Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: where there were exits in plenty -- not here far above the world in a wilderness of snow. Something of this he tried to convey to Inspector Drouet and the latter agreed readily enough. "But yes, it is fantastic, it does not make sense.39 "If it is a rendezvous^ why do they travel together^ No, indeed, it does not make sense." Drouet said, his face worried: "In that case, we have to examine a second supposition. These three men are members of Marrascaud's gang and they have come here to meet Marrascaud himself. Who then is Marrascaud ?" Poirot asked: "What about the staff of the hotel ?33 LOH11 I<I Drouet shrugged his shoulders. "There is no staff to speak of. There is an old woman who cooks, there is her old husband Jacques -- they have been here for fifty years I should think. There is the waiter whose place I have taken, that is all." Poirot said: "The manager, he knows of course who you are ?" "Naturally. It needed his cooperation." "Has it struck you," said Hercule Poirot, "that he looks worried ?" The remark seemed to strike Drouet. He said thoughtfully: "Yes, that is true." "It may be that it is merely the anxiety of being involved in police proceedings." "But you think it may be more than that? You think that he may--know something ?" "It occurred to me, that is all." Drouet said sombrely: "I wonder." He paused and then went on: "Could one get it out of him, do you think?" Poirot shook his head doubtfully. He said: "It would be better, I think, not to let 152 him know of our suspicions. Keep your eye on him, that is all." Drouet nodded. He turned towards the door. "You've no suggestions, M. Poirot ? I -I know your reputation. We have heard of you in this country of ours." Poirot said perplexedly: "For the moment I can suggest nothing. It is the reason which escapes me -- the reason for a rendezvous in this place. In fact, the reason for a rendezvous at all ?" "Money," said Drouet succinctly. "He was robbed, then, as well as murdered, this poor fellow Salley ?" "Yes, he had a very large sum of money on him which has disappeared." "And the rendezvous is for the purpose of sharing out, you think ?" "It is the most obvious idea." Poirot shook his head in a dissatisfied manner. "Yes, but why here ?" He went on slowly: "The worst place possible for a rendezvous of criminals. But it is a place, this, where one might come to meet a woman. ..." Drouet took a step forward eagerly. He said excitedly: 153 "You think -- ?" "I think," said Poirot, "that Madame Grandier is a very beautiful woman. I think that anyone might well mount ten thousand feet for her sake -- that is, if she had suggested such a thing." "You know," said Drouet, "that's interesting. I never thought of her in...
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