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Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express Part 2, Chapter 3 Summary
The Evidence of the Valet Poirot calls in Ratchett's valet. (A valet is kind of like a personal manservant.) The facts: The valet last saw Ratchett at around 9 p.m., when he went in to hang up Ratchett's clothes and put his dentures in water. The valet, Masterman, mentions that Ratchett was upset about a letter he had received. We learn that Ratchett usually took sleeping draughts, though Masterman doesn't know the specific drug. Ratchett took it last night, though Masterman didn't actually see him drink it. Masterman wasn't alarmed when Ratchett didn't get up in the morning, because he had told him not to call him, and he sometimes got up late. Masterman knew about the threats, though he didn't particularly care for his employer. (Masterman is British and doesn't like Americans.) He reacts to mention of the Armstrong case, but he says he didn't know Ratchett was involved. After leaving Ratchett, Masterman summoned MacQueen. Masterman then went to bed in his berth, which he was sharing with an Italian man. The two don't get along very well. The Italian talks a lot. Masterman read a book called Love's Captive by Arabella Richardson. Around 10:30 p.m., the Italian went to sleep, but Masterman had a toothache and couldn't sleep. He stayed up and read, dropping off around 4 in the morning. The Italian snored and did not leave. Before working for Ratchett, Masterman was in service to Sir Henry Tomlinson in the UK, at Grosvenor Square. Tomlinson left for East Africa. Masterman smokes cigarettes, but he doesn't smoke a pipe.
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