Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: this isn't a detective story! To attempt a thing like that would be quite crazy." "I suppose it would.35 He groaned. "What can we do? My God, what can we do ?" Mrs. Rice shook her head despairingly. She was frowning, her mind working painfully. 225 Harold demanded: "Isn't there anything we can do ? Anything to avoid this frightful disaster ?" There, it was out--disaster! Terrible -- unforeseen -- utterly damning. They stared at each other. Mrs. Rice said hoarsely: "Elsie -- my little girl. I'd do anything. ... It will kill her if she has to go through a thing like this." And she added: "You too, your career -- everything." Harold managed to say: "Never mind me." But he did not really mean it. Mrs. Rice went on bitterly: "And all so unfair -- so utterly untrue! It's not as though there had ever been anything between you. I know that well enough." Harold suggested, catching at a straw: "You'll be able to say that at least-that it was all perfectly all right." Mrs. Rice said bitterly: "Yes, if they believe me. But you know what these people out here are like!" Harold agreed gloomily. To the Continental mind, there would undoubtedly be a guilty connection between himself 226 and Elsie, and all Mrs. Rice's denials would be taken as a mother lying herself black in the face for her daughter. Harold said gloomily: "Yes, we're not in England, worse luck." "Ah!" Mrs. Rice lifted her head. "That's true. . . . It's not England. I wonder now if something could be done — " "Yes ?" Harold looked at her eagerly. Mrs. Rice said abruptly: "How much money have you got ?" "Not much with me." He added: "I could wire for money, of course." Mrs. Rice said grimly: "We may need a good deal. But I think it's worth trying." Harold felt a faint lifting of despair. He said: "What is your idea?" Mrs. Rice spoke decisively. "We haven't a chance of concealing the death ourselves, but I do think there's just a chance of hushing it up officially!" "You really think so?" Harold was hopeful but slightly incredulous. "Yes, for one thing the manager of the hotel will be on our side. He'd much rather have the thing hushed up. It's my opinion 227 that in these out of the way curious little Balkan countries you can bribe anyone and everyone--and the police are probably more corrupt than anyone else !33 Harold said slowly: "Do you know, I believe you're right.33 Mrs. Rice went on: "Fortunately, I don't think anyone in the hotel heard anything.33 "Who has the room next to Elsie's on the other side from yours ?33 "The two Polish ladies. They didn't hear anything. They'd have come out into the passage if they had. Philip arrived late, nobody saw him but the night porter. Do you know, Harold, I believe it will be possible to hush the whole thing up -- and get Philip's de...
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