By Anna Katharine Green
Anna Katharine eco-friendly was once one of many earliest detective fiction writers, and a few of her mysteries stay the most well-liked to be written by means of an American.
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I said that I knew all of the gentlemen who admired her and aspired to her hand, and that they were all reputable men and above committing a crime of this or any other kind. But it seems that I did not know her secret heart as thoroughly as I had supposed. Among her effects I have just come upon a batch of letters —love letters I am forced to acknowledge—signed by initials totally strange to me. The letters are manly in tone—most of them —but one—” “What about the one? ” “Shows that the writer was displeased.
Are you sure she did not wash it? ” “I don’t think she did. But I’m sure she will tell you the truth about that. Caroline, this is a police matter. Any mistake about it may involve us in a world of trouble and keep you from getting back home in time for your coming-out party. Did you—did you wash this cutter when you got upstairs, or—or—” she added, with a propitiatory glance at Mr. Gryce—“wipe it off at any time between then and now? Don’t answer hastily. Be sure. No one can blame you for that act.
You have washed this? ” he asked. “No. Why should I wash it? It was clean enough. I was just going down to give it in at the desk. I wasn’t going to carry it away. ” And she turned aside to the window and began to hum, as though done with the whole matter. The old detective rubbed his chin, glanced again at the paper-cutter, then at the girl in the window, and lastly at the mother, who had lifted her head again and was facing him bravely. “It is very important, ” he observed to the latter, “that your daughter should be correct in her statement as to the condition of this article when she picked it up.