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Читать онлайн Cordially Invited to Meet Death автора Стаут Рекс - RuLit - Страница Jan 25, Nero Wolfe: Cordially Invited to Meet Death, from the detective mystery stories by Rex Stout. Cordially Invited to Meet Death has ratings and 13 reviews. Whistlers said: She's the Hostess with the Mostest. So who likes her the Leastest?Beth.
Apart from the culinary, though, Wolfe obtains no useful information from Nichols and Timms, and sends Archie to Miss Huddleston's house and place of business to investigate further. There, Archie is bedeviled by a playful chimpanzee, two pet bears and an alligator.
Archie doesn't get much further at the house than Wolfe did in his office, but he has cocktails on the terrace with the various players.
As the butler is bringing more drinks, the chimpanzee startles him and a tray of glasses crashes to the ground. Most of the broken glass is cleaned up, but Miss Huddleston's foot is cut by a shard and, because of the presence of the animals, Dr. Brady treats the cut with iodine. Less than one week later, Miss Huddleston is dead, having undergone an excruciatingly painful and drawn out death from tetanus.
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That, as far as Wolfe is concerned, ends his involvement, but Daniel Huddleston makes a nuisance of himself with the police: Daniel is insistent enough that Inspector Cramer comes to Wolfe looking for information.
Wolfe has none for him, but after Cramer leaves he drops Archie an exiguous hint: Then Daniel Huddleston; and ending the arc was Janet in the red leather chair, her shoulders sagging, looking as if she were only about half there.
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As far as that goes, none of them looked very comfortable, not even Maryella; she would glance at one of them and then look back at Wolfe, and set her teeth on her lip and clear her throat again. I told you that it was definitely known that Miss Huddleston had been murdered. I know who murdered her. Janet gripped the arms of her chair and stopped breathing.
Daniel leaned forward with his chin stuck out like a halfback waiting for a signal. Brady made a noise in his throat. The only one who uttered anything intelligible was Larry. That is one change in the situation. The other is that an attempt has been made to murder Miss Nichols. There is no cause for alarm. Wolfe frowned at them. Especially since I find less than enjoyable the presence in this room of an extremely unattractive person.
I shall call that person X. In the end there will be a verdict, and you will concur or not. X sent those letters.
Then he — I am forced thus to exclude women, at least temporarily, by the pronominal inadequacy of our language — then he became dissatisfied with the results, or something happened, no matter which.
In any case, X decided on something more concrete and conclusive.
Cordially Invited to Meet Death: A Nero Wolfe Novella by Rex Stout
The technique was unquestionably suggested by the recent death of Miss Horrocks by tetanus. A small amount of material procured at the stable, immersed in water, furnished the required emulsion.
He carried the preparations further, by smashing her bottle of bath salts and inserting a sliver of glass among the bristles of her bath brush.
It would be supposed that the sliver lodged there when the bottle broke. If she saw it and removed it, no harm done, try again.Live Reading for Virgo Season: Jada Pinkett Smith