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The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence) by Agatha Christie

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By Agatha Christie

In their first actual event, Tommy and Tuppence discover an audacious plot to damage nice Britain

In postwar London, early life neighbors Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley are having a grand outdated time—except for the truth that they could slightly manage to pay for a pot of tea among them. with out jobs available and no wealthy family members to bankroll them, they choose to shape a three way partnership: younger Adventurers, Ltd. They’re prepared to head anyplace and do whatever as long as the pay as correct. might be, indicates Tuppence, a clergyman’s daughter, they’ll even get to scouse borrow a diamond necklace.

Before Tommy can position their first commercial, Tuppence will get a role provide. Mr. Whittington desires to ship her to Paris for 3 months, all expenditures paid. The seize is that she has to faux to be somebody else—an American—and she can’t seek advice from someone she understands whereas she’s there. It sounds too stable to be real, and whilst Tuppence attempts to guard herself with a pseudonym—“Jane Finn,” a strange identify that Tommy lately overheard—Whittington’s response is equivalent components anger and admiration. Accusing Tuppence of blackmail, he offers her fifty kilos and disappears.

Of direction, the younger Adventurers refuse to depart it at that. getting down to locate the mysterious Jane Finn, they stumble right into a lethal conspiracy that stretches all of the as far back as the sinking of the Lusitania and now threatens to undo every little thing England gained within the nice War.

By reworking of London’s vibrant younger issues into fearless detectives, Agatha Christie’s moment novel revolutionized the secret genre.

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I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

Then I shall drop you. ‘I am one person – myself. I do not impersonate Catullus, whom I adore. I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.

But now we have regained our territory after that brief brush with the bicycles and the lime scent and the vanishing figures in the distracted street. Here we are masters of tranquillity and order; inheritors of proud tradition. The lights are beginning to make yellow slits across the square. Mists from the river are filling these ancient spaces. They cling, gently, to the hoary stone. The leaves now are thick in country lanes, sheep cough in the damp fields; but here in your room we are dry. We talk privately.

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