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Maigret Goes Home}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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l\uc1\u8217'affaire saint-fiacre}}{\b
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translated by robert baldick
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the 13th episode in the maigret saga
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1931}}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Georges Simenon}}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc

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1.\~\~\~ {\ul
The Little Girl with the Squint} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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2.\~\~\~ {\ul
The Missal} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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3.\~\~\~ {\ul
The ChoirBoy} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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4.\~\~\~ {\ul
Marie Vassilief} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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5.\~\~\~ {\ul
The Second Day} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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6.\~\~\~ {\ul
The Two Camps} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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7.\~\~\~ {\ul
Meetings at Moulins} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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8.\~\~\~ {\ul
The Invitation to Dinner} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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9.\~\~\~ {\ul
A Scene from Scott} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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10.\~\~\~\~\~\~\~\~ {\ul
The Funeral Wake} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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The Whistle} \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc
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Penguin Books Ltd}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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L\uc1\u8217'Affaire Saint-Fiacre} first published in France
1931\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Published by A. Fayard et Cie 1959\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Maigret and the Countess} published in England in the

volume\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Maigret Keeps A Rendezvous} by Routledge Kegan Paul Ltd
1940\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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This translation first published in Penguin Books
1967\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Reprinted 1970,1972\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Copyright \uc3\u169(c) Librairie Arth\uc1\u232emes Fayard,
1959\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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English translation copyright \uc3\u169(c) 1967 by Robert
Baldick.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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All rights reserved.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Saint-Fiacre. moving crockery about.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sheet of paper had lain around for several days in the offices of the Quai des Orf\uc1\u232evres. Soon afterward his shoes would be clattering along the frozen road.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The first bell for Mass\uc3\u8230. and turning the handle of the coffee mill. chilled the back of his neck. the source of which he had been unable to trace. Did he so much as wash his face?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Nobody brought him any hot water. his overcoat. because in those days he did not need to shave.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was precisely this quality of coldness that disturbed him.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Maigret had put the piece of paper in his pocket.. A thin draft. and had asked in surprise:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is that the Saint-Fiacre near Matignon?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Probably. Moulins: words more familiar to him than almost any . he removed from his wallet a piece of paper with an official slip pinned to it bearing the words:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Municipal Police Of Moulins}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Communicated for information and possible action to the Police Judiciaire in Paris:}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then a sheet of lined paper with laborious handwriting:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i This is to tell you that a crime will be committed in the church at Saint-Fiacre during the first Mass on All Souls\uc1\u8217' Day. He was cold. Matignon.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had noticed it by accident. because of the double slope of the roof. The bell ringing out over the sleeping village\uc3\u8230. he could hear Marie Tatin coming and going in the main room of the inn.. Maigret did not usually get up so early. by plunging him into an atmosphere he thought he had forgotten. Before going out. When he was a boy. rattling the grate of the stove. since it was sent to us by Moulins. while he was getting dressed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He put on his jacket. He would wait for the second bell.. Sometimes the water was frozen in the jug.{\ql Maigret could stand up only in the middle of the attic..

will you?\uc3\u8230.. in the cold morning air. the eyes smarting. Heavens! That\uc1\u8217's the second bell ringing already!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The voice of the bell was faint. and boiling milk. The crisp sound they made showed that there had been a frost during the night.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The little girl with the squint. Then.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll leave you to finish your breakfast\~\uc3\u8230. the kitchen. a wave of warm air. in fact. There were lights in the windows of some low- built houses: people dressing in a hurry for the first Mass.\~You\uc1\u8217'll lock the door.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're wrong not to take Communion on a day like today.others.. her cotton gloves. The bell was still ringing. where she kept rabbits and hens. as they used to call her. a crime will be committed\uc3\u8230. Footsteps could be heard on the road.. won\uc1\u8217't you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No... She had not recognized him.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She was embarrassed to be walking with a man. wait! I\uc1\u8217'm ready.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret rediscovered other impressions from his childhood: the cold.. who had been buried in the little graveyard behind the church. a small bent figure... A man who came from Paris! She trotted along.. been after the death of his father.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He had been born in Saint-Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me. and endlessly bustling about the bar. and her little hat. where his father had been the estate manager of the ch\uc1\u226ateau for many years.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230. squinting more and more. a smell of coffee with chicory.\uc1\u8221" she said. I\uc1\u8217've got my own prayer stool. but he had known her because of her eyes. He had taken a room at the only inn in the village: Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's. and the yard. during the first Mass\uc3\u8230.. Some dead leaves were fluttering about on the ground. A table was laid in one corner. which her bun prevented from staying on straight.. The last time he had gone there had. on going into the church.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .. The ground-floor rooms were lit by oil lamps. a lingering taste of coffee in the mouth. the tips of the fingers frozen. of soft light. Especially seeing that you\uc1\u8217're taking the trouble to go to the first Mass\uc3\u8230. There was coarse gray bread. A puny little girl who had become an even skinnier old maid.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had arrived the day before.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector went downstairs. Marie Tatin fled into her kitchen to put on her black dress. the smell of the tapers and the incense.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There were other shadowy figures converging on the dimly shining doorway of the church.

the creak of the door.. and he could guess second by second what was happening: the sacristy.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But now he had eyes only for the occupant in the Gothic stall. He smiled at the thought that in the past he had preferred the Requiem Masses to the others.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had looked at all the shadowy figures one by one. How many were there in that ghostly gathering of half-asleep people?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Fifteen at the most....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . Domine\uc3\u8230. followed by the farm women\uc1\u8217's eyes. Some younger farm women and one child\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret heard some noises behind the door to the right of the altar. He hesitated to identify her as the Comtesse de Saint- Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the chancel was a row of stalls reserved for people from the ch\uc1\u226ateau. The murmur of the liturgical prayers began. the priest putting on his chasuble without a word.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At Moulins. polished wood. during the first Mass\uc3\u8230.. the mother of the little girl with the squint\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The rope.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Requiem aeternam dona eis.. hard stalls in old.. There were only three men: the sacristan. the bell ringer. the choirboy arriving late. He could barely make out her profile. was still quivering at the far end of the church.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230. the police had treated the matter as a bad joke and had not worried about it. three of whom had a prayer stool reserved for her own use. He could remember Masses that had been celebrated in sixteen minutes. Five old women. which the bell ringer had just let go of..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230. He shook his bell. A farmer\uc1\u8217's fat wife. and walking toward the nave... followed by the boy. stumbling along in his cassock\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sound of a car outside.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The boy was red-haired.And Maigret recognized the black chair with the red velvet armrest of old Madame Tatin. some light footsteps: then a lady in mourning walked the whole length of the church. The sacristan was lighting the last tapers. In Paris... because the prayers were shorter. noiselessly. And it was there that the woman took her seat.. joining his hands together. a crime will be committed\uc3\u8230.. and Maigret. they had been surprised to see the chief-inspector set off.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret could perhaps still have recited the responses to the priest.

and long delicate hands which were clasping a missal.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230. four places beyond the countess. Hosts so pale that they seemed unreal passed for a moment through the priest\uc1\u8217's hands. he suddenly thought:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"On All Souls\uc1\u8217' Day the same priest celebrates three Masses... She was a tall.\~She had an emaciated face. Outside. The choirboy\uc1\u8217's bell tinkled shrilly. and memories forced themselves upon him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was the only one who did not take Communion. dies ilia\uc3\u8230. whom he used to catch sight of from a distance in the park.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was she. but were free at Low Mass. all right! But when he had last seen her..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i .{\ql {\i Dies irae.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the Moulins police who were right.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In his time.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He stood up with the others at the first Gospel. He didn\uc1\u8217't mumble half the verses.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And soon everybody was bending double for the Elevation.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There were no other men left but Maigret and the priest.. he used to have breakfast at the priest\uc1\u8217's house between the second and third Masses: a hard-boiled egg and some goat cheese\uc3\u8230. like a theatrical producer who has no desire to watch his own production. There couldn\uc1\u8217't be a crime!\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sacristan had taken his seat at the end of the stalls. those that cost five centimes at High Mass.. He didn\uc1\u8217't hurry like the old priest the chief-inspector had known.. their hands folded.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The stained-glass windows were turning pale. A cow was lowing on a farm.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Mass continued.. Details attracted his attention on all sides. slim.. For example. melancholy woman..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had remained in the last row of straw-bottomed chairs. day was breaking. The bell ringer had walked away with a heavy tread.. a young priest with the passionate gaze of a mystic..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now she must be well into the sixties\~\uc3\u8230.. All the women walked toward the altar rail. she was thirty-five or thirty-six. The countess\uc1\u8217's face was buried in her hands.\~She was praying fervently\~\uc3\u8230. their faces expressionless. a crime will be committed\uc3\u8230.

. And there wouldn\uc1\u8217't have been a crime.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's head was buried in her hands once more. see people moving around. A puzzled expression passed across his face.. Only the countess remained. hear them talking about this and that\~\uc3\u8230. the last Gospel. and a thin wisp of blue smoke took the place of each flame..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Another four minutes\uc3\u8230.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The old woman\uc1\u8217's fingers parted.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Suddenly alarmed..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre was dead. and Maigrefs nerves became taut with impatience. surprised by her immobility.. and lay motionless. Maigret touched her shoulder...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Day had broken. ready to go into the sacristy.\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The old women woke up all together. and then everybody would go out. One started for the door. The prayers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For the warning stated clearly: {\i the first Mass.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sacristan.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Only then did Maigret feel how anxious he had been. She was not moving.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . the chief-inspector walked forward..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Ite. Gray light was entering the nave along with drafts of air. as if it bad been balanced on a knife\uc1\u8217's edge.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The two of them stood close to her.Pater Noster\uc3\u8230. missa est\~\uc3\u8230. two\uc3\u8230..}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The proof that it was over was that the sacristan was standing up. thinking that he was going to breathe the fresh air outside.. The sacristan appeared with a candle extinguisher.\~ The Mass is over\uc3\u8230. He heaved an involuntary sigh... looked at Madame de Saint-Fiacre. And the body tipped over. Most of the other women were just as rigid..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Three people were left\uc3\u8230. A chair moved. rolled to the floor. He had scarcely realized. At the same moment. revealed a tormented face. He waited impatiently for the last Gospel. trying to see the face hidden by the joined hands.. then another.. Feet shuffled about on the cold flagstones of the church.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Et ne nos inducas in tentationem\uc3\u8230. opened the missal.. who had finished his task.

\uc1\u8221" was Maigret\uc1\u8217's only reply. But memories from his childhood went on rising to the surface like air bubbles. They had vainly held a mirror to her lips.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can\uc1\u8217't see any wound.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i A church in which a crime has been committed must be newly consecrated by the bishop\uc3\u8230. Nobody had approached the countess. The priest was being assailed by terrible thoughts. the chasuble was prepared for the following Mass. The altar cruets were in the same place.\~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The body had been taken into the sacristy.. A somewhat unsteadier voice murmured:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You don\uc1\u8217't mean that\~\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"How is it that\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked at the priest.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql How could there have been a crime? Nobody had heard a shot. Maigret forgot how unusual his presence was.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was hot and cold at the same time...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . and the choirboy\uc1\u8217's cassock and surplice were ready.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They had not dared undress the countess.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Chief-Inspector Maigret.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked around at this unchangeable scene. no visible wound. from the Police Judiciaire. During the whole Mass.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret did not see the full drama of the situation at first. where it had been laid on three chairs placed side by side.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The dirty light entering through a Gothic window was thinning out the rays of an oil lamp.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who are you?\uc1\u8221" the man finally asked. Maigret had scarcely taken his eyes off her. which was no longer beating.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And there was no sign of bloodshed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The man was profoundly disturbed. He took several minutes to understand the suspicious inquiry in the priest\uc1\u8217's burning eyes. with features that were regular but so solemn that they recalled the fierce faith of monks of old.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As a result. He was a man of about thirty-five. The sacristan had run out to get the village doctor.. They had listened for her heart... in which not a single detail had altered in thirty years.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Her car must be outside. The chauffeur was cranking the engine.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret made an effort not to seem flustered.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sacristy was tiny. \uc1\u8220"We must arrange for her to be taken home. There were a few people in the square. isn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was a relief to hear the heavy footsteps of the doctor. was carrying the body to the car. Then the bell.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He could still feel the priest\uc1\u8217's anguished gaze weighing on him. My parishioners are\uc3\u8230....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Dead?\uc1\u8221" he asked. which the ringer had set in motion.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're sure that\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Just a coincidence.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Since the countess had died of heart failure. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\~\uc3\u8230. since the seven o\uc1\u8217'clock was a High Mass. while the priest turned his head away.\uc1\u8221" said Maigret. a red-faced fellow. But I\uc1\u8217've been called two or three times to the ch\uc1\u226ateau\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8220"The second Mass is at seven o\uc1\u8217'clock.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .. he did not hesitate to unbutton the countess\uc1\u8217's blouse.. with the chauffeur\uc1\u8217's help. he came over to the chief- inspector... but the doctor did not know what to do.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can only suppose that heart failure\uc3\u8230. The three men and the corpse could only just fit inside. Had he guessed something? While the sacristan.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then he hurried out to the car. a very old one. Heavy steps in the church. who was impressed by the atmosphere and looked in turn at the chief-inspector and the priest. you came here today. wasn\uc1\u8217't Maigret entitled to reassure the priest?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You heard what the doctor said.. to this particular Mass\uc3\u8230. She had a very weak heart. sounded: the first bell for the seven o\uc1\u8217'clock Mass. She preferred to be attended by a colleague in Moulins. I have another two Masses to say\uc3\u8230.. Two choirboys arrived.. It\uc1\u8217's All Souls\uc1\u8217' Day. who could not figure out what was happening..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All the same. I wasn\uc1\u8217't the countess\uc1\u8217's regular doctor.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"All the same.\~ My father is buried in your graveyard....

\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . covered by shutters.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chauffeur did not know what to do... as cold as an ice rink..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You know this is going to create some complications\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They were driving into the park.\uc1\u8221" murmured the doctor. the two corner towers. and the son of peasants. which was bordered on one side by the church built on the hillside..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's inn was on the right. and did not dare open the car doors..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When the car drew up near the steps..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You don\uc1\u8217't go to Mass?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The doctor winked. the dark mass of the ch\uc1\u226ateau...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Mind you. But this one\uc3\u8230. that didn\uc1\u8217't stop my being on good terms with the old priest. That\uc1\u8217's why the priest looked so upset.. glancing at the uniformed chauffeur. Now they could make out the details of the ch\uc1\u226ateau: the ground-floor windows. was a poisonous gray color.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He fell silent. right in the distance. To the left was an avenue of oaks and. which. who was driving with an absent-minded expression.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur Jean won\uc1\u8217't be up yet\uc3\u8230. the first house in the village.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A uniform sky.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I was off duck shooting by the ponds\uc3\u8230. who had not yet recovered his composure. you might understand\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8220"Come with us. the only old parts of the building. He was wearing a brown shooting outfit and high rubber boots.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Doctor Bouchardon was a peasant. and on the other by the Notre-Dame pond. but Maigret and the doctor squeezed in.. The countess\uc3\u8230. that particular morning..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The corpse took up most of the room inside.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You looked surprised at what I told you. Maigret looked down through the latticed ground-level windows and caught a glimpse of the steam-filled kitchens and a fat woman busy plucking partridges. \uc1\u8220"If you knew the situation.. They crossed the sloping square.

He had put on weight. It was really cold. a crime will be committed\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Perhaps it was these memories that were disturbing him so much.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But who is he?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A young man\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What is it?\uc1\u8221" he called out. He\uc1\u8217's the countess\uc1\u8217's lover.. In his own way\uc3\u8230.. noble. anybody\uc3\u8230. graceful. Especially the memory of the Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre as he had known her: a young woman who had. and some white underclothing was poking out of her mourning dress... who started filling a pipe. \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217'll see. He remained standing in the courtyard with the doctor.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And now she was dead. But nobody recognized him.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the doctor maintained that she had died of heart failure. Oh. A butler who was only half dressed opened the main door a little. Doors were opening and shutting.. he knew it as well as anybody else. in pajamas.. remembering that he had been at school with him... his hair tousled. They had bundled her like an inanimate object into the car.. He had to take only a few steps to see the steward\uc1\u8217's house.. Officially. He was forty-two.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As for the ch\uc1\u226ateau. personified all that was feminine. especially the outbuildings.. his eyes tired. What supernatural power had been able to foretell that? And why call in the police?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql People were running about inside the ch\uc1\u226ateau. A man appeared behind him. and they had had to bend her legs..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . There are some other servants in the house. I might as well tell you right away.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret looked the doctor in the eyes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230. aren\uc1\u8217't there?\uc1\u8221" Maigret\uc1\u8217's nostrils were moist. for the country boy he had been.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who is Monsieur Jean?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Bouchardon shrugged his shoulders and gave a queer smile.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A relative?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"If you like\uc3\u8230. They had not even buttoned up her blouse. A charming young man.\uc1\u8220"Call somebody\uc3\u8230. he\uc1\u8217's her secretary. hesitating to come out.. where he had been born..

There were peasants who came a long way.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well?\uc3\u8230.{\ql \uc1\u8220"The paramour. because it did not tally with his childhood memories.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyp hpar}{ . It was Maigret who rushed to pick up the receiver.. who had opened the car door.. That\uc1\u8217's peculiar at this hour. Dormer windows were opening at the top of the house.\uc1\u8221" growled Bouchardon.. a crime will be committed\uc3\u8230.. She was looking silently out of her basement window.\~Eh?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql Why the devil was the doctor smiling so sarcastically?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret used his authority..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Madame la Comtesse\uc3\u8230. He seemed to be in a daze.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well... Madame la\uc3\u8230. why doesn\uc1\u8217't somebody carry the countess to her room?\uc1\u8221" Maigret thundered indignantly.. a bell rang in the hall. without moving a muscle.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql While they were reaching into the car.. You\uc1\u8221" \uc2\u8212--he pointed to the chauffeur\uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean did not dare to go and answer it..\uc1\u8221" he stammered..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The cook had been told too. the ch\uc1\u226ateau\uc3\u8230..}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The second bell for Mass was ringing.. Are you going to leave her there?\~\uc3\u8230. They had brought flowers to place on the graves.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean did not dare to approach.. People must be hurrying.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All this struck him as sacrilegious..\uc1\u8221" the cynical doctor growled in Maigret\uc1\u8217's ear...\uc1\u8220"carry her up to her room.. stood there utterly crushed. Yes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The telephone\uc3\u8230.. The butler. in light carts.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come on now! Two men\uc3\u8230. It made him feel not merely morally but physically sick. in the servants\uc1\u8217' rooms..\uc1\u8220"and you\uc1\u8221" \uc2\u8212--he pointed to the butler\uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hello\uc3\u8230.

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\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . the creaking of bedsprings. that is to say.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Behind the heavy oak door of the bedroom they could hear footsteps coming and going. and orders being given in an undertone to the maid by Doctor Bouchardon. I was introduced to her by common friends\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"we\uc1\u8217're going to speak plainly. about thirty. and his striped pajamas... The dead woman was being undressed....\uc1\u8221" said Maigret. looked him up and down. His eyes avoided Maigret\uc1\u8217's... He had a nervous habit of pulling at his fingers as if he wanted to lengthen them.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He held Jean back by the sleeve. gave him little presence. \uc1\u8220"I need somebody to help me undress her.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Wait!. My parents had just been ruined by the crash of a small bank in Lyons\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What terms are you on with the countess\uc1\u8217's son?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But\uc3\u8230. I came here as a confidential secretary. to look after the countess\uc1\u8217's personal affairs. I\uc3\u8230... \uc1\u8220"Clear off!\uc1\u8221" the chief-inspector growled at the other servants. to save time..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How did you come to know the Comtesse de Saint- Fiacre?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"We\uc1\u8217'll find a chambermaid. who cast frightened glances around her. who asked for nothing better.\uc1\u8221" the chief-inspector broke in. and led him into a window recess. which were of questionable cleanliness..9baa6e4e7ee344b2133f334f6cb72ee3d8f71424f2139fcff83c46e4c355ac3674eea0e965d56d535f6 656a155a73d292ef4c67b68714921255804e338f00c01 0f59ff004acab5df32dcf6b0ea53f369424329a359edfa667b69484a42a61d495ab20729081fa318c69 845e5229dfb96aaf8a84a7c24971c74582bbd24e95f49 f4312daecbb1a93499d6ca88a9299efce65430afef7373801fc0501fa8d89835a002002002002002002 00fffd9 }} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Are you coming in?\uc1\u8221" asked the doctor as soon as the dead woman had been laid on her bed..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The young man was thin.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What exactly is your position at the ch\uc1\u226ateau? How long have you been here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Four years\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean went up to the next floor and came down a little later with a woman.

\uc1\u8220"I beg your pardon. on which the dead woman lay completely naked. The curtains were faded.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'd like to get dressed. The best pieces.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You became the countess\uc1\u8217's lover?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Everybody is free to love whomever\uc3\u8230. But the interior looked as seedy as the young man\uc1\u8217's pajamas. turning his back. still cluttered up with old ornaments.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret did not smile. Mademoiselle?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . go and get dressed. \uc1\u8220"Just a moment. The atmosphere did not lend itself to irony. It was too big.\~I wrote some art criticism... paler patches showed that pieces of furniture had been removed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And on the walls. About to lean on the marble mantelpiece. those that had some value.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Idiot!\uc1\u8221" growled Maigret.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did you know that her son was coming?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No\uc3\u8230. What can that matter to me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His eyes still avoided Maigret\uc1\u8217's.. Will you please leave us alone.. Dust was everywhere. on a host of useless objects.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As if things were not obvious. It\uc1\u8217's cold\uc3\u8230.. and catch the servants\uc1\u8217' glances.. too cold. Maigret noticed that it was broken. You had only to look at Jean. You had only to breathe the atmosphere of the ch\uc1\u226ateau for a few moments. on old things without any beauty..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The ch\uc1\u226ateau was huge. But why are the police bothering about\~\uc3\u8230. obviously. but what were you doing before?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I travelled\~\uc3\u8230.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The bedroom resembled the rest of the house..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Have you found anything?\uc1\u8221" he asked Bouchardon.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret pushed open the bedroom door.. With his right hand he tugged at the fingers of his left. From the outside it was fairly impressive. and avoided looking toward the bed.

..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was frowning. he could see the red roof of the steward\uc1\u8217's house..\~what is life at the ch\uc1\u226ateau like?\uc1\u8221" he asked in an undertone...\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A vague gesture from the doctor. They say he\uc1\u8217's quite a lad. went and pressed his forehead against the window.. under the trees..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\~It was then that the count died. You\uc1\u8217've seen the latest.. nothing at all\~\uc3\u8230. where he had been born. joined Maigret at the window.... No.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can only confirm what I told you earlier... \uc3\u8230. Every now and then an antique dealer comes to collect some piece that is still worth something.. So you see it would be difficult to maintain\uc3\u8230. and lighted his pipe.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You know as much about that as I do. Death was due to sudden heart failure.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not even the barely perceptible trace of a prick?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I thought of that\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Brought on by\~\uc3\u8230. and the son went to Paris to continue his studies..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The fortune?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The ch\uc1\u226ateau is mortgaged. To the left. One of those women who are models of good behaviour up to the age of forty or forty- five\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Secretaries came.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And the son?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can\uc1\u8217't say I know him very well. and let his gaze wander over the park. Was it cold in the church?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Far from it. of course?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. Three out of four farms have been sold.\~ And the countess hasn\uc1\u8217't imbibed any poison\uc3\u8230. who threw a blanket over the corpse.He closed the door behind the maid. and stayed for longer or shorter periods.. You didn\uc1\u8217't find any sign of a wound. Perhaps the cold\uc3\u8230. which was carpeted with leaves and gray mist....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Perhaps a shock\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In a few words\~\uc3\u8230.

pulling off his cap and shouting:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hello! Anybody here? Is everybody still asleep?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then he caught sight of Maigret..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ ..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was a little sports car. too.. it\uc1\u8217's strange. is there?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your mother died this morning. a car without a muffler drove into the ch\uc1\u226ateau courtyard. whom he looked at inquisitively. Jean was pale. Bouchardon followed him. long.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql And Maigret hurried along the hallway. His head felt a little empty.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret started to leave the room. uneasy. the Comte de Saint-Fiacre gave him a gentle punch on the shoulder and said jokingly:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Still here. narrow.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you. at Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's inn. He caught sight of Jean going downstairs. A man in a leather coat burst into the hall the next moment.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Between us. in church.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I have a feeling that I\uc1\u8217've seen you before somewhere\~\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Next to the chief-inspector.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's possible\~\uc3\u8230. because he had not slept long enough. I\uc1\u8217'd like to know how you happened to be in the church this very morning.. you little bastard?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not seem to bear him any malice \uc2\u8212-.. Perhaps he had caught cold.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There\uc1\u8217's nothing wrong.just to despise him profoundly. and uncomfortable. At the same moment.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What is it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Shh\uc3\u8230. dressed in a gray suit but still wearing slippers. I must have a word with you. painted bright yellow. As he passed.

