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The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XIII. POIROT EXPLAINS The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XIII. POIROT EXPLAINS

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XIII. POIROT EXPLAINS
"Poirot, you old villain," I said, "I've half a mind to strangleyou! What do you mean by deceiving me as you have done?"We were sitting in the library. Several hectic days lay behindus. In the room below, John and Mary were together once more,while Alfred Inglethorp and Miss Howard were in custody. Now atlast, I had Poirot to myself, and could relieve my still burningcuriosity.Poirot did not answer me for a moment, but at last he said:"I did not deceive you, mon ami. At most, I permitted you todeceive yourself.""Yes, but why?""Well, it is difficult to explain.... Long Stories - Post by : davel - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 420

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XII. THE LAST LINK The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XII. THE LAST LINK

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XII. THE LAST LINK
POIROT'S abrupt departure had intrigued us all greatly. Sundaymorning wore away, and still he did not reappear. But aboutthree o'clock a ferocious and prolonged hooting outside drove usto the window, to see Poirot alighting from a car, accompanied byJapp and Summerhaye. The little man was transformed. Heradiated an absurd complacency. He bowed with exaggeratedrespect to Mary Cavendish."Madame, I have your permission to hold a little reunion in thesalon? It is necessary for every one to attend."Mary smiled sadly."You know, Monsieur Poirot, that you have carte blanche in everyway.""You are too amiable, madame."Still beaming, Poirot marshalled us... Long Stories - Post by : Amar_Mehta - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 1235

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XI. THE CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XI. THE CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter XI. THE CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION
The trial of John Cavendish for the murder of his stepmother tookplace two months later.Of the intervening weeks I will say little, but my admiration andsympathy went out unfeignedly to Mary Cavendish. She rangedherself passionately on her husband's side, scorning the mereidea of his guilt, and fought for him tooth and nail.I expressed my admiration to Poirot, and he nodded thoughtfully."Yes, she is of those women who show at their best in adversity.It brings out all that is sweetest and truest in them. Her prideand her jealousy have--""Jealousy?" I queried."Yes. Have you not realized that she is an... Long Stories - Post by : Florence - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2754

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter X. THE ARREST The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter X. THE ARREST

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter X. THE ARREST
To my extreme annoyance, Poirot was not in, and the old Belgianwho answered my knock informed me that he believed he had gone toLondon.I was dumbfounded. What on earth could Poirot be doing inLondon! Was it a sudden decision on his part, or had he alreadymade up his mind when he parted from me a few hours earlier?I retraced my steps to Styles in some annoyance. With Poirotaway, I was uncertain how to act. Had he foreseen this arrest?Had he not, in all probability, been the cause of it? Thosequestions I could not resolve. But in the... Long Stories - Post by : doyle - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 1829

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IX. DR. BAUERSTEIN The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IX. DR. BAUERSTEIN

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IX. DR. BAUERSTEIN
I HAD had no opportunity as yet of passing on Poirot's message toLawrence. But now, as I strolled out on the lawn, still nursinga grudge against my friend's high-handedness, I saw Lawrence onthe croquet lawn, aimlessly knocking a couple of very ancientballs about, with a still more ancient mallet.It struck me that it would be a good opportunity to deliver mymessage. Otherwise, Poirot himself might relieve me of it. Itwas true that I did not quite gather its purport, but I flatteredmyself that by Lawrence's reply, and perhaps a little skillfulcross-examination on my part, I should soon perceive... Long Stories - Post by : rrm7777 - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 825

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VIII. FRESH SUSPICIONS The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VIII. FRESH SUSPICIONS

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VIII. FRESH SUSPICIONS
There was a moment's stupefied silence. Japp, who was the leastsurprised of any of us, was the first to speak."My word," he cried, "you're the goods! And no mistake, Mr.Poirot! These witnesses of yours are all right, I suppose?""Voila! I have prepared a list of them--names and addresses. Youmust see them, of course. But you will find it all right.""I'm sure of that." Japp lowered his voice. "I'm much obliged toyou. A pretty mare's nest arresting him would have been." Heturned to Inglethorp. "But, if you'll excuse me, sir, whycouldn't you say all this at... Long Stories - Post by : westbourne - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 1136

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VII. POIROT PAYS HIS DEBTS The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VII. POIROT PAYS HIS DEBTS

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VII. POIROT PAYS HIS DEBTS
As we came out of the Stylites Arms, Poirot drew me aside by agentle pressure of the arm. I understood his object. He waswaiting for the Scotland Yard men.In a few moments, they emerged, and Poirot at once steppedforward, and accosted the shorter of the two."I fear you do not remember me, Inspector Japp.""Why, if it isn't Mr. Poirot!" cried the Inspector. He turned tothe other man. "You've heard me speak of Mr. Poirot? It was in1904 he and I worked together--the Abercrombie forgery case--youremember, he was run down in Brussels. Ah, those were greatdays, moosier.... Long Stories - Post by : slayer - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2320

