By Carter Dickson
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I think it's pretty much what happened. H'mf. All I want to point out with most awful sincerity is that (so far as we know) there was nothin' like a meeting between Keating and Mrs. " Masters was puzzled. "The next turning is Vernon Street," he pointed out, "and Derwent's number is 33; I got it out of the telephone directory. But this other thing? Lummy, I don't see what you're getting at! M. "Exactly. It's a quibble. If there was an affair, let's say, between Mrs. Derwent and Keating, the whole point is that there was an affair, and that they arranged to meet at Berwick Terrace this afternoon.
But is that all she assumes? Follow me, sir? Suppose Gardner has said to Keating, `Look here, you're engaged to Frances Gale, so stop hanging about Mrs. ' It doesn't intimidate Keating, for this `business' he speaks of on the telephone - the business that will take him several days - is really some kind of appointment with Mrs. Derwent. And Miss Gale suspects it. She suspects it still more when, at the Murder party that same night, Mrs. Derwent leaves the party at half-past nine. " "Well, now, sir ....
I don't know why. He'd have died rather than admit it, and ever since we were kids he's been trying to conquer it. He may have lost his head in the excitement, having the gun.... " "It don't look like a small thing to me, son. " Philip hesitated, and examined a well-polished shoe. "It happens that I've got a flat in the same building as Vance, two floors higher up. We were constantly walking in and out of each other's flats. On Monday evening, about eight o'clock, I went up to see Vance. I didn't bother to knock; the door is always on the latch.
Peacock Feather Murders (Library of Crime Classics) by Carter Dickson