In the bedroom. They were the same height. dumbfounded... aren\uc1\u8217't you. but the count was broad-shouldered and a little fat. catching sight of him. Where is she?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was dazed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It needed Maigret\uc1\u8217's words to make him frown. And I was\~\uc3\u8230. You\uc1\u8217're staying here. I\uc1\u8217'd like to take a little walk up the road\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What did she die of.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Could we have a few minutes\uc1\u8217' conversation? \uc3\u8230. No tears. He paced up and down the room and bumped into the doctor.. the same age as Jean..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You were\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The young man swung around to face Maigret..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Poor old girl!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean had come as far as the door.. What\~\uc3\u8230. breathed life and gaiety. Just three murmured words.. But the chief-inspector may know more about that than I do. I was going .. Monsieur Maurice\uc3\u8230.. No dramatic gestures..\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nothing\uc3\u8230. especially his cap and leather coat.{\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was thirty years old. His bright eyes were cheerful and mocking. Bouchardon?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Heart failure. snapped at him:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You get out!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was becoming agitated. I\uc1\u8217'll be damned\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What did you say?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come this way. Everything about him. he raised the blanket just far enough to see the dead woman\uc1\u8217's face.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're from the police?\uc3\u8230. Doctor?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The fact is. There was no explosion of grief. and the other......

shooting. at the baby carriage being pushed around the park by a nursemaid. you can go shooting another day. Wasn\uc1\u8217't that his chief reason for taking his companion outside? Yet the doctor had smoked even in the dead woman\uc1\u8217's room.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What does this mean? Bouchardon spoke of heart failure. The two men approached the church.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret filled his pipe.\uc1\u8221" said the young . with a hint of pride in his voice. gazing thoughtfully at the ground in front of him.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre accompanied Maigret. and Maigret was in the habit of smoking anywhere. which throughout his youth had represented all that was most inaccessible. A few people were going into the graveyard. The baby in it was Maurice de Saint- Fiacre\~\uc3\u8230. When they reached the main drive of the ch\uc1\u226ateau.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As the sky grew lighter..\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was uneasy. which was sweeping the dead leaves from one side of the square to the other. and the parishioners.\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Does anybody stand to benefit from your mother\uc1\u8217's death?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't understand. the cold became sharper. and only their heads showed above the wall.. the seven o\uc1\u8217'clock Mass had just finished.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the boy that Maigret had been at that time used to gaze respectfully. probably on account of the north wind. He snatched the piece of paper Maigret held out to him. making them spin around like birds over the Notre-Dame pond. following the train of their thoughts. more of them than at the first Mass. walking slowly... His gestures were jerky. were coming out and forming groups on the square. from a distance. the one that foretold the crime.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Heart failure which somebody foresaw a fortnight in advance!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Some peasants were looking at them from a distance.\uc1\u8221" his father used to say.. and\uc3\u8230.. The doctor has just said\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What were you coming to the ch\uc1\u226ateau for this morning?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's exactly what I was thinking.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Today the count called me into his library to work with him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But not in the ch\uc1\u226ateau! That was a place apart.

.... That would top everything. her mind might have become slightly unhinged\uc3\u8230. First of all. The fact that those young men took advantage of that to go further\uc3\u8230. I went away. Left by herself.....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Since you\uc1\u8217're from the police.. Then. you must understand the situation already\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"You asked me just now\uc3\u8230. looking Maigret in the eyes. I\uc1\u8217've left her in bed in Moulins\uc3\u8230. She\uc1\u8217's quite capable of hiring a car and driving over here\uc3\u8230. that didn\uc1\u8217't prevent her from remaining very pious....\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyp hpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't think it was what you think.. He greeted by name a man going by on a bicycle.. where a few men . I can well believe.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You were saying that you stand to benefit?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You know that there isn\uc1\u8217't very much of our fortune left. Then\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was bareheaded.. She must have had some terrible attacks of conscience.. that fellow Bouchardon is sure to have talked\uc3\u8230. that\uc3\u8230. Well. My mother was a poor girl... wouldn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They were just putting out the lamp in Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's inn. he added. My father died.. and what Bouchardon would like to suggest. He ran his fingers through his hair.. Just a longing for affection. torn as she was between her faith and that\uc3\u8230. You see how everything ties up.man... Mind you.... Besides..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He broke a twig off a hedge they were passing... And people like that young gentleman you\uc1\u8217've seen have hearty appetites\uc3\u8230.. Me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was not joking. the urge to look after somebody\uc3\u8230. His forehead was furrowed. Let\uc1\u8217's say that in another three or four years there\uc1\u8217'd have been nothing left at all. yes.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The young secretaries\~\uc3\u8230... she spent most of her time at church.. there {\i is} somebody who stands to benefit from my mother\uc1\u8217's death\uc3\u8230. I need those forty thousand francs to cover a cheque that will otherwise bounce\uc3\u8230. after a pause:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The only thing left for me to tell you is that I was coming here today to ask my mother for forty thousand francs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And to think that I\uc1\u8217've brought Marie Vassilief with me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Marie Vassilief?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My mistress\uc3\u8230. He seemed to be making a violent effort to prevent himself from being overwhelmed by what had happened.. Nothing immoral\uc3\u8230..

half empty.\~Next she had knelt down with her face in her hands\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You think so?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come here. Perhaps he was at last on the verge of tears..were drinking rum.\uc1\u8221" Maigret said to the bell ringer..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who picked up the missal?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What missal?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The countess\uc1\u8217's\uc3\u8230.. The bus for Moulins was about to leave... He was recalling every little detail of the first Mass:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The countess in her pew\uc3\u8230.. Nobody could have killed her.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me for a moment\uc3\u8230.\~She had taken Communion. a rough peasant wearing heavy hobnailed boots..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"She didn\uc1\u8217't deserve that!\uc1\u8221" said Maurice\uc1\u8217's thoughtful voice..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret thought about that. was straightening the chairs.\~Then she had opened her missal\~\uc3\u8230.. then called the sacristan..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The two men walked up and down near the church... Chief-Inspector\uc3\u8230... in spite of his height and slight paunchiness.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret went up the steps and entered the church.. bent down.. sometimes facing the pond.. It was left here. sometimes with their backs to it. The bell ringer..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Look.. after all \uc3\u8230. Or else I don\uc1\u8217't understand. have you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . Nobody had gone near her\~\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"You haven\uc1\u8217't seen the missal which was in this seat.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector walked straight up to the stalls. her face was in her hands again\uc3\u8230. covering the same ground over and over again..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Mother.\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At that moment there was something childlike about him. who turned round. and so hard that he forgot about his companion.\~A little later. where the sacristan was preparing the altar again.

\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I thought the doctor wasn\uc1\u8217't a believer?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He may not be. it would be\uc3\u8230. you tell the whole village that there\uc1\u8217'll be a big reward for whoever brings me the missal.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"At the ch\uc1\u226ateau?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. after the countess opened her missal\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's go and have a drink.. I\uc1\u8217'm still all upset by the ... He caught sight of Maurice de Saint-Fiacre..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who has been near this pew?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The doctor\uc1\u8217's wife occupied this stall at the seven o\uc1\u8217'clock Mass. She stammered:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur Maurice\uc3\u8230. The four peasants drinking there suddenly felt as if they were no longer at home. Suppose that in that missal\uc3\u8230..\~Besides.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was breathing hard.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the young man shook his head with an expression of discouragment.\~And it happened shortly after Communion.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not head for the ch\uc1\u226ateau. He stared gloomily at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. but for the inn..Either he was an idiot or he was putting it on.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Heart failure.. In other words.. wiping her hands on her apron. Maigret was on edge. At Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's.. who was standing at the far end of the nave... so horrible.. They greeted the count with a respect mingled with fear.. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre fell in beside him again.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can\uc1\u8217't make head or tail of this missal business.. But his wife\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can\uc1\u8217't imagine any piece of news capable of shocking my mother to that extent\~\uc3\u8230. wasn\uc1\u8217't it? That may have been brought on by a severe shock\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Outside.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Marie Tatin ran out of the kitchen. where his entry created a certain embarrassment.

and looked at Maigret as if to ask him what he was to do. And in the courtyard of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. and.. Heads could be seen moving over the low wall of the graveyard. Our poor countess\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Everybody here has a cold.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come along!\uc1\u8221" said the chief- inspector.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the two men were already outside.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It is always disconcerting in such circumstances to show less grief than do people who ought to be indifferent.\uc1\u8221" Marie Tatin said. Her hat had been left on a table. the yellow car was the only patch of bright color.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And because of her squint. to keep himself in countenance. weren\uc1\u8217't you?\uc1\u8221" she said. His shoulders were shaken by a shudder while he drained his glass at one draught. it was impossible to say whether she was looking at Maigret or the count.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She had simply tied an apron over the black dress she put on only to go to Mass...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you want to have lunch here? I\uc1\u8217've killed a chicken and\uc3\u8230. that I didn\uc1\u8217't even think of changing my dress. He said to Maigret:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I think I caught cold coming here this morning.. Monsieur Maurice...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She at least was crying. calling Maigret to witness. I heard you coughing last night\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The peasants went off.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A day like today!\uc1\u8221" said Marie Tatin.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You were at the Mass too. In front of the church there were four or five carts whose horses were tied to the trees. \uc1\u8220"When I think that none of us noticed anything! It was here that I heard\uc3\u8230. She probably wept buckets every time anybody died in the village...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Won\uc1\u8217't you have something to eat? I was so upset when I heard\uc3\u8230.. to Maigret she said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You ought to take care too..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre drank a second glass of rum. The count listened to these expressions of sympathy while trying to hide his impatience.news\uc3\u8230. he went and took a bottle of rum from the shelf and filled a couple of glasses. The stove was red hot...

\uc1\u8220"He must have gone out shooting before\~\uc3\u8230.. obviously talking excitedly. they suddenly saw the latter pacing up and down the courtyard of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. the rustle of dead leaves carried along by the wind.. the forty thousand\uc3\u8230. beyond the Notre-Dame pond.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Is the cheque crossed?\uc1\u8221" asked Maigret. who\~\uc3\u8230. And that little bastard Jean.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc {\b 2 {\line } The Choirboy}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qr {\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw39\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002703011 . The horses snorting.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm exactly what people mean by a good-for-nothing.. it\uc1\u8217's so disgusting\uc3\u8230... I was a partner in a wireless business.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A dull explosion on the right.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then all of a sudden he lost his self-control.. There was the sound of their footsteps on the frozen road...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes. and nearly let out a sob. But it will be presented tomorrow.\~Look... stamped his foot.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's Gautier. I wanted to start a film company.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Poor old girl!\uc1\u8221" he muttered with his lips drawn back... Before that. side by side with the doctor.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As if by magic. They caught sight of a sportsman striding towards the animal which he had killed. \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the wind. made a face. and which his dog was worrying at. the estate steward. I\uc1\u8217've done a bit of everything\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221" said the count. for he was gesticulating with his thin arms. every now and then. they could catch the scent of chrysanthemums.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you do much work?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A pause.

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\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret left the comte de Saint-Fiacre outside the gate of the graveyard. the dead branches. He knew that he had to turn left. sitting on a little bench she had brought with her.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He turned up the velvet collar of his overcoat. above all. starched shirt fronts.took on an unreal. The whites. because they were oranges. women had washed some of the tombstones with soap and water. The day before. but.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All around. on the other hand \uc2\u8212-.0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002803011 100021101031101ffc4001a0000030003010000000000 00000000000000070801050906ffc4002b1000010205030303040300000000000000010203000405061 107122108133114224109325161152391ffc400190101 010101010100000000000000000000000503070106ffc40027110002020103020505000000000000000 0000102031104052131a1121341b1f01523618191ffda 000c03010002110311003f00e9cde75f36ada756ac25085991965cc6d5e70768ce0e2004a1ead3f8071 937259d546a416c178d4e903d635e7da3b69f78e3924e 00c1f3c670f3ebcf85cb92afd2b5be5ab6353717d31cfb73ea7bcb23a8fd35d43ca68b77d39c7d3b02e 5a65cf4eea54bfb5252e6d3bbe3033c88dc96d34f0c64 039191e207866005df512ef63426fc738ca68f32467f3b0e2008a350fa8192d2fb26d896f4427ea3312 aca832970008406c72af9f911f3524ec933b657647495 5727ce52f644ed7ef55d665707a7b8ed092a84c107085abb93038cfb4a46f4f1f3911ad345d1e6b9327 6e1ba6dd6af0eb2a8b7dff58e5761bfa0cc753571bd2c bd2db5ae0b02db53a1d53f7ccfed90c2d3f7225dd42de58c60ee4e467cf93166a5625f71e7e7cf439be bacd1593ce8eb705f979fe757dd9d2ab265ebf2968d21 9baa6e4e7ee344b2133f334f6cb72ee3d8f71424f2139fcff83c46e4c355ac3674eea0e965d56d535f6 656a155a73d292ef4c67b68714921255804e338f00c01 0f59ff004acab5df32dcf6b0ea53f369424329a359edfa667b69484a42a61d495ab20729081fa318c69 845e5229dfb96aaf8a84a7c24971c74582bbd24e95f49 f4312daecbb1a93499d6ca88a9299efce65430afef7373801fc0501fa8d89835a002002002002002002 00fffd9 }} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ There was no sunshine to mar the picture. deceptive tone: whites that were too white and seemed out of place. the gravel. no mist. you might have thought you were under a rather dusty glass cloche. old women\uc1\u8217's bonnets \uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll see you again later. which cut your cheeks. Everything stood out with cruel clarity: the tree trunks.\~}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . The railings had been repainted.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Without the dry north wind. was trying to sell oranges and chocolate.tombstones. the black clothes of the people who had come to the graveyard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Here lies Evariste Maigret\~\uc3\u8230. flowers had been placed on the graves.. He did not look at anybody. and.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The oranges were big and ripe and frozen. either. to blur the contours. An old woman.. when he was ten years old. They set the teeth on edge and rasped the throat. Maigret used to eat them greedily all the same. and that the grave he was looking for was the third after the cypresses.

It wasn\uc1\u8217't frank and open.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me! No smoking\~\uc3\u8230. he had no illusions about humanity. He had already seen those faces.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the last Comte de Saint-Fiacre was going to be arrested for signing a bad cheque. and not very young either. beautiful person. was torn between the ch\uc1\u226ateau and the church. had been a boy of four or five\uc3\u8230. He was not handsome...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The chief-inspector scarcely realized that he was being spoken to.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hey!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He could not manage to think about one thing at a time. above all. making a whole group turn around as he muttered:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The first thing we must do is find the missal!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not feel like returning to the ch\uc1\u226ateau. But then.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql People looked at him. for example. Finally he stared at the bell ringer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the poor old woman. The notorious Jean pretended to be her secretary.. Something there distressed him. and thrust his lighted pipe into his pocket. of a friend who had drowned in the Notre-Dame pond.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had no flowers. that man who had a child in his arms. Memories flooded in on him. He looked at them. whom he had always seen as a noble. The countess.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Admittedly. as her son said.\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now she turned out to be a crazy old woman who kept a succession of gigolos. like a picture-book heroine\~\uc3\u8230. and was accompanied by a pregnant woman. and of the child at the ch\uc1\u226ateau in his handsome baby carriage\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Somebody was walking in front of Maigret with a gun on his shoulder.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And not even that.. their feathers quivering. where some hens were nestling against a wall. and the chief- inspector suddenly realized that he was making towards the estate steward\uc1\u8217's house. memories of his father.. The tombstone was dirty.. sheltering from the wind. made him indignant even.. He thought he could recognize the figure he had seen from a distance in the fields. who was also the graveyard keeper. But he was furious that his childhood memories had been sullied..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A few feet separated the two men when they reached the yard. He walked out of the graveyard in a bad temper.

well! They\uc1\u8217've changed the kitchen\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"A good fifteen years ago. Maigret looked at the house toward which they were walking.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql He was a short.. I was out shooting \uc3\u8230. aren\uc1\u8217't you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And who are you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Chief-Inspector Maigret..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Maigret?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The steward was struck by the name.{\ql The man with the gun turned around....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} . sturdy..\uc1\u8221" growled the steward..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're the Saint-Fiacres\uc1\u8217' steward. gray-haired man with skin furrowed by fine. deep wrinkles.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql A suspicious gaze was fixed on him. from the Police Judiciaire...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well... What are the police\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A rabbit\uc1\u8217's head was hanging from the game bag. but could not place it.. I can\uc1\u8217't go into the ch\uc1\u226ateau with my boots caked with mud and my gun\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What\uc1\u8217's your name?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gautier\uc3\u8230. Is it true that the count arrived without\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where are you going?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well. and eyes that looked as if they were lying in ambush behind thick brows.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They told me that her heart\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217've heard the news?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217've just been told.

\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret felt the oak table. Quite a good Bourges family\~\uc3\u8230. and turned right toward the dining room.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hurry up!\uc1\u8221" said a woman\uc1\u8217's voice in the kitchen. and the friend disappeared\uc3\u8230. or heliogravure..\~That cost the countess about a hundred thousand francs.. And when Gautier pushed open the door..... but cheaper\~\uc3\u8230. Monsieur Gautier.\~He bought some shares... He maintained that he\uc1\u8217'd get everything back thanks to a new photographic process one of his friends had invented\~\uc3\u8230. what\uc1\u8217's his surname?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"M\uc1\u233etayer\uc3\u8230..{ {\ql All this was hesitant.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector walked in just the same.. They don\uc1\u8217't need you over there.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What had he got to do at the ch\uc1\u226ateau? As steward...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql . In the beginning...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Everything!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He doesn\uc1\u8217't do anything\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What do you think of that Monsieur Jean? Now I come to think of it. thanks to his financial knowledge\~\uc3\u8230. you probably look after everything.. which dropped in value in a few months\uc3\u8230.. And I have a few questions to ask you\~\uc3\u8230.. he did not ask Maigret to come in..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did he cost the countess a lot?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Gautier filled the glasses with brandy but maintained a stubborn silence. perhaps to save time.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217'll have something to drink?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Gautier took a bottle out of the sideboard. which smelled of biscuits and old brandy... reticent. he claimed to be able to make money for the countess. \uc1\u8220"They say it\uc1\u8217's awful\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come in here for a moment. which had corners decorated with carved lions. It had been sold to the new steward when his father died.... A few personal letters\uc3\u8230.... It was the same table as in his time. The latest thing was some business of printing negatives\~\uc3\u8230.\~I don\uc1\u8217't know anything about it\~\uc3\u8230.\~Something like photogravure.

did not dare to play. He wrote some articles for the {\i Journal de Moulins}..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Snatches of conversation reached Maigret\uc1\u8217's ears:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He\uc1\u8217's a policeman from Paris\~\uc3\u8230.. The children. and organ music was coming from the church..\~It was there that he tried out his negatives.\uc1\u8220"Jean M\uc1\u233etayer was very busy.. and they were forced to accept them because of Madame la Comtesse\~\uc3\u8230. And everywhere handkerchiefs were being brought out of pockets..\uc1\u8221" said Maigret as he left. he asked:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nothing\uc1\u8217's happened between him and Monsieur le Comte?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nothing at all. and now\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he had no sooner shut the door than he heard the woman.... ask:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who was that?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql They had laid paving stones in the yard where he used to play marbles on the beaten earth.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He bustled around a lot for nothing \uc3\u8230. red noses were being blown noisily.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll see you later...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They say he\uc1\u8217's come about the cow that died last week at Mathieu\uc1\u8217's\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The square was full of groups of people in their Sunday best... Good health!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Suddenly anxious. He wiped his mustache and moved toward the next room.. who had remained invisible.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\pl ain\hyphpar}{ .. in their new clothes.\~There\uc1\u8217's no reason why you should be.. in fact\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I suppose it\uc1\u8217's just a coincidence your being here\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The trouble was that it was impossible to meet the steward\uc1\u8217's eyes.. seeing it was a case of heart disease\~\uc3\u8230... and the editor didn\uc1\u8217't dare throw him out\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you excuse me while I change? I was going to go to High Mass.

. moist-lipped.. but he did not budge. The body\uc1\u8217's head shook for a moment. his eyes became somewhat moist.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The young men were drinking lemonade. and the old men brandy.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Answer the chief- inspector. ventured to say to the chief-inspector:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They\uc1\u8217're waiting for you at Tatin\uc1\u8217's about the boy who stole\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In one corner.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Was it you who took the missal?\uc1\u8221" asked Maigret..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he nudged his companions.\~We\uc1\u8217're poor all the same\~\uc3\u8230. A family of peasants at one table was eating food they had brought from the farm and drinking large bowls of coffee. At Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was telling the truth. I want to tell you our family has always been honest\~\uc3\u8230. Chief-Inspector..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are you the chief- inspector?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Everybody looked in her directiom..{\ql A young man dressed up in a navy-blue suit with a red flower in his buttonhole. very pale-faced.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"First of all. like Monsieur le Cure\uc1\u8217's! Have you ever heard the like?\uc3\u8230. She had one hand on the shoulder of a small boy. whose red hair Maigret recognized. a woman stood up when the chief-inspector came in and took a step towards him. hesitant. So .. A thick one. curses of my life?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And to Maigret she said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There\uc1\u8217's today\uc1\u8217's children for you!\uc3\u8230. And Marie Tatin kept trotting around without stopping. A wild.\~You understand?\~\uc3\u8230.. his face well scrubbed.. the atmosphere was now warmer and thicker.. the mother gave him a slap that left a red mark on his left cheek.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql No reply.. In a flash.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the boy did not open his mouth. stared straight ahead without showing the slightest emotion. He\uc1\u8217's been crying for months to get me to buy him a missal. The father was cutting a dried sausage with his pocket- knife.\~When I saw that Ernest\~\uc3\u8230. worried. his hair shining with brilliantine.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The boy. which burst out when he turned his head away.. piercing look. bending down.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are you going to answer. Pipes and pipes of tobacco had been smoked.. his lips trembled. holding back a laugh..

I thought straight away\uc3\u8230. but all the liturgical texts in two columns. Madame. grumbling:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"As for you. She looked embarrassed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Perhaps because Maigret. I went up to his room and I found this under the mattress\~\uc3\u8230. But I\uc1\u8217'd never have had enough wickedness in me to steal a book\~\uc3\u8230. Maigret had the missal in his hands.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you. you jail-bird..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret handed her twenty francs..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql Once again the mother\uc1\u8217's hand descended on the boy\uc1\u8217's cheek........ He made as if to walk to the far end of the room.. Besides.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret nearly went up to his room to examine the missal..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"When I was his age.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Chief- Inspector\~\uc3\u8230. It was a matter of only a few seconds. I couldn\uc1\u8217't even read. All the same.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was in a hurry to examine it. I was surprised to see him come home between the second Mass and the third. because usually he eats at the presbytery\uc3\u8230. which she put carefully away in her bag.. you just wait\~\uc3\u8230. It isn\uc1\u8217't because Ernest\uc3\u8230. in Latin and French.a gilt-edged missal with not only the Ordinary of the Mass.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql The woman was calling him back. After which she pulled her son toward the door.when I heard about Madame la Comtesse\uc1\u8217's missal. He made no attempt to ward off the blow.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret\uc1\u8217's eyes met the boy\uc1\u8217's.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What time will you be coming back to lunch?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't know..without ever possessing one \uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They told me there was a reward\uc3\u8230. had longed for \uc2\u8212-. in his childhood.. they both understood that they were friends..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was a respectful silence in the inn. but the memory of the ..

the count fired a bullet into his head and died a few minutes later without recovering consciousness. he noticed the alignment of the type. and the congregation was shuffling slowly out of the little church.. from which smells of incense and extinguished tapers were escaping. There was something peculiar about it. The bells were in full peal.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And here was the weapon! Maigret turned the piece of paper over and over. where it made a bulge.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql What was there was a piece of newspaper cut out jaggedly.. Actually.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i We understand that a distressing family drama lies behind this incident and that the person mentioned above is none other than the dead man\uc1\u8217's mother. {\i Prayers after Communion}. or else . he did not open it. Among other things. a Russian woman called Marie S\uc3\u8230. 1 November.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Page 221.countless draughts which the roof let in made him choose the main road. because it had been so badly printed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had thrust the bulky missal into his coat pocket. A dramatic suicide took place this morning in a flat in the Rue de Miromesnil which had been occupied for several years by the Comte de Saint-Fiacre and his mistress.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This was just a proof.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The murderer had not taken the trouble to produce a finished piece of work. and knelt down in the stall that for two centuries had been reserved for members of her family.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A goose wandering onto the road stretched out toward Maigret a beak wide open in fury. He had stopped to examine the fateful scrap of paper. as in the case of a real newspaper.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was while walking slowly toward the ch\uc1\u226ateau that he opened the book. That was obvious from the fact that the other side of the paper bore exactly the same text.}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i After telling his mistress that he was ashamed of the scandalous conduct of a certain member of his family. which immediately struck the eye as most peculiar. pulled by hand.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Paris}{\i .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The murder weapon! A newspaper cutting two inches by three!\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre went to the first Mass. and felt sure that the printing had not been done on a rotary press. whose binding was embossed with the Saint-Fiacre coat of arms. the missal opened itself at a page where a piece of paper had been inserted.

\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He hurried there. you bad boy!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He caught sight of the boy in his underpants. who had already changed out of her Sunday best. Her husband was presumably at Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's having his ap\uc1\u233eritif.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You know where little Ernest lives?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The third house after the grocer\uc1\u8217's.. was in the kitchen. on either side of the sideboard. indignation. with a sly look on his face. The countess had died from heart failure.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let him get dressed. in the High Street\~\uc3\u8230. It was a small single-story house. and Ernest came in.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He turned back suddenly.\uc1\u8221" said Maigret.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At last the door opened.. You saw what a scolding I gave him! A child who has nothing but good examples in front of him and\~\uc3\u8230. and fear?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The expression on Maigret\uc1\u8217's face was terrible.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the murderer had had the nerve to warn the police!\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Suppose the missal had not been found\uc3\u8230. the trousers of which were too long.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is your son here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He\uc1\u8217's changing. Besides. \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll talk to him then.. because he had never before encountered a crime so cowardly and so clever at the same time. that was it! The missal was not intended to be found! Without it.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She opened the door and shouted:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come here.. it would be impossible to talk about a crime. trying to hide. or to accuse anybody. There were photographs of the father and mother on the wall. He arrived at Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's when everybody was talking about him and the missal. The woman. There\uc1\u8217's no point in getting his best clothes dirty...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The woman went on preparing the lunch.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Yes. would the countess be likely to think of turning the piece of paper over? Wouldn\uc1\u8217't she have died first from shock. shame. which smelled of roast beef. wearing his weekday suit.he had not had enough time.

