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The Case of the Purebred Poodle

Anthony Durrant - 10:35am Sep 30, 2003 PST

THE CASE OF THE PUREBRED POODLE

Lucrezia Archipelago walked into the pet store on Fifth Avenue in the little English town called St. Semper. She looked first at the dogs and then at the cats in their glass cages by the window. One of the dogs, a large red fellow, was lying down with his head facing the front of his cage and his brown eyes wide open. He was just a puppy; the little fellow was only a few weeks old, according to the sign on the window of his cage- a purebred apricot poodle. She went over to the pet shop's owner.

"Excuse me," she said, "but how much is that doggie in the window?"

Although the man was seated at the desk, he did not answer. She looked closer - and found that he was dead! She called the man's assistant from the back of the room and when he saw his master's body he called the police immediately.

"Why did you not hear the man being murdered?" Lucrezia asked the assistant. "Did you not know he needed help?"

"No, I didn't, lady!" cried the assistant. "I was too busy sweeping in the back and cleaning out the animals' cages. Besides, the parrot at the back of the room was cawing too loudly for me to hear anything!"

She looked at the back of the room. There on top of a post was a large brown parrot with a huge pink bill. Turning its head, it preened its long feathers with that bill. The parrot was bigger than most of the other birds in the room and appeared to have much smaller wings. It was also very quiet, not having made a sound since she came in.

Lucrezia frowned.

"Well, Mr. Walker," she said, hoisting him in the air with one arm, "since one of your statements to me just now was a lie, you cannot expect me to believe anything of what you say!"

WHAT DID HANNAH MEAN?


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