The Purloined Letter
Rules and Order Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
The door of our apartment was thrown open and admitted our old acquaintance, Monsieur G—, the Prefect of the Parisian police. (1)
"Then we scrutinised each individual square inch throughout the premises, including the two houses immediately adjoining, with the microscope, as before." (55)
Okay, we could—maybe—understand this kind of insane intrusion of privacy for a murder investigation, but we're just talking about a royal cover-up, here.
"What, for example, in this case of D—— has been done to vary the principle of action?" (98)
From Dupin's perspective, solving mysteries has nothing to do with re-establishing society's law and order and everything to do with following the law and order of, well, the universe.