Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

448 vera rossakoff flung her arms round the dogs neck

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Unformatted text preview: ed over the keys of her typewriter. A slight -- a very slight look of impatience was discernible upon her face. She had done her part, the look seemed to say, surely her employer could now leave her to get on with what she was doing ? But Hercule Poirot required explanations. "What is it, then, this Hell ?" he demanded. 426 Miss Lemon looked slightly surprised. "Oh didn't you know, M. Poirot ? It's a night club -- quite new and very much the rage at present--run by some Russian woman, I believe. I can fix up for you to become a member before this evening quite easily." Whereupon, having wasted (as she made obvious) quite time enough. Miss Lemon broke into a perfect fusillade of efficient typing. At eleven that evening Hercule Poirot passed through a doorway over which a Neon sign discreetly showed one letter at a time. A gentleman in red tails received him and took from him his coat. A gesture directed him to a flight of wide shallow stairs leading downwards. On each step a phrase was written. The first one ran: "/ meant well. ..." The second: "Wipe the slate clean and start afresh...." The third: "7 can give it up any time I like...." "The good intentions that pave the way to Hell," Hercule Poirot murmured appreciatively. "C'est bien imagine, ca /" 427 He descended the stairs. At the foot was a tank of water with scarlet lilies. Spanning it was a bridge shaped like a boat. Poirot crossed by it. On his left in a kind of marble grotto sat the largest and ugliest and blackest dog Poirot had ever seen! It sat up very straight and gaunt and immovable. It was perhaps, he thought, (and hoped!) not real. But at that moment the dog turned its ferocious and ugly head and from the depths of its black body a low, rumbling growl was emitted. It was a terrifying sound. And then Poirot noticed a decorative basket of small round dog biscuits. They were labelled, "A sop for Cerberus /" It was on them that the dog's eyes were fixed. Once again the low, rumbling growl was heard. Hastily Poirot picked up a biscuit and tossed it towards the great hound. A cavernous red mouth yawned, then came a snap as the powerful jaws closed again. Cerberus had accepted his sop! Poirot moved on through an open doorway. The room was not a big one. It was dotted with little tables, a space of dancing floor in the middle. It was lighted with 428 small red lamps, there were frescoes on the walls, and at the far end was a vast grill at which officiated chefs dressed as devils with tails and horns. All this Poirot took in before, with all the impulsiveness of her Russian nature, Countess Vera Rossakoff, resplendent in scarlet evening dress, bore down upon him with outstretched hands. "Ah, you have come! My dear—my very dear friend! what a joy to see you again! After such years — so many — how many ?— No, we will not say how many! To me it seems but as yesterday. You have not changed—not in the least have you changed!" "Nor you, chore arnica Poirot exclaimed, bowing over her hand. Neverthele...
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