. What was going on inside that head of his. Come along.. There were freckles on his cheeks and the bridge of his nose.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It isn\uc1\u8217't worth it. boy.. All the life of the district was concentrated in the square.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The street was empty. Ma told me she\uc1\u8217'd only slapped me for show.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't you understand that I\uc1\u8217'm your friend?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes\uc3\u8230. madame. like the one on the altar.\~go and put your best suit on quick\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"When we got back home. Ernest\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Was it on the prayer stool that you found it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Silence.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Tomorrow I\uc1\u8217'm going to give you an even thicker missal.\uc1\u8220"You want him to go out with you?\uc1\u8221" exclaimed the woman. all right.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The boy was dumbfounded.. \uc1\u8220"But in that case\uc3\u8230. His thick lips were trying to keep still.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Only you\uc1\u8217're going to tell me frankly where you found this one.. what of it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The child took his revenge. with the first letter of every word in red.... He was already on the defensive. I won\uc1\u8217't scold you. in the graveyard. which was too big for his thin body?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And what about the sacristan?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He didn\uc1\u8217't say anything to me. So the chief-inspector knew that there were missals with red letters. and at Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql The boy knew what he was doing. He said nothing.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was strange to see the old peasant mistrust awakening in the boy.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . You gave Ma twenty francs.. and she gave me fifty centimes\~\uc3\u8230.

putting out the candles\uc3\u8230. on a linotype.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I know you\uc1\u8217're just joking..{\ql \uc1\u8220"Who took the missal from the prayer stool?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't know....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where did you find it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Under my surplice... as he went off.. a missal with red letters costs an awful lot. or had it set.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A missal.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret held out his hand. but I\uc1\u8217'd forgotten my handkerchief\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You can go..\~When I moved my surplice. in the sacristy\uc3\u8230. obviously with the intention of coming back for it later..\~Because on Sunday\~\uc3\u8230... which could be found only in a newspaper office or a big printing house. I was supposed to go and have breakfast in the presbytery.\uc1\u8221" he said. after choosing the .\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In other words..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did you open it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I didn\uc1\u8217't have time\uc3\u8230. I wanted my boiled egg\~\uc3\u8230.. I felt something hard\~\uc3\u8230. lad\~\uc3\u8230.\~Goodbye. however. Tomorrow\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Somebody had slipped the piece of paper into the missal. under the choirboy\uc1\u8217's surplice...... You know.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Was the sacristan there?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He was in the church. and after a moment\uc1\u8217's hesitation the boy gave him his... yes\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Ernest wondered how this man from the town could possibly know that on Sunday he had an egg and some bread and jam at the presbytery.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A crime in three stages: somebody had set the article.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is it true that I\uc1\u8217'll have\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I know.. somebody had taken the missal from the prayer stool and had hidden it for the time being in the sacristy.

\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was a bitter note in his voice.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They walked another hundred yards without speaking.\uc1\u8221" the priest added in a gloomy voice. But every day. The situation was ambiguous too.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As he was passing in front of the church.. \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's the first time I\uc1\u8217've celebrated Mass without even knowing what I was doing. which was increasing in violence.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They had to hold on to their hats because of the wind. They recognized the doctor. who was still talking excitedly.. because two men were walking along the main drive of the ch\uc1\u226ateau and they were bound to meet them. with his little brown beard..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"It was a crime.page.. The idea that a crime\~\uc3\u8230. all right.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And somebody had collected the missal and hidden it temporarily under the surplice in the sacristy...\uc1\u8221" said Maigret laconically. The yellow car was in the courtyard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Perhaps the same man had done everything. .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\~She was ready to return to the ways of the Lord\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm going to the ch\uc1\u226ateau. beside him. Or perhaps the same person had been responsible for two of the three operations. Without saying a word... the chief-inspector held out the scrap of paper to his companion.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They nearly stopped. and. near the woman selling oranges and chocolate.. over there\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was an ambiguous light over the village. the tall.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Every day she would come back to me.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I wasn\uc1\u8217't strict enough. They walked along in silence. Maigret guessed that M\uc1\u233etayer did not dare go back to the ch\uc1\u226ateau as long as the Comte de Saint-Fiacre was there.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"One evil leads to another\uc3\u8230.\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I refused to go there. But she was a poor creature. thin figure of Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. He waited for him under the poplars. and yet it was my duty.. Maigret saw the priest coming out and walking toward him.\uc1\u8221" he said as he joined the chief-inspector. who read it and handed it back. Perhaps each operation had been carried out by a different person.

\~{\i Our} countess died from heart failure\~\uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217'm in a position to reassure you. but his suspicions were aroused.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was about to answer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Why do you ask that?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It doesn\uc1\u8217't matter why.. but an anxious. He darted a distrustful look at the chief-inspector. Well. I can imagine your distress at the idea that a crime may have been committed in your church...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'd like to ask you a question. almost panting with fear. You know.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When he was near enough he said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Good morning... Sinner though I am. Wait a minute\~\uc3\u8230. who was talking to the priest. no\uc3\u8230. And a quite exceptional nervousness... capable of interesting Doctor Bouchardon.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Perhaps not exactly the face of a degenerate.... tormented face..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql Maigret had gone up to M\uc1\u233etayer...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Am I obliged to reply?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You are free to say nothing.with all these vague comings and goings. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come along!\uc1\u8221" said Maigret..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Of course you\uc1\u8217're not going to take it lying down\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He could sense that the young man was on edge.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"When did you last go to the {\i Journal de Moulins}?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I know that I\uc1\u8217'm the one who\uc1\u8217's going to suffer! But I\uc1\u8217'm not going to take it lying down\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The doctor must have said the same thing to the secretary. whom he brought along with him. Science is categorical\~\uc3\u8230.

{\ql
\uc1\u8220"First, I want to see a lawyer. I\uc1\u8217'm entitled to
that\uc3\u8230... Besides, by what right are
you\~\uc3\u8230...\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Just a minute! Have you ever studied
law?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"For two
years.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
He was trying to regain his composure, to
smile.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Nobody has made a charge, and nobody has been caught in {\i
flagrante delicto}. So you\uc1\u8217've no right
to\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Very good! Ten out of
ten!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"The doctor
says\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"And I maintain that the countess was killed by the dirtiest swine
imaginable. Read this!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
Maigret held the printed piece of paper out to him. Stiffening suddenly.
M\uc1\u233etayer looked at him as if he was going to spit in his
face.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"You said a\~\uc3\u8230...\~? I won\uc1\u8217't stand
for\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The chief-inspector, gently putting his hand on his shoulder,
said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"But, my poor boy, I haven\uc1\u8217't said anything yet, {\i
to you}. Where\uc1\u8217's the count? Read that, even so. You can give it back to
me later.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
A gleam of triumph shone in M\uc1\u233etayer\uc1\u8217's
eyes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"The count is discussing cheques with the
steward\~\uc3\u8230...\~You\uc1\u8217'll find them in the
library.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The priest and the doctor were walking in front, and Maigret heard the doctor
say:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Certainly not. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. It\uc1\u8217's human! Terribly
human! If only you\uc1\u8217'd studied a little physiology instead of poring over
the writings of Saint
Augustine\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa
r}{
{\ql
And the gravel crunched under the feet of the four men, who soon began slowly
climbing the steps, which the cold had made whiter and harder than

usual.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc
\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\qc
{\b
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Marie Vassilief}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
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Maigret could not be everywhere. The ch\uc1\u226ateau was huge. That was why he had
only a vague idea of the morning\uc1\u8217's events.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
It was the time when, on Sundays and holidays, the peasants put off the moment of
going home, savoring the pleasure of being in a well-dressed group in the village
square or in a caf\uc1\u233e. Some were now drunk. Others were talking in loud
voices. And the children, in their stiff clothes, were looking admiringly at their
fathers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
Inside the ch\uc1\u226ateau, Jean M\uc1\u233etayer, looking rather yellow, had gone
upstairs alone. He could be heard walking up and
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\uc1\u8220"If you\uc1\u8217'll come with me,\uc1\u8221" the doctor said to the
priest, luring him in the direction of the dead woman\uc1\u8217's

I therefore asked Gautier to get me forty thousand francs for tomorrow morning. sitting on one corner of the desk. who won\uc1\u8217't gather the interested parties together until after the funeral. lined by doors. who answered the telephone.. it seems that\uc1\u8217's impossible. solidly planted on his stocky legs. a wide hallway ran the entire length of the building. I\uc1\u8217'm the only natural heir..bedroom. He had been told that the Comte de Saint-Fiacre and the steward were in the library. I wanted to ask my mother for it. Maurice had left the desk on which he had been perched and faced Maigret.. . It\uc1\u8217's obvious that.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Apparently nothing can be done without the permission of the lawyer. opened the wrong door.\uc1\u8221" Gautier was saying. In a gilt- edged mirror he caught sight of the reflection of the young man.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql On the ground floor. and found himself in the drawing room. \uc1\u8220"I haven\uc1\u8217't concealed the situation from you.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And he told you there was no chance? Yet you came here all the same\~\uc3\u8230. Tomorrow a charge will be laid against me. Chief-Inspector. as they call him here. Well. But it was that\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"Especially for forty thousand francs!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who answered the telephone when I called?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur Jean. of course. I needed some money.. looking utterly depressed. As I\uc1\u8217've already told you. Maigret could hear a hum of voices. with my mother dead.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Anyway.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What telephone call are you talking about?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre answered.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You ought to have known there was no point in insisting. and that of the steward.\uc1\u8221" he said irritably. that Monsieur Jean. The communicating-door leading from it to the library was open. I didn\uc1\u8217't bring Gautier here to talk about that.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"So he didn\uc1\u8217't even pass the message on to my mother?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret coughed and walked into the library.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The steward was watching the two men.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Quite impossible!\uc1\u8221" repeated the steward.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He decided to go there. without any embarrassment:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The one I made the day before yesterday to the ch\uc1\u226ateau.

\uc3\u8230.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No charge has been laid. accompanied by the deeper voice of the steward. Is it\~\uc3\u8230.. and probably no charge will be laid.. one more question. who had arrived from Moulins in an old taxi. and the count answered her in the same language. and that she must go back to Paris.. I\uc1\u8217'm beginning to\~\uc3\u8230. where he would join her soon. which they could see in the courtyard..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Marie! What the\~\uc3\u8230. which he pulled open abruptly. she started talking volubly in English. But now I think of it.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As soon as the steward had reluctantly left the room.. really?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A crime that doesn\uc1\u8217't concern the police..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Explain yourself\uc3\u8230. with hair perhaps artificially fair.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's clear. he went on:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A crime. It\uc1\u8217's insufferable! I\uc1\u8217've been waiting for hours at the hotel.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Maurice! Why won\uc1\u8217't they let me in?\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She was tall and very beautiful. \uc1\u8220"So no case will come before the courts. You spoke of a crime.\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But just then they heard a woman\uc1\u8217's voice in the hall. that his mother was dead.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Leave us alone. Gautier. Noticing that Maigret was looking at her closely. It was Marie Vassilief.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She asked him if he had any money... Maurice frowned and made for the door..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He started walking up and down. At this she asked..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She spoke with a pronounced foreign accent. isn\uc1\u8217't it? All cut and dried! I may even be prevented from attending the funeral\uc3\u8230. Gautier says it would be difficult to raise forty thousand francs on the property that remains.. His mistress\uc1\u8217's shrill voice rang .And. quite apart from that.\uc1\u8221" said Maigret. with a laugh:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What shall I use for money? I haven\uc1\u8217't even enough to pay for the taxi!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre began to panic.. He replied that there was no longer any question of that..

. was losing his composure..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I must have a word with you. Gautier.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There were footsteps on the stairs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where are you going?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"To the inn\uc3\u8230. M\uc1\u233etayer must have guessed he would not be allowed to leave. giving a scandalous quality to the scene.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He gestured toward the aggressively elegant woman.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql To get rid of his mistress.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"If you stay here. he decided to go up to the first floor.\uc1\u8221" declared Marie Vassilief. too. order had been restored in the Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's bedroom. While downstairs everybody was bustling about aimlessly. Chief-Inspector.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is it true that it would be impossible to raise a loan of forty thousand francs on the ch\uc1\u226ateau?\uc1\u8221" Maigret asked the steward..\uc1\u8221" the young man said. Not a material.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not now. reparable confusion. and there a surprise was waiting for him. I\uc1\u8217'm staying with you. who was walking around the library and drawing room as if she were compiling an inventory.. It\uc1\u8217's more fitting that I should\~\uc3\u8230. by tomorrow morning at the latest. Maurice?\uc1\u8221" she exclaimed with a laugh.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It would be difficult. wearing a loose coat and carrying a bag. do it anyway. because he stopped outside the library door and waited. Maigret saw M\uc1\u233etayer go past.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The steward was still in the corridor. which seemed to be contagious.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret told Gautier:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Pay the driver and send him away. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre took her off toward the right wing of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. but a moral confusion.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector was reluctant to go out. At the last moment.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The confusion was growing.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who is this silly portrait of. The two continued talking in English.through the ch\uc1\u226ateau.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Her tone of voice was the same in which she would have said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm afraid of everything! I don\uc1\u8217't know what\uc1\u8217's happening! Mother of God. protect me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector gazed at her tenderly. isn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest was praying. and Marie Tatin was serving them drinks. They had brought their own food. the sun tried to penetrate the layer of clouds. looking at the empty road. was stretched out on her fourposter in a peaceful.\uc1\u8221" she said as she served Maigret. some holy water.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Bouchardon looked at Maigret as he came in and seemed to be saying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And now.{\ql It no longer had the ambiguous.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She did not dare to ask any questions. but the next moment the sky turned gray again and the trees trembled more than before. and a sprig of boxwood in a bowl. She had always had this same timid. She could no longer make head or tail of what was happening. sickly look.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm very much afraid the chicken is overcooked.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. sordid atmosphere of that morning. families could be seen sitting at their meal. told by her customers. All morning she had heard frightening stories. . Maigret had taken his seat at the other end of the room. her hands folded on a crucifix. Among other things. The dead woman.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Already there were lighted tapers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For a few seconds. clothed in a white nightdress. It was no longer even the same body. Marie. she had a new guest: the countess\uc1\u8217's secretary. was installed in the corner near the window and was eating automatically. at the inn. Between the two of them was a family from a neighboring village who had arrived in a lorry. besides Maigret.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The poor woman was distraught. what do you think about it? Nice work. to a workman who came to carry out repairs at the ch\uc1\u226ateau or on a farm. Usually she rented an attic room only from time to time. dignified attitude.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The groups in the square had thinned out. she had heard mention of the police. moving his lips silently. He remained alone with the dead woman while the other two went off. Through the curtains in the windows of nearby houses.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you remember.

. things such as you did not even read about in the papers!\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now and then. she did not dare to any more.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But {\i you} haven\uc1\u8217't had any lunch!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And now Marie Tatin had changed. I have! I never stop eating in the kitchen. all of a sudden.. without anything happening to relieve the daily monotony.. Marie!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She laughed...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217'll have a glass of brandy. while waiting on Jean M\uc1\u233etayer and the peasants.\~They took advantage of a moment when you were thinking of something else and replaced the mushrooms in the basket with frogs\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A motorcycle went by along the road. No.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"\uc3\u8230. a mouthful later\~\uc3\u8230. A mouthful now\uc3\u8230. she darted a conspiratorial glance at Maigret. she said shyly: .\~There were three small boys playing over there\~\uc3\u8230... the business of the frogs?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She opened her eyes wide and moved as though to protect herself..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For a few moments she had been looking at him closely and she ended up by stammering:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Maigret?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Careful! Monsieur Jean has finished his chicken and is waiting for the next course... incomprehensible events.\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your mother had sent you to pick mushrooms in the meadow behind the Notre-Dame pond.the\~\uc3\u8230.. but with moments of confidence. won\uc1\u8217't you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You used to say {\i tu} in the old days. And then.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql How funny life was! Years and years without the slightest incident. Maigret caught a glimpse of a young man who looked better dressed than most of the inhabitants of Saint- Fiacre. dramatic happenings. When he had finished his meal.. Who\~\uc3\u8230..\~And all the way home you were frightened because things were moving\~\uc3\u8230. She was even more agitated than before..

He made a point of displaying his good manners at every opportunity.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Yes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql People could be seen coming out of their houses. He felt harassed.. he ate with the same affected gestures he had used at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. and he had been forbidden to smoke! Facing him at the other end of the room. Jean M\uc1\u233etayer knew he was being watched and was trying to keep calm and even to put on a vaguely contemptuous smile. disgusted by it. which would bring more customers. as if he had made an exceptional effort.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the atmosphere which was crushing him. At the inn. He must have asked for a long distance call. He felt personally affected by the drama. he asked: \uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Have you a telephone?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. the steward\uc1\u8217's son..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He crossed the road and went on to the grocer\uc1\u8217's shop run by the sacristan. And this was not because he had got up at half past five in the morning. the peasants had left the inn. for Maigret saw him waiting a long time in the shop. He works in a bank. but there\uc1\u8217's a call-box over the way\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A glass of brandy?\uc1\u8221" Marie Tatin asked him too. Marie Tatin was washing the glasses in readiness for Vespers.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where is he going?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Probably to Moulins\uc3\u8230.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Who\uc1\u8217's that?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Didn\uc1\u8217't you see him this morning? It\uc1\u8217's Emile Gautier. That was the word for it. thank you.. nor because he had caught a cold. where the call-box was installed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When he had finished his lunch. He had never imagined that he would find his native village in such circumstances. disgusted. or making for the graveyard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Curiously enough.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was well-bred. Maigret was sleepy.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When he returned. I never touch spirits. walking along the road. Down to his father\uc1\u8217's grave. the tombstone turned black..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . smoking one cigarette after another. He\uc1\u8217's practically a townsman.

at another in the vicinity of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. and were received by the butler.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He made Maigret think of a ridiculous little mongrel which bares its teeth before anyone even begins to touch it. There was no tray ready for the visiting cards of callers..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She for her part was lying on her bed. felt frightened to remain alone with him. aggressive. You can believe me when I say I\uc1\u8217'm sorry there\uc1\u8217's only one inn in this village.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My father.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The day was to continue to the very end to be marked by confusion and indecision.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret. They did not know whether or not to call at the ch\uc1\u226ateau to pay their respects to the dead woman.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His voice was curt.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I must ask you not to speak to me again until my lawyer gets here. where the windows lighted up one after another. The servant went to look for Maurice de Saint-Fiacre to ask his opinion. probably because nobody felt qualified to take command of events. who did not know what to do either. in Bourges.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You seem very sure of being bothered. wrapped in his heavy coat. The church was brightly lighted and vibrating with the sound of the organ..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Groups of people who were scarcely visible in the darkness consulted one another. Two men went off to see.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Did he hear what the chief-inspector muttered as he walked away?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Cretin! Dirty little cretin!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Marie Tatin.{\ql \uc1\u8220"To whom have you just telephoned? Remember that I can find out by asking the operator\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I asked him to send me a lawyer right away. but the Russian woman replied that he had gone out for a breath of air. The bell ringer locked the graveyard gate.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Night was falling fast. roamed around the village. At one time he was seen in the square in front of the church. and smoking cigarettes with cardboard tips. fully dressed. without knowing why.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This was taken as a signal.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then their footsteps sounded on the disjointed floor. where the priest was surprised to see him appear .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes. But he just muttered at them and went into Marie Vassilief\uc1\u8217's bedroom. was bolting the main door. The ch\uc1\u226ateau was poorly lit. in a procession. And finally the bedroom where these people had never set foot before. shaking them to stop them from making any noise.. who watched the invasion in alarm.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre came back while the house was still full of people. The sacristan. was going from taper to taper. for his part.. The stairs creaked. The peasants made the sign of the cross with a sprig of boxwood dipped in the holy water. The callers wondered if they ought to speak to him. Hold the banisters tight\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql On both left and right were the confessionals with their little green curtains intended to conceal the penitents.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Behind him..So the butler shrugged his shoulders and let the two callers in. in her basement kitchen..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was nobody there but the countess\uc1\u8217's chambermaid.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret remembered the time when his face had not reached high enough to be hidden by the curtain. could see only the legs of the people passing by.. They pulled their children along by the hand. The peasants walked along the corridor. The first floor corridor\uc3\u8230. I tell you! Old Martin and young Bonnet have already been!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Everybody went together. There were murmurs of:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hush!\uc3\u8230. was in the church. The priest was taking off his vestments in the sacristy. After Vespers there were more consultations. the bell-ringer. The stairs\uc3\u8230.. The bolder spirits murmured in an undertone:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217'd think she was asleep!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And others echoed them:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"She didn\uc1\u8217't suffer. holding the candle- extinguisher. silhouetted in turn against each window. where he could be heard talking in English.. who had not seen him. He looked at the peasants in wide-eyed surprise.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector suddenly crossed the nave and went into the sacristy.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The cook.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Only four people could have done that \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I must ask you not to put any more questions to me. He saw it again in every detail in his mind\uc1\u8217's eye.. From a censer a thin wisp of blue smoke was spiralling up towards the ceiling. The sound of the sacristan\uc1\u8217's footsteps on the carpet in the church.. the bell- ringer\~\uc3\u8230. The priest\uc1\u8217's face was lit on only one side by a flickering flame of a candle. The heavier footsteps of the bell-ringer who was leaving through a side door.. Monsieur Maigret... I am under the seal of the confessional\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"This morning.. The countess\uc1\u8217's missal. suddenly disappeared.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Silence.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The ciborium... the chief-inspector remembered his catechism.. in this very room\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And I!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The voice was calm. The choirboy. and the sanctus bell were in their places as in the days when little Maigret had been an choirboy.. He also remembered the scene he had pictured when the old Cur\uc1\u233e had told the story of a priest in the Middle Ages who had allowed his tongue to be torn out rather than break the seal of the confessional.unexpectedly...\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It was I who took the missal and put it here. until such time\~\uc3\u8230. the sacristan.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql In front of him the priest\uc1\u8217's regular features wore a solemn expression...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyp hpar}{ {\ql By an involuntary association of ideas.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It was\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did you know what was inside the missal?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In that case\~\uc3\u8230.. the altar cruets.. and was later found hidden under the choirboy\uc1\u8217's surplice..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me. which was on her prayer stool. something strange occurred here. after thirty-five years... Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\~\uc3\u8230. but it seemed to Maigret that his eyes were shining feverishly. Please forgive me\uc3\u8230.\~but I would like to ask you a question\~\uc3\u8230.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret went over to him.. She came and went.. so you\uc1\u8217're here too. if only to safeguard the peasant\uc1\u8217's morals!\uc3\u8230. all the same. some people who had come from the ch\uc1\u226ateau were standing about in groups.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"God knows who he is\uc3\u8230. discussing what had happened.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Oh. He felt sick at heart. he\uc1\u8217'll go to prison... I must say. He could not read the cramped handwriting. half the village is accusing the young count of\uc3\u8230. who muttered under his breath:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I say. although she was not more than forty.. Excuse me\~\uc3\u8230.. are needed to\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They went out through the presbytery garden.\uc1\u8221" he murmured. And now he was accused of being the cause of all this trouble. a brisk little figure. Especially since that woman arrived!\uc3\u8230. that it\uc1\u8217's your place to\~\uc3\u8230.. A little gate separated it from the road.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But they bumped into the doctor. raising his head now and then to listen to the conversations. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. don\uc1\u8217't you think the place is turning into something of a bawdyhouse?\uc3\u8230... Oh. What blunder had he committed? Indeed. and each one preceded by a number. trotting along like an old woman...\~I have to go and see a sick person\~\uc3\u8230. Cur\uc1\u233e..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He strode along towards the inn. so it seems. go to blazes!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret walked away...... a little way off. had only a few corrections. Jean M\uc1\u233etayer was writing. Somebody ought to try to clean it up... which was half full. The steward is going to see the farmers to collect the forty thousand francs. you\uc1\u8217've done some good work. but he saw that the paragraphs were clearly divided.{\ql \uc1\u8220"You know who the murderer is... He caught only one phrase:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They say that if he can\uc1\u8217't find the money.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is the lemonade for you?\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Marie Tatin was the picture of misery. what had he done? He would have given anything to see the situation develop in a dignified atmosphere. Over there.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql 1\~\uc3\u8230. which. At the moment.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You don\uc1\u8217't think.. Who ordered two beers?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In his corner. Chief-Inspector! Well.\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .

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.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . he avoided making the slightest movement. She had her hair in curlers. winter apples.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The bus hasn\uc1\u8217't gone.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It isn\uc1\u8217't seven o\uc1\u8217'clock yet\~\uc3\u8230. without a collar. Half an hour earlier. he had thought he heard a car driving past... He put off that operation until later.. Marie Tatin was pouring paraffin on the fire. Then came the furtive footsteps of Marie Tatin. So.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plai n\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is that the bell for Mass ringing already?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes. Almost the only traffic is the bus which goes through the village once a day.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql After he had lighted the candle.. when he had been half asleep. Marie?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Never before half past eight! And more often than not. Saint-Fiacre is not on the main road. and she blushed when she saw the chief-inspector come in. which was refusing to take..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql She pointed to the fire. getting up. a soft. he had warmed with his body.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Several times.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Downstairs. nine o\uc1\u8217'clock\~\uc3\u8230. rolled up in a ball. and hay.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He stayed in bed a few minutes longer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The coffee will be ready in five minutes. he didn\uc1\u8217't have the courage to wash with the icy water in the jug. he had heard Jean M\uc1\u233etayer\uc1\u8217's dry cough in the next room. and six o\uc1\u8217'clock in summer\~\uc3\u8230.\~The coffee isn\uc1\u8217't ready!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigrait had a slight worry. It\uc1\u8217's at seven o\uc1\u8217'clock in the winter.}} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ Maigret slept that restless yet voluptuous sleep you experienced only in a cold country bedroom that smells of cowshed. which was finally burning up. And the sheets were icy. except in the one spot.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You really can\uc1\u8217't bring yourself to call me {\i tu}?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret could have bitten his tongue off as he saw a coquettish smile appear on the poor woman\uc1\u8217's face. Drafts were blowing all around him.. has it.\~If you want to warm yourself\~\uc3\u8230. cozy hollow. and went down in his slippers.. Now.

