Enter Hercule Poirot
Lord Windlesham gazes at Wode Hall and thinks about his family house, Charltonbury. He daydreams about Linnet as mistress of Charltonbury. Windlesham thinks Linnet needs more time to think about his marriage proposal. He loves Linnet and says her money doesn’t matter to him.
Jackie Bellefort arrives at Wode Hall in a rundown car. The butler takes Jackie to meet Linnet and Lord Windlesham in the drawing room. After introductions, Windlesham leaves the two friends. Jackie asks Linnet if the newspaper stories about her upcoming marriage are true. Linnet says her mind isn’t made up yet. Jackie tells Linnet that she is engaged to a poor, unemployed man named Simon Doyle. She is madly in love with Simon but knows they cannot marry until he has money. Jackie asks Linnet to give Simon a job at Wode Hall. Linnet agrees to meet Simon. Jackie is overjoyed and rushes back to London to tell Simon the news.
Gaston Blondin, owner of Chez Ma Tante, prepares a table for a little man with a black mustache. The man, dining alone, is Hercule Poirot. Poirot and Tante talk briefly of old times. Poirot says he is in town for leisure and that he has winter travel plans, a trip to Egypt. Poirot surveys the restaurant as food and wine are brought to the table. Poirot watches a young couple dance, noting the woman’s attention to her partner. Poirot overhears their discussion about Egypt, Linnet Ridgeway, employment and a honeymoon. After watching and listening to the couple, Poirot wonders if the pair are a good match.
At Wode Hall, Joanna Southwood comments on Linnet’s ability to get whatever she wants. Windlesham enters and Joanna leaves. Windlesham asks Linnet if she's made a decision about his marriage proposal. She wants to say no but Windlesham insists she take more time to decide. Linnet says she wants to enjoy her house and new life. Windlesham says she will enjoy updating Charltonbury. She hears a car and goes to greet Jackie and Simon. Linnet is smitten with Simon the moment they shake hands.
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Crystal Phillips has been the Library Director at Cook Public Library since 2014.