Part 2, Chapter 1 Summary
The Evidence of the Wagon Lit Conductor
Poirot and Bouc sit next to one another at a table in the dining car; Constantine sits just across the aisle. The first person Poirot interviews is the Wagon Lit conductor, Pierre Michel, who has been employed here for more than fifteen years and lives near Calais. Though Michel is respectable, he is “not, perhaps, remarkable for brains.” The conductor is nervous and hopes that neither Poirot nor Bouc will hold him responsible for the murder in his coach. Poirot assuages the man’s fears and Michel begins answering the inspector’s questions.
Ratchett went to bed shortly after dinner the past two nights, and both his valet and his secretary...
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