And the Mass had something scamped and furtive about it. And by opening the door.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But he took a step forward and made an effort to regain his composure.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is Mass over?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql His nerves were obviously on edge. Consequently.. I\~\uc3\u8230. There were no more than three women in the nave. Had this particular Mass lasted as much as twelve minutes?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A car drew up in front of the church.\~}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The three women stood up. he had brought the cold air in with him. The priest went too quickly from one corner of the altar to another. with his arms outstretched. said {\i Amen} at the wrong time.{\ql It would not be light before eight o\uc1\u8217'clock... murmuring:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I beg your pardon\uc3\u8230. standing right by the door.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was Maurice de Saint-Fiacre. when it opened. and the cold was sharper than the day before. The priest was reciting the last Gospel.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How did you know? Yes\uc3\u8230.. and his hat pulled down.. who was having some difficulty in following him. Maigret walked slowly toward the bright patch of the church. and soon hesitant footsteps could be heard outside. to mumble:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Dominus vobiscum!}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The choirboy. With his coat collar turned up..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Was the panic going to set in again? He could hear the murmur of the liturgical prayers and now and then a gasp from the priest as he got his breath back between two words.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Ite missa est\~\uc3\u8230. There were rings under his eyes. He was so surprised that he nearly beat a retreat..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Have you come from Moulins?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The two men were talking with enforced politeness while the priest was reciting the prayer after the Gospel and the women were shutting their missals and picking up their handbags and umbrellas. ..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had remained at the back of the nave. as if he had not slept a wink all night. He turned around too quickly too.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was no longer a holy day. the new arrival found himself literally face to face with the chief-inspector.

I\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's embarrassment was obious.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector was about to call to him. He was trying to follow the anxious glances of the count. astonished perhaps at seeing him unshaven. So she\uc1\u8217's very sensitive\uc3\u8230. seeing that\~\uc3\u8230. and the sacristan was putting out the two tapers which had been sufficient for the Low Mass.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His gaze had at last settled on one point. And so natural. between the trees in the square. the priest .. Marie doesn\uc1\u8217't care about money..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're forgetting Marie Vassilief...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The first train. put her on the train for Paris.. without a collar under his coat. The yellow car was there... Maigret followed it and caught sight of the priest.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You got up early!\uc1\u8221" murmured the chief- inspector. The idea that I might want to hide our liaison\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"She doesn\uc1\u8217't look like an easy person to deal with!\uc1\u8221" hinted the chief-inspector. But Maigret was not satisfied. which is an express. The white walls of the nearest houses stood out in the half-light. who had just come out of the church.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Which has been going on for how long?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Just under a year\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"She\uc1\u8217's known better days.. He looked at Maigret in some surprise. You didn\uc1\u8217't take the train.. He had the impression that the two gazes met and that the priest was as embarrassed as the the Comte de Saint- Fiacre..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't understand\uc3\u8230. who seemed to be waiting for somebody or to be afraid of something. The presence of the count\uc1\u8217's mistress could only be an embarrassment at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. and on his way back had dropped into the lighted church..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was all so simple.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Outside. but there have been difficult times.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Shall we go out?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest and the choirboy had gone into the sacristy. So he had driven her to Moulins. leaves Moulins at three minutes past seven\~\uc3\u8230.... the sky was a little lighter along the horizon. but with clumsy haste.

He did not dare to get back into his car.. I mean\~\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql No. He looked panic-stricken. The idea was mooted for a moment..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Tell me frankly.\uc1\u8221" began Maigret. Gautier said that it wasn\uc1\u8217't done any more\~\uc3\u8230. Because. Maurice still made no reply... And the next thing he said had no connection with the previous conversation.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Has he found them or hasn\uc1\u8217't he? I got the impression yesterday that he was raising difficulties about it.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He doesn\uc1\u8217't look like a country priest\~\uc3\u8230. Did anybody watch the body last night?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Has Gautier found the forty thousand francs?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No\uc3\u8230. And he had nothing to say to the chief- inspector.. do you suspect me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . He was wearing a fawn raincoat and a chequeed cap. Yes\uc3\u8230.. Chief-Inspector. you\uc1\u8217'll get much more than that amount\uc3\u8230. and the housekeeper bringing him a steaming coffeepot... Through the lighted window. The surface of the Notre-Dame pond was turning the color of a mirror. heading for Moulins. a motorcycle went by. in spite of everything.. A few moments later. in spite of all the mortgages and debts.. they could see the priest sitting down to his breakfast. whom he had seen the day before.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count made no reply. surprised to see him so flustered.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What arrangements have you made for\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Some small boys with satchels on their backs were beginning to make their way to school.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre did not know what attitude to adopt.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The other broke in far too quickly:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"For what?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"For the funeral..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They heard the roar of a two-stroke engine in the courtyard of the ch\uc1\u226ateau.called a rather curt greeting to the two men and went into the presbytery as if he were running away. for no apparent reason. Maigret recognized Gautier\uc1\u8217's son.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret looked at him inquisitively..

I\uc1\u8217've got to know. Maigret could see .{\ql \uc1\u8220"Suspect you of what?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You know perfectly well\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A telephone call?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The young man retorted acidly:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My lawyer\uc1\u8217's arriving at ten to nine.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret wanted to go and put a collar on at the very least.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql From the window of his bedroom. was walking up and down. that\uc1\u8217's what you must tell people.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What\uc1\u8217's the bank at which your cheque is going to be presented?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The Comptoir d\uc1\u8217'Escompte\~\uc3\u8230. but the chief-inspector had the impression that he kept darting anxious glances at the two men. pushing a wheelbarrow containing two baskets of laundry. The priest.. You understand? Otherwise.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His companion leapt upon this statement..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was sure of himself.. in the presbytery. Just as he arrived at the inn. Jean M\uc1\u233etayer came out of the grocer\uc1\u8217's.\uc1\u8221" Maigret replied evasively. He looked at the chief-inspector with a triumphant expression...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In a little while. where he had gone to get dressed.. He had simply put a coat on over his pajamas. Well.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you\uc3\u8230. He got into his car like a condemned man.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\p lain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A woman was making for the wash-house. reading his breviary.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I have no more reason to suspect you than anybody else. He sent back some boiled eggs that were under-done and drummed his fingers on the table. And through the presbytery window the chief- inspector could see the priest watching him drive away.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was clear that Maurice de Saint-Fiacre did not relish the idea at all.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll join you at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. my position is impossible.

unknown to his parents.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But what about the family\uc3\u8230. Perhaps he was going to return to the village on foot?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The chief-inspector made haste. And the son making a fool of himself in .. he had often. put on the white smock of a beater. there was hardly any energy. When there was a shoot. and Maurice de Saint-Fiacre. strapping fellow. At first sight.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was not made for dramatic events... who did not seem to know what to do. as if they had a mysterious. He had indeed probably had a sleepless night.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Perhaps to say your prayers in the church?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql These few words were enough to make his companion turn pale...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Have you had announcements of the death printed?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. he for his part was walking toward the ch\uc1\u226ateau.. the sports car.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nowhere.. for weeks on end. he was a tall. And the two men met less than a hundred yards from the church. spoiling the last years of her life with her so-called secretaries. you could see signs of his noble birth. A few moments later.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Maurice made a gesture that signified:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Things have gone from bad to worse. I don\uc1\u8217't know\~\uc3\u8230. And the farms being sold one after the other. yes. terrible meaning. which were overladen with fat.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"They wouldn\uc1\u8217't come! You must know that! Before.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret knew that as well as anybody. a magnificently healthy sportsman.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The whole of Berry must have talked about the crazy old woman.. and it seemed to have taken all the strength out of him..\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The young man lost his temper.. When my father was alive\uc3\u8230. If you looked more closely.the courtyard of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. During the shooting season. the local gentry\~\uc3\u8230. Under the muscles.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where were you going?\uc1\u8221" asked Maigret. there were up to thirty guests at a time at the ch\uc1\u226ateau.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Since then\~\uc3\u8230.

But he could not be sure.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you think the funeral can be held tomorrow?\uc3\u8230. The chief-inspector reached the steward.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What do you want?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Just a piece of information. and went off in the direction of the ch\uc1\u226ateau..Paris. Have you found the forty thousand francs the count needs?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He had gone scarcely a hundred yards when he turned around. Maigret could tell he was longing to take a certain course of action. And I defy anybody to find them around here! Everybody knows just how much his signature is worth. You understand. His whole bearing showed that he was terribly ill at ease. And when he saw that he had been caught out. Dawn had broken. he had the distinct impression that he was being watched through the curtains.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you excuse me?\uc1\u8221" the chief-inspector said to his companion. It\uc1\u8217's none of my business.\uc1\u8221" he added with an effort.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A cart full of manure went slowly by and its big wheels looked as if they were grinding the pebbles on the road.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll see you later on. Maigret saw Gautier crossing the courtyard and coming towards him. the sooner this situation comes to an end the better. Making up his mind. He must have rung the door-bell.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then a strange thing happened. he walked away quickly without waiting for a reply. he came toward the ch\uc1\u226ateau and stopped near the two men.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He turned to go. Chief-Inspector.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When Maigret passed the presbytery.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not know where to go.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gautier! Come to the library for your instructions. From a distance.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre was retracing his steps. but with less wind. who had seen him coming and was waiting for him with an arrogant air.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"So?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"So he\uc1\u8217'll have to manage as best he can.. but for some reason or other that was impossible. because now that the . a greyer dawn than the day before. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was standing on the doorstep of the presbytery.

But don\uc1\u8217't forget that he\uc1\u8217's a young man of good family...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I hope. of the Bourges bar\uc3\u8230...\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not that that prevents me from understanding the unofficial inquiries you are carrying out on your .. Will you have a drink with us?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql M\uc1\u233etayer had stood up. who has nothing on his conscience. that you\uc1\u8217'll forgive my client\~\uc3\u8230. Three grogs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"We are in agreement. if I may say so. the Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre died yesterday.lay a charge?\uc3\u8230. are we not? No charge. a piece of paper was found in her missal that suggests her death was due to a violent shock\uc3\u8230. Chief-Inspector. happened to be in the vicinity \uc2\u8212-. a man of about fifty. In any case. but his face showed that he did not approve of his lawyer\uc1\u8217's cordiality.. so no legal action\~\uc3\u8230. from heart failure\uc3\u8230.. If I have understood correctly..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When the chief-inspector came in. No!\uc3\u8230... He took everything upon himself. Inside the inn.....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Innkeeper! Come and take our orders.sun had risen.. what do you say to grog all around?\uc3\u8230.if it took place \uc2\u8212-. the light inside had been put out. accompanying his words with suave gestures. and who was revolted by the suspicion he felt all around him\uc3\u8230. questions and replies. The criminal operation \uc2\u8212-. The bad temper he displayed yesterday. I gather. he jumped to his feet and rushed forward with outstretched hand.. who was unaccustomed to these ways.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Of course.. I don\uc1\u8217't know all the details \uc3\u8230. please. is the best proof of his complete innocence. I don\uc1\u8217't think that a charge would be accepted. was sitting at a table with Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. during the first Mass.\~Allow me to introduce myself: Ma\uc1\u238itre Tallier. Later. by a coincidence.\~ If I have understood him rightly.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In a conciliatory voice he asked:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What will you have? In this cold weather. immaculately dressed in striped trousers and a black. silk-edged jacket.was not sufficiently clear-cut to justify the opening of an official inquiry.. Did the victim\uc1\u8217's son\uc2\u8212--who.. he has shown a certain mistrust of you\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His good woman was poor Marie Tatin.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was a taxi standing outside Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I understand that you are an inspector from the Police Judiciaire\~\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql With Ma\uc1\u238itre Tallier there was no need to open your mouth. my good woman...

.. I warned you.. It was you who insisted\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \ uc1\u8220"But\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It isn\uc1\u8217't enough for my client not to be prosecuted.\~Now.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql It was ten o\uc1\u8217'clock.\~That of an adopted son\uc3\u8230. other persons have arrived there who probably intend to lay their hands on\uc3\u8230. mixed up with those of the late countess. who stood up in his turn.. as he could have done at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. left on her own. was comforted by her secretary\uc1\u8217's devotion and upright character. was his position at the ch\uc1\u226ateau?\~\uc3\u8230.. He was born at the time when his father was the Saint- Fiacres\uc1\u8217' estate steward. Jean M\uc1\u233etayer is a trusting soul..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let me make myself clear\uc3\u8230... He worked\~\uc3\u8230. His belongings are at the ch\uc1\u226ateau. \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll see you later.. And since then I have found that he belonged indirectly to the ch\uc1\u226ateau.\~\uc3\u8230. getting up. Maigret calculated that Marie Vassilief\uc1\u8217's train must have arrived half an hour earlier at the Gare de Lyon.\~He looked for investments\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My client isn\uc1\u8217't an idler..\uc1\u8221" he said...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I must add that there are a few indispensable measures that I shall have to take in conjunction with the solicitor\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I beg your pardon?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql During the whole of this conversation M\uc1\u233etayer had been taking notes in a little notebook. Ma\uc1\u238itre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A few pairs of pajamas and some old slippers!\uc1\u8221" growled Maigret. He never imagined that anything of this kind could happen. making the bell .... It was he who calmed down his lawyer.. after all.\~He even took an interest in recent inventions.... Need I say more?\uc3\u8230.. Chief-Inspector.own\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Leave it! I realized from the very first minute that I had an enemy in the chief-inspector. He must be cleared of all suspicion. He didn\uc1\u8217't just lead a carefree life.. is what I want to help you to establish..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And that. parted from a son who caused her nothing but trouble.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did he stand to benefit in any way from the death of his benefactress?\uc3\u8230. What... I think not.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me. The countess.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hy phpar}{ {\ql He in his turn went into the grocer\uc1\u8217's across the road...

Ah.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He quickened his pace.. no. there\uc1\u8217's nothing wrong. that\uc1\u8217's what I wanted to know. with his breviary in his hand. wasn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc3\u8230.. mademoiselle.Yes.\~The Comptoir d\uc1\u8217'Escompte? This is the Police Judiciaire. When he reached the courtyard. Don\uc1\u8217't cut us off..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is it true that you\uc1\u8217're the old steward\uc1\u8217's son?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was more tired than after ten normal cases..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're through to Paris. seeing that the money\uc1\u8217's has been paid in. of course.. he caught sight of the priest coming out of the presbytery..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret came out of the call-box heaving a weary sigh..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He missed him by less than a minute... And when he rang the bell.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc {\b 6 {\line } The Two Camps}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qr {\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw39\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 .ring as he entered. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre had found the forty thousand francs and he had sent his mistress to Paris to pay them into the bank. A quarter of an hour ago?\uc3\u8230. A young woman.. He felt utterly exhausted.. Some information\uc3\u8230. What\uc1\u8217's that?\uc3\u8230.. Hello?\uc3\u8230. And she deposited the forty thousand francs?\uc3\u8230.. he heard footsteps at the far end of the corridor going in the direction of the library... Excellent!\uc3\u8230. It was presented at nine o\uc1\u8217'clock and there were no funds to meet it?\uc3\u8230.. the door was closing on the Cur\uc1\u233e. and making for the ch\uc1\u226ateau. Thank you\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Just as the chief-inspector was leaving the grocer\uc1\u8217's. He had to wait for a quarter of an hour to get through to Paris......\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql During the night. and almost ran to reach the door at the same time as the priest.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hello\~\uc3\u8230..... You asked the bearer to present it again?\uc3\u8230. No. both morally and physically\uc3\u8230...Was a cheque signed Saint-Fiacre presented this morning?\uc3\u8230. Pay up\uc3\u8230.

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and yet he did not mean them to be.\~I persuaded her that it was absolutely essential. Between the two of them there was a misunderstanding. remaining silent for several minutes before moving a pawn..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I guessed that you would telephone the bank. And each one was reluctant to move his pawn.. Chief-Inspector\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.\uc1\u8221" he said.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count\uc1\u8217's gaze rested on the priest and that gaze was hard..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . he has fallen into the trap. A pawn had been badly placed...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His words sounded sarcastic. Maigret could read anguish and disapproval.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql That was not true.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i The poor wretch}. So badly placed that the Compte de Saint-Fiacre smiled. he is done for}.Once again.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The whole scene was to continue in the same vein. and then returning to immobility. ready to take it back.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me for disturbing you\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the priest\uc1\u8217's eyes now. \uc1\u8220"And I am going to tell you why I decided to take that step.\uc1\u8221" the priest felt it necessary to say.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But it was not thought that was immobilizing them like that. {\i he has let himself be caught. he looked stunned.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Silence. and his fingers were now twitching on his breviary. Maigret felt conscious of Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's weariness. who did not want to leave the ch\uc1\u226ateau\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I came to get instructions for the funeral. Maigret was convinced that it was fear of making a false move. It was to get rid of Marie Vassilief.. a clumsy manoeuvre. Then the scraping of a match and the puffs of smoke which the chief- inspector blew out one after another as he asked:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gautier found the money?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A very short pause. It was as if the characters were chess players thinking with their foreheads in their hands. But was it possible to disturb people who were as inert as inanimate objects?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I have some news from the bank\~\uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217'm going to tell you. As for the priest. he must have been thinking. almost furious..

A fire had been laid on the hearth.. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Listen.. \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm going to clear up the situation in a few words.. I am praying for you.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret read in an undertone:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Be careful...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Without any possible doubt the expression in the priest\uc1\u8217's eyes was saying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Fool! You are done for!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Here is the note. who is full of good will.\~ Last night he sent the sacristan to me with forty thousand francs in cash. He was making an effort not to intervene.\~ He probably wished to avoid the ch\uc1\u226ateau\uc1\u8217's being involved in a scandal\~\uc3\u8230.. the priest darted a miserable. Monsieur\uc3\u8230. even if it doesn\uc1\u8217't quite fall within the jurisdiction of the law\~\uc3\u8230.\~why should I be afraid of words?\~\uc3\u8230.. it was on the priest\uc1\u8217's. For some reason which I don\uc1\u8217't know. it just needed a match.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He could not stand it any longer.. For it was definitely a crime. It was cold in the huge room where the finest books in the library were missing..\~who killed my mother!\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221" said the count. maintaining the trembling immobility of the animal which feels some danger approaching and cannot face it. wasn\uc1\u8217't it. He was pale...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And while he was bending over the hearth.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Would you mind interrupting this conversation until we\uc1\u8217've had a talk together?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The same smile as before on Maurice\uc1\u8217's lips.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e must have been very devoted to my mother\~\uc3\u8230....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . beseeching look at Maigret.\uc1\u8221" Saint Fiacre went on.It was not on Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's face that the drama was being enacted.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Have you a lighter or\uc3\u8230. returning towards the two men. as well as a little note\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest was no longer moving.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. His lips had a bitter twist to them.. is convinced that it was I who\~\uc3\u8230...

is why you saw me prowling around the church and the presbytery this morning\~\uc3\u8230. To shake off the bitterness assailing him. please. Chief-Inspector. as if you could read my thoughts. looked even gloomier.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The procession is starting again!\uc1\u8221" he murmured.. you didn\uc1\u8217't leave me alone for a moment in the vicinity of the church.and then because it would have been extremely unpleasant to have been arrested at this moment\uc3\u8230.excuse me..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's simple. which was contrary to his nature.. \uc1\u8220"I think we\uc1\u8217'll have to telephone to Moulins to have a mortuary chapel installed\~\uc3\u8230.. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc2\u8212-. His gaze avoided the young man\uc1\u8217's. speaking in a lighter voice.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That.. condemned to immobility. I don\uc1\u8217't yet know why.. for when you came in.Whew! It was like the effect of a gust of fresh air.. without making you even more suspicious\uc3\u8230. Do sit down.\~\uc1\u8221" Then he went straight on:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I suppose you understand now? Once I had accepted the money. opened it.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . what\uc1\u8217's the matter?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest. he was hesitating to speak\~\uc3\u8230. and exclaimed more bitterly:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There you are! You still don\uc1\u8217't believe me\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well. It was difficult for me to do that in front of you.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He started walking up and down. he laughed. it remained for me to swear to Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e that I was not guilty. That\uc1\u8217's all!\uc3\u8230. Old Gautier is avoiding me!\~\uc3\u8230. and listened to a noise on the floor above... isn\uc1\u8217't it? A man who has led a \uc1\u8216'loose\uc1\u8217' life and signed bad cheques\uc3\u8230.. But we are all remaining standing as if\uc3\u8230. Then Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e came here. Maurice de Saint- Fiacre ceased to feel rooted to the spot. to get my mistress out of the way \uc2\u8212-.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Suddenly he looked at the priest in astonishment.....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He went over to the door.\~ I accepted the forty thousand francs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre understood.. sure enough. first of all. Chief-Inspector. and also tried to avoid Maigret\uc1\u8217's eyes. This morning. a painful laugh.....\~ And it\uc1\u8217's the very man who wants to help me who is convinced of my guilt.\~ He too must be convinced that\~\uc3\u8230. as I have told you. He also lost that gravity..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His eyes clouded over... which must obviously be regarded as a loan. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. Immediately.

\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The butler came in and went over to a cupboard.. What did my mother tell you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This time the priest went white. called out:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Albert!\uc3\u8230. he pursued his train of thought with fierce intensity..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No!\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But he did not take his eyes off the priest... The chief-inspector. from which he took a decanter of whisky and some glasses. They watched him. and I alone..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Just a moment\uc3\u8230. and then went and locked the door behind the butler. I think I know\uc3\u8230. don\uc1\u8217't deny it. Good health.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It was Monsieur Jean\~\uc3\u8230... You won\uc1\u8217't have anything to drink?\uc3\u8230.... who was there when it happened. you\uc1\u8217've only heard people talking about me\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There are lots of people you could suspect.. because you don\uc1\u8217't know me.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't know anything. And I keep wondering why. there was no whisky in the ch\uc1\u226ateau. stammered:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Please excuse me. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\uc3\u8230. No. and the latter.. That\uc1\u8217's what kept me from sleeping last night.\uc1\u8221" stammered the priest. Priests are no good at lying\uc3\u8230.. Maurice de Saint- Fiacre observed with a peculiar smile:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In my time.... man! \uc3\u8230. forgetting the presence of the dead woman in the house. Albert! Look sharp.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Ah!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He took a long drink. I thought of all the possible reasons..... Now.He went and opened the door again and. feeling increasingly ill at ease. Chief- Inspector!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His face somber. I must go to my catechism class.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I beg you\uc3\u8230. knows something about it. Nobody said anything..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . But it\uc1\u8217's I whom you suspect.\uc1\u8221" he muttered to himself. You are still convinced of my guilt. you weren\uc1\u8217't at Saint-Fiacre in my time. Bring us something to drink.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There are a lot of things like that which have changed. But there are a few points I would like to clear up. There are no material clues..

. at the same time. for my part. his anguish. which will grant me a breathing space and allow me to give my mother a decent burial. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. I thank you with all my heart\uc3\u8230. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What did she say to you?\uc3\u8230... now I\uc1\u8217'm glad that he is here\uc3\u8230. and.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I thought of having this talk with you outside Monsieur Maigret\uc1\u8217's presence. The more I think about it. You have let me have those forty thousand francs. There was no whisky in the cupboards\~\uc3\u8230. I knew her. he had turned unduly fierce. wasn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret remembered the words he had heard the day before:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The seal of the confessional\~\uc3\u8230.. I suppose Jean M\uc1\u233etayer was one of your parishioners too.. so to speak. his martyred expression under the avalanche of Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's words.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur. which was just above the library. Well. the more I detect something odd going on. because my father.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Come now. My mother. All of us here know what life is like\~\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And I.. you regard me with suspicion.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyp hpar}{ {\ql He understood the priest\uc1\u8217's torment.. at the beginning of the decline.. I agree.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The voice began to take on a tone of anger and menace.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You were on good terms with my mother. That\uc1\u8217's either too much or not enough\~\uc3\u8230... You pray for me. I implore you not to torture me any more. {\i the master}. you know! I was present... warn you that you won\uc1\u8217't leave this room until you have told me the truth!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was a changed man. was working here. You have helped me..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There was a time when people held their breath when they came into this room. He was at the end of his tether. Only.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked around with unspoken anger.. like all weak and gentle people..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His voice must have been audible in the dead woman\uc1\u8217's room. as the cells of a beehive are saturated with . Which of the two said something?\uc3\u8230.\~ But the shelves were loaded with books.

.. She was afraid of seeing me arrive.honey\~\uc3\u8230.. because for him it was an important event.\uc1\u8221" said Maurice de Saint-Fiacre...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What did she say to you?\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyph par}{ {\ql His pupils were so bright that Maigret expected to see tears begin to flow....... speaking to the distraught priest.\uc1\u8221" he said slowly...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"{\i The count is working}\~\uc3\u8230.. torn between sin and remorse\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221" the priest said in a dull voice.\~You only saw the ch\uc1\u226ateau in its decline\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql And those words were enough to keep farmers waiting for two hours in the anteroom.. which he put close to him....\~ Wasn\uc1\u8217't she afraid of being punished?\~\uc3\u8230. to help out the central heating.. She knew that there would be new debts to pay off.. right from the start\~\uc3\u8230. He could imagine the countess.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"{\i The count called me into the library}\~\uc3\u8230. And then there were the secretaries\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You ought to calm down. but managed with a paraffin stove.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He for his part had already understood. whether you suspected me without knowing me. wasn\uc1\u8217't she?\uc3\u8230. He was holding out a helping hand to Saint- Fiacre. who had lost her husband\uc3\u8230.. whose only son was making a fool of himself in Paris and never came here except to ask for money\uc3\u8230. he went on:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You never saw that\~\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not before knowing\uc3\u8230. My mother.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret remembered that too.\~ Wasn\uc1\u8217't she a little ashamed in front of her son?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ ..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret intervened.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He didn\uc1\u8217't waste logs...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e had hidden the missal. that something else would have to be sold to save me once again\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql And Maigret\uc1\u8217's father was impressed by this summons.

Goodbye...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\pla in\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was conscious that these ideas were beginning to occur to the young man. but he restrained himself. I imagine they don\uc1\u8217't belong to you\~\uc3\u8230. as soon as possible.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .. easily worried.. As soon as\uc3\u8230. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre cut the conversation short.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For she must have been afraid. I was forgetting your catechism class\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He wanted to save me.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He turned the key in the lock and opened the door.{\ql She was a sick woman. looked Maigret in the eye and snarled:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What a rotten business!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He wanted to\~\uc3\u8230.. Wouldn\uc1\u8217't he call her to account for it one day? Wouldn\uc1\u8217't\~\uc3\u8230.. And it was quite possible that under the seal of the confessional she had said one day:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm afraid of my son\~\uc3\u8230. It isn\uc1\u8217't that\~\uc3\u8230. I know! He tried to avoid a scandal.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyp hpar}{ {\ql That was clear..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e cannot say anything if the countess spoke under the seal of the confessional\~\uc3\u8230. though as yet in a confused form.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you\uc3\u8230. Please don\uc1\u8217't hold it against me if\~\uc3\u8230.... The money that went to Jean M\uc1\u233etayer and his like was Saint-Fiacre money..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He nearly slammed the door shut..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Forgive me... He was helping to clarify them..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you\uc3\u8230..... to stick the pieces of the ch\uc1\u226ateau de Saint-Fiacre back together again as best he could\uc3\u8230. the widow of the former solicitor.... I will return the forty thousand francs to you.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he poured out some whisky. which rightly belonged to Maurice. for them.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I asked Madame Ruinard. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e..

