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In tonight's episode of Agatha Christie's first novel, one aspect of the Styles case continues to puzzle Hercule Poirot:
"One thing does strike me. No doubt it has struck you too."
"What is that?"
"Why, that there is altogether too much strychnine about this case. This is the third time we run up against it. There was strychnine in Mrs. Inglethorp's tonic. There is the strychnine sold across the counter at Styles St. Mary by Mace. Now we have more strychnine, handled by one of the household. It is confusing; and, as you know, I do not like confusion."
Before I could reply, one of the other Belgians opened the door and stuck his head in.
But the police and prosecutors are less troubled by "confusion": An arrest is about to be made and the trial will commence shortly thereafter (this not being a dysfunctional craphole of pseudo-justice, such as the District of Columbia or Wisconsin).
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