Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

He tried to shake off miss carnaby but she

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Unformatted text preview: odd sects. They just spring up. They have a kind of emotional appeal but sometimes I 358 have very grave doubts as to whether there is any true religious feeling behind them at all.33 "You think your friend is being victimised by a sect of this kind ?" "I do. Oh! I certainly do. The Flock of the Shepherd, they call themselves. Their headquarters is in Devonshire--a very lovely estate by the sea. The adherents go there for what they term a Retreat. That is a period of a fortnight -- with religious services and rituals. And there are three big Festivals in the year, the Coming of the Pasture, the Full Pasture, and the Reaping of the Pasture.3' "Which last is stupid," said Poirot. "Because one does not reap pasture." "The whole thing is stupid,n said Miss Camaby with warmth. "The whole sect centres round the head of the movement, the Great Shepherd, he is called. A Dr. Andersen. A very handsome-looking man, I believe, with a presence.35 "Which is attractive to the women, yes?35 "I am afraid so," Miss Camaby sighed. "My father was a very handsome man. Sometimes, it was most awkward in the LOH24 359 parish. The rivalry in embroidering vestments -- and the division of church work ..." She shook her head reminiscently. "Are the members of the Great Flock mostly women ?39 "At least three quarters of them, I gather. What men there are, are mostly cranks\ It is upon the women that the success of the movement depends and -and on the funds they supply.33 "Ah," said Poirot. "Now we come to it. Frankly, you think the whole thing is a ramp ?" "Frankly, M. Poirot, I do. And another thing worries me. I happen to know that my poor friend is so bound up in this religion that she has recently made a will leaving all her property to the movement.39 Poirot said sharply: "Was that -- suggested to her ?" "In all fairness, no. It was entirely her own idea. The Great Shepherd had shown her a new way of life -- so all that she had was to go on her death to the Great Cause. What really worries me is -- " "Yes -- go on -- " "Several very wealthy women have been 360 among the devotees. In the last year three of them, no less, have died.5' "Leaving all their money to this sect ?" "Yes.33 'Their relations have made no protest ? I should have thought it likely that there might have been litigation." "You see, M. Poirot, it is usually lonely women who belong to this gathering. People who have no very near relations or friends." Poirot nodded thoughtfully. Miss Camaby hurried on: "Of course I've no right to suggest anything at all. From what I have been able to find out, there was nothing wrong about any of these deaths. One, I believe, was pneumonia following influenza and another was attributed to gastric ulcer. There were absolutely no suspicious circumstances, if you know what I mean, and the deaths did not take place at Green Hill...
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