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Sir Joseph started slightly. ’ he said. ‘Sometimes. Curiously enough, you recall to me one of my earlier cases in Belgium, many years ago – the chief protagonist was very like you in appearance. He was a wealthy soap manufacturer. He poisoned his wife in order to be free to marry his secretary . . Yes – the resemblance is very remarkable . ’ A faint sound came from Sir Joseph’s lips – they had 54 The Labours of Hercules gone a queer blue colour. All the ruddy hue had faded from his cheeks. His eyes, starting out of his head, stared at Poirot.

10 Rosholm Mansions was on the third and top floor and there was no lift. Poirot toiled upwards round and round the narrow corkscrew staircase. 43 p q He paused to regain his breath on the top landing and from behind the door of No. 10 a new sound broke the silence – the sharp bark of a dog. Hercule Poirot nodded his head with a slight smile. He pressed the bell of No. 10. The barking redoubled – footsteps came to the door, it was opened . . Miss Amy Carnaby fell back, her hand went to her ample breast.

That’s washed out – see? ’ ‘That’s all right. ’ Poirot leaned forward. ’ Sir Joseph said, his voice almost inaudible: ‘You needn’t worry. ’ Hercule Poirot left the house. ’ IX Lady Hoggin said to her husband: ‘Funny, this tonic tastes quite different. It hasn’t got that bitter taste any more. ’ 55 p q Sir Joseph growled: ‘Chemist. Careless fellows. ’ ‘Of course it is. ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘He didn’t say. Very close fellow, Hercule Poirot. ’ Sir Joseph gave a slight shiver and threw a sideways glance upwards as though he felt the invisible presence of Hercule Poirot behind his right shoulder.

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