The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:|
myself now, but remember, I was in a peculiar position toward the
Armstrong family. I was connected most unpleasantly with a cold-
blooded crime, and my niece and nephew were practically beggared,
either directly or indirectly, through the head of the family.
Mrs. Fitzhugh had found the message.
"`Paul died yesterday. Heart disease,'" she read. "`Wire at
once if Louise is with you.' You see, Miss Innes, Louise must
have started east, and Fanny is alarmed about her."
"Yes," I said.
"Louise is not here," Mrs. Fitzhugh went on, "and none of her
friends--the few who are still in town--has seen her. I called
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