By Agatha Christie
Welcome to Meadowbank, an unique tuition for privileged younger women. an outstanding lot. a perilous one, too. lecturers have already bitten the airborne dirt and dust. it really is seen to Hercule Poirot that somebody is out to scratch Meadowbank's good veneer.
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One doesn’t expect anything else from Arabs and foreigners, but in England one’s off guard and that makes it easier for dishonest people. ’ said Jennifer. ’ She accepted the ten shilling note her mother handed to her, and went out scornfully. Sutcliffe went to it and picked up the receiver. A young man in dark blue overalls was standing there with a small kit of tools. The electrician entered. ’ She went back to the telephone. She already knew what the news must be. Presently there was a knock on the door and she opened it to admit a young man who shook hands in a suitably subdued manner.
This one must have had a little worldly experience during her schooldays in Switzerland, I think. The Gorgon, alias Miss Springer, the Games Mistress, came back to give me a raspberry. My turn to express innocent surprise. A sharp old war‐horse called Miss Chadwick keeps a wary eye on me, so I’m careful not to blot my copybook. She had a few words, very pleasant, with me, but I had a horrid feeling she was seeing right through me and knowing all about me. No sign, so far, of anything sinister—but I live in hope.
And she was quite sharp about it. Swan Lake. One of the new girls, Jennifer Sutcliffe, is going to be really good, I think. We call them the Jays! Sports Day is June 19th. I’ll let you know. I’d go raving mad. The garden is looking beautiful and we’ve got a new gardener to help old Briggs—young and strong! Give my love to Dick and to the children, and remember me to Oliver and Kate when you see them. Elspeth Letter from Mademoiselle Angèle Blanche to René Dupont, Post Restante, Bordeaux.
Cat among the Pigeons: A Hercule Poirot Novel (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie