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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
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
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
Diana Maberly said, and her voice shook
cc! -- I don't know whether you can help 243
me or not, M. Poirot. It's -- it's a very
"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
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,
"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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