.. no weapon at all\~\uc3\u8230. he\uc1\u8217'll have to deal with me. above all else....\~ While my mother was alive.. I can\uc1\u8217't remember... Look.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The lady who always dresses in white\uc3\u8230. But at this moment I\uc1\u8217'm willing to bet he\uc1\u8217's convinced it was I who\~\uc3\u8230...\uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm thinking of that poor woman\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre began to calm down. She must have regarded herself as a monster\uc3\u8230. The dirty little coward!\uc3\u8230.\~Once she was dead.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His laughter was dreadful to hear. and me alone\uc3\u8230. And remember that what she was looking for.. looked in the mirror. I\uc1\u8217'd be in prison even before the funeral! I wasn\uc1\u8217't very nice to him\uc3\u8230. Ha- ha!\~\uc3\u8230. The house that has a gate with gilded spikes.\~ A crime only the filthiest swine imaginable could have committed\uc3\u8230. Then she would rush off to the confessional..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql ...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Can you see me. well... and all the other women of Paris. They don\uc1\u8217't have attacks of conscience\uc3\u8230... he thought it his duty to save me\uc3\u8230.. with that fellow M\uc1\u233etayer...... hesitated.. he must have tried to save her from herself\~\uc3\u8230. But my mother!\uc3\u8230.... He began to pour out a drink for himself.. who is she?\uc3\u8230... And the wife of the former solicitor... His outburst had been only a flash in the pan....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The fact remains. and you can take it down and use it against me: When I find that little swine.. And that priest didn\uc1\u8217't understand!\~\uc3\u8230.\~ Nothing but these two hands\~\uc3\u8230.\~ But I\uc1\u8217'm going to tell you something. was a chance to give her affection\uc3\u8230. He noticed that. who has paid my debt\uc3\u8230.... if it hadn\uc1\u8217't been for the priest.... Chief-Inspector. an indignant son. From that to fearing my vengeance\uc3\u8230. I heard something to that effect this morning\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked at the chief-inspector and asked:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And what about you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When Maigret made no reply. you\uc1\u8217've seen Marie Vassilief\uc3\u8230.. then swallowed the contents of his glass at one draught. attacking my mother for\uc3\u8230. and pulled a mocking face at himself.. well..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The whisky was obviously making him more excited. he went on:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"For there has been a crime\~\uc3\u8230.... for he passed his hand over his forehead. And I won\uc1\u8217't need a revolver! No. with a grimace of disgust. on the road to Matignon\~\uc3\u8230. Is it true that the law can do nothing against him?\uc3\u8230.\~ He sees life in terms of the Scriptures\~\uc3\u8230.....

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I suppose you don\uc1\u8217't know how to use a linotype?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A shrug of the shoulders. red-eyed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I must leave you. and filled his pipe before leaving. That\uc1\u8217's the .\~?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"May I help myself?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Maigret drank a glass of whisky. shaking their hands with a heartbroken air\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't know how to use anything. the young man and his adviser.\uc1\u8221" said Maigret.... wiped his lips. who arrived this morning. \uc1\u8220"I have to go and have a look at the other camp.. they start talking. if. as you say. I ought to be there.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And if I found the culprit. if the law is not concerned with the case.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The clenched fingers were more eloquent than any words.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You think he could have been capable\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He added suspiciously:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now I come to think of it. at the inn..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The other camp?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The one at the inn. in deep mourning. you and the priest. This morning the two sides were lined up like this: at the ch\uc1\u226ateau.. would you prevent me from\~\uc3\u8230. Jean M\uc1\u233etayer and his lawyer. Once outside.. why are you staying here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Something new might turn up.\uc1\u8220"Can you hear that?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The local people filing past upstairs\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He\uc1\u8217's called in a lawyer?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He\uc1\u8217's a thoughtful fellow.

I suppose?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret stared at the table with the carved lions... because of the polished floor. the decline was beginning\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Other times.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret left...\~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Some Saturdays when there wasn\uc1\u8217't any money in the safe.\~ Money .... under any circumstances. In the old days. I advanced money to buy cattle the tenant farmers wanted\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me... Chief-Inspector\~\uc3\u8230.. When I arrived here..trouble.. leave the village without informing me. And a grave. Everything was ready in his house: a bottle of brandy whose label proclaimed its great age...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That you practically belong to the house\uc3\u8230.. Would you do me the honour of having a drink with me at home?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the gray-bearded steward led his companion across the yard. you knew the ch\uc1\u226ateau in very different circumstances\uc3\u8230..\~ No sugar..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You won\uc1\u8217't..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm in a rather difficult position\uc3\u8230. This is some brandy from the days of the late count\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"From what I\uc1\u8217've heard. deep voice:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I give you my word.\~ You know that a steward\uc1\u8217's job doesn\uc1\u8217't make a man rich\~\uc3\u8230.\~There was a young man from Paris who\uc3\u8230.\~ Could you spare me a few minutes?\uc3\u8230.... will you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A grave deep look. He was about to go down the outside steps....... And once again he felt physically and morally tired. he had been allowed to come into this room only if he was wearing slippers.. biscuits. I paid the farmers myself.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In other words. And it\uc1\u8217's you I\uc1\u8217'd like to ask for advice\~\uc3\u8230.\~ We are poor people\~\uc3\u8230. the countess owed you money!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Madame la Comtesse knew nothing about business\~\uc3\u8230. A smell of cabbage and bacon was coming from the kitchen. Your father was in my job\uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217've been told\~\uc3\u8230. a man appeared beside him before he could see where he had come from. which had brass rings in their mouths.

was disappearing all over the place\uc3\u8230... It was only for indispensable
things that it wasn\uc1\u8217't
available\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa
r}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"And it was
you\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Your father would have done the same, wouldn\uc1\u8217't he? There are
times when you mustn\uc1\u8217't let the local people see that the coffers are
empty\~\uc3\u8230...\~ I drew on my
savings.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"How much?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Another glass?\uc3\u8230... I haven\uc1\u8217't counted\~\uc3\u8230...\~
At least seventy thousand\uc3\u8230... And now again, for the funeral,
it\uc1\u8217's I
who\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
A picture imposed itself on Maigret\uc1\u8217's
mind:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
His father\uc1\u8217's little office near the stables, at five o\uc1\u8217'clock on
Saturday. All the people employed at the ch\uc1\u226ateau, from the linen maids to
the farm laborers, were waiting outside. And old Maigret, installed behind the desk
covered with green percale, was arranging coins in little heaps. Each person passed
by in turn and signed his name or made a cross on the
register.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Now I don\uc1\u8217't know how I\uc1\u8217'm going to get it
back\uc3\u8230... For people like us,
it\uc1\u8217's\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\h
yphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Yes, I understand\uc3\u8230... You\uc1\u8217've had the mantelpiece
changed.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Yes. The old one was wood. Marble looks
better.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Much better!\uc1\u8221" grunted
Maigret.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"You understand, don\uc1\u8217't you? All the creditors are going to
descend on the ch\uc1\u226ateau \uc3\u8230... The count will have to sell up
\uc3\u8230... And with the
mortgages\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa
r}{
{\ql
The armchair in which Maigret was sitting was new, like the mantelpiece, and must
have come from a Paris furniture shop. There was a gramophone on the
sideboard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"If I didn\uc1\u8217't have a son, I wouldn\uc1\u8217't mind, but Emile
has his career to think about\uc3\u8230... I don\uc1\u8217't want to rush
matters.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
A girl walked down the corridor.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{

{\ql
\uc1\u8220"You have a daughter
too?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"No. That\uc1\u8217's a local girl, who comes in to do the heavy
work.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Well, we\uc1\u8217'll talk about this another time, Monsieur Gautier.
Excuse me. I still have a lot of things to
do\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Another
glass?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"No, thank you\~\uc3\u8230...\~You said about seventy-five thousand,
didn\uc1\u8217't you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
And he went off, his hands in his pockets, threaded his way through the flocks of
geese, and walked along by the Notre-Dame pond, where the water had stopped
lapping\~\uc3\u8230...\~The church clock struck
noon.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
At Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's, Jean M\uc1\u233etayer and the lawyer were eating. They
were having sardines, fillets of herring, and sausage, as {\i
hors d\uc1\u8217'\uc2\u339oeuvre}. On the next table were glasses that had
contained their ap\uc1\u233eritifs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}
{
{\ql
The two men were in high spirits. They greeted Maigret with sarcastic glances and
winked at each other. The lawyer\uc1\u8217's briefcase was closed once
more.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"I hope you\uc1\u8217've at least found some truffles for the
chicken,\uc1\u8221" said Ma\uc1\u238itre
Tallier.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
Poor Marie Tatin! She had found a tiny can of truffles at the grocer\uc1\u8217's,
but she could not manage to open it, though she did not dare to admit
this.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Yes, I\uc1\u8217've found some,
monsieur.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Then hurry up! The air here makes a man terribly
hungry.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
It was Maigret who went to the kitchen and, with his penknife, opened the can while
the woman with the squint stammered in an
undertone:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't know what to say\uc3\u8230...
I\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Shut up, Marie!\uc1\u8221" he
growled.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
One camp\uc3\u8230... Two camps\uc3\u8230... Three
camps?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql

He felt the need to make a joke, in order to forget the realities of the
situation.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"By the way, the priest asked me to bring you three hundred
days\uc1\u8217' indulgence. To count against your
sins.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
And Marie Tatin, who did not understand the joke, gazed at her burly companion with
a mixture of fear and affectionate
respect.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc
\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\qc
{\b
7
{\line }
Meetings at Moulins}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\qr
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Maigret had telephoned to Moulins to order a taxi. He was surprised at first to see
one arrive barely ten minutes after his telephone call, but as he was making for
the door, the lawyer, who was just finishing his coffee,
intervened.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"Excuse me! That\uc1\u8217's ours\~\uc3\u8230...\~ But if you want a

lift\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"No, thank
you.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
So Jean M\uc1\u233etayer and the lawyer left first, in a big car that still bore
the coat of arms of its former owner. A quarter of an hour later, Maigret went off
in his turn, and on the way, while he was chatting with the driver, he looked at
the countryside.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The scenery was monotonous: two rows of poplars along the road, and ploughed fields
stretching away as far as the eye could see, with here and there a rectangular
thicket or the blue-green eye of a
pond.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The houses were for the most part just cottages. That was understandable, since
there were no small landowners.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
Nothing but big estates, one of which, that of the Duke de T\uc2\u8212--, contained
three villages.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The Saint-Fiacre estate had covered five thousand acres before the successive
sales.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The only means of transport was an old Paris bus, which had been bought by a
peasant and which covered the distance between Moulins and Saint-Fiacre once a
day.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
\uc1\u8220"This is real country for you!\uc1\u8221" said the taxi driver.
\uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's all right now. But in the depths of
winter\~\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
They drove down the high street of Moulins with the hands of the clock of Saint-
Pierre standing at half past two. Maigret asked the driver to stop in front of the
Comptoir d\uc1\u8217'Escompte and paid the fare. Just as he was turning away from
the taxi to make for the bank, a woman came out of the building holding a little
boy by the hand.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The chief-inspector hurriedly looked into a shop window, so as not to be noticed.
The woman was a peasant woman in her Sunday best, her hat balanced on her hair, her
waist constricted by a corset. She was walking along in a dignified manner,
trailing the little boy behind her, without taking any more notice of him than she
would of a parcel.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
It was Ernest, the red-haired boy who served Mass at Saint-
Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
The street was crowded. Ernest would have liked to stop at each window, but he was
towed along in the wake of the black skirt. However, his mother bent down to say
something to him. And, as if it had been decided in advance, she went into a toy
shop with him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
Maigret did not dare go too close. But he gathered what was happening from the
whistle blasts which soon started coming from the shop. Every imaginable whistle
was tried in turn, and finally the choirboy must have decided on a boy-scout
whistle with two notes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{
{\ql
When he came out, he was wearing it on a string around his neck, but his mother
pulled him along, preventing him from blowing it in the

but by a local tailor.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was a bank like any other in a small country town: a long oak counter.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That is correct.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . but he wore a soft collar. in a serge that would never wear out. with that well-scrubbed look of country yokels on Sunday morning. more or less. or even the last few days.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But for a moment he said nothing. and by the self-assurance of an \uc1\u8220"educated man. His father wore a celluloid collar. Maigret was sure that he was a model employee.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His black suit was made to measure.\uc1\u8221" he said. and who would soon obtain promotion. it stood up in a point on top of his head.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His hair.. and. His cheeks were pink. with a ready-tied tie. and one of the clerks stood up to serve him.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"I would like some information about the state of the Saint-Fiacre account.street.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was not at all flustered.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Emile Gautier. remained rebellious. which might provide him with a clue. I suppose?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He had seen him go past twice on a motorcycle. Not so much a detailed resemblance as a resemblance to the same peasant origins: clear-cut features and big bones.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No. five clerks bent over desks.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret wanted to inquire about the exact state of the Saint-Fiacres\uc1\u8217' fortune. What revealed the bank clerk\uc1\u8217's identity to him was a striking resemblance to the steward of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. by intelligent eyes. revealed by skin rather better cared for than that of the farm workers. simply looked at the young man. I suppose you are the police officer\~\uc3\u8230. in whom his steward had complete trust.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But Emile was not yet a real city person.. although covered with brilliantine. showing no sign of impatience. who maintained a respectful attitude. above all about any deposits or withdrawals in the last few weeks. Maigret made for the section of the counter marked {\i Current Accounts}.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you know me?\uc1\u8221" Maigret asked. but he had been unable to distinguish his features.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The same degree of evolution.

.\~ I\uc1\u8217've had bills delayed two or three times\uc3\u8230..... I know. At school. will you?\uc3\u8230.... she would throw everything off balance\uc3\u8230. My father\~\uc3\u8230.... or some general information?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At least he was precise. last year\uc1\u8217's land tax hasn\uc1\u8217't been paid. Mind you.. I am in charge of that account... she would get into a panic\uc3\u8230.. the balance stands at exactly seven hundred and seventy-five francs\uc3\u8230. Mind you.\~ Three farms out of the five have been sold.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Pass me the Saint-Fiacre account.. and that used to bring in a small income\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is Jean M\uc1\u233etayer aware of all this?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . and I am obliged to return them\~\uc3\u8230.. the amount of the balance. he must have been the teachers\uc1\u8217' favorite.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is the account in a healthy state?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come this way.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was polite... I\uc1\u8217've always done the best I could\~\uc3\u8230.. again.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The family is completely ruined?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not really\~\uc3\u8230. all of a sudden.. like the ch\uc1\u226ateau\~\uc3\u8230..... she didn\uc1\u8217't know that\uc3\u8230. as well as all the others. the other two are mortgaged.. This morning.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They went off to the far end of the room. three cheques were presented.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My father must have told you that the countess was very unmethodical\uc3\u8230. I had to stop cheques that could not be met.. At the moment.\uc1\u8221" he said to a girl clerk sitting behind him. and the collector issued a first warning last week.\~ The countess owned a block of flats in Paris.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He let his gaze wander over a big sheet of yellow paper.\~ But then.\~So when I telephoned to tell her...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is it a summary you want. She used to make out cheques without worrying about the state of her account\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's all I can tell you\uc3\u8230. Time and again.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Has advanced money.. Somebody might hear us here. well mannered.\~ I have instructions to pay nothing until\~\uc3\u8230. although still separated by the oak counter..{\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's a simple matter..

who were walking along with a self-important air.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A procession went by: two camels and a young elephant carrying advertisements for a circus installed on Place de la Victoire..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And you have been here all the time?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I haven\uc1\u8217't moved from this counter.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A little farther on. talking together. The lawyer was saying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\uc1\u8220"Yes. who was still holding her son by the hand and buying tins of food.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What do you mean?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nothing.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is that all you want to know?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are there any other inhabitants of Saint-Fiacre who have an account at this branch?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And nobody has been here today to transact any business? To cash a cheque. Maigret caught sight of the red-haired boy\uc1\u8217's mother.. more than just aware of it. The main street was almost as crowded as in a big city. Indeed.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was in no way discomposed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the grocer\uc1\u8217's shop.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You don\uc1\u8217't think he\uc1\u8217's living in the clouds?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But Emile Gautier discreetly avoided making any reply.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The streetlights were coming on. he nearly bumped into M\uc1\u233etayer and his lawyer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Would you like to see the manager? Not that he could tell you any more than I can\~\uc3\u8230. for example?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nobody. He remained a good employee answering the questions of a government official with due courtesy. and there were long lines of cars in front of the caf\uc1\u233es.

\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come with me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql It was better in the yard \uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I asked you whether this was printed here... In a glass cage at the far end were the two linotypes.cold.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They did not see the chief-inspector.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Manchuria.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql People are bound to run into each other a dozen times in an afternoon in a town where all the activity is concentrated on a street five hundred yards long.. A short man in blue overalls who was arranging lines of type in a forme cupped his hand around his ear. but at least they could talk in more .\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But to reach the printing house. over the thunder of the machines... obviously wondering what it was all about.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret made his way to the {\i Journal de Moulins} building.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He literally had to yell. In a dismal workshop some men in overalls were working at the tall stone-topped tables.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Was this printed here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Some people went past carrying piles of newspapers. The smell of ink took him by the throat. they are obliged to freeze it\~\uc3\u8230. and they continued on their way towards the Comptoir d\uc1\u8217'Escompte. The Havas Agency reports that\~\uc3\u8230. The man settled steel-rimmed spectacles on his nose and looked at it.. Maigret had to go down a dark cul-de-sac. please\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are you the foreman?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The stone hand.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret took from his wallet the piece of paper that had killed the Comtesse de Saint-Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The foreman. rattling like machine- guns. guided by the din of the rotary press.\uc1\u8220"\uc3\u8230.. written in blue pencil on long strips of paper.. The offices were at the front: a concrete fa\uc1\u231cade with modern plate-glass windows holding a lavish display of press photographs and the latest news.

.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"From here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nearly all linotypes have Cheltenham..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What do you think of him?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"If you take his word for it.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you know Jean M\uc1\u233etayer?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The man shrugged his shoulders.. he knows the business better than we do... for a joke.or less normal voices.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are there any other linotypes in Moulins?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not in Moulins\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Does he know how to work a . He\uc1\u8217's a bit cracked \uc3\u8230.. but at Nevers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What were you asking me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you recognize this type?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's Cheltenham nine point..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you notice anything special about this piece of paper?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's only a proof.. didn\uc1\u8217't they?\uc3\u8230. Ch\uc1\u226ateauroux. We let him mess about in the workshop because of the countess. Somebody once asked me to do the same thing..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Oh?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"At least fifteen years ago\uc3\u8230... It\uc1\u8217's for the Ni\uc1\u232evre edition.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And the paper doesn\uc1\u8217't tell you anything?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nearly all provincial newspapers have the same supplier. Autun. Will you excuse me? I\uc1\u8217've got to lock the forme. who\uc1\u8217's a friend of the boss\~\uc3\u8230. and\~\uc3\u8230. It\uc1\u8217's German paper\uc3\u8230. Bourges.. In the days when we still set the newspaper by hand\~\uc3\u8230. Whoever did it wanted to make it look like a newspaper clipping....

bothering us with his photos\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Has he sat down at a linotype recently?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How do I know? He comes and goes all the time. who was rolling a cigarette.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A little farther on. Every minute counted for these people. failing to see him.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret went out a little weary.. Fine English cloth from two hundred francs\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well. Excuse me\~\uc3\u8230.. It was the smart caf\uc1\u233e of the town.. a salesman who was stamping his feet and had a cold in the head was accosting the passers-by. Mind out! It\uc1\u8217's hot\~\uc3\u8230.. Darkness had fallen... He says so\~\uc3\u8230.\~ The train won\uc1\u8217't wait\~\uc3\u8230. The roadway was bright...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He went in.. and..... Look. On the platform.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was no point in persisting. would he be capable of setting this news item?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"With a good two hours in front of him\uc3\u8230. he managed to buttonhole an apprentice..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How often?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Every other day\uc3\u8230..linotype?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hmm!\uc3\u8230.. perhaps a little discouraged.. Come inside! There\uc1\u8217's no obligation to buy... Everybody was running around. outside the Caf\uc1\u233e de Paris.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . Maigret nearly went back into the workshop. and starting the same line over and over again\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What do you do with the lines of type when they\uc1\u8217've been used?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"We melt them down. looked around for the man... where billiard balls could be heard colliding. Maigret saw the Comte de Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's yellow car.. brighter than usual. each of which bore a figure.\~ And I haven\uc1\u8217't locked my forme\~\uc3\u8230. because of the cold.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All the same.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A winter overcoat?\uc3\u8230.. In front of a tailor\uc1\u8217's shop. The porters elbowed him aside as they dashed toward the gate.. but the frantic activity inside discouraged him. three musicians were tuning their instruments and setting out the number of the next piece with the help of three pieces of cardboard.. the metal pot is over there in the corner\uc3\u8230. sat down on a bench.

That young man and his lawyer were just coming out. Saint-Fiacre came out. It\uc1\u8217's true it\uc1\u8217's an open car.. I\uc1\u8217've had recourse to him a few times.. and in this weather\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"At what time?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"About three o\uc1\u8217'clock\uc3\u8230....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count caught sight of Maigret....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did you telephone Marie Vassilief?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No... I don\uc1\u8217't see why I should hide the truth from you\uc3\u8230. weren\uc1\u8217't they?\uc3\u8230. Three times eight is twenty- four\~\uc3\u8230.. He failed to do so.... walked over to him quite naturally..... Don\uc1\u8217't look at me like that! I dropped into the bank this afternoon\~\uc3\u8230.. and sat down beside him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You didn\uc1\u8217't tell me you were coming to Moulins..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"To Paris.\~A grog\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A beer. I\uc1\u8217'd have driven you over in my car. others at the Quai des Orf\uc1\u232evres are bound to. waiter\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You asked him for some money?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"At any rate of interest he liked! He refused. \uc3\u8230.. He\uc1\u8217's a moneylender.\uc1\u8221" Maigret told the waiter. rather no! Something hot\~\uc3\u8230. incidentally\uc3\u8230.. I telephoned a certain Monsieur Wolf\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret looked at him inquisitively. If you don\uc1\u8217't know him. and the cashier asked him:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How many calls?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Three. A beer for me too.. I\uc1\u8217've just been trying to\~\uc3\u8230.There was some noise coming from the call- box.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Light or dark?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the chief-inspector was trying to hear the voice in the call-box.\~ Or\uc3\u8230...

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was a slight flush in M\uc1\u233etayer\uc1\u8217's cheeks.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was hot.. And do you know who gave me that agreeable information?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your steward\uc1\u8217's son. in any case.. I was told that my mother\uc1\u8217's account was frozen and that. At the bank.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the voice of the lawyer from Bourges. and after a few seconds a gust of icy air would reach him.. The orchestra struck up a Viennese waltz.. in spite of the electric lamps. There isn\uc1\u8217't a tailor round here who would give me credit for a couple of days. They did not see Maigret and the count until they had sat down. still looking at the billiard table. which was given a curious accompaniment by the sound of the balls...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's all! I would at least have liked to be in mourning for the funeral. the credit balance amounted to just over seven hundred francs\uc3\u8230. In Paris I owe a few thousand francs to the owner of my flat. after sending the forty thousand to Paris and buying Marie Vassilief\uc1\u8217's ticket.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The two tables were facing each other. I was left with about three hundred francs in cash. followed by Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. It was a typical provincial caf\uc1\u233e. The light in the caf\uc1\u233e was rather dim..\uc1\u8220"You tried to withdraw some money?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I tried. a notice advertising {\i Cocktails 6 francs}.. who cast envious glances now and then at the count\uc1\u8217's elegant suit. Well..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Right!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He drank a mouthful of scalding grog and fell silent... He passed in front of the table where the two men were sitting. and she won\uc1\u8217't send down any of my things\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret puffed slowly at his pipe. I arrived here without expecting anything like this to happen\uc3\u8230. He too gazed at the billiard table. which was crudely lighted by lamps with green cardboard shades.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's go and sit at the back\~\uc3\u8230. with only one concession to modern times. Now and then the door opened. The players were humble youths of the town. yes! Now don\uc1\u8217't imagine that I want to arouse your pity! There are some people who get embarrassed by anything to do with money. who was wearing white woollen gloves. But both of them were looking straight ahead. I\uc1\u8217've nothing but the clothes I\uc1\u8217'm wearing now\uc3\u8230. I don\uc1\u8217't\uc3\u8230. and his voice trembled as he gave his order:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As he spoke he watched the balls rolling across the green cloth of the billiard table.

