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:|
the drive when I had thought she was in bed!
I tried to put the thought away, but it would not go. If
Gertrude had been on the circular staircase that night, why had
she fled from Mr. Jamieson? The idea, puzzling as it was, seemed
borne out by this circumstance. Whoever had taken refuge at the
head of the stairs could scarcely have been familiar with the
house, or with the location of the chute. The mystery seemed to
deepen constantly. What possible connection could there be
between Halsey and Gertrude, and the murder of Arnold Armstrong?
And yet, every way I turned I seemed to find something that
pointed to such a connection.
The Circular Staircase