By Agatha Christie
Whilst Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extreme comment she made the day before today at her brother Richard's funeral without notice takes on a chilling importance. on the examining of Richard's will, Cora was once sincerely heard to assert: 'It's been hushed up very properly, hasn't itBut he used to be murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the relations solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to solve the secret.
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Not until just about five o'clock. 50 bus. She arrived back at the cottage, let herself in by the front door, and went into the kitchen and put the kettle on for tea. There was no sound from Mrs Lansquenet's room, but Miss Gilchrist assumed that she was still sleeping. Then Miss Gilchrist noticed the kitchen window; the glass was all over the floor. Even then, she thought at first it might have been done by a boy with a ball or a catapult. She went upstairs and peeped very gently into Mrs Lansquenet's room to see if she were asleep or if she was ready for some tea.
And besides the sense of personal loss, the future had held little to stir Richard Abernethie's interest. One son had died in infancy, the second without issue. He had no grandchildren. There was, in fact, no one of the Abernethie name to come after him, and he was the holder of a vast fortune with wide business interests which he himself still controlled to a certain extent. Who was to succeed to that fortune and to the control of those interests? That this had worried Richard deeply, Entwhistle knew.
He had us upon appro," said Susan with a sudden rich laugh. " Gregory, Banks said sharply, his thin face flushing: "I don t think you ought to put it like that, Susan. " repeated Cora. Mr Entwhistle coughed and spoke rather coldly: "I propose to send you all copies of the will. I can read it to you in full now if you like but its legal phraseology may seem to you rather obscure. Briefly it amounts to this: After certain small bequests and a substantial legacy to Lanscombe to purchase an annuity, the bulk of the estate - a very considerable one - is to be divided into six equal portions.