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Unformatted text preview: s Sanctuary, but at their own homes. I've no doubt it is quite all right, but all
the same I -- well -- I shouldn't like anything to happen to
She clasped her hands, her eyes appealed
Poirot himself was silent for some
minutes. When he spoke there was a
change in his voice. It was grave and deep.
"Will you give me, or will you find out
for me, the names and addresses of these
members of the sect who have recently
"Yes indeed, M. Poirot."
Poirot said slowly:
"Mademoiselle, I think you are a woman
of great courage and determination. You
have good histrionic powers. Would you
be willing to undertake a piece of work that
may be attended with considerable
"I should like nothing better," said the
adventurous Miss Carnaby.
Poirot said warningly:
"If there is a risk at all, it will be a grave one. You comprehend — either this is a
mare's nest or else it is serious. To find out
which it is, it will be necessary for you
yourself to become a member of the Great
Flock. I would suggest that you exaggerate
the amount of the legacy that you recently
inherited. You are now a well-to-do woman
with no very definite aim in life. You argue
with your friend Emmeline about this
religion she has adopted -- assure her that
it is all nonsense. She is eager to convert
you. You allow yourself to be persuaded to
go down to Green Hills Sanctuary. And
there you fall a victim to the persuasive
powers and magnetic influence of Dr.
Andersen. I think I can safely leave that
part to you ?"
Miss Camaby smiled modestly. She
"I think I can manage that all right!"
"Well, my friend, what have you got for
Chief Inspector Japp looked thoughtfully
at the little man who asked the question. He said ruefully:
"Not at all what I'd like to have, Poirot.
I hate these long-haired, religious cranks
like poison. Filling up women with a lot
of mumbo-jumbo. But this fellow's being
careful. There's nothing one can get hold
of. All sounds a bit batty but harmless."
"Have you learned anything about this
Dr. Andersen ?"
"I've looked up his past history. He was
a promising chemist and got chucked out
of some German University. Seems his
mother was Jewish. He was always keen
on the study of Oriental Myths and
Religions, spent all his spare time on that
and has written various articles on the
subject -- some of the articles sound pretty
crazy to me."
"So it is possible that he is a genuine
"I'm bound to say it seems quite likely!"
"What about those names and addresses
I gave you ?"
"Nothing doing there. Miss Everitt died of ulcerative colitis. Doctor quite positive
there was no hanky-panky. Mrs. Lloyd
died of broncho-pneumonia. Lady Western
died of tuberculosis. Had suffered from it
many years ago -- before she even met this
bunch. Miss Lee died of typhoid--attributed
to some salad...
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