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VI. THE INQUEST The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VI. THE INQUEST

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter VI. THE INQUEST
In the interval before the inquest, Poirot was unfailing in hisactivity. Twice he was closeted with Mr. Wells. He also tooklong walks into the country. I rather resented his not taking meinto his confidence, the more so as I could not in the leastguess what he was driving at.It occurred to me that he might have been making inquiries atRaikes's farm; so, finding him out when I called at LeastwaysCottage on Wednesday evening, I walked over there by the fields,hoping to meet him. But there was no sign of him, and Ihesitated to go right up to... Long Stories - Post by : falconforce - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 1910

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter V. 'IT ISN'T STRYCHNINE, IS IT?' The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter V. "IT ISN'T STRYCHNINE, IS IT?"

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter V. 'IT ISN'T STRYCHNINE, IS IT?'
"Where did you find this?" I asked Poirot, in lively curiosity."In the waste-paper basket. You recognise the handwriting?""Yes, it is Mrs. Inglethorp's. But what does it mean?"Poirot shrugged his shoulders."I cannot say--but it is suggestive."A wild idea flashed across me. Was it possible that Mrs.Inglethorp's mind was deranged? Had she some fantastic idea ofdemoniacal possession? And, if that were so, was it not alsopossible that she might have taken her own life?I was about to expound these theories to Poirot, when his ownwords distracted me."Come," he said, "now to examine the coffee-cups!""My dear Poirot! What on earth is... Long Stories - Post by : Orian - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2375

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IV. POIROT INVESTIGATES The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IV. POIROT INVESTIGATES

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter IV. POIROT INVESTIGATES
The house which the Belgians occupied in the village was quiteclose to the park gates. One could save time by taking a narrowpath through the long grass, which cut off the detours of thewinding drive. So I, accordingly, went that way. I had nearlyreached the lodge, when my attention was arrested by the runningfigure of a man approaching me. It was Mr. Inglethorp. Wherehad he been? How did he intend to explain his absence?He accosted me eagerly."My God! This is terrible! My poor wife! I have only just heard.""Where have you been?" I asked."Denby kept me... Long Stories - Post by : hereger - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 3114

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter III. THE NIGHT OF THE TRAGEDY The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter III. THE NIGHT OF THE TRAGEDY

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter III. THE NIGHT OF THE TRAGEDY
To make this part of my story clear, I append the following planof the first floor of Styles. The servants' rooms are reachedthrough the door B. They have no communication with the rightwing the Inglethorps' rooms were situated.It seemed to be the middle of the night when I was awakened byLawrence Cavendish. He had a candle in his hand, and theagitation of his face told me at once that something wasseriously wrong."What's the matter?" I asked, sitting up in bed, and trying tocollect my scattered thoughts."We are afraid my mother is very ill. She seems to... Long Stories - Post by : Roseman - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 3235

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter II. THE 16TH AND 17TH OF JULY The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter II. THE 16TH AND 17TH OF JULY

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter II. THE 16TH AND 17TH OF JULY
I had arrived at Styles on the 5th of July. I come now to theevents of the 16th and 17th of that month. For the convenienceof the reader I will recapitulate the incidents of those days inas exact a manner as possible. They were elicited subsequentlyat the trial by a process of long and tedious cross-examinations.I received a letter from Evelyn Howard a couple of days after herdeparture, telling me she was working as a nurse at the bighospital in Middlingham, a manufacturing town some fifteen milesaway, and begging me to let her know if Mrs. Inglethorp shouldshow... Long Stories - Post by : FayeB - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2762

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter I. I GO TO STYLES The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter I. I GO TO STYLES

The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Chapter I. I GO TO STYLES
The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known atthe time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided.Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attendedit, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the familythemselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, wetrust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours whichstill persist.I will therefore briefly set down the circumstances which led tomy being connected with the affair.I had been invalided home from the Front; and, after spendingsome months in a rather depressing Convalescent Home, was given amonth's sick leave. Having no near... Long Stories - Post by : csawyer1 - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 3063

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVIII - And After The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVIII - And After

