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and pots and bottles.
Hercule Poirot went quickly and dexterously
to work. . . .
What he had to do did not take him
long. He was downstairs again in the hall
when Diana came out of the library, looking flushed and rebellious.
"It's all right,35 she said.
Admiral Chandler drew Poirot into the
library and closed the door. He said:
"Look here, M. Poirot. I don't like this.35
"What don't you like. Admiral Chandler ?55
'Diana has been insisting that you and
she should both spend the night here. I
don't want to be inhospitable -- 55
"It is not a question of hospitality.55
"As I say, I don't like being inhospitable
--but frankly, I don't like it, M. Poirot.
I -- I don't want it. And I don't understand
the reason for it. What good can it
possibly do ?"
"Shall we say that it is an experiment I
am trying ?"
"What kind of an experiment ?"
"That, you will pardon me, is my
"Now look here, M. Poirot, I didn't
ask you to come here in the first place -- "
"Believe me. Admiral Chandler, I quite
understand and appreciate your point of
view. I am here simply and solely because
of the obstinacy of a girl in love. You have
told me certain things. Colonel Frobisher
has told me certain things. Hugh himself
has told me certain things. Now -- I want to see for myself."
"Yes, but see what^ I tell you, there's
nothing to see! I lock Hugh into his room
every night and that's that."
"And yet--sometimes--he tells me
that the door is not locked in the moming?"
"Have you not found the door unlocked
Chandler was frowning.
"I always imagined George had unlocked
-- what do you mean ?"
"Where do you leave the key -- in the
''No, I lay it on the chest outside. I, or
George, or Withers, the valet, take it from
there in the morning. We've told Withers
it's because Hugh walks in his sleep. . . .
I daresay he knows more--but he's a
faithful fellow, been with me for years."
"Is there another key ?"
"Not that I know of."
"One could have been made." "But who -- "
"Your son thinks that he himself has
one hidden somewhere, although he is
unaware of it in his waking state."
Colonel Frobisher, speaking from the
far end of the room, said:
"I don't like it, Charles. . . . The
girl -- "
Admiral Chandler said quickly: "Just
what I was thinking. The girl mustn't
come back with you. Come back yourself,
if you like."
Poirot said: "Why don't you want Miss
Maberly here tonight ?"
Frobisher said in a low voice:
"It's too risky. In these cases -- "
Poirot said: "Hugh is devoted to
Chandler cried: "That's just why I Damn it all, man, everything's topsyturvy
where a madman's concerned. Hugh
knows that himself. Diana mustn't come
"As to t...
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