Labours Of Hercules By Agatha Christie

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Unformatted text preview: the hat -that very unyielding British hat -- have to be disposed of elsewhere--they go out of the window. Later, the real Winnie is brought across the channel--no one is looking for a sick, half-doped child being brought from England to France -- and is 349 quietly deposited from a car by the side of the main road. If she has been doped all along with scopolamine, she will remember very little of what has occurred.w Miss Pope was staring at Poirot. She demanded: "But why ? What would be the reason of such a senseless masquerade ?" Poirot replied gravely: "Winnie's luggage! These people wanted to smuggle something from England into France--something that every Customs man was on the look-out for--in fact, stolen goods. But what place is safer than a schoolgirl's trunk ? You are well-known, Miss Pope, your establishment is justly famous. At the Gare du Nord the trunks of Mesdemoiselles the little Pensionnaires are passed en bloc. It is the well-known English school of Miss Pope! And then, after the kidnapping, what more natural than to send and collect the child's luggage -- ostensibly from the Prefecture ?" Hercule Poirot smiled. "But fortunately, there was the school routine of unpacking trunks on arrival -and a present for you from Winnie -- but 350 not the same present that Winnie packed at Cranchester" He came towards her. "You have given this picture to me. Observe now, you must admit that it is not suitable for your select school!" He held out the canvas. As though by magic Cranchester Bridge had disappeared. Instead was a classical scene in rich, dim colourings. Poirot said softly: "The Girdle of Hyppolita. Hyppolita gives her girdle to Hercules — painted by Rubens. A great work of art — mais tout de meme not quite suitable for your drawing room." Miss Pope blushed slightly. Hyppolita^s hand was on her girdle— she was wearing nothing else. . . . Hercules had a lion skin thrown lightly over one shoulder. The flesh of Rubens is rich, voluptuous flesh. . . . Miss Pope said, regaining her poise: "A fine work of art. ... All the same — as you say — after all, one must consider the susceptibilities of parents. Some of them are inclined to be narrow ... if you know what I mean. ..." 351 v It was just as Poirot was leaving the house that the onslaught took place. He was surrounded, hemmed-in, overwhelmed by a crowd of girls, thick, thin, dark and fair. "Mon Dieu!" he murmured. "Here indeed is the attack by the Amazons!" A tall fair girl was crying out: "A rumour has gone round — " They surged closer. Hercule Poirot was surrounded. He disappeared in a wave of young, vigorous femininity. Twenty-five voices arose, pitched in various keys but all uttering the same momentous phrase. "M. Poirot, will you write your name in my autograph book. . . . ?" 352 10 THE FLOCK OF GERYON ly.' I "T" REALLY do apologise for intruding | like this, M. Poirot."...
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