By Colson Whitehead
Town of Winthrop has made up our minds it wishes a brand new identify. The resident software program millionaire desires to name it New Prospera; the mayor desires to go back to the unique number of the founding black settlers; and the town’s aristocracy sees no cause to alter the identify in any respect. What they want, they observe, is a nomenclature advisor. And, it seems, the advisor wishes them. yet in a tradition crushed via advertising, the identify is every thing and our hero’s efforts may end up in not only a brand new identify for the city yet a brand new and subtler fact approximately it as well.
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Of course, you are quite right. It was breaking the law. But you see – how can I explain it? Nearly all these women who employ us are so very rude and unpleasant. Lady Hoggin, for instance, doesn’t mind what she says to me. She said her tonic tasted unpleasant the other day and practically accused me of tampering with it. ’ Miss Carnaby ﬂushed. ‘It’s really very unpleasant. ’ ‘I know what you mean,’ said Hercule Poirot. 48 The Labours of Hercules ‘And then seeing money frittered away so wastefully – that is upsetting.
I know who the criminal is and I think it possible that I can produce sufﬁcient evidence to convict this person. ’ Sir Joseph turned purple. Hercule Poirot went on: ‘But I am not a policeman. I am acting in this case solely in your interests. ’ said Sir Joseph. ’ ‘It is entirely for you to decide. Strictly speaking, I suppose you ought to prosecute in the public interest. ’ ‘I dare say they would,’ said Sir Joseph sharply. ‘It wouldn’t be their money that had gone west. If there’s one thing I hate it’s to be swindled.
The plan worked beautifully every time. In nine cases out of ten the companion was 49 p q given the letter with the money to post. We usually steamed it open, took out the notes, and replaced them with paper. Once or twice the woman posted it herself. Then, of course, the companion had to go to the hotel and take the letter out of the rack. ’ ‘And the nursemaid touch? ’ ‘Well, you see, M. Poirot, old maids are known to be foolishly sentimental about babies. ’ Hercule Poirot sighed. He said: ‘Your psychology is excellent, your organization is ﬁrst class, and you are also a very ﬁne actress.