chivalry.M Hercule Poirot added dreamily: "That is always successful with Englishmen.w Harold Waring drew a deep breath. He said crisply: "I'm going to set to work and learn every European language there is! Nobody^s going to make a fool of me a second time!" 242 7 THE CRETAN BULL ERCULE POIROT looked thoughtfully at his visitor. - He saw a pale face with a determined-looking chin, eyes that were more grey than blue, and hair that was of that real blue-black shade so seldom seen-the hyacinthine locks of ancient Greece. He noted the well-cut, but also wellworn, country tweeds, the shabby handbag, and the unconscious arrogance of manner that lay behind the girl's obvious nervousness. He thought to himself: ^Ah yes, she is 'the County" -- but no money! And it must be something quite out of the way that would bring her to me." Diana Maberly said, and her voice shook a little: cc! -- I don't know whether you can help 243 me or not, M. Poirot. It's -- it's a very extraordinary position.33 Poirot said: "But yes ? Tell me ?" Diana Maberly said: "I've come to you because I don't know what to do! I don't even know if there is anything to do!" "Will you let me be the judge of that ?" The colour surged suddenly into the girl's face. She said rapidly and breathlessly: "I've come to you because the man I've been engaged to for over a year has broken off our engagement." She stopped and eyed him defiantly. "You must think," she said, "that I'm completely mental." Slowly, Hercule Poirot shook his head. "On the contrary. Mademoiselle, I have no doubt whatever but that you are extremely intelligent. It is certainly not my metier in life to patch up the lovers' quarrels, and I know very well that you are quite aware of that. It is, therefore, that there is something unusual about the breaking of this engagement. That is so, is it not ?" 244 The girl nodded. She said in a clear, precise voice. "Hugh broke off our engagement because he thinks he is going mad. He thinks people who are mad should not marry." Hercule Poirot's eyebro...
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