Maigret Goes to School

By Georges Simenon

The hugely renowned pipe-smoking Inspector Maigret embarks on extra detective adventures which contain the darker impulses of the human center and violent betrayals. those titles are reissued to coincide with the Granada dramatizations starring Michael Gambon.

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Somebody got here to have a paper signed. ’ ‘What did you do on Tuesday? ’ ‘At first I stayed in my position. ’ ‘Had the opposite boys all started to idiot approximately? ’ ‘Yes, sir. such a lot of them. ’ ‘What precisely have been they doing? ’ ‘They have been battling for enjoyable, throwing issues at one another, india-rubbers and pencils. ’ ‘And then? ’ The boy sometimes hesitated ahead of replying, yet no longer from embarrassment, only like a person trying to find the precise resolution. ‘I went to the window. ’ ‘Which window? ’ ‘The one overlooking the yards and kitchen gardens. That’s the only I continuously visit. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘I don’t understand. It’s the only nearest to my table. ’ ‘It wasn’t the sound of a shot that made you visit the window? ’ ‘No, sir. ’ ‘If a shot were fired outdoor, could you've got heard it? ’ ‘I mightn’t have. The others have been creating a lot of noise. And a horse used to be being shod on the forge. ’ ‘Have you a . 22 gun? ’ ‘Yes, sir. I took it to the mairie the day before today, just like the others. all people who had a gun used to be requested to take it to the mairie. ’ ‘You didn’t go away the school room whereas the grasp used to be away? ’ ‘No, sir. ’ Maigret was once conversing in a quiet, encouraging tone. Madame Sellier had tactfully departed to tidy the store, whereas her husband, glass in hand, was once staring at Marcel with an air of satisfaction. ‘You observed the schoolmaster crossing the backyard? ’ ‘Yes, sir. ’ ‘You observed him while he used to be on his strategy to the tool-shed? ’ ‘No, sir. He was once arriving from it. ’ ‘You observed him pop out of the shed? ’ ‘I observed him shutting the door in the back of him. Then he stumbled on the backyard and that i acknowledged to the others: ‘ “Look out! ” ‘Then all of them went again to their areas. Me too. ’ ‘Do you play greatly with the opposite boys? ’ ‘Not a lot, no. ’ ‘Don’t you're keen on taking part in? ’ ‘I’m too fats. ’ He blushed as he stated this, glanced at his father, as if apologizing. ‘Haven’t you any associates? ’ ‘Joseph’s my ally. ’ ‘Who’s Joseph? ’ ‘Monsieur Rateau’s son. ’ ‘The mayor’s son? ’ Julien Sellier broke in to provide an explanation for. ‘There are loads of Rateaus at Saint-André and within the neighbourhood,’ he stated, ‘nearly all cousins. Joseph’s father is Marcellin Râteau, the butcher. ’ Maigret took a sip of wine and relit his pipe, which he had allowed to head out. ‘Was Joseph with you on the window? ’ ‘He wasn’t in school. He’s been at domestic for a month, due to his twist of fate. ’ ‘Is he the boy who used to be knocked down via a motor-bicyde? ’ ‘Yes, sir. ’ ‘Were you with him while it occurred? ’ ‘Yes, sir. ’ ‘Do you frequently visit see him? ’ ‘Nearly each day. ’ ‘Did you pass the day past? ’ ‘No. ’ ‘The day ahead of the day before today? ’ ‘Not then both. ’ ‘Why now not? ’ ‘Because of what had occurred. not anyone was once taking into consideration whatever other than the crime. ’ ‘You wouldn’t have dared to inform a misinform the constabulary lieutenant, i guess? ’ ‘No, sir. ’ ‘Are you blissful the schoolmaster’s in legal? ’ ‘No, sir. ’ ‘Do you know it’s your facts that despatched him there? ’ ‘I don’t comprehend what you suggest. ’ in the event you hadn’t stated you’d obvious him popping out of the tool-shed, they most likely wouldn’t have arrested him. ’ He made no respond to this, embarrassed, moving from one foot to the opposite, glancing back at his father.

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