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lamps over the third billiard-table lighted up at a gesture from the cashier. darling!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A woman sat down at an equal distance from the two tables. She powdered her face and touched up her lipstick. fluttering her eyelids and wondering which table to direct her gaze toward.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Three ports!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The door kept opening and shutting.. I can\uc1\u8217't very well borrow a black suit from the butler or put on one of my late father\uc1\u8217's tailcoats!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Apart from the lawyer. everybody was looking at the nearest billiard table.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There were three tables in all.{\ql \uc1\u8220"A chocolate. who had the electric switches behind her. and murmured:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The usual!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He brought her a cherry brandy. a man ten years older. there it is! I\uc1\u8217'll have to lead the mourners in gray!\uc1\u8221" murmured the Comte de Saint-Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . who was already looking her up and down with a little smile?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Was it burly.which he muffed \uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thirty points!\uc1\u8221" And speaking to the waiter.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was only at the third stroke \uc2\u8212-. Then he put the marker at zero. He greeted him.that the young man caught sight of Maigret. who was carefully coating the tip of his cue with blue chalk. Two were occupied. with a waxed mustache. And immediately the sounds of glasses and saucers could be heard again.. looking a little embarrassed. After that. No! A strawberry Vittel\~\uc3\u8230.. His companion was the assistant manager of the bank. \uc1\u8220"After all. There were a few cheers just as the musicians were finishing their number. who was interested by the woman. the same voice added:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A quarter of Vichy\uc3\u8230. he was so absorbed in the game that he no longer had the time to see anybody at all..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre commented jokingly in an undertone:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's right. gave a friendly smile to the waiter. The cold air came in and was gradually absorbed by the prevailing warmth.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was Emile Gautier. easygoing Maigret she ought to attack? Or was it the more elegant lawyer.

who was laid out on the first floor of the ch\uc1\u226ateau back at Saint-Fiacre. lithe thorough-bred. and the Comte de Saint-Fiacre. like the heroine of a popular novel. had finally chosen him.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Waiter!\uc1\u8221" Jean M\uc1\u233etayer called out.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret went on smoking. He pulled off another shot. played a fancy shot and counted solemnly. with the peasants filing by her and nudging one another in the ribs. And the woman.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now they were sprinkling the old woman with holy water and the bedroom smelt of candles. in an undertone:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \ uc1\u8220"Seven\uc3\u8230. he shut himself up in the call- box. a tall.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Wasn\uc1\u8217't he jealous of the count that morning when the couple left for Aix- les-Bains in a motorcar (one of the first he had seen) full of furs and scent? The face behind the veil was invisible. He had ordered another beer.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql His father\uc1\u8217's number! A little later. you know.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Of course. It was all like a romantic elopement. I can give you a lift back in my car. Every time he turned in her direction.. \uc1\u8220"May I offer you a drink? One ap\uc1\u233eritif more or less won\uc1\u8217't ruin me. The assistant manager with the waxed mustache said in a sour voice:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Magnificent!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Two men eyed each other across the green cloth: Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. if you\uc1\u8217're not afraid of the cold.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Emile Gautier circled round the billiard table. possibly because he was the fattest of the four men. whose hair. to whom the smiling lawyer was talking incessantly.. And the nanny held the baby\uc1\u8217's hand and waved it in farewell.\uc1\u8221" as the son himself called her. He was seeing her at a time when there were no cars yet in front of the Caf\uc1\u233e de Paris and nobody drank cocktails there.. like that of Emile Gautier and the red- haired choirboy.\uc1\u8221" said Maurice de Saint-Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She could not have known that he was thinking about \uc1\u8220"the old girl.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was just a youngster. she smiled at him as if they were old acquaintances. beside the baby carriage being pushed along by the nursemaid\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the park of the ch\uc1\u226ateau. The count was wearing huge goggles. insisted on standing up in a spike on top of his head.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyph par}{ {\ql He bent down again. \uc1\u8220"Get me Bourges seventeen on the telephone.. who stopped .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But it was not in those circumstances that he was picturing her.

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and a girl receptionist. and powdered her face. I couldn\uc1\u8217't tell him... and two women at the other end of the room. Because this is really the best hotel in Moulins\~\uc3\u8230...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql So all that Maigret had to do was follow .. a telephone switchboard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Thank you. the waiter you called to entrust him with a note\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's the second time in five minutes that\~\uc3\u8230.. He left her just as Maigret came forward. and saw a door he had not noticed before.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What\uc1\u8217's he done?\uc1\u8221" she asked with a certain anxiety... And the woman sitting two tables away from Maigret misinterpreted it and thought that it was she who was responsible. three or four friends in a caf\uc1\u233e together.. mademoiselle\uc3\u8230. and he\uc1\u8217's gone over there. Then the gentleman asked if we had a garage.. opened her handbag. Then she became serious all of a sudden.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Was it Maigret who was in the way? In any case. the hesitations.. because the night porter hasn\uc1\u8217't arrived yet\uc3\u8230. He did not seem to be embarrassed by his presence... M\uc1\u233etayer was talking to her. this scene reminded the chief- inspector of certain incidents in his youth.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where did you send the previous inquirer?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He wanted to know whether the Comte de Saint-Fiacre went out during Saturday night\uc3\u8230. She smiled.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll be back in a moment. You say it\uc1\u8217's in the first street on the left?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He made no attempt to hide from the chief-inspector. which led into a wide corridor with a red carpet.\uc1\u8221" Maigret said to the girl.\uc1\u8221" the chief-inspector said to his companion. On the contrary! And there was a gleam of joy in his eyes..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I didn\uc1\u8217't know that this was a hotel. At the far end was a counter with a big book on it.. That\uc1\u8217's a pity\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're staying somewhere else.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer was in the same state of nerves.{\ql You might almost have thought that he was about to venture a smile.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Haven\uc1\u8217't you had the Comte de Saint-Fiacre staying here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql She nearly burst out laughing. then?\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He crossed the room in the direction M\uc1\u233etayer had taken. The discussions..

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When Maigret went back into the caf\uc1\u233e.. a little annoyed in spite of everything.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Was it dirty?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not really\uc3\u8230. Did anybody come and take it out during Saturday night?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was already a ten-franc note on the table.\uc1\u8221" he said..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean M\uc1\u233etayer had certainly lost no time. and the first thing he noticed was that there was nobody left in the corner where M\uc1\u233etayer and his companion had been sitting. Maigret put down another. whistling to himself.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And it was brought back?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"About three o\uc1\u8217'clock in the morning.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Obviously the Comte de Saint- Fiacre\uc3\u8230. the yellow car \uc3\u8230.M\uc1\u233etayer!\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And the garage is on the first street on the left. the orchestra was playing again.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's for the same thing that gentleman has just asked you about\uc3\u8230. for when Maigret reached the street in question. The weather\uc1\u8217's been dry lately. next to .. a few seconds later he spotted the lawyer sitting in his own seat. The attendant was eating a snack in one corner..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No! A man by himself... you know...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Short and thin?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not at all..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql True. It\uc1\u8217's open all night.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's right..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There were two people. weren\uc1\u8217't there? A man and a woman\~\uc3\u8230. about midnight. A big healthy fellow. he was coming out of the garage.

looking for the young man...the Comte de Saint-Fiacre.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hy phpar}{ {\ql Maigret growled:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well.. with flushed cheeks. however. but sat down on the chair opposite. His eyes seemed to be searching for Jean M\uc1\u233etayer. there is no point in complicating matters further... and went off toward the back of the room.. the woman was walking up and down.. are ready\~\uc3\u8230. As for the woman.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer was still talking. At sight of the chief-inspector he got up from the bench.... for our part. I\uc1\u8217'll be damned!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he thought to himself:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You. if I may say so\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not go away. After every sentence..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . Monsieur Jean M\uc1\u233etayer understands this perfectly well \uc3\u8230. by being unduly sensitive \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The billiard-players went on circling round the tables.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I want you to understand.... I was saying to the Comte de Saint-Fiacre that we asked for nothing better than to come to an understanding\~\uc3\u8230. he gave the impression of bowing to the other two men and thanking them for their approval. With one hand on her hip. He was very nervous.. I wouldn\uc1\u8217't have taken the liberty of going to the ch\uc1\u226ateau \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There\uc1\u8217's another who\uc1\u8217's making a big mistake.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he gave a forced smile. as I told my client. she stood up.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In a situation as painful as this. and we... that goes without saying \uc3\u8230. Perhaps M\uc1\u233etayer left the room so that he could speak to her outside without being seen? So off she goes to look for him\uc3\u8230. my good fellow. But since we have been brought together by chance on neutral territory.... please\uc3\u8230. Chief-Inspector.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There are some very complicated interests involved.. No. will be lucky if in the next five minutes you don\uc1\u8217't get the hand of the gentleman you\uc1\u8217're talking to so suavely right across your face \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was right. Chief-Inspector\uc3\u8230. like a man in a hurry to be done with a difficult task. She\uc1\u8217's just had a bright idea. And when you arrived.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me.. leaving her handbag on the table. do sit down here again. who was nowhere to be seen.

but Jean M\uc1\u233etayer is a beneficiary all the same \uc3\u8230. the woman had returned glumly to her seat.....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Two tables away..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret admired Saint-Fiacre..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you allow me to offer you both drinks?\uc3\u8230. The lawyer could scarcely believe his ears.. My client is the only one who knows all about it\uc3\u8230... as if they needed to be dragged out.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You must remember that he comes from a very good family and has had an excellent upbringing.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I know that perhaps this isn\uc1\u8217't the best place \uc3\u8230. Waiter! The same again. His father\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's get back to the fortune....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My client.. and he drank out of Maigret\uc1\u8217's to keep himself in countenance. don\uc1\u8217't you. As for me. for she had failed to find M\uc1\u233etayer and had resigned herself to tackling the billiard players.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But \uc3\u8230.. were coming from his throat one by one. to\~\uc3\u8230.. Chief-Inspector? \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The poor devil of a lawyer! His words.... The financial situation is rather complicated\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He forgot it was not his glass in front of him....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"My mother! Go on\~\uc3\u8230. Don\uc1\u8217't worry! Monsieur le Comte\uc1\u8217's rights are respected\uc3\u8230. who was managing to maintain an almost angelic composure. with a tact that does him honour.. decided to move into the inn\~\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8220"To do what?\uc1\u8221" Saint-Fiacre broke in. I know his parents\uc3\u8230.. now that Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was gazing fixedly at him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes! He was a model secretary... shall we?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was too good to be true.. We know that there\uc1\u8217's a will in the lawyer\uc1\u8217's keeping\uc3\u8230. gentlemen? \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql ...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You do understand. I\uc1\u8217'll have a lemon Rapha\uc1\u235el \uc3\u8230. There was even a faint smile on his lips. but remember that we know better than anybody else the financial situation of\~\uc3\u8230.. or the best moment \uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221" he said without any apparent irony...

In that case. Monsieur. who had just come in and to whom the lawyer had doubtless explained by signs that everything was going well.. There are certain persons whom he distrusts.\uc1\u8221" the lawyer repeated without batting an eyelid\uc3\u8230. He fixed his gaze on Emile Gautier. In spite of everything..... . waiter?\uc3\u8230.. But it\uc1\u8217's essential for your late lamented mother \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do sit down at our table.\uc1\u8220"I was saying that my client is prepared to help you. How much. my client will see to it that \uc3\u8230... the lawyer had to swallow hard before going on\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I told Monsieur le Comte. He\uc1\u8217'll tell you himself that some rather shady operations have been carried out by people not overburdened with scruples \uc3\u8230.. the situation was more embarrassing than before. Is that what you mean?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret did not dare to look at the count. Anyway \uc3\u8230. Waiter!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Applause broke out in the room.. There was now only the click of the ivory balls to break the silence.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was M\uc1\u233etayer...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your late lamented mother.... He was speaking to a new arrival.. yes! That the funeral should be worthy of the Saint-Fiacres\uc3\u8230. my car is at your disposal to take you back.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A lemon Rapha\uc1\u235el too?\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217've found the ch\uc1\u226ateau coffers empty\uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217'm already giving a lift to the chief-inspector\uc3\u8230... and waited tensely for the explosion which was about to take place beside him.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Who is the Rapha\uc1\u235el for?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You came from Saint-Fiacre.. who understands perfectly \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In other words.. gentlemen?\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But no! Saint-Fiacre had stood up.... he will advance the money necessary for the funeral\uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This was the hardest part. because the orchestral item was over. Once the noise had died down... didn\uc1\u8217't you. Pending the time when matters can be arranged in everybody\uc1\u8217's best interest. Oh. for voices sounded louder.... \uc1\u8220"What was I saying?\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your late lamented mother!\uc1\u8221" Maigret repeated admiringly. who was making another break.. You\uc1\u8217'll find it rather a tight fit\uc3\u8230.

who asked:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The lot?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes. who watched the four of them go off. which threw the occupants of the car against one another.No.And in the hall he added:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Unfortunately. next to the count. taking the bends on the brake. The servants could be seen eating in the basement kitchen. Maigret had to grip the collar of his overcoat in both hands. to invite you to dinner?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql M\uc1\u233etayer and the lawyer looked at each other in hesitation. They were at the foot of the steps...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come along now\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . The headlamps were not bright enough.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was cold. it won\uc1\u8217't be very festive\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Did Maurice de Saint-Fiacre usually drive at this speed? Or was he taking his little revenge? The fact remains that he covered the fifteen miles from Moulins to the ch\uc1\u226ateau in less than a quarter of an hour.. Somebody was roaring with laughter.. and once only narrowly missing a cart which was in the middle of the road and which forced him to drive up on the bank. It was as much as they could do to catch a glimpse of the light in the inn and then the church spire.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Their faces were cut by the wind. Behind. They drove through the village without slowing down. there was only just enough room for Jean M\uc1\u233etayer beside Maigret. making way for each other at the door. who was driving.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you allow me. The car had no muffler. and this made conversation impossible. yes!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the count said with his most gracious smile:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's really too charming of you. isn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc2\u8212-.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer found himself in front. The count pushed them inside with a friendly tap on the shoulder.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A sudden stop. speeding through the darkness. was so surprised that he forgot to go on with his break. It\uc1\u8217's my turn. gentlemen.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the lawyer stood up and was pressing a hundred-franc note into the hand of the waiter.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Emile Gautier.. please! It\uc1\u8217's my round \uc3\u8230.

. then walked along the corridor running alongside all the rooms...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Send for the steward\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ ... Yes. Then the drawing room. as they do in certain trams when they come to a halt. where the young man went to get the drinks... revealed reddish filaments. But there\uc1\u8217's some whisky\~\uc3\u8230. but the other did not give him time and opened the door of the smoking room. And finally the library. separated by wide-open doors... Is there anything drinkable left?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He pressed an electric bell push.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you excuse me for a few moments?\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer and Maigret were uneasy. Can I count on you? \uc3\u8230. The butler was a long time coming. to ask the chief-inspector:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What can I offer you? I don\uc1\u8217't think there\uc1\u8217's any port left.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hullo \uc3\u8230. Monsieur M\uc1\u233etayer? \uc3\u8230. don\uc1\u8217't you. See you soon\~\uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And to the others he said again:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you excuse me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The telephone was in the hall....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The hall was full of great patches of dark shadow in which it was almost impossible to make out any objects. and arrived with his mouth full and his napkin in his hand. where his footsteps stopped in the dead woman\uc1\u8217's bedroom. It was Jean M\uc1\u233etayer who broke the silence. and went upstairs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Hullo \uc3\u8230. I insist \uc3\u8230. Since there was no electricity at Saint-Fiacre. Then get me the presbytery and the doctor\uc1\u8217's house on the telephone.. was poorly lit. where the three men were waiting... and the generator was too weak.. I have some orders to give\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre snatched it from him with a swift gesture. Thank you... Then the smoking room.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All the ground-floor rooms were in a row. But as yet they did not dare to admit their uneasiness to each other. The bulbs. You know where the bottles are. Have an ap\uc1\u233eritif while you\uc1\u8217're waiting\uc3\u8230. Yes \uc3\u8230. Doctor\~\uc3\u8230. The dining room first... instead of giving off a white light.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count made some more calls. the ch\uc1\u226ateau had to provide its own current. like the rest of the ch\uc1\u226ateau.{\ql Maigret would have liked to have a few words with him in private.... which.

I\uc1\u8217'm glad for your sake. you must find some! Telephone your son.. He\uc1\u8217'll bring along what\uc1\u8217's necessary. questioning the butler outside.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Cigarettes.... Chief-Inspector\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The door opened..{\ql Other.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come. who is playing billiards at the Caf\uc1\u233e de Paris in Moulins.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count could be heard in the corridor saying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well. Aren\uc1\u8217't there any cigars here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he looked inquiringly at M\uc1\u233etayer. but turned his head away in embarrassment.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gentlemen. So you can imagine that I\uc1\u8217've been mixed up in the most astonishing cases\uc3\u8230. We are a long way from the town and\~\uc3\u8230... Have you been in the police force a long time?\uc3\u8230. It was the steward..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The young man did not finish what he was saying. which opened straight away.. I hope you\uc1\u8217'll excuse the very modest meal you\uc1\u8217're going to eat... Here\uc1\u8217's to you. began with a little cough:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"We both of us have queer professions.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the lawyer. Monsieur M\uc1\u233etayer. full of good will. footsteps. in the hall.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217've found something to drink?\uc3\u8230. on whom the whisky was beginning to take effect. heavier. looked in astonishment at the three people in the room....\uc1\u8221" said the lawyer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You wanted to see me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then he noticed that the count was not there.. I only smoke\~\uc3\u8230. Good health!\uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217've been at the bar for nearly fifteen years\uc3\u8230... about the turn events are taking. and beat a retreat. Is that a relative of yours?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . A knock on the door. \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm sure it will be excellent\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'll bring you some.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Soda?\uc1\u8221" asked Jean M\uc1\u233etayer.. The count came in.

..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As for the count... of a man dressed in a stiff frock coat... and a few moments later the doctor growled in Maigret\uc1\u8217's ear:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What have you cooked up here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I haven\uc1\u8217't\uc3\u8230. As long as they go on shooting films in settings which \~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That is my father. As for the chief- inspector\~\uc3\u8230. who looked around him distrustfully. who loathes the cinema \uc3\u8230..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.. That\uc1\u8217's what I was saying only the other day to the Public Prosecutor at Bourges. the lawyer kept going to the little table where he had put his glass. you take after him. {\i In my time}. as you\uc1\u8217'll see\uc3\u8230. It\uc1\u8217's him!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql To keep himself in countenance. his neck imprisoned in a starched collar. But Saint-Fiacre received him gaily. . But the doctor was already a skeptic.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The saddest thing here is the long winter evenings. Doctor\uc3\u8230. he had gone over to M\uc1\u233etayer and was showing a disturbing affability towards him.. And what a setting for a film! \uc3\u8230. I presume you know Jean M\uc1\u233etayer\uc3\u8230..... with rings under his eyes and an embarrassed expression... And talk of the devil\~\uc3\u8230. His lawyer.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql The two men shook hands...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"This old ch\uc1\u226ateau is an absolute gem \uc3\u8230. and he did not realize that he was drinking more than usual.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the priest.. who did not know what to say and was standing hesitantly in the doorway..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The servant showed in Doctor Bouchardon.. as if he suspected a drama of some sort. was in the habit of inviting the doctor and the priest \uc3\u8230. a charming man. They weren\uc1\u8217't the same ones as now \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come in. and the conversation always ended by turning to philosophical subjects \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was talking excitedly.{\ql He pointed to a portrait on the wall of the drawing-room.. and constantly trying to buttonhole somebody.. isn\uc1\u8217't it? \uc3\u8230... too. I remember that my father.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me for being late...

The other looked him in the eyes with a hint of impatience. and his . The butler came into the smoking room.but\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"\uc3\u8230. He took another drink of whisky.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Through the open doors they could see two servants laying the table in the dining room... if you like. Maigret noticed that the he himself was not drinking.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The undertaker \uc3\u8230. and both from good families \uc3\u8230... is that it happened accidentally in a caf\uc1\u233e. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc3\u8230.. The curious thing \uc3\u8230.. There\uc1\u8217's a lot to be said for those good old provincial caf\uc1\u233es.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret tried to hold him back by his sleeve..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do offer Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e something to drink... He wants to know when he can bring the coffin \uc3\u8230. Aren\uc1\u8217't their interests related? \uc3\u8230. The count had rejoined his guests... That\uc1\u8217's an order!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The telephone rang... but the lawyer was well on the way to being drunk.. I\uc1\u8217've had the last bottles in the cellar brought up \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Very well... Monsieur le Comte.. If you like! \uc3\u8230. They\uc1\u8217're about the same age.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217've invited Monsieur Gautier. where the steward was. then disengaged himself abruptly and went into the dining room. that\uc1\u8217's all! Or.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Whenever he likes. almost gaily:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Shall we go in to dinner? \uc3\u8230. Can you think of any reasons why they should have failed to hit it off? \uc3\u8230.. but \uc3\u8230.. After you.... We\uc1\u8217're a little short of feminine company....\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the latter said... yes! \uc3\u8230. where you feel as though you were at home \uc3\u8230. our estate steward..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They had heard the sound of a motor outside. and they caught a few words:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Both of you..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He laughed. A little later the count went into the dining room..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was to M\uc1\u233etayer that the count was speaking. knowledge of human nature \uc3\u8230... He was explaining to the chief-inspector:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"A little diplomacy.

.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's sit down.son. in spite of his uneasiness. his lips moving.. It went unnoticed because the doctor involuntarily distracted everyone\uc1\u8217's attention by seizing a dusty bottle and murmuring:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"So you still have some Hospices de Beaune 1896? \uc3\u8230. a young man with a promising future. I thought that the last bottles were bought by the Restaurant Larue and that\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret surprised Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's gaze fixed intently on him. Before coming to the ch\uc1\u226ateau.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the chief-inspector could have sworn that a sob rose in Saint- Fiacre\uc1\u8217's throat. he could not help smiling.... washed his face and hands. and changed his tie. his hands folded on the tablecloth. said grace. gentlemen. his head bent.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The rest was drowned by the sound of the chairs being moved. The priest.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\qc \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc {\b 9 {\line } A Scene from Scott}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qr {\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw39\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002703011 100021101031101ffc400190000020301000000000000 000000000000000706080905ffc4002d100001020600050302070000000000000001020300040506071 108122131411314510922233238526176b4ffc4001b01 010002030101000000000000000000000003050104070206ffc40029110002010303020407000000000 000000000010203213104051112811323719122244351 5261b1ffda000c03010002110311003f00d53800ed00456e5ca36b5a4142a35a956df0d97532cdb816e ac0dfe540ea4920803c91a118e51e945bc210b9d78cd9 cc7564d6eb96f5a4e4c374f64be99badafdb36e252d95ab95ad87147a6ba6b7f3db703af4d49479bb2d 69ed5aca94a55ba388c536dbb61738cfa587be23bbe67 20e28b2ee99c69a6672b94492a9bcdb09296d0b798438a090492002a3a0493af26360a83b3733758768 5369a03b28c55ca47b772792a5320f30df304f5d6b7da 00a2d9bb2de6fc7d569898bfb1adc556b65a794b6aa565cd7b9934211f6fa8e21afc669241dfde7cf6e 835055557e9b45b6865a04fe7232ed8eeacfd9f6fbaf6 cbe36ecca937e95bd48964b9ad2a5d0b0dbdd3f7255a574d79f88a6aaeac5f988e91a08edf5971a49af 4c3f677147c5365e9dc8f6f564964ca48a299301b6877 d96cef67cf688e8fc5522ff68dbdc7cad15582fc65fc66a870c7fa6cc4ff00d4a93fe36a3e90e2c32e0 02004de60e0ff000fe7553afddd635326aa8e12a35693 .\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret looked at the bank clerk\uc1\u8217's hair.. The hair was wet. and. to share our meal \uc3\u8230. the young man had checked his parting.

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which even had artificial beads of wax. there were a score of bottles of red and white wine. And yet Maigret pricked up his ears. Chance had placed Jean M\uc1\u233etayer at one side of the table. has she been left alone?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . everybody stopped eating.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The butler occasionally advanced into the light to serve the guests. Gautier. guests felt like they were eating at the bottom of a well. all mixed up. the room was high rather than large. on his left.bacd1593ce8eb705f979fe757dd9d2ab265ebf2968d21 9baa6e4e7ee344b2133f334f6cb72ee3d8f71424f2139fcff83c46e4c355ac3674eea0e965d56d535f6 656a155a73d292ef4c67b68714921255804e338f00c01 0f59ff004acab5df32dcf6b0ea53f369424329a359edfa667b69484a42a61d495ab20729081fa318c69 845e5229dfb96aaf8a84a7c24971c74582bbd24e95f49 f4312daecbb1a93499d6ca88a9299efce65430afef7373801fc0501fa8d89835a002002002002002002 00fffd9 }} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The dining room was the part of the ch\uc1\u226ateau that had lost the least of its character. clarets and burgundies.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Comte de Saint-Fiacre and Maigret were sitting face to face. and they felt something like a draught of icy air pass by. he sensed an underlying meaning. and nothing could be seen of him but his white-gloved hands. imitation candles. but as soon as he took two paces back he was lost in the shadows. but could see each other only if they strained their necks to look over the flames. guessed something was going to begin.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Incidentally. with seven branches and seven real candles. Doctor Bouchardon. the poor old girl upstairs would suddenly start screaming.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They were only at the {\i hors d\uc1\u8217'\uc2\u339oeuvre}.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql On the count\uc1\u8217's right was the priest. and each person helped himself.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql On each panel were two electric lights. but also gloomy. in a casual voice.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In the middle of the table was a real candelabrum.\uc1\u8221" Maurice de Saint-Fiacre went on.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There\uc1\u8217's only one detail that jars. the lawyer at the other side. thanks to the carved paneling that covered the walls up to the ceiling. Next to the chief-inspector there was the steward on one hand. \uc1\u8220"In Walter Scott. On the table.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Wouldn\uc1\u8217't you think we were in one of Walter Scott\uc1\u8217's novels?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the count who was speaking.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For a few seconds. Moreover. and this made it not only solemn. Emile Gautier on the other.

Each person could reach the centre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Has she received many callers today?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was embarrassing to hear him talking like that of his mother. and stammered:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"She \uc3\u8230. you\uc1\u8217're a wizard.. he would step forward noiselessly. Finally he could contain himself no longer. There\uc1\u8217's nobody in Madame la Comtesse\uc1\u8217's room \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He followed that arm with fascination. The table was a round one. Yes \uc3\u8230. noting that it did not even brush against his shoulder. Were his nerves finally getting on edge? Was this a sinister form of humour?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Chicken in half-mourning.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Whenever the butler noticed a hand reaching out toward a bottle. \uc1\u8220"Marvelous! Butler. would appear. since during the evening the little kicks would follow one another with increasing frequency. who had spoken in a strange voice. and if I could afford a ch\uc1\u226ateau.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This time Maigret frowned as he looked at Saint-Fiacre. and at a low price. like the rest of us!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The butler\uc1\u8217's arm slipped backwards and forwards between the guests.. This was done so silently and skillfully that the lawyer. And there was something irritating about these remarks.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the count went straight on.... his face more and more haggard. but the chief- inspector could not guess whose it was. the ch\uc1\u226ateau will be up for sale soon. I\uc1\u8217'd take you into my service. The steward\uc1\u8217's voice said. And Maigret\uc1\u8217's uncertainty was due to continue.\uc1\u8221" he announced as the butler brought in a dish of chicken served with truffles. already more than a little drunk.The steward swallowed hurriedly. The liquid would flow.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At that moment a foot pressed hard against Maigret\uc1\u8217's. in the same lighthearted voice:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The murderer is going to eat some chicken in half-mourning.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Nearly all the local farmers. admiringly set the operation going three or four times. His black arm. with a white glove at the end of it. and the chief-inspector noticed that M\uc1\u233etayer was so upset that he stopped eating and stared straight ahead.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It can\uc1\u8217't be very cheerful.\uc1\u8221" replied Gautier\uc1\u8217's deep voice. casual yet a little theatrical. as if she were alive.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well. in a tone of comic ..

