Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: ed to be Miss Burshaw. Poirot stood looking after them a minute, then he rang the bell and asked for Miss Pope. Miss Lavinia Pope was a very different person from her second-in-command. Miss Burshaw. Miss Pope had personality. Miss Pope was awe inspiring. Even should Miss Pope unbend graciously to parents, she would still retain that obvious superiority to the rest of the world which is such a powerful asset to a schoolmistress. Her grey hair was dressed with distinction, her costume was severe but chic. She was competent and omniscient. The room in which she received Poirot was the room of a woman of culture. It had graceful furniture, flowers, some framed, signed photographs of those of Miss Pope's pupils who were of note in the world--many of them in their presentation gowns and feathers. On the walls hung reproductions of the world's artistic masterpieces and some good water-colour sketches. The whole place was clean and polished to the last degree. No speck of 341 dust, one felt, would have the temerity to deposit itself in such a shrine. Miss Pope received Poirot with the competence of one whose judgment seldom fails. "M. Hercule Poirot ? I know your name, of course. I suppose you have come about this very unfortunate affair of Winnie King. A most distressing incident.55 Miss Pope did not look distressed. She took disaster as it should be taken, dealing with it competently and thereby reducing it almost to insignificance. "Such a thing," said Miss Pope, "has never occurred before." "And never will again!" her manner seemed to say. Hercule Poirot said: "It was the girl's first term here, was it not ?" "It was." "You had a preliminary interview with Winnie -- and with her parents ?" "Not recently. Two years ago, I was staying near Cranchester -- with the Bishop, as a matter of fact -- " Miss Pope's manner said: ("Mark this, please. I am the kind of person who stays with Bishops py) 342 "While I was there I made the acquaintance of Canon and Mrs. King. Mrs. King, alas, is an invalid. I met Winnie then. A very well brought up girl, with a decided taste for art. I told Mrs. King that I should be happy to receive her here in a year or two--when her general studies were completed. We spee here, M. Poirot, in Art and Music. The girls are taken to the Opera, to the Comedie Fran^aise, they attend lectures at the Louvre. The very best masters come here to instruct them in music, singing, and painting. The broader culture, that is our aim.33 Miss Pope remembered suddenly that Poirot was not a parent and added abruptly: "What can I do for you, M. Poirot ?" cc! would be glad to know what is the present position regarding Winnie ?" "Canon King has come over to Amiens and is taking Winnie back with him. The wisest thing to do after the shock the child has sustained." She went on: "We do not take delicate girls here. We have no special facilities for looking a...
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