Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: creams, patent pills, eye trouble. What does it all amount to ? What are you getting at, M. Poirot ?" Poirot said quietly: "I am trying to do the best I can for Diana Maberly." Hugh's mood changed. His face sobered. He laid a hand on Poirot's arm. "Yes, do what you can for her. Tell her she's got to forget. Tell her that it's no good hoping. . . . Tell her some of the things I've told you. . . . Tell her — oh, tell her for God's sake to keep away from me! That's the only thing she can do for me now. Keep away — and try to forget!" V "Have you courage. Mademoiselle ? Great courage ? You will need it." Diana cried sharply: 272 "Then it's true. It's true ? He is mad P33 Hercule Poirot said: <c! am not an alienist. Mademoiselle. It is not I who can say, 'This man is mad. This man is sane.' 33 She came closer to him. "Admiral Chandler thinks Hugh is mad. George Frobisher thinks he is mad. Hugh himself thinks he is mad -- M Poirot was watching her. "And you. Mademoiselle ?33 "I ? / say he isn't mad! That's why -- 33 She stopped. "That is why you came to me ?33 "Yes. I couldn't have had any other reason for coming to you, could I ?33 "That,39 said Hercule Poirot, "is exactly what I have been asking myself. Mademoiselle .p? "I don't understand you.3' "Who is Stephen Graham ?33 She stared. "Stephen Graham? Oh, he's--he's just someone.33 She caught him by the arm. "What's in your mind? What are you thinking about? You just stand there-behind that great moustache of yours -273 blinking your eyes in the sunlight, and you don't tell me anything. You're making me afraid — horribly afraid. Why are you making me afraid ?" "Perhaps,33 said Poirot, "because I am afraid myself." The deep grey eyes opened wide, stared up at him. She said in a whisper: "What are you afraid of?" Hercule Poirot sighed—a deep sigh. He said: "It is much easier to catch a murderer than it is to prevent a murder." She cried out: "Murder? Don't use that word." "Nevertheless," said Hercule Poirot, "I do use it." He altered his tone, speaking quickly and authoritatively. "Mademoiselle, it is necessary that both you and I should pass the night at Lyde Manor. I look to you to arrange the matter. You can do that?" "I — yes — I suppose so. But why — ?" "Because there is no time to lose. You have told me that you have courage. Prove that courage now. Do what I ask and make no questions about it." 274 She nodded without a word and turned away. Poirot followed her into the house after the lapse of a moment or two. He heard her voice in the library and the voices of three men. He passed up the broad staircase. There was no one on the upper floor. He found Hugh Chandler's room easily enough. In the corner of the room was a fitted washbasin with hot and cold water. Over it, on a glass shelf, were vario...
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