..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret tried to remember how much Saint-Fiacre had drunk. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. was saying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I mentioned Walter Scott just now because of the atmosphere in this room. Albert\uc3\u8230. After all. It isn\uc1\u8217't a crime to slip a piece of paper into a missal \uc3\u8230. Monsieur le Comte\~\uc3\u8230. That\uc1\u8217's .. since the murderer\uc1\u8217's here.. The funeral takes place tomorrow morning. cast in the role of judges.. and in all probability we shall stay together until then \uc3\u8230.. But then my client is the grandson of vine- growers\~\uc3\u8230.... when did my mother\uc1\u8217's last attack take place?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The doctor wiped his mouth and looked around him with a disgruntled expression.. The corpse is in the house. for Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Why yes! What is so extraordinary about that? The murderer is here.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I wanted some cash.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"While we are on the subject. A little wine. and above all... When he straightened up again. but also. when you wired from Berlin that you were ill in a hotel room and that\~\uc3\u8230. Fill up Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\uc1\u8217's glass.. the others find themselves. Albert. Doctor\uc3\u8230.. Less... in any case.. so to speak.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"As I was saying \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Three months ago.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"As I was saying. who exclaimed:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.. than the lawyer..horror:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Oh. too.. And that is what makes our dinner party resemble something out of Walter Scott \uc3\u8230... excellent! There\uc1\u8217's no doubt about that.. and that isn\uc1\u8217't preventing us from eating \uc3\u8230. Chief-Inspector?\uc3\u8230... It must at least be said to Monsieur M\uc1\u233etayer\uc1\u8217's credit that he has filled the spirits cabinet with some excellent whisky\~\uc3\u8230. that\uc1\u8217's certain! But don\uc1\u8217't let that take away your appetite. but too late.. Oh.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The foot brushed against Maigret\uc1\u8217's ankle again...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Though you must remember that the murderer in question isn\uc1\u8217't really in any danger.... Isn\uc1\u8217't that so. this is a funeral wake \uc3\u8230. without stopping eating his chicken. because of the murderer \uc3\u8230. yes!\uc3\u8230. But what was I saying? \uc3\u8230. The chief-inspector dropped his napkin and bent down to look under the table. the count.

. We are simply talking about psychology.. engaged in advanced psychology \uc3\u8230. You are going to see that the answer is not as simple as it may appear \uc3\u8230. Old Gautier....... If we go on now to the doctor.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"So that \uc3\u8230. We are.... but at other times she brings down scandal on Saint-Fiacre \uc3\u8230.. there in her pew\~\uc3\u8230... He has an odd parishioner whose conduct is a source of scandal \uc3\u8230.... M\uc1\u233etayer \uc3\u8230.. No. very soon.. I want to show you that the most austere people can be suspected of the worst outrages \uc3\u8230. who is almost one of the family \uc3\u8230. He isn\uc1\u8217't a saint \uc3\u8230.. we can nearly all be considered as suspects \uc3\u8230. If the idea amuses you\~\uc3\u8230.. My mother is at Mass \uc3\u8230.. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc3\u8230. Remember the times when sinners were burnt to purify them \uc3\u8230. let\uc1\u8217's see \uc3\u8230.. Let us begin with Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"This is just to explain to you that. if she dies a holy death..... Had he anything to gain by killing my mother? \uc3\u8230.it!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I observed at that time that the next violent shock would be fatal... an apostle...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"If the idea amuses you.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e has such a fierce faith that it might push him to extreme measures. She has just taken communion \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221" began the priest. I leave the question of money on one side \uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was as if he were deliberately choosing the most shocking words he could find.... Jean M\uc1\u233etayer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e had nothing to hope for in that respect \uc3\u8230.. we can go on to examine the case of each person separately \uc3\u8230... if you like.. Who knew that? \uc3\u8230.. obviously \uc3\u8230. almost a saint \uc3\u8230. of course. fortunately for him. logically speaking.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't take offense..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest was choking with indignation and hesitating over whether to leave the table.... he isn\uc1\u8217't even a {\i ..... I myself..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He drank a whole glass of Pouilly and pulled a face. She is in a state of grace \uc3\u8230.... Sometimes she rushes to church like the most fervent of the faithful...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Whereas..... she is going to fall back into her sinful ways and be a source of scandal once more \uc3\u8230. But he is a mystic. And. But. who had big tears in his eyes and who was holding on to the table to keep calm... don\uc1\u8217't make that face. And finally you and Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc3\u8230. I\uc1\u8217'm in a more difficult position \uc3\u8230. We\uc1\u8217're all men here \uc3\u8230.

Is it really not possible for us. and your case resembles that of Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\uc3\u8230. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e didn\uc1\u8217't lose his. at all being chief inspectors like your neighbor \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your turn now \uc3\u8230.. we are playing a game! We are playing. to test the resistance of a weak heart\~\uc3\u8230.. So we put the doctor on one side..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain \hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur le Comte!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't you know how to play the game? Because.. And I haven\uc1\u8217't finished yet \uc3\u8230. the upright man who devotes his life to his masters and the ch\uc1\u226ateau where he was born and bred \uc3\u8230.. Wouldn\uc1\u8217't it be better for the countess to die conveniently. he might have put the piece of paper in the missal as an experiment.savant}\uc3\u8230. He is saved by his mediocrity\~\uc3\u8230... it\uc1\u8217's you who take it up \uc3\u8230. And the guests\uc1\u8217' eyes were fixed. The Saint-Fiacres have only one male heir\uc3\u8230.. I tell you.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sound of forks had slowed to such an extent that it had nearly dropped to nothing. and she will find out that it\uc1\u8217's you who will profit from the situation \uc3\u8230.. And the family fortune is rapidly disappearing bit by bit under the nose of that heir \uc3\u8230.. to broach certain subjects?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Serve the next course. if you like... but that doesn\uc1\u8217't matter\uc3\u8230. as intelligent people... Now don\uc1\u8217't lose your temper...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You are practically the real owner of the ch\uc1\u226ateau\~\uc3\u8230. even haggard.The countess is behaving like a lunatic \uc3\u8230. There are two possibilities \uc3\u8230.. everything will have to be sold.. gentlemen\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But there\uc1\u8217's the opposite hypothesis to be considered too! You are no longer the model steward born and bred at the ch\uc1\u226ateau \uc3\u8230..When a mortgage is raised. seeing that we cannot regard him as a {\i savant} or a researcher\uc3\u8230... Gautier.. You are a scoundrel..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphp ar}{ {\ql He gave a little laugh and turned toward old Gautier.... A more complicated case \uc3\u8230..... and for years you\uc1\u8217've been taking advantage of your masters\uc1\u8217' weakness \uc3\u8230.. In this case..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You look gloomy. uneasy.... Albert \uc3\u8230.. First.. The time has come when the countess has her back to the wall.. and went on filling the glasses in silence. with the regularity of a metronome. you are the model steward.. did he?\uc3\u8230. Isn\uc1\u8217't it time to save what\uc1\u8217's left?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now that\uc1\u8217's as noble as anything in Walter Scott.. something which would also save her . your position isn\uc1\u8217't clear. For if he were... You weren\uc1\u8217't born and bred here.. Only the butler was unmoved..

a shadow in the shadows. I come now to your neighbor. Go and fetch my father\uc1\u8217's revolver \uc3\u8230. turning toward the butler. then passed the bottle to Maigret.. in the middle of the table \uc3\u8230.. he said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Albert! \uc3\u8230.. gentlemen.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He poured out some wine for himself and for his two neighbors.. Emile Gautier \uc3\u8230. You will notice.. We have examined three cases \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They heard a strangled \uc1\u8220"No. and saw a pair of eyes that were shining brightly. Now we are going to examine three more \uc3\u8230.. sometimes of claret. a demon with two chalk- white hands. Albert handed a heavy revolver to the count.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you do the serving on your side? \uc3\u8230. Well.. you aren\uc1\u8217't drinking. But do eat your salad \uc3\u8230. thank you. sometimes of burgundy.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They heard the tinny bell of the church clock strike ten. his tongue coated. to eat with indecent gusto.. Chief-Inspector.. you know.. has made his way by merit and sheer hard work \uc3\u8230... his mouth full.. Ma\uc1\u238itre?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The latter. as if Saint-Fiacre was drunk.. At the same moment. But first.... to remain in the Walter Scott tradition.. of course.. A serious. and the latter checked that it was loaded. I\uc1\u8217'll put it here.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Could he have killed my .\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was the only one there to laugh. without even noticing the difference. who.. a foot touched his again. that is to say.. Whew! We\uc1\u8217've almost got halfway through our little game \uc3\u8230. I foretell that before midnight my mother\uc1\u8217's murderer will be dead!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret darted a sharp glance at him across the table. and to drink glass after glass. But let\uc1\u8217's wait for Albert \uc3\u8230. will you allow me to make a prophecy? \uc3\u8230.... if it\uc1\u8217's still here \uc3\u8230... thank you! No. on your left.. I say.from making the acquaintance of poverty?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And. it is at an equal distance from each person \uc3\u8230. hardworking young man.. replied:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And now I\uc1\u8217'll go on \uc3\u8230. That is.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Perfect! \uc3\u8230.. that as this is a round table.... you\uc1\u8217'd make a wonderful Advocate General.. as they say at school speech days. Monsieur M\uc1\u233etayer.. thank you! I have everything I need \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How about you.

. Emile Gautier \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Sit down. since then... my lawyer\~\uc3\u8230. The murderer is the only person who knows about his crime \uc3\u8230.... Had he succeeded.. Second hypothesis \uc3\u8230... Emile Gautier is no beauty \uc3\u8230..... And the others were wondering whether they could stick it out to the end.... young man!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he turned with a smile to face M\uc1\u233etayer. You conquered \uc3\u8230.. All the same. for his father \uc3\u8230.. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Albert! \uc3\u8230. in stirring my mother\uc1\u8217's tender heart once more?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The fact remains that he was her official prot\uc1\u233eg\uc1\u233e. who seems to be on the verge of fainting \uc3\u8230... \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That was a few years ago \uc3\u8230. He has every opportunity of seeing a printer or a linotype operator \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You can see that we are faced with a complete mystery \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You came \uc3\u8230....... like your father... He knows the financial situation of the family better than anybody else \uc3\u8230. and don\uc1\u8217't let this upset you...mother?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"One hypothesis: he worked hand in glove with his father. There must be a few bottles of wine left in the bin somewhere \uc3\u8230. sacrilegious! Saint-Fiacre was talking as excitedly as a drunkard.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He goes every day to Moulins \uc3\u8230. that you had a rival \uc3\u8230... whether they should stay and endure this scene or get up and go. All this was horrible.. Mind you. he preceded you in the position you occupied with such tact \uc3\u8230. You\uc1\u8217'll forgive me for telling you. dammit! And don\uc1\u8217't make us think that at your age you can\uc1\u8217't take a joke\~\uc3\u8230... who jumped to his feet. would be unable to give us the solution to the problem. if she could speak. Eat up. if you don\uc1\u8217't know already....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret\uc1\u8217's toes stirred uncomfortably in his shoes. M\uc1\u233etayer.. and that he was entitled to conceive all sorts of ambitions \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ .. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Why not kill the countess and at the same time throw suspicion on you?\~\uc3\u8230.. the countess herself... Did he begin to entertain certain hopes? \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's go on \uc3\u8230. up there. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your turn now.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur..

and it would be all over! You would be free! You would harvest the fruits of your \uc3\u8230.... go upstairs \uc3\u8230.. there could no longer be any shadow of a doubt about that! He was displaying that eloquence peculiar to drunkards... And......\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your case is so simple that it\uc1\u8217's positively uninteresting \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm the only one left!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He called Albert. Still...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Just a moment! Bring us a few bottles first \uc3\u8230.... It\uc1\u8217's excellent for the digestion\~\uc3\u8230.. the whisky too \uc3\u8230.. old chap. so comically that Maigret could not help smiling.. you would be able to marry some young girl whom you must have waiting for you back home\~\uc3\u8230. leaving only the candles on the table burning. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e\~\uc3\u8230. I imagine\~\uc3\u8230. of facile eloquence and blurred speech.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql It was unbearably hot and Maigret wondered who had switched off the electric lamps. staying all alone\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Look.. of your sacrifice \uc3\u8230. You were playing a not very amusing part. who gave a little nod.. a mixture of brutality and subtlety.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I beg your pardon!\uc1\u8221" the lawyer protested. which nobody is willing to play for very long \uc3\u8230.. Nobody objects to a little informality.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Shut your trap! Drink up!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre was categorical! He was drunk. It must be so dismal for my mother. dammit all.... is he? Good! I see that you are beginning to understand.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Ten past eleven \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret saw the butler glance inquiringly at old Gautier.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hy phpar}{ {\ql . Take some fruit. and he noticed that the count\uc1\u8217's forehead was covered with large beads of sweat. I\uc1\u8217've been talking such a lot that I haven\uc1\u8217't heard your church clock.{\ql Maigret was watching him while he was saying this. That will risked being changed at any moment \uc3\u8230.... A sudden death.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql He looked at his watch.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"None of us is trying to make himself out to be better than he is. you were in my mother\uc1\u8217's will \uc3\u8230.

Everybody knows that \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Soon there\uc1\u8217'll be nothing left \uc3\u8230. if this goes on....... The first\~\uc3\u8230. as the butler moved the revolver slightly while putting the whisky decanters on the table... what\uc1\u8217's happening? \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Never in his whole career had Maigret felt so uncomfortable. Events were leaving him behind.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And all the time there was that insistent foot pressing against his... Now and then he thought he understood... I try my mother for a touch as often as I can \uc3\u8230. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Two hypotheses. I invent illness in Berlin to get a few thousand francs \uc3\u8230. at a time when a dud cheque is just about to land me in prison \uc3\u8230. This is still transcendental psychology \uc3\u8230. who was now completely drunk..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's change the subject!\uc1\u8221" suggested the lawyer. Excuse me... \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Besides. But seeing he died when I was only seventeen \uc3\u8230.. Except. the count said:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Careful. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now. as in the case of Emile Gautier... She refuses to pay \uc3\u8230. there\uc1\u8217'll be nothing left of the family fortune in a few weeks \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You will notice that that was the missal trick on a smaller scale \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm on the rocks \uc3\u8230. and the next moment a phrase of Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's would call everything in question again. old fellow \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . There are witnesses who can testify to that \uc3\u8230........ in my father\uc1\u8217's lifetime \uc3\u8230. The money that is due to come to me someday is being spent by little swines like M\uc1\u233etayer \uc3\u8230.. \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm the only one left! I won\uc1\u8217't be telling you anything new when I say I\uc1\u8217've never done anything worthwhile..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There!\uc1\u8221" he said. It must remain at an equal distance from each of us\~\uc3\u8230. And it was probably the first time he had had the definite impression of being incapable of dealing with the situation.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gentlemen..And. Albert! \uc3\u8230.. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I sign dud cheques.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He waited until the door was closed.\uc1\u8221" began the priest...... the popular press makes no secret of the fact \uc3\u8230. perhaps.. I telephone my mother...

. in order to frighten her and thus soften her up.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked the chief-inspector straight in the eyes. There\uc1\u8217's a little money left. have an hour of fulfilment like this..\uc1\u8220"I beg your pardon! You must bear with me until midnight at least! I was saying that the first hypothesis \uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your good health. however little. And in my position a little money. an hour during which they are.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Damn! Now you\uc1\u8217've made me lose the thread of my ideas\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your good health.. Isn\uc1\u8217't that so.. living in the ch\uc1\u226ateau. Certain individuals. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e? \uc3\u8230. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But there\uc1\u8217's the second hypothesis! Why shouldn\uc1\u8217't I too want to kill her?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Not all the Saint-Fiacre fortune has gone.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I know that my mother is very tenderhearted.. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Isn\uc1\u8217't he the man everyone will suspect of the crime? He who spends part of his time in a printing house in Moulins? He who........\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . I slip the piece of paper into her missal.. with the intention of coming back the next day to ask her for the necessary sum. Monsieur Maigret!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was making fun of somebody.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql As if to help himself find it again. You look gloomy \uc3\u8230. but of whom? Of himself? Of everybody else?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret felt that he was confronted by a force against which there was nothing to be done. situated above the rest of mankind and above themselves. gentlemen! \uc3\u8230. as it were. his glass in his hand. It\uc1\u8217's only fair that her last night should be accompanied by a little gaiety\~\uc3\u8230. at a given imoment in their lives. can slip the piece of paper into the missal whenever he likes?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Didn\uc1\u8217't I arrive at Moulins on Saturday afternoon? And didn\uc1\u8217't I wait there with my mistress for the result of this operation?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He stood up. may make all the difference.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I am vaguely aware that M\uc1\u233etayer is mentioned in the will. he poured himself a full glass of whisky. The whole of my mother\uc1\u8217's poor life these last few years was gloomy \uc3\u8230. in the hope of finding her more sympathetic \uc3\u8230.. But a murderer can\uc1\u8217't inherit \uc3\u8230...

. the most consistent with the spirit of Walter Scott \uc3\u8230. we are faced with several solutions \uc3\u8230.. brings down the government. the candles.. I have proved that he could be myself or any one of you.. people would find us and be . and is the first to be surprised.. who know about his crime \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Isn\uc1\u8217't it fascinating? The old dining room of the old ch\uc1\u226ateau. seeing that it isn\uc1\u8217't midnight yet \uc3\u8230. and the others could do nothing but bow their heads. Five individuals who stood to benefit by her death..... the chief-inspector and the doctor... I have said that my mother\uc1\u8217's murderer is here among us \uc3\u8230... looked at each guest in turn...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was living this hour. What is the distinguishing feature of this crime? \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The first is the most romantic.. It is that there are at least five individuals who were revolving around the countess \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But wasn\uc1\u8217't it drink which was carrying him away like that?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let\uc1\u8217's go back to the starting point of our conversation. He is done for! \uc3\u8230.. I can easily imagine that individual taking advantage of this dinner party to revenge himself on the others \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm not even sure of that \uc3\u8230.. gentlemen... You will note that at the same time all possibilities of scandal would be averted \uc3\u8230... Only one killed \uc3\u8230.. at Monte Carlo. six at least. Why not blow us all up?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And Maurice de Saint-Fiacre...{\ql Such is the case of the gambler who.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Will you allow me to play the hypothesis game once again? He knows that the Law is powerless against him.. and each of whom may have envisaged the means of bringing about that death \uc3\u8230..... \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"But here I must open a fresh parenthesis \uc3\u8230. a few persons. There was a strength in him which he himself had never guessed at before. at midnight.. with a disarming smile.. or will be. the table loaded with bottles \uc3\u8230. perhaps. wins all the time. except. But he also knows that there are. Then.. whatever he does..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"There again. death \uc3\u8230. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Well..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And I have prophesied his death \uc3\u8230.. gentlemen. Tomorrow. Such is the case of the hitherto unknown member of the Opposition who.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Only one dared \uc3\u8230. since all he wanted was a few lines in the parliamentary reports. with a speech he makes.

The murderer is here.. at an equal distance from every hand \uc3\u8230... \uc1\u8220"would remind you that there is a dead person in the house...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was drunk. panic-stricken...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I asked you to give me until midnight \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"For God\uc1\u8217's sake let\uc1\u8217's go into the smoking room!\uc1\u8221" yelped the lawyer.. there is a third hypothesis \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And I.. but he went on drinking.. \uc1\u8220"I would recommend a cup of strong black coffee for everybody\~\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"If I may venture to recall that I am a doctor.... I repeat that at midnight the murderer will be dead\~\uc3\u8230. The murderer. {\i But I don\uc1\u8217't think he will do that}\~\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . Somebody who cares for the honour of the family comes to the murderer\uc1\u8217's help \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And this time he spoke so emphatically that nobody said a word.. I have only examined the first hypothesis \uc3\u8230...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count drained his glass at one draught and the anonymous foot went on brushing against Maigret\uc1\u8217's foot. into the darkness which began less than a yard from the table.. Everyone held his breath.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Six minutes to twelve \uc3\u8230. gentlemen. Mustn\uc1\u8217't a scandal be avoided at all costs? \uc3\u8230.. standing up and hanging on to the back of his chair to avoid falling.. or of an anarchist plot\~\uc3\u8230.. There is another \uc3\u8230.. They would talk of an accident.. surrounded by seven people\~\uc3\u8230.. Isn\uc1\u8217't this just like Walter Scott? I trust the murderer is beginning to shake in his shoes\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The victim is up there.. watched over by a servant \uc3\u8230. blows out his brains \uc3\u8230. hunted down. A foot brushed against Maigret\uc1\u8217's ankle... Wait a moment \uc3\u8230. The question is more complicated than that \uc3\u8230... and he bent down quickly.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Saint-Fiacre hesitated for a moment..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Finally.\uc1\u8221" the priest said slowly...\uc1\u8221" growled Bouchardon. It is ten minutes to twelve \uc3\u8230. Mustn\uc1\u8217't the culprit be {\i helped} to commit suicide?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The revolver is there.completely baffled \uc3\u8230. but once again too late.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer stirred on his chair and glanced anxiously around him...

Four minutes to twelve \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A second candle went out. He hesitated about venturing on the three dangerous steps which would take him to the door.. He hiccoughed..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And at the same moment a shot rang out... He was standing up.. The murderer is going to die \uc3\u8230.. tried to regain his balance.. Doctor.. I trust you\uc1\u8217've brought your bag with you? \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All eyes turned toward him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm off!\uc1\u8221" exclaimed the lawyer getting up. for fear of missing something else.... hit the back of his Gothic chair with his shoulders. leaned to the right. Two minutes to twelve \uc3\u8230. The others were on the point of following suit.... One and a half minutes\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} {\qc \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc {\b 10 {\line } The Funeral Wake}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qr {\ul . Hadn\uc1\u8217't he drunk enough? One candle went out.. There was one second.. and at the same time Maurice de Saint-Fiacre swayed..... of general immobility. but slumped to the floor in an inert mass.. Three minutes to twelve\~\uc3\u8230. You can begin saying your prayer.. with his head against the priest\uc1\u8217's arm. or a revolver that will kill only the culprit \uc3\u8230. As for you.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not fill up his own \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql And all the time that insistent foot against Maigret\uc1\u8217's foot. beginning with Maigret\uc1\u8217's glass and finishing with Emile Gautier\uc1\u8217's. Two minutes \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was talking like an auctioneer. He did not dare bend down again. It will be a bomb or a revolver.\uc1\u8220"Five people at least with reason to rob an old woman deprived of her husband and starved of love \uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I said midnight \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he added in a curt voice:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't forget that nobody knows!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He seized the bottle of whisky and served everybody. Only one who dared \uc3\u8230. gripping the back of his chair.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Three minutes to twelve \uc3\u8230. A bomb which will blow us all up. perhaps two... Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e \uc3\u8230. gentlemen \uc3\u8230....

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while another group gathered around the victim.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is he dead?\uc1\u8221" asked the plump lawyer. Huge areas remained in darkness. the action was being played out limply by . in that group.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql No reply.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The Comte de Saint-Fiacre was still lying with his forehead against the priest\uc1\u8217's arm. and afterward nobody could have described anything but the small part of the events he had seen himself. and. And the three of them formed a group on one side of the table. His father did too.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Only five candles were left to light the whole dining room. The doctor had bent down and then looked around him with a grim expression. And the shot had scarcely rung out. Gautier got up. It was as if. as they moved about. Something was happening everywhere. before he was holding his wrists out toward the chief-inspector in a rather theatrical gesture. people walked in and out of them as if they were the wings of a theater. it seemed. }{\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw40\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002803011 100021101031101ffc4001a0000030003010000000000 00000000000000070801050906ffc4002b1000010205030303040300000000000000010203000405061 107122108133114224109325161152391ffc400190101 010101010100000000000000000000000503070106ffc40027110002020103020505000000000000000 0000102031104052131a1121341b1f01523618191ffda 000c03010002110311003f00e9cde75f36ada756ac25085991965cc6d5e70768ce0e2004a1ead3f8071 937259d546a416c178d4e903d635e7da3b69f78e3924e 00c1f3c670f3ebcf85cb92afd2b5be5ab6353717d31cfb73ea7bcb23a8fd35d43ca68b77d39c7d3b02e 5a65cf4eea54bfb5252e6d3bbe3033c88dc96d34f0c64 039191e207866005df512ef63426fc738ca68f32467f3b0e2008a350fa8192d2fb26d896f4427ea3312 aca832970008406c72af9f911f3524ec933b657647495 5727ce52f644ed7ef55d665707a7b8ed092a84c107085abb93038cfb4a46f4f1f3911ad345d1e6b9327 6e1ba6dd6af0eb2a8b7dff58e5761bfa0cc753571bd2c bd2db5ae0b02db53a1d53f7ccfed90c2d3f7225dd42de58c60ee4e467cf93166a5625f71e7e7cf439be bacd1593ce8eb705f979fe757dd9d2ab265ebf2968d21 9baa6e4e7ee344b2133f334f6cb72ee3d8f71424f2139fcff83c46e4c355ac3674eea0e965d56d535f6 656a155a73d292ef4c67b68714921255804e338f00c01 0f59ff004acab5df32dcf6b0ea53f369424329a359edfa667b69484a42a61d495ab20729081fa318c69 845e5229dfb96aaf8a84a7c24971c74582bbd24e95f49 f4312daecbb1a93499d6ca88a9299efce65430afef7373801fc0501fa8d89835a002002002002002002 00fffd9 }} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ The scene which followed was pure confusion.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The man who had fired was one of Maigret\uc1\u8217's neighbors: Emile Gautier.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was standing.

