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The Girdle of HippolytaThe Girdle of Hippolyta by Agatha Christieby Agatha Christie

Tongue TwistersTongue Twisters Do you knowDo you know Winnie KingWinnie King?? Do I? Yes! Sure thing!Do I? Yes! Sure thing! WasWas Hippolyta’s girdleHippolyta’s girdle Blue, yellow or purple?Blue, yellow or purple?

Thirty five CubansThirty five Cubans Smuggled the RubensSmuggled the Rubens.. AA princessprincess is as old as the princeis as old as the prince was six weeks ago.was six weeks ago.

IsIs HerculesHercules losing weightlosing weight?? Yes, Herculean, Hercules is lean.Yes, Herculean, Hercules is lean. (Herculean – of extraordinary(Herculean – of extraordinary power, difficulty; lean – thin)power, difficulty; lean – thin)

DefinitionsDefinitions in broad daylightin broad daylight admireadmire masterpiecemasterpiece SmuggleSmuggle be on the alertbe on the alert on the outskirts ofon the outskirts of searchsearch kill two birds with one stonekill two birds with one stone make sensemake sense

vanish into thin airvanish into thin air cloud overcloud over miraclemiracle be dopedbe doped hurthurt concussionconcussion hold somebody to ransomhold somebody to ransom to mix upto mix up demanddemand overlapoverlap kidnapkidnap

Give synonyms to the underlinedGive synonyms to the underlined words:words: These robberies took placeThese robberies took place when anyonewhen anyone can see what’s happeningcan see what’s happening and not oneand not one person has been arrested for them!person has been arrested for them! II managed to do two things at a timemanaged to do two things at a time andand saw some old friends while I was insaw some old friends while I was in Louisiana visiting my parents.Louisiana visiting my parents.

HisHis attitudeattitude is not reasonableis not reasonable. Could he. Could he have said nothing at all?have said nothing at all? My money gets spent so fast. It seems toMy money gets spent so fast. It seems to disappear without a tracedisappear without a trace.. At the mention of her dead husband, herAt the mention of her dead husband, her faceface got gloomygot gloomy..

Give antonyms to the underlinedGive antonyms to the underlined words:words: He used toHe used to despisedespise rich people a greatrich people a great deal when he was younger.deal when he was younger. May I ask his colleague for advice as well?May I ask his colleague for advice as well? You see, I’m not sure if their dutiesYou see, I’m not sure if their duties are allare all differentdifferent.. The police found himThe police found him sobersober behind thebehind the wheel of his neighbor's car.wheel of his neighbor's car.

Translate the following:Translate the following: The Rubens, said Simpson, would beThe Rubens, said Simpson, would be smuggled over to France where it wouldsmuggled over to France where it would pass into the millionaire’s possession. Thepass into the millionaire’s possession. The English and French police were on theEnglish and French police were on the alert, but Simpson was sure that theyalert, but Simpson was sure that they would fail.would fail.

Then, in company with 18 other girls, sheThen, in company with 18 other girls, she left London by the boat train. 19 girls hadleft London by the boat train. 19 girls had crossed the channel, had passed throughcrossed the channel, had passed through the customs and got into the Paris train.the customs and got into the Paris train. But when, on the outskirts of Paris MissBut when, on the outskirts of Paris Miss Burshaw had counted heads, it wasBurshaw had counted heads, it was discovered that only 18 girls could bediscovered that only 18 girls could be found!found!

““Was the train searched?”Was the train searched?” ““Oh yes, they searched it before it arrived inOh yes, they searched it before it arrived in Paris. The girls wasn’t on the train, that’sParis. The girls wasn’t on the train, that’s quite certain. She just disappeared – intoquite certain. She just disappeared – into the air! It doesn’t make sense, M. Poirot.the air! It doesn’t make sense, M. Poirot. It’s crazy!”It’s crazy!”

““Plain-looking kid – but then they are allPlain-looking kid – but then they are all plain at that age. They grow into beautiesplain at that age. They grow into beauties overnight – I don’t know how they do it! It’sovernight – I don’t know how they do it! It’s like a miracle.”like a miracle.” Poirot smiled. “Women,” he said, “are aPoirot smiled. “Women,” he said, “are a miracululous sex”miracululous sex”

““Said she’s been doped. Apparently, sheSaid she’s been doped. Apparently, she can’t remember anything much aftercan’t remember anything much after starting off from Cranchester. Doctorstarting off from Cranchester. Doctor thinks she may have had slightthinks she may have had slight concussion. There’s a bruise on the backconcussion. There’s a bruise on the back of her head.”of her head.”

Both respectable middle-aged men. ABoth respectable middle-aged men. A young man, James Elliot, and his wiwe –young man, James Elliot, and his wiwe – flashy piece of goods she was. He’s got aflashy piece of goods she was. He’s got a bad reputation, suspected by the police ofbad reputation, suspected by the police of being mixed up in some questionablebeing mixed up in some questionable affairs – but he has never attemptedaffairs – but he has never attempted kidnapping.kidnapping.

He then demanded to inspect Winnie’sHe then demanded to inspect Winnie’s trunk which had, of course, arrived heretrunk which had, of course, arrived here with those of the other girls. I told him thatwith those of the other girls. I told him that it had already been taken by anotherit had already been taken by another member of the police. Their departments, Imember of the police. Their departments, I believe, must overlap. He insisted that Ibelieve, must overlap. He insisted that I passed over all Winnie’s things to himpassed over all Winnie’s things to him

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976)(15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976)

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