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Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express Part 2, Chapter 9 Summary
The Evidence of Mr. Hardman Now it's time for Poirot to interview the last of the first class passengers, the boisterous, gum-chewing American man in the loud suit. His name is Cyrus Bethman Hardman. The facts: Cyrus was traveling to Paris on business. He sells typewriter ribbons. Poirot asks about his actions last night after dinner. Cyrus cuts off the interview and asks who Poirot is. When he learns that he's a famous detective, Hardman says he has to come clean. Cyrus Hardman takes out the gum and his voice changes. He's actually a private detective from New York. What? Yep. Here's the story: Cyrus was in Europe on business, and Ratchett hired him to watch his back. Ratchett had been receiving death threats. Ratchett and Cyrus were traveling and on the lookout for someone whom Ratchett described as a "small man, dark, with a womanish kind of voice" (2.9.55). Cyrus says he didn't recognize Ratchett as Cassetti. He mentions the man probably had lots of enemies. About last night: no one got on and no one got off the train car. Cyrus was watching from his room. He says the conductor went past him a couple of times to answer bells, and then went into the rear coach. Then he helped out the American lady, Mrs. Hubbard. Cyrus says the only person who would be able to confirm his identity is MacQueen, who has seen him in New York. Also, a cable from New York could confirm who he is, no problem. He does not smoke a pipe.
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