He had remained by his chair. for he had scarcely put the weapon back on the table before he literally made a declaration.. and he did not know where to look. who belonged to neither group.. And since he was too cowardly to do justice to himself\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was only Jean M\uc1\u233etayer.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I saw Saint-Fiacre prowling around the ch\uc1\u226ateau on the night of the crime \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql During the minutes preceding his action. trembling and uneasy.... Maigret did not hear what he said to them to get rid of them. He had left his car just outside the village\~\uc3\u8230...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I did what I considered to be my duty\~\uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql The doctor\uc1\u8217's voice could be heard asking:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217're sure that it was Saint-Fiacre who killed his mother?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Positive! Would I have done what I\uc1\u8217've done if\~\uc3\u8230.bad actors...\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"You\uc1\u8217've no other proof?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql . didn\uc1\u8217't he? \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The whole scene was badly organized.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Could those on the other side of the table. hear? There were some footsteps in the corridor. And Gautier was hamming terribly when he declared:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The judges will say whether\~\uc3\u8230. The murderer had to die \uc3\u8230... looking Maigret in the eyes..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He said what was going to happen himself. Emile Gautier must have decided what attitude to adopt.....\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You saw him prowling around the ch\uc1\u226ateau on the night before the crime?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I saw him as clearly as I can see you now. It was the servants..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql His self-assurance was extraordinary. That was how I knew\~\uc3\u8230. The doctor went to the door to prevent them from coming in.

the candelabrum fell over. for he had the impression of being left out of the play. and the tablecloth started smoldering. and there was an ironic but threatening crease at the corner of his mouth. And the tone in which it was given was such that they all knew there was no disobeying it. sturdier. A few whispered words asking for the illusion of his death to be preserved for a moment \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql For the Comte de Saint-Fiacre was standing up like a man who had just had a nap.. a play! Why was the doctor smiling into his beard? And why was the priest gently pushing Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's head away?\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A play. opened it.. by emptying a bottle of wine over it.. To cap everything.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret\uc1\u8217's patience was nearly exhausted.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was somebody who did not understand: Jean M\uc1\u233etayer..\uc1\u8220"Yes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come here and say that again!\uc1\u8221" he said. But the chief-inspector drew back. giving off a strong smell of burning.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The rest he could guess.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret had seized the revolver. He did not take his eyes off young Gautier. and it was the steward who suddenly ran towards a window. And he was almost as frightened as the bank clerk. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre letting his head fall against the priest\uc1\u8217's arm \uc3\u8230. He seemed taller... the count asked the boy to give him the missal and promised him some money\~\uc3\u8230. moreover. It was his mother who made him talk \uc3\u8230.. that was to continue on a note of farce and serious drama combined.. Emile Gautier was screaming with fear and hanging on to Maigret\uc1\u8217's arm..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was the lawyer who prevented the fire from taking hold. The expression in his eyes was hard. as if to ask him for protection. The confusion and excitement were so great at that moment that Gautier would have had a good chance of making his escape.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The cry which rang out was bloodcurdling. A single glance had shown him that it was loaded with blanks. leaving the field clear for the two men.. and shouted to his son:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"This way!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was not a bad plan. I have! This afternoon the choirboy came to see me at the bank with his mother \uc3\u8230. Shortly after the crime.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come here!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was an order.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Yes.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Now he was no longer the same man.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .

The lawyer was stroking his chin nervously.. Tell us all about it \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You saw me on the night in question. I was planning to take some of the family jewels to sell them \uc3\u8230.. that\uc1\u8217's true enough\~\uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That wasn\uc1\u8217't proof enough \uc3\u8230.... A hand had seized him by the collar..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql There was only old Gautier to growl in Maigret\uc1\u8217's ear:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Are you going to let him do as he likes?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Yes.. and Gautier fell headlong. It was freezing \uc3\u8230... Have you guessed? Yes. he was the first to take advantage of an old woman\uc1\u8217's unhappiness \uc3\u8230. for there were two of them in the house and Gautier could have been telling the truth \uc3\u8230. As the fugitive was making for the window.. and he kept glancing toward his glass but did not dare to go and get it.... M\uc1\u233etayer only came along later \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He did not get up by himself.. he was! Maurice de Saint-Fiacre was in command of the situation......\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't move! \uc3\u8230. Nobody even thought of doing so.. And this little swine told me that he had just come from \uc3\u8230... he stretched out one leg.. which turned crimson. He did it coldly.... He was coming out \uc3\u8230... On the steps \uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Nobody intervened. Or else it was drunkenness which invested him with a sort of heroism... Somebody shut the window \uc3\u8230.. I went back to Moulins. from my mother\uc1\u8217's bedroom!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql In a lower voice he added casually:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"I abandoned my plan. We found ourselves face to face in the dark \uc3\u8230.Did the little lawyer do it on purpose? Probably not. . As I explained just now.. and he was adequate to his task.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then he said to the others:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Do you know where? \uc3\u8230. they were so convinced that only one man had the right to raise his voice.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Jean M\uc1\u233etayer had opened his eyes wide. And he screamed again as he saw that it was Saint- Fiacre who was forcing him to stay upright.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he slammed his fist into his companion\uc1\u8217's face. I was going in \uc3\u8230. was lifting him up and putting him on his feet.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now talk! \uc3\u8230.

fear. the justice of the courts... and you....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What a temptation to pick up the revolver and fire! Yes.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He opened the door wide and turned toward Gautier. but I have another little formality to see to. but Saint-Fiacre pushed him away.. conscious that his position was threatened. when I was kicking you under the table just now?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was walking up and down. Sometimes he went close enough to Gautier to touch him.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"{\i You} keep out of this!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And that {\i you} emphasized the enormous distance which separated them. I had said myself that the culprit would die at midnight. He reeled under the blow and looked as if he was on the point of weeping with pain..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql In another tone of voice.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The lawyer tried to intervene. and you \uc3\u8230. he went on:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Forgive me. for inflicting all this filth on you \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Come along!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .. at least. Doctor. had tried to take his revenge \uc3\u8230. isn\uc1\u8217't it. That\uc1\u8217's so. I was the gentleman with the dud cheques who prowled around the ch\uc1\u226ateau at night. Monsieur Maigret? \uc3\u8230. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre dominated the company. that the bank clerk\uc1\u8217's nose began bleeding profusely.... Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Emile Gautier had the eyes of a dying animal. passing from the light into the shadows and from the shadows into the light. and who wouldn\uc1\u8217't dare make any accusations.. is powerless here \uc3\u8230... It was as if they were defying me to do anything \uc3\u8230. Did you understand. But. for fear of getting arrested himself\~\uc3\u8230. Both of them were on their guard \uc3\u8230.. gentlemen.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql This time his fist struck so hard. Gautier? \uc3\u8230.. too. as we\uc1\u8217've already been told. and panic. isn\uc1\u8217't it. real justice.Perhaps M\uc1\u233etayer. I tried to find out.. you became the defender of the honour of the Saint- Fiacres.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Excuse me. \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's true. right in the middle of the face. He gave the impression of a man holding himself back and only managing to remain calm at the cost of a tremendous effort.

who would fall under suspicion\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret and the doctor followed him.. in a very low voice. I\~\uc3\u8230.. So you decided to kill the countess.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You knew everything. But Jean M\uc1\u233etayer remained a risk \uc3\u8230..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Where are they going?\uc1\u8221" asked the lawyer..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It did not take long.. you and your son! You already had the farms. And they could hear Gautier panting for breath. \uc1\u8220"The little swine doesn\uc1\u8217't want to go upstairs and he\uc1\u8217's being helped along..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"This is a scandal! It\uc1\u8217's a crime! \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And they heard Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's voice:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In you go!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I can\uc1\u8217't \uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8221" panted the steward.\uc1\u8221" he said.The other stood rooted to the ground.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpa r}{ {\ql A cry of pain. What is he going to do?\uc1\u8221" cried old Gautier.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .. the mortgages \uc3\u8230. rushing out of the room. upstairs. not caring what it was.. The doctor went into the corridor to see what was happening. and at the same time get rid of the gigolo.. He was suffering.. But he did not have the strength to intervene.. Everyone was at the end of his tether.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql They could hear them walking along the corridor.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest had turned his head away. The corridor was in darkness.. He did not want to \uc1\u8216'go out there with his adversary. so hard that he was knocked headlong into the corridor. reached the door of the dead woman\uc1\u8217's bedroom. They arrived at the foot of the staircase just as the other two. to the steward.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's nothing.\uc1\u8221" Maigret said slowly. he was so parched. M\uc1\u233etayer poured himself a drink.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Up there!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he pointed to the staircase leading to the floor above \uc3\u8230..... \uc1\u8220"You were working hand in glove.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Chief-Inspector! I warn you that \uc3\u8230. Saint-Fiacre went up to him and hit him again. the flagstones rang with the sound of their footsteps.

This time it was not a punch the murderer had received...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At first they could hear nothing behind the heavy oak door. forgive me.. I said!\uc3\u8230. followed by Maigret and Bouchardon.. Repeat after me\~\uc3\u8230. A hoarse gasp.. Another blow. but a kick full in the face. Tell her you are a filthy louse \uc3\u8230.. They arrived at the top just as the door was closing......\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I am\~\uc3\u8230... now..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is that all? Is that all you can find to say? \uc3\u8230.. And now beg her forgiveness!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A fresh silence.. A cry of pain. The steward held his breath. Come.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"On your knees!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A pause..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A thin ray of light shone under the door.. Forgive me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You can do better than that! \uc3\u8230. Remember that it was she who paid for your studies \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Quicker than that! \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"On your knees. which was very prolonged. I\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Forgive me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Remember that three days ago she was alive.\uc1\u8220"In you go!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A dull thud..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"For \uc3\u8230. On your knees! \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Forgive me!\uc3\u8230. you dirty little swine.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql ..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Old Gautier ran up the stairs. Do you need a carpet?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't!\uc3\u8230.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Forgive me!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Remember. that you once wormed your way into her bed\~\uc3\u8230.... grimacing in the dark...

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But just as Emile was going out. which were separated by long silences. and the folded hands. the nose nothing but a tumor and the upper lip split open. in the light from a couple of tapers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was certain that he heard a sob in the count\uc1\u8217's throat as he started hitting the bank clerk again. the most horrible thing about his appearance was the eyes. Saint-Fiacre was holding Gautier by the neck and banging his head on the floor.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The bank clerk was a horrible sight: a battered. He could not find his handkerchief.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Get out!\uc1\u8221" he growled. and straightened up.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Don\uc1\u8217't you feel the need to beg her forgiveness too?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And the old man was so frightened that he threw himself on his knees.\uc1\u8220"Beg her forgiveness\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And yet the ugliest. The doctor passed him his. which seemed enormous. There were a number of thuds.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All they could see of the dead woman. with an instinctive gesture. wiped his forehead. were followed by a series of loud noises. Saint-Fiacre had lost his self-control.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyph par}{ {\ql And suddenly these exchanges. very upright. strode down the long ground-floor corridor and opened the door.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217've finished.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre. turning toward the father and son.\uc1\u8221" he said.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When he saw the chief-inspector. convulsively. their shifty expression.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret opened the door a little way. he caught hold of him. which were holding a rosary.. breathing fast.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He caught sight of the steward and frowned. and crying:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Get out!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The count pushed the Gautiers out of the room and shut the door.. like the master of a house who knows what he has to do. letting in a gust of icy air. he let go. was the nose. bloodstained face. The group started going downstairs.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Emile was bleeding.

\uc1\u8220"You swine! You swine!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was enough for the chief-inspector just to touch him on the shoulder. followed by a snap of the fingers.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But not before they had heard the old man\uc1\u8217's voice again:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Emile? Where are you?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\~ \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest was praying.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql That was all.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Those two did not seem to understand.\uc1\u8221" he began.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql To show them the way. turning toward M\uc1\u233etayer and his companion. Outside.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maurice de Saint-Fiacre came in. a gesture was required.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The door was open. it was a bright. and he guessed that it was the servants. and shut the door. trying to puzzle out what was happening in the ch\uc1\u226ateau.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But he could not go on. Footsteps rang out somewhere.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The poplars stood out against a moonlit sky. with his elbows on the sideboard. Or else they were paralyzed by fear. and Saint-Fiacre groaned:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Quicker than that!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret heard a murmur of voices behind a door. his head held high. a long . He felt the need to shake hands once more with Saint- Fiacre.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Gentlemen. In one corner M\uc1\u233etayer and his lawyer were sitting motionless. He was at the end of his tether.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Or was it? The lawyer started looking for his hat. without a single cloud.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Then.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He put on his heavy overcoat.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He shook hands with the doctor and Maigret. he waited. His voice was choked by emotion. as much as to say they could now go. Saint- Fiacre regained his composure. their eyes fixed on the door. literally threw the body down the steps. cold night.

\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} {\qc \par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc {\b 11 {\line } The Whistle}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qr {\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw39\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002703011 100021101031101ffc400190000020301000000000000 000000000000000706080905ffc4002d100001020600050302070000000000000001020300040506071 108122131411314510922233238526176b4ffc4001b01 010002030101000000000000000000000003050104070206ffc40029110002010303020407000000000 000000000010203213104051112811323719122244351 5261b1ffda000c03010002110311003f00d53800ed00456e5ca36b5a4142a35a956df0d97532cdb816e ac0dfe540ea4920803c91a118e51e945bc210b9d78cd9 cc7564d6eb96f5a4e4c374f64be99badafdb36e252d95ab95ad87147a6ba6b7f3db703af4d49479bb2d 69ed5aca94a55ba388c536dbb61738cfa587be23bbe67 20e28b2ee99c69a6672b94492a9bcdb09296d0b798438a090492002a3a0493af26360a83b3733758768 5369a03b28c55ca47b772792a5320f30df304f5d6b7da 00a2d9bb2de6fc7d569898bfb1adc556b65a794b6aa565cd7b9934211f6fa8e21afc669241dfde7cf6e 835055557e9b45b6865a04fe7232ed8eeacfd9f6fbaf6 cbe36ecca937e95bd48964b9ad2a5d0b0dbdd3f7255a574d79f88a6aaeac5f988e91a08edf5971a49af 4c3f677147c5365e9dc8f6f564964ca48a299301b6877 d96cef67cf688e8fc5522ff68dbdc7cad15582fc65fc66a870c7fa6cc4ff00d4a93fe36a3e90e2c32e0 02004de60e0ff000fe7553afddd635326aa8e12a35693 41949de7235cc5e68a54b23435ce543a768194f8ba29ce5efa4d5caaa64e4be35ca2e4e493e82d0a45e c82e7225482951136d20ab7f09f4c01fcc41e053eaea4 b865a2dd359e13a32a8e5169abdf36ce4bf7876d09cc7d88ec8b5aa2eb0f542874391a64cb92aa529a5 baccba1b59415004a4949d1201d6ba089caa25f001001 001001007fffd9 }} }{\ul {\*\shppict{\pict\picw39\pich25\jpegblip ffd8ffe000104a46494600010101004800480000ffdb004300030202030202030303030403030405080 5050404050a070706080c0a0c0c0b0a0b0b0d0e12100d 0e110e0b0b1016101113141515150c0f171816141812141514ffdb00430103040405040509050509140 .. And there were lights in the windows of the steward\uc1\u8217's house. you stay. if you are not too tired. Maurice de Saint-Fiacre\uc1\u8217's voice added:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And..way away. Monsieur le Cur\uc1\u233e. in the echoing hall. we are going to watch over my mother\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"No.

and pushed her son forward.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Especially seeing that those who live a long way off will drop in here for a bite\~\uc3\u8230. \uc1\u8220"He\uc1\u8217's probably at the ch\uc1\u226ateau with Monsieur Maurice\~\uc3\u8230.d0b0d1414141414141414141414141414141414141414 141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414141414ffc00011080019002703011 100021101031101ffc400180001010101010000000000 0000000000000008090706ffc4002810000103040202010305000000000000000102030400050611072 10812310913321522233351ffc4001b01010001050100 000000000000000000000005010203040607ffc40029110002010302040505000000000000000000010 203041121410512317114164251f06281c1d1e1ffda00 0c03010002110311003f00d53a01404d58c7960de57e4865f89c5096f11c6e435627e62bd47dcba1f65 39d900a528feb23676a09d0ecd59ceb9b9373695b5474 1dc7a53c7df19f9dca56af354500a03937955cd88f1eb8132dce0210f4e831835018511fcb29d506d91 a3f9694b0a291d909342a96744439e13e2b261e157e8d 325aa4df243e27cab84801d71c9aa57dc2f2c9dfba82f5d9def5504abb956753e60f57970b851e1d1b4 7d5e5b7f57f3a76468bf1ce54de67865aeea8290e3ac8 0f2039f70b6e0e9492743b07e7aa9c47944961b47a5aa941406767d4f18e48cd791f8eb1cc738e72dca 712b232abf499760b7bb2d891354a5b6d34b081a4a990 d95f6ade9efc7e0d61ab194e0e31dc90b0af4adae615aaa6d475c2f7db75bea707e3cc8b9b78eee6b93 0b85392d6d39d391d58d3dea47fbf3f3517e0aa2e8d1d e799ed25a4e126bb2fd96e785dc9596e4b7fca6d57fe35ccb08b7be3f538ef64d05d8ed077684bad23d 93ebb5295ee3f76ce95d744d4a528ca30519f54709c42 ad0af732ab6e9a8cb5c3f7df77dff055f5988e140280500a01407fffd9 }} }\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ You mustn\uc1\u8217't be cross with me. could be seen. through the window. who had put on their Sunday clothes. Every quarter of an hour the passing bell of the little church tolled.\uc1\u8221" Marie Tatin had told them.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The fields were white with frost. getting whole crates of beer and lemonade ready..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217'm surprised the steward isn\uc1\u8217't at home..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The hearse had arrived at dawn. he saw the choirboy arrive. for looking after you so badly \uc3\u8230. what with the funeral\~\uc3\u8230.. he was very selfassured. holding his mother\uc1\u8217's hand. as if to give him the necessary impetus to reach Marie Tatin\uc1\u8217's inn. where she thought she was out of sight. Monsieur Maigret. and the grass crackled underfoot.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql Already a few peasants..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql When Ernest came in. But the woman did not accompany him as far as the inn... But.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Poor Marie Tatin was bustling around. in a half-circle around the stove.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret was finishing his breakfast when.. and the undertaker\uc1\u8217's men were waiting at the inn. She stopped at the corner of the road.. like a boy at school ready to recite .

...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"And who came and asked you for it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Monsieur M\uc1\u233etayer\uc3\u8230.. and he snatched the whistle back as if he were afraid of having it confiscated because of his lie.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql All the same.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I\uc1\u8217've come to\~\uc3\u8230.. because I was scared of you \uc3\u8230. followed by an imperceptible shrug of the shoulders.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Now tell me your little story.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And he recited:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"It\uc1\u8217's about the missal\uc3\u8230.. one of them toying with something... The expression in his eyes said clearly:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I don\uc1\u8217't care! I\uc1\u8217've got the whistle! I\uc1\u8217'm going to say what I was told to say. But Ma wants me to tell the truth \uc3\u8230. turned his eyes away. thought for a moment.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain \hyphpar}{ {\ql . For Ernest was already cunning...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Ernest promptly took a step back. Somebody came and asked me for the missal. and murmured:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What whistle?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql \uc1\u8220"The one you\uc1\u8217've got in your pocket. he caught sight of Maigret and went toward him with his hands in his pockets.. I didn\uc1\u8217't tell you everything the other day. Have you been wanting a boy-scout whistle for a long time?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The boy took it automatically from his pocket and put it on the table.a fable he has been rehearsing for three months.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Is the chief-inspector here?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql At the very moment he was asking Marie Tatin this question. just before High Mass\~\uc3\u8230.. he was red in the face. The secretary at the ch\uc1\u226ateau\~\uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Show me your whistle.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A suspicious glance..

\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql It was Jean M\uc1\u233etayer.....\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Drink your grenadine \uc3\u8230..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He told you to accuse Jean M\uc1\u233etayer?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes. With fizzy water. Blow it for me.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He had realized that the man he had to fear was not the secretary.\uc1\u8220"Come and sit next to me \uc3\u8230. But events of the previous evening had upset his plans. whom Gautier had wanted to have accused.. He was thinking. a tiny link that completed the chain. And you. to teach him a new lesson:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"You must say that it was Monsieur le Comte who asked you for the missal\~\uc3\u8230.. as if to see how far he was from it... He taught you what to say\~\uc3\u8230. He glanced toward the door.. He was no longer red in the face. all right.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Bring us a grenadine with soda water...\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The undertaker\uc1\u8217's men turned around when they heard the whistle. after a pause for thought:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What are you going to do to me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret forgot to reply.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Your mother bought it for you yesterday afternoon. It was Emile Gautier who saw you \uc3\u8230. Marie \uc3\u8230. but pale.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . he would have been obliged to go to see the red-haired boy again before long.\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql And. didn\uc1\u8217't she?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How do you know?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"How much did they give her yesterday at the bank?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The boy looked him in the eyes..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql If all had gone well.. He was thinking that his part in this case had been limited to finding the last link. but the Comte de Saint-Fiacre. are you pleased with your whistle? \uc3\u8230. Would you like a grenadine?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.

waiting for the funeral to begin... his hand outstretched. isn\uc1\u8217't it?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He looked at the undertaker\uc1\u8217's men. do you think that M\uc1\u233etayer\uc1\u8217's duty is to \uc3\u8230. ?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Too late! Ernest.. entered the main room of the inn...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The funeral is at ten o\uc1\u8217'clock.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Yes.. and it\uc1\u8217's precisely out of a sense of delicacy that \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Haven\uc1\u8217't you understood yet?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"I mean if one examines\~\uc3\u8230.. we are in an excellent position\~\uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Between ourselves. then at the people passing along the road. monsieur?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret did not hear.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Let me give you a piece of advice: Don\uc1\u8217't examine anything at all!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"In your opinion it would be better to leave without \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar }{ {\ql He sat down. who had recovered his whistle.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did you sleep well.{\ql And now the boy repeated:\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"What are you going to do to me?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Maigret did not have time to reply. had opened the door and taken to his heels. and approached Maigret... rather. I would like to ask your advice. excellent!\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . The lawyer came down the stairs. Don\uc1\u8217't misunderstand me.... on behalf of my client \uc3\u8230.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"From the legal point of view. with a hint of hesitation. He was listening to the lawyer.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Can I go now... I have such a terrible headache\~\uc3\u8230... We know the situation. or. slumped on the bench. Excuse me \uc3\u8230. Chief-Inspector? \uc3\u8230...

The cross which a priest from a nearby village was carrying. very sensitive fellow.. Only in the kitchen could some servants be seen.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"During the funeral?\uc3\u8230. And the liturgical chants which they were intoning as they hurried along the road..\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"That\uc1\u8217's it\~\uc3\u8230. Nothing could be seen inside.. there was. I must telephone for a taxi.. and\~\uc3\u8230. red-eyed.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The shutters of the ch\uc1\u226ateau were closed too. paying for their drinks.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The sound of the sacred chants was almost drowned by the crunch of footsteps on the gravel. standing up. like many young men of good family. very erect. Finally the door opened and the coffin appeared. Maigret could see the steward\uc1\u8217's house.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The bells in full peal. The doors and windows were closed. from the top of the steps.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He was not in black. Maigret stood up too. their noses pressed against the windowpanes. And he followed the coffin alone.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"Did he sleep well?\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"He didn\uc1\u8217't even undress \uc3\u8230.\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql But the undertaker\uc1\u8217's men were pricking up their ears.. He\uc1\u8217's a very highly-strung..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ . which had been his own home. And yet... He was the only person not wearing mourning.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Two pairs of eyes met: the count\uc1\u8217's and Maigret\uc1\u8217's.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql From where he stood.{\ql \uc1\u8220"Isn\uc1\u8217't it? \uc3\u8230. as it were. took his coat with the velvet collar from the stand. walking fast because of the cold. Ernest and two other choirboys in their black cassocks.. That\uc1\u8217's what I was saying to\~\uc3\u8230. when.. a feeling of embarrassment.. In that case. and wiped his bowler hat with his sleeve.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql He came out of the ch\uc1\u226ateau with no one beside him. he let his gaze wander over the crowd. carried by four men.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql Behind was a tall silhouette: Maurice de Saint-Fiacre..\~\uc1\u8221"\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The priest in his surplice.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql The peasants were grouped at the foot of the steps...\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \uc1\u8220"The two of you have a chance to slip away during\~\uc3\u8230.

htm}]\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar} { {\ql [August 22..\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql During the Mass. 2005\uc2\u8212--v1 html proofed and formatted from the 1967 Penguin edition of the translated text by lifelong Maigret fan Molly Kate McGinn]\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql \~\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{\page } } .\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i \uc1\u8220"Les Roches Grises\uc1\u8221"}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i Antibes}{\i (Alpes-Maritimes)}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql {\i January 1932}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\qc \ uc2\u8212--\uc2\u171<<\uc2\u187>>\uc2\u8212--\uc2\u171<<\uc2\u187>>\uc2\u8212--\uc2 \u171<<\uc2\u187>>\uc2\u8212--\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql [scanned anonymously in a galaxy far far away]\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql [for a complete bibliography of all 103 episodes of {\i The Maigret Saga}.{\ql Was the chief-inspector mistaken? It seemed to him that Maurice de Saint- Fiacre\uc1\u8217's lips were touched by the ghost of a smile.. the penniless prodigal. check out {\ul Steve Trussel\uc1\u8217's amazing fan site http://www. confident smile \uc3\u8230.trussel.\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}\par\pard\plain\hyphpar}{ {\ql A serene.com/f_maig. Not the smile of the skeptical Parisian. everybody heard the high-pitched horn of a taxi. A little swine was making his escape in the company of a lawyer with a hangover.

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