Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

Im old fashioned you know and as you say it is

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Unformatted text preview: o walk down the main street." As Jean had said, there was no difficulty about the procedure. Outside the post office, Jean stopped and spoke to a tall, thin middle-aged woman with a long nose and sharp inquisitive eyes. "Good-moming, Miss Leatheran." "Good-moming, Jean. Such a lovely day, is it not ?" The sharp eyes ranged inquisitively over Jean Moncrieffe's companion. Jean said: "Let me introduce M. Poirot, who is staying down here for a few days." Ill Nibbling delicately at a scone and balancing a cup of tea on his knee, Hercule Poirot 74 allowed himself to become confidential with his hostess. Miss Leatheran had been kind enough to ask him to tea and had thereupon made it her business to find out exactly what this exotic little foreigner was doing in their midst. For some time he parried her thrusts with dexterity--thereby whetting her appetite. Then, when he judged the moment ripe, he leant forward: "Ah, Miss Leatheran," he said. "I can see that you are too clever for me! You have guessed my secret. I am down here at the request of the Home Office. But please," he lowered his voice, ^keep this information to yourself'." "Of course -- of course -- " Miss Leatheran was fluttered--thrilled to the core. "The Home Office--you don't mean -- not poor Mrs. Oldfield ?" Poirot nodded his head slowly several times. "We-ell!" Miss Leatheran breathed into that one word a whole gamut of pleasurable emotion. Poirot said: "It is a delicate matter, you understand. I have been ordered to report whether 75 there is or is not a sufficient case for exhumation.55 Miss Leatheran exclaimed: "You are going to dig the poor thing up. How terrible!" If she had said "how splendid" instead of "how terrible" the words would have suited her tone of voice better. "What is your own opinion. Miss Leatheran ?" 'Well, of course, M. Poirot, there has been a lot of talk. But I never listen to talk. There is always so much unreliable gossip going about. There is no doubt that Doctor Oldfield has been very odd in his manner ever since it happened, but as I have said repeatedly we surely need not put that down to a guilty conscience. It might be just grief. Not, of course, that he and his wife were on really affectionate terms. That I do know--on first hand authority. Nurse Harrison, who was with Mrs. Oldfield for three or four years up to the time of her death, has admitted that much. And I have always felt, you know, that Nurse Harrison had her suspicions -- not that she ever said anything, but one can tell, can't one, from a person's manner ?" 76 Poirot said sadly: "One has so little to go upon.33 "Yes, I know, but of course, M. Poirot, if the body is exhumed then you will know" "Yes," said Poirot, "then we will know." "There have been cases like it before, of course," said Miss Leatheran, her nose twitch...
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