The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:|
tapped himself proudly on the breast.
After pausing a few minutes respectfully, so as not to spoil his
effect, I gave him Lawrence's message.
"Aha!" he cried. "So he has found the extra coffee-cup. That is
good. He has more intelligence than would appear, this
long-faced Monsieur Lawrence of yours!"
I did not myself think very highly of Lawrence's intelligence;
but I forebore to contradict Poirot, and gently took him to task
for forgetting my instructions as to which were Cynthia's days
"It is true. I have the head of a sieve. However, the other
The Mysterious Affair at Styles