The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Detective Story

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CHAPTER XIII
POIROT EXPLAINS

"POIROT, you old villain," I said, "I've half a mind to strangle you! What do you mean by deceiving me as you have done?"

We were sitting in the library. Several hectic days lay behind us. In the room below, John and Mary were together once more, while Alfred Inglethorp and Miss Howard were in custody. Now at last, I had Poirot to myself, and could relieve my still burning curiosity.

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 to deceive yourself."

"Yes, but why?"

"Well, it is difficult to explain. You see, my friend, you have a nature so honest, and a countenance so transparent, that--enfin, to conceal your feelings is impossible! If I had told you my ideas, the very first time you saw Mr. Alfred Inglethorp that astute gentleman would have--in your so

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter I - I Go to Styles 9
  • Chapter II - The 16th and 17th of July 29
  • Chapter III - The Night of the Tragedy 42
  • Chapter IV - Poirot Investigates 53
  • Chapter V - It Isn't Strychnine, Is It? 84
  • Chapter VI - The Inquest 125
  • Chapter VII - Poirot Pays His Debts 145
  • Chapter VIII - Fresh Suspicions 163
  • Chapter IX - Dr. Bauerstein 188
  • Chapter X - The Arrest 209
  • Chapter XI - The Case for the Prosecution 233
  • Chapter XII - The Last Link 261
  • Chapter XIII - Poirot Explains 277
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