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Unformatted text preview: og. He is a crude—a primitive
soul — but faithful — utterly faithful."
He strode on. Miss Carnaby saw him
meet Mr. Cole, pause, put a hand on Mr.
Cole's shoulder. She hoped that the Master's influence might alter the scope of
In any case, it was only a week now to
the Autumn Festival.
On the afternoon preceding the Festival,
Miss Carnaby met Hercule Poirot in a
small teashop in the sleepy little town of
Newton Woodbury. Miss Carnaby was
flushed and even more breathless than
usual. She sat sipping tea and crumbling a
rock bun between her fingers.
Poirot asked several questions to which
she replied monosyllabically.
Then he said:
"How many will there be at the Festival
"I think a hundred and twenty. Emmeline
is there, of course, and Mr. Cole -really he has been very odd lately. He has
visions. He described some of them to me
-- really most peculiar -- I hope, I do
hope, he is not insane. Then there will be
quite a lot of new members -- nearly
twenty." "Good. You know what you have to do ?"
There was a moment's pause before
Miss Carnaby said in a rather odd voice:
"I know what you told me, M.
Poirot. . . ."
Then Amy Carnaby said clearly and
"But I am not going to do it"
Hercule Poirot stared at her. Miss Carnaby
rose to her feet. Her voice came fast
"You sent me here to spy on Dr.
Andersen. You suspected him of all sorts of
things. But he is a wonderful man--a
great Teacher. I believe in him heart and
soul! And I am not going to do your spying
work any more, M. Poirot! I am one of the
Sheep of the Shepherd. The Master has a
new message for the World and from now
on, I belong to him body and soul. And
I'll pay for my own tea, please."
With which slight anticlimax Miss Carnaby
planked down one and threepence and rushed out of the teashop.
"Norn d'un nom d'un nom^ said Hercule
The waitress had to ask him twice before
he realised that she was presenting the bill.
He met the interested stare of a surly looking
man at the next table, flushed, paid the
check and got up and went out.
He was thinking furiously.
Once again the Sheep were assembled in
the Great Fold. The Ritual Questions and
Answers had been chanted.
"Are you prepared for the Sacrament ?"
"Bind your eyes and hold out your right
The Great Shepherd, magnificent in his
green robe, moved along the waiting lines.
The cabbage-eating, vision-seeing Mr.
"You were magnificent,3' said Poirot
warmly. "For a moment I thought that
either you or I had taken leave of our senses.
I thought for one little minute that you meant it."
"It was such a shock," said Miss Carnaby. "Just when we had been talking confidentially.
I saw in the glass that Lipscomb,
who keeps the Lodge of the Sanctuary, was sitting at the table behind me. I
don't know now if it was an accident or if he
had actually followed me. As I say, I had to
do the best I could on the spur of the
minute and tru...
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