The Man Who Knew Too Much

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III
THE MYSTERY OF THE WELL

CYPRIAN PAYNTER did not know what he expected to see rise out of the well--the corpse of the murdered man or merely the spirit of the fountain. Anyhow, neither of them rose out of it, and he recognized after an instant that this was, after all, perhaps the more natural course of things. Once more he pulled himself together, walked to the edge of the well and looked down. He saw, as before, a dim glimmer of water, at that depth no brighter than ink; he fancied he still heard a faint convulsion and murmur, but it gradually subsided to an utter stillness. Short of suicidally diving in, there was nothing to be done. He realized that, with all his equipment, he had not even brought anything like a rope or basket, and at length decided to return for them. As he retraced his steps to the entrance, he recurred to, and took stock of, his more solid discoveries. Somebody had gone into the wood, killed the Squire and thrown him down the well, but he did not admit for a moment that it was his friend the poet; but if the latter had actually been seen coming out of the wood the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much 1
  • II - The Vanishing Prince 34
  • III - The Soul of the Schoolboy 66
  • IV - The Bottomless Well 89
  • V - The Fad of the Fisherman 116
  • VI - The Hole in the Wall 147
  • VII - The Temple of Silence 185
  • VIII - The Vengeance of the Statue 225
  • The Trees of Pride 259
  • II - The Wager of Squire Vane 286
  • III - The Mystery of the Well 312
  • IV - The Chase After the Truth 340
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