And incidentally," the detective continued, glancing cautiously at his companion, "it is the price of my leaving unsuspected the murderer of two innocent men
In my profession, sir," the detective said, "we must take our risks.
It would make no difference, sir," the detective answered.
The detective, leaning elegantly on his walking-cane, continued to scrutinise the shop.
In a minute and a half the French detective was joined on the opposite pavement by an inspector and a man in plain clothes.
The yellow omnibus crawled up the northern roads for what seemed like hours on end; the great detective would not explain further, and perhaps his assistants felt a silent and growing doubt of his errand.
I next called upon Madame Charpentier," continued the detective.
Charpentier paused," the detective continued, "I saw that the whole case hung upon one point.
I flatter myself that I have managed it rather neatly," the detective answered proudly.
But when he left, he left in great spirits, for he perceived that just by pure luck and no troublesome labor he had accomplished several delightful things: he had touched both men on a raw spot and seen them squirm; he had modified Wilson's sweetness for the twins with one small bitter taste that he wouldn't be able to get out of his mouth right away; and, best of all, he had taken the hated twins down a peg with the community; for Blake would gossip around freely, after the manner of detectives
, and within a week the town would be laughing at them in its sleeve for offering a gaudy reward for a bauble which they either never possessed or hadn't lost.
It was the Scotch detective, and a new fear turned me cold.
He was one of the footmen who waited at table; and no sooner had I pinned him than the detective loosed his hold.
He's a Scotland Yard detective, down here for these very villains
Poirot seized his hat, gave a ferocious twist to his moustache, and, carefully brushing an imaginary speck of dust from his sleeve, motioned me to precede him down the stairs; there we joined the detectives and set out for Styles.
Still, the presence of the detectives brought the truth home to him more than anything else could have done.