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By Charlotte Armstrong

Agreeing to a short stopover at along with his younger fiance+a7e's eccentric sisters--blind Gertrude, deaf Maude, and one-armed Isabel--graying millionaire Innes Whitlock turns into the sufferer of a sequence of unusual injuries. unique.

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Because Mr. Whitlock wants to drive on to his camp, and I'm not sure he ought to try it" "I see. " "Yes, of course,'' she said impatiently. "Do you know where we are? The Whitlock house. " Silence sung on the wire for a moment "Yes, I know," the voice said finally. " "Thaok you," Alice said with relief. She hung up the phone, looked at her watch. Eight o'clock. It might be sticking her neck out, as Fred had said; but she had a strong feeling that this was no time to be passive, that it would be dangerous to keep her mouth shut and swallow her own opinions.

Innes stepped quickly forth, took the newcomer's hand and swung it, making a little bow at the same time. " The dumpy one chuckled. " she said in a rasping voice, a queerly masculine voice, harsh and unpleasant and toneless. " Alice thought immediately of the Duchess in Through the Looking Glass, or was it Wonderland? Her nose was an untidy pug. Her hair was a rat's nest. Alice found a moment to wonder how anyone could deliberately go to work and arrange a head of hair like that. It was snarled and twisted into a pagoda full of hairpins, and there was no logic in it.

Then she saw with dismay that the box was empty. The blind woman was showing off, and she had made a mistake. For the space of half a second, Alice hesitated. Then she fumbled in her jacket pocket with her left hand. "I don't like to take the last one," she said with an apologetic and rather timid laugh. She dipped her hand into the box, letting the woman feel its pressure. Innes leaped forward with a match and lit the cigarette Alice had pulled from her own pocket. "Let me," he said gallantly.

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