Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

Her eyes faded blue eyes had something in them of the

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Unformatted text preview: the train and as soon as all the people were back from the restaurant car, the doors between the coaches were locked--actually so as to prevent people crowding along to the restaurant car and demanding tea before they'd had time to clear up lunch and get ready. Winnie King came back to the coach with the others -- the school had three reserved compartments there." "And in the other compartments of the coach ?" Hearn pulled out his notebook. "Miss Jordan and Miss Butters -- two middle-aged spinsters going to Switzerland. Nothing wrong with them, highly respectable, well known in Hampshire where they come from. Two French commercial travellers, one from Lyons, one from Paris. Both respectable middleaged men. A young man, James Elliot, and his wife -- flashy piece of goods she was. He's got a bad reputation, suspected by 338 the police of being mixed up in some questionable transactions -- but has never touched kidnapping. Anyway, his compartment was searched and there was nothing in his hand luggage to show that he was mixed up in this. Don't see how he could have been. Only other person was an American lady, Mrs. Van Suyder, travelling to Paris. Nothing known about her. Looks OK. That's the lot." Hercule Poirot said: "And it is quite definite that the train did not stop after it left Amiens ?55 "Absolutely. It slowed down once, but not enough to let any one jump off -- not without damaging themselves pretty severely and risking being killed.55 Hercule Poirot murmured: "That is what makes the problem so peculiarly interesting. The schoolgirl vanishes into thin air-just outside Amiens. She reappears from thin air just outside Amiens. Where has she been in the meantime ?" Inspector Hearn shook his head. "It sounds mad, put like that. Oh! by the way, they told me you were asking something about shoes -- the girl's shoes. She had her shoes on all right when she 339 was found, but there was a pair of shoes on the line, a signalman found them. Took 'em home with him as they seemed in good condition. Stout black walking shoes.53 "Ah," said Poirot. He looked gratified. Inspector Hearn said curiously: cc! don't get the meaning of the shoes, sir ? Do they mean anything ?" "They confirm a theory," said Hercule Poirot. "A theory of how the conjuring trick was done." IV Miss Pope's establishment was, like many other establishments of the same kind, situated in Neuilly. Hercule Poirot, staring up at its respectable facade, was suddenly submerged by a flow of girls emerging from its portals. He counted twenty-five of them, all dressed alike in dark blue coats and skirts with uncomfortable-looking British hats of dark blue velour on their heads, round which was tied the distinctive purple and gold of Miss Pope's choice. They were of ages varying from fourteen to eighteen, thick and slim, fair and dark, awkward and graceful. At the end, walking with one 340 of the younger girls, was a grey-haired, fussy looking woman whom Poirot judg...
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