Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

Poirot i dont see why diana roped you in and got you

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Unformatted text preview: ws rose a little. "And do you not agree ?" "I don't know. . . . What is being mad, after all ? Everyone is a little mad." "It has been said so," Poirot agreed cautiously. "It's only when you begin thinking you're a poached egg or something that they have to shut you up." "And your fiance has not reached that stage ?" Diana Maberly said: "I can't see that there's anything wrong with Hugh at all. He's, oh, he's the sanest person I know. Sound — dependable — " "Then why does he think he is going mad ?" Poirot paused a moment before going on. "Is there, perhaps, madness in his family ?" Reluctantly Diana jerked her head in assent. She said: "His grandfather was mental, I believe 245 — and some great-aunt or other. But what I say is, that every family has got someone queer in it. You know, a bit half-witted or extra clever or something^ Her eyes were appealing. Hercule Poirot shook his head sadly. He said: "I am very sorry for you. Mademoiselle." Her chin shot out. She cried: (c! don't want you to be sorry for me! I want you to do something!" "What do you want me to do ?" cc! don't know—but there's something wrong n "Will you tell me Mademoiselle, all about your fiance ?" Diana spoke rapidly: "His name's Hugh Chandler. He's twenty-four. His father is Admiral Chandler. They live at Lyde Manor. It's been in the Chandler family since the time of Elizabeth. Hugh's the only son. He went into the Navy—all the Chandlers are sailors — it's a sort of tradition — ever since Sir Gilbert Chandler sailed with Sir Walter Raleigh in fifteen-something-orother. Hugh went into the Navy as a matter of course. His father wouldn't have 246 heard of anything else. And yet -- and yet, it was his father who insisted on getting him out of it!33 "When was that ?" ''Nearly a year ago. Quite suddenly." "Was Hugh Chandler happy in his profession ?" "Absolutely." "There was no scandal of any land ?" "About Hugh? Absolutely nothing. He was getting on splendidly. He--he couldn't understand his father." "What reason did Admiral Chandler himself give ?" Diana said slowly: "He never really gave a reason. Oh! he said it was necessary Hugh should learn to manage the estate -- but -- but that was only a pretext. Even George Frobisher realised that." "Who is George Frobisher ?" "Colonel Frobisher. He's Admiral Chandler's oldest friend and Hugh's godfather. He spends most of his time down at the Manor." "And what did Colonel Frobisher think of Admiral Chandler's determination that his son should leave the Navy ?" LOH17 247 "He was dumbfounded. He couldn't understand it at all. Nobody could.59 "Not even Hugh Chandler himself?" Diana did not answer at once. Poirot waited a minute, then he went on: "At the time, perhaps, he, too, was astonished. But now ? Has he said nothing -- nothing at all...
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