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She ran aimlessly approximately, rummaging between her disordered results. “Don’t get excited,” he murmured. “I don’t imagine there’s any damage performed little ironing won’t repair. If you’d been the following your self, it may possibly were very assorted. ” “I haven’t obtained a lot jewelry,” she protested, “but—” “I anticipate it’s all there,” he stated. “The one beneficial piece used to be secure for all time. ” He held out the Saint Christopher medal. She took it, and stared at him. “You’ve obtained to speak now,” she stated. “If you don’t, I’ll cross crazy—or do anything i'll be sorry for. ” “I’m prepared now,” he acknowledged. “Turn that medal over. ” “Yes. ” “You see that little sq. effect within the again? ” “Yes. ” “I placed it less than a microscope this afternoon. There’s tremendous engraving in it. Here’s a replica so that you can learn. ” He gave her the scrap of paper on which he had written down the inscription and its translation. whereas she checked out it, he cleared an area at the mattress, and sat down and lighted a cigarette. He felt very placid now. She learn: I, Eli Rosepierre, bequeath to the bearer, of whom this can be adequate id, one 1/2 the $50,000 which i've got on deposit on the Chase nationwide financial institution, big apple. Eli Rosepierre. “You see,” he acknowledged, “you’re reasonably wealthy. Your father was once fortunate adequate to have a few resources that the krauts couldn’t succeed in. ” Her face was once a learn. “Then Charles’s medal—” “Must were a reproduction of that one, leaving him the opposite part. ” She sank unsteadily into the closest chair, ignoring the garments which she beaten beneath her. Simon laughed, and bought up back to provide her a cigarette. After an entire minute, she stated, “Where is the opposite medal now? ” “I count on your brother’s assassin has it. yet he hasn’t had time to do something with it. in addition to, he won’t be happy till he has either one of them. ” “Why hasn’t he performed something formerly? ” “Because he couldn’t. Your father confided at the least a part of his mystery to a pal whom he depended on, named Georges Orival. yet Orival became collaborationist, and after the struggle he used to be attempted and imprisoned. He just recently bought out, and he hasn’t wasted a lot time. He brought himself to you as Georges Olivant. ” “Olivant! ” “Apart from his noticeable phoniness,” stated the Saint, “I understand I had whatever while I shook arms with him. He appears like one of many idle wealthy, yet he has corns on his fingers like a laborer. He didn’t get them from pottering approximately in his backyard. He’s been doing a number of years at demanding exertions. ” The girl’s hand shook a bit as she drew on the cigarette. “And he’s looking forward to me downstairs! ” “I’m definite it will take much to maintain him away. ” “We needs to inform the police! ” “Not but. We nonetheless haven’t acquired sufficient proof for a homicide cost opposed to him. And we nonetheless wish that different medal. So we’re going to fulfill him simply as though you didn’t anticipate a specific thing. ” “I couldn’t! ” Simon Templar gazed down at her with point blue eyes during which the metal used to be slightly discernible. “You needs to, Valerie. and also you needs to associate with whatever I say, irrespective of how absurd it sounds.

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