expensive private school. The whole question was, would that awfulCarlotta let Deirdre go. ‘Now, Carlotta. That is a witch!’Once more, Beatrice became quite worked up on the subject ofCarlotta, her criticisms including Carlotta’s style of dressing (businesssuits) and style of talking (businesslike), when abruptly she leanedacross the table and said:‘And you know that witch killed Irwin Dandrich, don’t you?’Not only did I not know this, I had never heard the faintest whisper ofsuch a thing. It had been reported to us in 1952 that Dandrich died of aheart attack in his apartment some time after four in the afternoon Ithad been well-known that he had a heart condition.‘I talked to him,’ Beatrice said, her manner one of great self-importance and thinly concealed drama. ‘I talked to him the day hedied. He said Carlotta had called Carlotta had accused him of spying onthe family, and had said, "Well, if you want to know about us, come uphere to First Street. I’ll tell you more than you’ll ever want to hear." Itold him not to go. I said "She’ll sue you. She’ll do something terrible toyou She’s out of her mind." But he wouldn’t listen to me. "I’m going tosee that house for myself," he said. "Nobody I know has been in it sinceStella died " I made him promise to call me as soon as he got home.Well, he never did call me. He died that very afternoon. She poisonedhim I know she did She poisoned him And they said it was a heartattack when they found him. She poisoned him but she gave it to himso he could go home on his own steam and die in his own bed.’‘What makes you so certain?’ I asked.‘Because it isn’t the first time something like that has happened.Deirdre told Cortland there was a dead body in the attic of the house atFirst Street Yes, a dead body’‘Cortland told you this?’517
She nodded gravely. ‘Poor Deirdre She tells these doctors things likethat and they give her shock treatment1 Cortland thinks she’s seeingthings‘" She shook her head ‘That’s Cortland He believes the house ishaunted, that there are ghosts up there you can talk to! But a body inthe attic? Oh, no, he won’t believe in that!’ She laughed softly, thenbecame extremely serious ‘But I’ll bet it’s true I remember somethingabout a young man who disappeared right before Stella died. I heardabout it years later. Aunt Millie Dear said something about it to mycousin, Angela. Later on, Dandrich told me about it. The police werelooking for him Private detectives were looking. A Texan from England,Irwin said, who had actually spent the night with Stella, and then justdisappeared‘I’ll tell you who else knew about it. Amanda knew about it Last time Isaw her in New York we were rehashing the whole thing, and she said,"And what about that man who strangely disappeared1" Of course sheconnected it with Cornell, you know the one who died in the hoteldowntown after he called on Carlotta I tell you, she poisons them andthey go home and die afterwards It’s one of those chemicals with a
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