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVIII - And After
"THAT was a mighty good toast, Jane," said Mr. Hersheimmer, as heand his cousin were being driven back in the Rolls-Royce to theRitz."The one to the joint venture?""No--the one to you. There isn't another girl in the world whocould have carried it through as you did. You were justwonderful! "Jane shook her head."I don't feel wonderful. At heart I'm just tired andlonesome--and longing for my own country.""That brings me to something I wanted to say. I heard theAmbassador telling you his wife hoped you would come to them atthe Embassy right away. That's good enough, but I've... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 3111

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVII - A Supper Party at the Savoy The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVII - A Supper Party at the Savoy

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVII - A Supper Party at the Savoy
THE supper party given by Mr. Julius Hersheimmer to a few friendson the evening of the 30th will long be remembered in cateringcircles. It took place in a private room, and Mr. Hersheimmer'sorders were brief and forcible. He gave carte blanche--and whena millionaire gives carte blanche he usually gets it!Every delicacy out of season was duly provided. Waiters carriedbottles of ancient and royal vintage with loving care. The floraldecorations defied the seasons, and fruits of the earth as farapart as May and November found themselves miraculously side byside. The list of guests was small and select. The AmericanAmbassador,... Long Stories - Post by : Ginryu - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2466

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVI - Mr. Brown The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVI - Mr. Brown

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXVI - Mr. Brown
SIR James's words came like a bomb-shell. Both girls lookedequally puzzled. The lawyer went across to his desk, and returnedwith a small newspaper cutting, which he handed to Jane. Tuppence read it over her shoulder. Mr. Carter would haverecognized it. It referred to the mysterious man found dead inNew York."As I was saying to Miss Tuppence," resumed the lawyer, "I set towork to prove the impossible possible. The great stumbling-blockwas the undeniable fact that Julius Hersheimmer was not anassumed name. When I came across this paragraph my problem wassolved. Julius Hersheimmer set out to discover what had become ofhis... Long Stories - Post by : pauli - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 307

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXV - Jane's Story The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXV - Jane's Story

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXV - Jane's Story
HER arm through Jane's, dragging her along, Tuppence reached thestation. Her quick ears caught the sound of the approachingtrain."Hurry up," she panted, "or we'll miss it."They arrived on the platform just as the train came to astandstill. Tuppence opened the door of an empty first-classcompartment, and the two girls sank down breathless on the paddedseats.A man looked in, then passed on to the next carriage. Janestarted nervously. Her eyes dilated with terror. She lookedquestioningly at Tuppence."Is he one of them, do you think?" she breathed.Tuppence shook her head."No, no. It's all right." She took Jane's hand in hers.... Long Stories - Post by : jmenet - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2257

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIV - Julius Takes a Hand The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIV - Julius Takes a Hand

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIV - Julius Takes a Hand
IN his suite at Claridge's, Kramenin reclined on a couch anddictated to his secretary in sibilant Russian.Presently the telephone at the secretary's elbow purred, and hetook up the receiver, spoke for a minute or two, then turned tohis employer."Some one below is asking for you.""Who is it?""He gives the name of Mr. Julius P. Hersheimmer.""Hersheimmer," repeated Kramenin thoughtfully. "I have heardthat name before.""His father was one of the steel kings of America," explained thesecretary, whose business it was to know everything. "This youngman must be a millionaire several times over."The other's eyes narrowed appreciatively."You had better go down and see... Long Stories - Post by : teaginc - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2525

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIII - A Race Against Time The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIII - A Race Against Time

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXIII - A Race Against Time
AFTER ringing up Sir James, Tommy's next procedure was to make acall at South Audley Mansions. He found Albert discharging hisprofessional duties, and introduced himself without more ado as afriend of Tuppence's. Albert unbent immediately."Things has been very quiet here lately," he said wistfully."Hope the young lady's keeping well, sir?""That's just the point, Albert. She's disappeared." You don'tmean as the crooks have got her?""In the Underworld?""No, dash it all, in this world!""It's a h'expression, sir," explained Albert. "At the picturesthe crooks always have a restoorant in the Underworld. But doyou think as they've done her in, sir?""I... Long Stories - Post by : exit9to5 - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 1844

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXII - In Downing Street The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXII - In Downing Street

The Secret Adversary - Chapter XXII - In Downing Street
THE Prime Minister tapped the desk in front of him with nervousfingers. His face was worn and harassed. He took up hisconversation with Mr. Carter at the point it had broken off. "Idon't understand," he said. "Do you really mean that things arenot so desperate after all?""So this lad seems to think.""Let's have a look at his letter again."Mr. Carter handed it over. It was written in a sprawling boyishhand."DEAR MR. CARTER,"Something's turned up that has given me a jar. Of course I maybe simply making an awful ass of myself, but I don't think so.... Long Stories - Post by : malistor - Date : December 2010 - Author : Agatha Christie - Read : 2266