Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

He first heard of it from chief inspector japp who

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Unformatted text preview: at I am. My girls give me a wide berth when I've got an attack of gout. Don't know that I blame them. You've met one of'em, I hear." 309 "I have had that pleasure, yes. You have several daughters, have you not ?" "Four," said the General gloomily. "Not a boy amongst 'em. Four blinking girls. Bit of a thought, these days." "They are all four very charming, I hear ?" "Not too bad — not too bad. Mind you, I never know what they're up to. You can't control girls nowadays. Lax times — too much laxity everywhere. What can a man do ? Can't lock 'em up, can I ?" "They are popular in the neighbourhood, I gather." "Some of the old cats don't like 'em," said General Grant. "A good deal of mutton dressed as lamb round here. A man's got to be careful. One of these blue-eyed widows nearly caught me—used to come round here purring like a kitten. 'Poor General Grant —you must have had such an interesting life9 " The General winked and placed one finger against his nose. "A little bit too obvious, Mr. Poirot. Oh well, take it all round, I suppose it's not a bad part of the world. A bit go ahead and noisy for my taste. I liked the country when it was the country 310 — not all this motoring and jazz and that blasted, eternal radio. I won't have one here and the girls know it. A man's got a right to a little peace in his own home.3' Gently Poirot led the conversation round to Anthony Hawker. "Hawker? Hawker? Don't know him. Yes, I do, though. Nasty looking fellow with his eyes too close together. Never trust a man who can't look you in the face.53 "He is a friend, is he not, of your daughter Sheila's ?" "Sheila ? Wasn't aware of it. Girls never tell me anything." The bushy eyebrows came down over the nose — the piercing, blue eyes looked out of the red face straight into Hercule Poirot's. "Look here, Mr. Poirot, what's all this about? Mind telling me what you've come to see me about r9 Poirot said slowly: "That would be difficult—perhaps I hardly know myself. I would say only this: your daughter Sheila—perhaps all your daughters — have made some undesirable friends.35 "Got into a bad set, have they? I was LOH21 311 a bit afraid of that. One hears a word dropped here and there.5' He looked pathetically at Poirot. "But what am I to do, Mr. Poirot ? What am I to do ?" Poirot shook his head perplexedly. General Grant went on: "What's wrong with the bunch they're running with ?" Poirot replied by another question. "Have you noticed. General Grant, that any of your daughters have been moody, excited -- then depressed -- nervy -- uncertain in their tempers ?" "Damme, sir, you're talking like a patent medicine. No, I haven't noticed anything of the kind." "That is fortunate," said Poirot gravely. "What the devil is the meaning of all this, sir ?" "Drugs!" "WHAT!" The word came in a roar. Poirot sa...
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