Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: . . Hercule Poirot turned his head to look at his companion. George Frobisher was still gazing up at the beautiful woman on the wall above him. And Poirot said softly: "You knew her well. ..." Frobisher spoke jerkily. "We were boy and girl together. I went off as a subaltern to India when she was sixteen. . . . When I got back — she was married to Charles Chandler." "You knew him well also ?" "Charles is one of my oldest friends. He's my best friend — always has been." "Did you see much of them — after the marriage ?" "Used to spend most of my leaves here. Like a second home to me, this place. Charles and Caroline always kept my room here—ready and waiting. . . ." He 257 squared his shoulders, suddenly thrust his head forward pugnaciously. "That's why I'm here now -- to stand by in case I'm wanted. If Charles needs me -- I'm here." Again the shadow of tragedy crept over them. "And what do you think--about all this ?" Poirot asked. Frobisher stood stiffly. His brows came down over his eyes. "What I think is, the least said the better. And to be frank, I don't see what you're doing in the business, M. Poirot. I don't see why Diana roped you in and got you down here." "You are aware that Diana Maberly's engagement to Hugh Chandler has been broken off ?" "Yes, I know that." "And you know the reason for it ?" Frobisher replied stiffly: "I don't know anything about that. Young people manage these things between them. Not my business to butt in." Poirot said: "Hugh Chandler told Diana that it was not right that they should marry, because he was going out of his mind." 258 He saw the beads of perspiration break out on Frobisher's forehead. He said: "Have we got to talk about the damned thing ? What do you think you can do ? Hugh's done the right thing, poor devil. It's not his fault, it's heredity—germ plasm — brain cells.... But once he knew, well, what else could he do but break the engagement ? It's one of those things that just has to be done." "If I could be convinced of that — " "You can take it from me." "But you have told me nothing." "I tell you I don't want to talk about it." 'Why did Admiral Chandler force his son to leave the Navy ?" "Because it was the only thing to be done." 'Why ?" Frobisher shook an obstinate head. Poirot murmured softly: "Was it to do with some sheep being killed ?" The other man said angrily: "So you've heard about that ?" "Diana told me." "That girl had far better keep her mouth shut." 259 "She did not think it was conclusive.55 "She doesn't know." "What doesn't she know ?" Unwillingly, jerkily, angrily, Frobisher spoke: "Oh well, if you must have it. ... Chandler heard a noise that night. Thought it might be someone got in the house. Went out to investigate. Light in the boy...
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